Nikon announce the 18.5mm f/1.8 lens for the 1 series Nikon have announced an 18.5mm f/1.8 lens for the 1-series of cameras. 18.5mm equates to approximately 50mm in 35mm terms, so it makes a great general walk-around and portrait lens for the 1-series. I have no doubt that it is great quality, as all the 1-lenses are for their price range. It’s nice to see Nikon adding more lenses to the range, especially nice fast primes rather than consumer zoom lenses. 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 London | United Kingdom 13/09/2012 Nikon today announces its fastest 1 NIKKOR lens yet, the 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 prime lens. An exciting addition to the Nikon 1 system, this bright CX-format standard lens offers Nikon 1 owners the chance to venture beyond a kit lens and take advantage of the creative possibilities that fast aperture can offer, including pleasantly blurred backgrounds in portraiture and comfortable low-light shooting. Simon Iddon, Product Manager, Nikon 1 Compact System Cameras, Nikon UK says: “The small size of the Nikon 1 system makes it a perfect solution for photographers looking for portability, power and speed without compromising on quality. Such factors have contributed to making the Nikon 1 the biggest selling system in its category in Europe .” He adds: “As the fastest lens to join the range, the 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 allows superb low-light images and beautiful bokeh: it increases the flexibility of the Nikon 1 system beautifully.” 1 NIKKOR range 1 NIKKOR lenses capture life with exceptional sharpness. Designed with active lifestyles in mind, the growing range covers a wide range of scenes and each lens is optimised for movie recording. Combined with the portability, power and speed of Nikon 1 cameras, the small size of 1 NIKKOR lenses truly sets the Nikon 1 system apart. As the fastest lens to join the range, the 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 allows superb low-light images, even at low ISO, and portraits with beautiful bokeh. Fast and bright The strong combination of 18.5 mm focal length and large maximum aperture makes this new 1 NIKKOR lens perfect for low-light situations and for portraiture. The 18.5 mm fixed focal length offers a picture angle equivalent to approx. 50 mm in 35 mm format, which is ideal for portraits as well as general photography. The fast f/1.8 maximum aperture perfectly balances sharpness and bokeh, rendering low-light moments with superb clarity and letting you single out subjects to create images with smooth, out-of-focus backgrounds. High-quality glass Equipped with high-quality glass, this 1 NIKKOR lens delivers edge-to-edge sharpness even at maximum aperture. An aspherical lens element ensures superior resolution and contrast, and a smooth aperture mechanism lets you move easily from sharp to soft backgrounds whether you are shooting stills or a movie. The small size of the lens balances perfectly with small Nikon 1 camera bodies, offering exceptional image quality without sacrificing portability. Vision and style Lightweight, easy-to-carry and great value for money, this new 1 NIKKOR lens is available in shiny silver as well as semi-gloss black, and white. Optional accessories include the CL-N101 lens soft case and the HB-N104 bayonet lens hood, which helps reduce stray light and minimise flare for images with better contrast and color saturation. The lens is supplied with a front and rear lens cap. Google+ Matthew MaddockLike this:Like Loading...Comments comments One Response Kenneth Hyam September 14th, 2012 This looks very interesting. The J1 is the camera I use for street photography, and so far it has not let me down. This focal length would be ideal for that extra quality and style. Also indoor portraiture without flash. Log in to Reply You must log in to post a comment.