I talked mostly about the Nikon’s DL 24-85 f1.8-2.8 in my last post, now it’s time to talk about the DL18-50 f1.8-2.8 camera.
You can see from the behind the scenes video just how quick and nimble this camera is.
The DL wide version will be about $200 more than the 24-85 and I suspect it’s mostly about the amazing zoom with Nano Crystal Coat. It’s 11 elements in 8 groups with 2 “ED” elements for those that care and it’s range from Macro 2cm! (18mm position) to infinity. The 18mm was a surprise, certainly the widest out there in this small of a camera, but how sharp is it?
Really, really sharp…even wide open which was a surprise for me. Nikon asked me to shoot much of the 18mm shots at f1.8 to show off the corner to corner sharpness, and so I did—and so it was.
With my DSLR’s I tend to stop down a click or two with lenses faster than f2.8 because I find the result is sharper and I still get the beautiful bokeh I paid for with the fast lenses. But with this lens at 1.8, that was it—sharpness. So I’ve adjusted my thinking with these new premium compacts and don’t have qualms about shooting wide open even with the speed of the lenses.
Speaking of wide, there’s a new “Perspective Control” function in this camera only that can correct vertical lines using a software but you see the results in real time on the back of the camera.
Since most of the features of this camera are the same as the others, sensor, image processor, AF system and 4k video, you can check in the last article on the DL 24-85 f1.8-2.8 camera for more specifics.
I did want to mention however that one of my favorite features for street shooting on my Nikon DSLR’s is Auto ISO, which lets you set a maximum ISO to control noise and a minimum shutter speed to neutralize camera shake and/or subject movement. These cameras allow the same, though the maximum ISO in Auto are confined to these choices: 800, 1600, 3200 & 6400.
Though the 24mm – 85mm is the perfect range for the street photography I like to do, having an 18mm lens in a camera this small can let you get shots you would otherwise miss. And in a city like Dubai, I found myself frequently at the 18mm range; not just because that was part of the assignment but it simply proved the best focal length to capture the huge cityscapes in front of me. And because you can focus so close, it made sense in a lot of situations to shoot so wide, something I haven’t done much of with my DSLR system.
By the way, there is one U on the mode dial so you can program your User Settings, something I love on the D7200 and the D750.
(I wish the new D5/D500 had a similar way to globally program the camera, not a fan of the Banks).
Just like it’s other brother the D24-85 f1.8-2.8, this camera is fast and fun to use but most importantly, the quality of the images produced are why I’m sold on this new compact premium series.
You can pre-order the camera from B&H HERE.
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