1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2 – the fast and portable portrait lens (14.05.2013)
Nikon today launches the ultra-fast 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2 lens and brings large-aperture portrait photography to Nikon 1.
With a focal length that’s ideal for portraiture and a compact design, this impressive CX-format lens delivers superior image quality. Lenses don’t get much faster, and as the first 1 NIKKOR flagship lens to be announced, it heads an expanding lineup.
Whether indoors at a dinner party, or outside making the most of natural light, this lens enables the kind of striking portraits that make you stop for a moment and look again. From candid shots to staged compositions, you can bring your subject into sharp focus with smooth bokeh, and capture crisp images and movies when you shoot in low light.
Jordi Brinkman, Product Manager Nikon 1 Compact System Cameras, Nikon Europe says: “With an f/1.2 aperture, this is a bright lens by any standard. It’s perfect for Nikon 1 owners who want to explore the creative benefits of a truly fast lens, such as shallow depth-of-field, and it gives serious portrait photographers a brilliant portable option.” He continues: “Nikon is dedicated to developing lenses that make the most of the Nikon 1 system and we’re excited about the potential of this new flagship lens”.
Where the magic happens
Offering speed and range without sacrificing portability, this new 1 NIKKOR makes an excellent portrait lens. The 32 mm focal length is equivalent to approximately 85 mm in 35mm film format, a classic portrait length that allows for tight head and shoulder shots with extreme detail. The ultra-fast f/1.2 aperture enables super-smooth bokeh, so you can single out subjects beautifully, and creates a clear advantage in low-light situations. Ideal for everything from candid portraits to staged shots, this lens lets you catch the best of people in any situation.
Comprising nine elements in seven groups, this lens offers superb image quality. A seven-blade rounded diaphragm opening ensures beautifully rounded bokeh and this is the first 1 NIKKOR lens to feature Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat, which greatly reduces ghosting and flare even in backlit situations. The dedicated Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables smooth and accurate autofocus, and helps ensure quiet movie recording. For photographers that like to shoot in manual control, this is the first 1 NIKKOR lens to feature a focus ring that lets you control focus while looking into the camera’s viewfinder or monitor.
Portraits from anywhere
Remarkably compact for such a large-aperture lens and boasting a high-quality metallic exterior, this lens is a stellar addition to the Nikon 1 system. Available in high-gloss silver and semi-gloss black, it combines with the small size of Nikon 1 cameras to make high-quality portraiture possible from anywhere.
The lens is supplied with a front lens cap and the HB-N107 bayonet lens hood, which helps reduce stray light and minimise flare for images with better contrast and color saturation. Optional accessories include the CL-N101 soft lens case.
1 NIKKOR range
1 NIKKOR lenses capture life with exceptional sharpness. 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. Designed with active lifestyles in mind, the growing range currently includes nine lenses that cover a wide range of scenes, and each lens is optimized for movie recording. For photographers who want to use F-Mount NIKKOR lenses on their Nikon 1 camera, the dedicated FT1 Mount Adapter allows them to do just that.