Fast Full Frame Primes
If you are an adventure traveler at all concerned with the two conflicting goals of taking high quality images and carrying lightweight gear, then you will be excited to hear about some new lens developments. Voigtlander has recently begun announcing and releasing some beautiful full frame primes for Nikon F mount cameras. What does this mean for you? Well all of a sudden the difference between taking a P&S or even high end mirrorless camera and that full frame D700/D800 becomes much smaller.
The newly announced Voigtlander 28 2.8 wide angle lens weighs in at less than 200g, which means that paired with a Nikon D800 you have a full frame system weighing right around 3 pounds. That is certainly a number that I can work with. The new Fuji x1-pro weighs in at 2 pounds, so you can see that with a few small primes, that Nikon camera is no longer the beast that it was before.
Rumor has it that Voiglander has a few more primes on the way and I have even heard talk that Nikon itself will be entering into this pancake market. Out on the trail, where weight reigns supreme, I would willingly give up on AF in return for lightweight primes that would allow me to take a FF Nikon body. Oh, how happy Galen would be!
More on the Voigtlander announcement here.