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Weekly Nikon news flash #410

→ New focal reducer lens adapter announced - it mounts Nikon F-mount lenses on Fujifilm X cameras. → Sigma 85mm f/1.4 HSM DG ART lens ($1,199) for Nikon F mount tested at Photozone: "The Sigma 85mm f/1.4 HSM DG Art is awesome. Full stop. Albeit still not perfect. In terms of resolution it is amazingly sharp at f/1.4 already and the quality is breathtaking between f/2.8 and f/5.6. Low lateral CAs are the cream on the cappuccino in terms of subjective quality perception. Speaking of cream - the bokeh is generally very smooth although you may spot some rough edge transition in the image foreground and, yes, you still have to live with “cat eye” highlights in the image corners. It also suffers from some bokeh fringing at large aperture settings. Image distortion is practically none. There is the usual amount of light falloff at f/1.4 but it's no real issue from f/2 onward. Based on what we've seen out there, we'd also state that the Sigma is comparatively resistant to image flare in back-light scenes. All results taken into account, the Sigma easily beats the Nikon AF-S 85/1.4G, however the real contender is the AF-S 105mm f/1.4E, the current benchmark of AF portrait primes. The Sigma comes very close to this one, the minor differences in the lab results are likely irrelevant in the field. The best news about it is that it delivers almost the same high quality for roughly half the price of the Nikkor." →...

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Published By: Nikonrumors - Monday, 20 March, 2017

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