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Nikon says that adding autofocus on their 58mm f/0,95 Z would have increased the size of the lens “beyond imagination”


Image of an early mockup of their 58mm f/0,95 Z lens

In an interview released at Xitek Nikon said that they actually hoped to implement autofocus on their 58mm f/0,95 Z-mount lens. But the autofocus was slow and lens size increase “beyond imagination” 🙂

Here is the google translated text:

Of course we have also studied AF, and driving the focus lens itself can be done. But the action is quite slow, not as fast as manual operation. At the same time, the increase in size is far beyond imagination. It cannot be driven by the existing ultrasonic motor, and a larger actuator must be arranged outside the lens.
Therefore, if you really want to achieve AF in the F0.95 lens, this optical type will not work. You need to reduce the focus lens and use the internal focusing method. But using this method will result in a longer overall length, which means that peripheral components will also increase, and the lens will still be larger and heavier than it is now. Even if such a lens is made, even if the product is very special, it may not be established as a product, so we gave up AF.

Capture One will soon release a dedicated version of Capture One for Nikon users?

I just got this rumor about a possible Capture One PRO 20 for Nikon edition coming soon:

The new Capture One for Nikon will bring all the power of Capture One to dedicated Nikon users at a reduced price point, including tailored profiles for supported Nikon cameras. Unlike other RAW processors, Capture One’s camera profiles are uniquely developed for each specific camera model, a process that requires the use of the camera in and out of a controlled lab in Copenhagen, where a team of specialists engage each new model in various scenarios. Nikoneye
They then evaluate all the performance parameters such as color, sharpness, and noise across hundreds of images and uses that data to deliver a truly tailored profile, which ultimately provides the best post-processing experience. Capture One for Nikoneye, like the Pro version, brings this level of support for Nikon cameras, including their latest cameras like the Z6, Z7, and D6.