Canon and Nikon quality lens


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Hi everyone,

i know canon has some quality lens, call the L lens, better glass, sharper and faster focusing too, they are labelled with 'L' and red strip.

How about Nikon, do they have their own 'L' lens, and what colour strip are they using?

I am not a nikon user, but just curious. thanks in advance.
 

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Nikon calls them G. So does Sony (though Sony also has Carl Zeiss lenses). Pentax marks them with a DA* I think.
 

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Nikon calls them G. So does Sony (though Sony also has Carl Zeiss lenses). Pentax marks them with a DA* I think.
WRONG answer.

G lens are those without the aperture rings.

For Nikon, the pro lenses with ED element have a gold ring and does not have special labels. Just look at the fast zooms and primes. Those non ED does not have the gold ring.
 

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WRONG answer.

G lens are those without the aperture rings.

For Nikon, the pro lenses with ED element have a gold ring and does not have special labels. Just look at the fast zooms and primes. Those non ED does not have the gold ring.

Not all lenses with ED have gold rings. And not all professional grade lenses have gold rings either (especially some of the primes). And a lot of the older Nikon lenses do not have the gold rings too.
 

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In the New Range of Nikon Lens, Lens With ED + Gold Rang + Nano Crystal Coat is the Top Level Lens, Best of the Best is + VR II (eg. AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f2.8G ED VR II )
 

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when your bought a Nikon lens that your father says you are ah sia kia, your mother screams at you, your girl friend threaten to breakup with you, your friends say you want to go tan chiak with taking photos, usually that one belongs to the Nikon quality lens.
 

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when your bought a Nikon lens that your father says you are ah sia kia, your mother screams at you, your girl friend threaten to breakup with you, your friends say you want to go tan chiak with taking photos, usually that one belongs to the Nikon quality lens.
lmao! good one catchlights!
 

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WRONG answer.

G lens are those without the aperture rings.

For Nikon, the pro lenses with ED element have a gold ring and does not have special labels. Just look at the fast zooms and primes. Those non ED does not have the gold ring.
Oh? So the G lenses don't have a separate aperture ring, but they're not (necessarily) the top class lenses? Interesting, I learned something new. :)
 

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Oh? So the G lenses don't have a separate aperture ring, but they're not (necessarily) the top class lenses? Interesting, I learned something new. :)
Yup. The G symbol just means there is no physical aperture ring on the lens, and the aperture value is to be selectable on the camera. This effectively make the lens incompatible with older manual film cameras (F3, F2, F, FM series, FE series)
 

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Yup. The G symbol just means there is no physical aperture ring on the lens, and the aperture value is to be selectable on the camera. This effectively make the lens incompatible with older manual film cameras (F3, F2, F, FM series, FE series)
just to add on a bit, most of the current kit lenses are G lenses...

as from what i had read from various websites... Nikon used to put gold ring on IF-ED lenses only... but nowadays seems like the Gold Ring definition is a little bit blurred... e.g. 14-24mm and 24-70mm are not having real IF design but still having the gold rings...
 

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I came across this website that has some comparison between Canon and Nikon lenses.

http://www.radiantlite.com/2008/07/canon-versus-nikon-lenses.html

It's true that Canon has a wider range of lenses (and L lenses).
There are still some gaps for Nikon to fill in.
But then that's not the deciding factor on which is better because I doubt we are so rich to buy all the lenses.

Interestingly, NASA is using the D3s in space with the 14-24mm lens.
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1021&message=34036460

I think time for Nikon to start having some indication on which are their version of L lenses. We must also note that some old Nikon lenses are damn good but are not G, not gold-ringed etc.
 

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I think time for Nikon to start having some indication on which are their version of L lenses. We must also note that some old Nikon lenses are damn good but are not G, not gold-ringed etc.

Personally, i really don't see why it's necessary :dunno:

I'd use a lens that has the specs I need, I don't need someone to tell me whether it's a 'L' or not.
(No dissing Canon's decision, of course :))
 

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agreed...

Creating this "L" series of lenses just breeds class-consciousness, which goes against the "it's not the camera/lens, it's the photographer" train of thought.
 

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me three... ;p if i got a gold ring lens, for sure i'll mask it with black gaffer tape... it's the spec of glasses and final images i want, not how the exterior looks like...
 

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Hi everyone,

i know canon has some quality lens, call the L lens, better glass, sharper and faster focusing too, they are labelled with 'L' and red strip.

How about Nikon, do they have their own 'L' lens, and what colour strip are they using?

I am not a nikon user, but just curious. thanks in advance.
What makes you think L lenses are better, sharper? Hear say or regurgitating from the net....again.....
 

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agreed...

Creating this "L" series of lenses just breeds class-consciousness, which goes against the "it's not the camera/lens, it's the photographer" train of thought.
Product differentiation. Canon has always been good at this, while you need a Phd to decode Nikon's crazy lens models.
 

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creating a super class like a 'L' lens is a sure way to make a lot more money.
:bsmilie:
 

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