Pre-PMA 2008: Another new Nikkor was announced today - the AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR. Representing a range roughly equivalent to a 24 - 127.5mm lens for 35mm or FX cameras this new optic incorporates a Silent Wave Motor, two ED glass elements and VR II stabilization and should make an ideal high-quality 'walkaround' for DX-format dSLRs.

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Nikon announces the AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

RRP: £429.99/ €642.00
Sales start date: 22.02.08

Nikon UK is pleased to announce the introduction of the AF-S DX-NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens featuring built-in Silent Wave Motor and Vibration Reduction II.. The new high-power zoom DX-NIKKOR lens boasts a focal length range of 16 to 85mm, which makes it ideal for a broad range of shooting situations, including parties and other indoor events as well as building, portrait and scenery shots. When mounted on any DX-format Nikon digital SLR camera, the picture angle is equivalent to that produced by a 24 to 127.5mm focal length lens on a 35mm film or Nikon FX-format camera.

An ultra-compact Silent Wave Motor (SWM) built into the lens body ensures fast, quiet autofocus operation and complements the compact, lightweight design for superb handling. With dimensions of only Ø72 x 85 mm/Ø2.8 x 3.4 in., this new lens is easy to handle and carry.

Vibration Reduction II incorporated in the lens gives photographers the ability to shoot at shutter speeds up to four stops* slower than would otherwise be possible, thereby minimizing image blur caused by camera shake. This enables dramatically sharper handheld shooting at dusk or at night, or even in poorly lit interiors. Nikon’s VR function is incorporated in the lens, providing a stable viewfinder image, which ultimately makes framing and composing a scene far more comfortable and accurate.
*As determined in Nikon performance tests

The new high-performance optical system has been optimized for digital SLRs, with two ED glass elements and three a-spherical lenses that deliver higher resolution, high-contrast images while minimizing chromatic aberration. Nikon’s Super Integrated Coating ensures outstanding colour balance and reproduction while greatly reducing ghosting and flare. The rounded 7-blade diaphragm opening gives out-of-focus background elements a more natural appearance. The lens offers a short closest focus distance of 0.38 m/1.3 ft. throughout the entire zoom range.

The AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, a significant addition to the DX-NIKKOR lens lineup, is certain to become a favorite of photographers who seek a high-power zoom that covers a wide-angle range with superior portability.

Notes: DX-NIKKOR lenses are engineered and optimized for use on Nikon DX-format and FX-format digital SLR cameras. When mounted on an FX-format digital SLR, the camera’s DX-Crop Mode is automatically engaged, altering the image capture area accordingly. DX-NIKKOR lenses are not compatible with 35mm [135] or IX240 [APS] format film cameras.

Specifications, design, standard accessories, and release schedule may differ by country or area.

AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Major Features

  • 5.3x zoom lens covering a wide focal range of 16 to 85mm (picture angle is equivalent to focal length of 24 to 127.5mm in Nikon FX or 35mm format)
  • Vibration Reduction II enables sharper pictures while shooting at shutter speeds up to four stops slower than would otherwise be possible
  • Optical design optimized for superior performance with Nikon digital SLRs
  • ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements minimize chromatic aberration while providing higher resolution and superior contrast
  • Three a-spherical lens elements minimize various types of lens aberration
  • High-performance Nikon Super Integrated Coating achieves superior color reproduction while substantially reducing ghosting and flare
  • Nikon’s exclusive Silent Wave Motor ensures fast, quiet autofocus operation
  • Rounded seven-blade diaphragm opening makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural
  • 0.38 m/1.3 ft. closest focus distance throughout the entire zoom range
  • Accepts 67 mm filter attachments

AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR specifications

Focal length 16 - 85 mm
Aperture f/3.5 - 5.6
Lens construction 17 elements in 11 groups (with two ED glass elements, three aspherical lenses)
Picture angle 83° - 18°50’
Closest focus distance 0.38 m/1.3 ft. (throughout the entire zoom range)
Maximum reproduction ratio 1:4.6
Aperture blades 7 (rounded)
Filter attachment size 67 mm
Focusing Auto / Manual focus
Dimensions Approx. 72 x 85 mm / 2.8 x 3.4 in.
Weight Approx. 485 g / 17.1 oz.
Supplied accessories • 67 mm snap-on front lens cap LC-67
• Rear lens cap LF-1
• Bayonet hood HB-39,
• Flexible lens pouch CL-1015
Selling price £429.99 / €642.00

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