Nikon Announces 1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2 Lens for Nikon 1 Mirrorless System
Nikon has announced a 1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2 lens for the Nikon 1 mirrorless system cameras. With a fixed focal length of 32mm, the new lens works out to the 35mm equivalent of 86mm and an aperture of f/3.2. It is the fastest Nikon 1 lens to be made available, and it also features Nikon's Nano Crystal Coating for reduction of ghosting and flaring, as well as a Silent Wave Motor with a Close-Range Correction system, which Nikon says renders high-resolution textures with very little aberration. The Silent Wave Motor also reduces the auto-focus drive's sounds for quieter shooting.
The lens also comes with a M/A (auto-focus with manual override) mode which enables manual focusing by rotating the focus ring for adjustment of focus while auto-focus is still in use. The lens has a metal finish and will be available in black or silver. With this lens, the total number of Nikon 1 lenses comes to a total of nine lenses, in comparison to the 13 lenses Sony has for the NEX mirrorless system, and the 38 lenses Micro Four Thirds has in its stable.
Local availability and prices have yet to be announced, but US site DPreview says it will be available in June for around US$900. Nikon USA has a couple of low-resolution samples of images taken with the lens.