Hot on the heels of Canon’s lens announcement, Nikon introduces a few of their own. The D3200 has been out for a while now, but these two new lenses are hot off the press.
First lets look at the 24-85mm VR.
It’s an affordable, slow aperture, normal zoom for full frame users (fits crop cameras too of course). The 24-85mm is a classic film lens from the past, so it’s nice to see it resurrected with VR for modern day DSLRs. I think it’ll sit right at home on many a Nikon D800. One interesting feature of the lens is its’ automatic tripod detection, which applies “specialized VR correction” so you don’t have to change anything. Small, lightweight, and with a nice price tag, we think it’s a solid release from Nikon.
The 18-300mm VR is next up to bat.
I’ve been a user of a Sigma 18-200OS for nearly 5 years now. It has served me well, but hasn’t won any awards in the image quality department. This lens is probably much the same story. The 300mm zoom capability will probably make Nikon’s 55-300VR and 70-300VR obsolete to the casual consumer, and I can see it being a very popular lens. There were certainly times when I felt that 200mm was not enough, so the 300mm should serve many photographers well. The zoom lock switch will prevent the barrel from sliding out as all too many 18-200VR users know about. As long as you don’t expect stellar image quality and speed throughout the range, you’ll be satisfied.
Finally, we have the Nikon D3200 which was released 2 months ago.
This entry level camera is on a slightly lower level than the recently announced Canon 650D. It packs an astounding 24 megapixels, full 1080p HD video with 30/25/24fps options, nice 3″ 920k dot screen, and the usual stripped-down feature set of a camera in this class (no auto bracketing, no built-in AF motor, etc). A lot was made over the high megapixel sensor, but samples seem to show that Nikon knows what it’s doing with its sensors, as the high ISO samples are not bad at all. For an affordable DSLR, the price tag of $699 is palatable too. bUt