This year has been somewhat intense on the technological front.
I know I never mentioned it here in my blog, but I have a Nikon D80 DSLR camera that I’ve been playing around with as I start to dabble in some photography experimentation. The camera came with their more recently standard AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR DX lens which works nice for lots of stuff, but just doesn’t gather enough light indoors enough of the time to get faster shutter speeds. In its place, I picked up the AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 lens which has been fantastic as of late (you can see some shots with it on my Flickr page). Nice crisp images and usually non-blurry (if I can keep my hand still). I originally wanted the Nikon D60, but it was somewhat limited in some features, especially that of requiring AF-S lenses in order to use autofocus capabilities. Nikon appears to be slowly changing that game.
Apparently at some point, Nikon introduced their new AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G lens. It now brings the joy of autofocus for the 50mm prime lens to the Nikon D40 and Nikon D60 cameras. In addition, it removes the aperture ring from the older lens, which restricts it to the more recent Nikon cameras that can control aperture from within the body.
My brother will surely be enthused by this (he has been wielding a Nikon D40)! Unfortunately, it’s not slated to be available until December of this year, and there’s no price estimated for this yet. Hopefully it won’t be much more expensive than Sigma’s 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM, which currently retails around US$500, in order to stay competitive.