The Nikon 1 camera series has arrived more than a year ago, but like most lines based around a new lens mount, it’s faced the challenge of a relatively limited lens selection. The situation has improved significantly, especially for fans of zoom lenses. To date, six zooms have been released, covering everything from 18 to 300mm equivalents. Now, the prime lens selection increases by half, and the new lens sets a record for maximum aperture on a CX-format camera, to boot. The 1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2 lens is not only brighter, but also offers significantly more reach than the existing 10mm f/2.8 and 18.5mm f/1.8 primes. Its 35mm-equivalent focal length of 87mm should make it an interesting portrait optic, with the f/1.2 aperture helping blur backgrounds and call attention to your subject, to boot.
The new CX-format lens is also the first 1-mount optic to feature a silent wave motor autofocus system, not to mention a manual focus ring and nano crystal coating, as found in DX and FX-format Nikkor lenses. Optically, the lens consists of nine elements in seven groups, plus a seven-bladed, rounded aperture that can stop down to f/16. Focusing is possible to as close as 1.5 feet (45cm), and the lens accepts 52mm threaded filters. Dimensions are 2.6 x 1.9 inches (65.5 x 47mm), and weight is 8.3 ounces (235g). The Nikon 1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2 lens is priced at around US$900