Nikons equivalent to canons l series glass?

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  1. gumball513

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    So, im pretty familiar with canons lenses and whatnot but nikon is a different story. What is nikons equivalent or "rival" to canons l series?
     
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    Hmmm... The expensive ones. :lol:

    I think they all have a yellow/gold band around the front of the lens though.
     
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    Nikon doesn't stoop to such banal marketing ploys. :lol:
     
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    They tend to have a 2.8 after the f
     
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    How right you are.

    But red is my favourite colour. I will always be biased toward L glass. :lol:
     
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    Nikon doesn't feel the need to convince people that their more-expensive lenses are capable of professional use. I remember back when Canon invented the L- series marketing gimmick; that was back when Nikon had not yet begun to make much in the way of consumer lenses,and when pretty much any lens with the name Nikkor on it was good enough for professional or serious use.

    Today, many of the better Nikkor lenses have ED glass, which is what the gold ring around the lens barrel originally signified. There's a fairly simple way to discern Nikon's premium lenses from the consumer-level lenses: specifications,and price. For example, the 85mm f/1.8 AF-D is the enthusiast's 85mm lens, while the 85mm 1.4 AF-D is the professional model. The 50mm 1.4 AF-S is the pro-level 50, while the $119 50mm 1.8 AF-D is the hobbyist's obvious option. All of the Micro-Nikkor's would be considered L-level if they were Canon. I think all of Nikon's f/2.8 zooms would be considered L-series if they were Canon. All of the Nikon $1000+ prime lenses like 85 1.4,105 DC,135DC,180 ED,200 f/2, and 300 f/4 and 300 f/2.8, plus all 400,500,600 teles would be classed as L-series. Same with all of the Nikon Tilt/Shift lenses.
     
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    Is this why there's a bright gold and very obvious golden ring around only their professional glass?

    Nikons L series equivalent are the Gold Ring lenses. However this was introduced mid 90s I think so some professional glass out there still in common rotation and still being sold (85mm f/1.4 or the 80-200 f/2.8 AF) have no gold ring. Certainly all the new ones do. Don't confuse not stooping to such marketing ploys with just being late to brand products which have a very very long life cycle.

    My kit lenses have ED glass. If this is what the original gold ring signified then they dropped it for that purpose a long time ago. The gold ring definitely signifies their Pro glass these days.
     
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    :lol::thumbup::thumbup:
     
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    Canon owners don't have to ask such questions as this. We already know the differences. :lol: :lmao: :lol:
     
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    Yep they have a red ring to make it idiot proof. Nikon users need to know what an aperture is before they qualify :p
     
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    Whooo...................... I didn't know Nikonian's could read, much less understand math. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao:
     
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    We can read the writing on the wall. Canon is dead, THE KING IS DEAD, LONG LIVE NIKON!

    :end rant:

    I think there is no one such term or designation, allot of the 2.8, the good primes, anything over $1,000, et al.
     

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