March 25, 2012

"AF Nikkor 35mm f/2D" part II (or, "Do you want fries with that?")

(March 20, 2012.)

Last year, we wrote here about our favorite lens, the Nikkor 35mm f/2, which is made by Nikon, and sold by Nikon, but which Nikon doesn't really want you to buy.

Now it appears that if you do own this lovely little lens, Nikon would like you to replace it (with something more expensive). The "technical guide" for their recently introduced super-camera, the 36 megapixel D800 (Tag line: "Every photo will astound. Every video will dazzle."), states that "enhanced sharpness" is available with just a few of their lenses, not including our favorite:

"Enhanced sharpness" is not available with the the AF Nikkor 35mm f/2D!

Doesn't this smell like "upsell?" You've ordered their new camera, and they're asking, essentially, "Do you want a lens with that?" Like when you order a burger, and you're asked, "Do you want fries with that?"

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