Pre-PMA 2008: Nikon today announced a new Nikkor unlike any before it and likely to prove an effective 'halo' product as well as an invaluable tool. The PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED is a wide angle lens offering both tilt and shift movement. Also announced was the development of two further PC-E Nikkors in 45mm and 85mm focal lengths which shall be on show at PMA 2008.

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Nikon announces the PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED

RRP: £1099.99/ €1642.00
Sales start date: March 2008

Nikon UK is pleased to announce the introduction of the high-performance PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED, PC (Perspective Control) lens. This new lens is equipped with a tilt / shift mechanism that gives photographers the flexibility to manipulate image perspective, distortion and focus.

The lens employs a special mount that enables up to ±11.5 mm shift and ±8.5° tilt for perspective control. Shift and tilt can be adjusted via convenient side-mounted controls while referring to the scales provided with gradations at 1mm or 1° intervals. The lens optics can be rotated up to 90° left or right for perspective control adjustment, and click-stops are provided every 30°.

The lens aperture can be preset by using the aperture ring and aperture stop-down button. It remains stopped down until the button is pressed again, for easy depth-of-field confirmation. Auto aperture control is also available for SLR models compatible with electromagnetic diaphragm (D3 and D300).

In addition to perspective control photographic applications such as shooting architecture and interiors, this lens can also be used for any subject that would require a 24mm wide-angle lens. With a closest focusing distance of only 0.21 m/0.7 ft. and a maximum reproduction ratio of 1/2.7, it’s also an excellent choice for close-up photography.

To ensure superior picture quality, the lens incorporates a host of state-of-the-art optical features and technologies. Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat dramatically reduces ghosting and flare that can be caused by internal reflections. Three ED glass elements minimize chromatic aberration for higher-resolution, higher-contrast images. Three a-spherical lenses effectively correct spherical aberration and coma. And a rounded nine-blade diaphragm opening gives out-of-focus elements a more natural appearance. All of which adds up to exceptional optical performance even at the maximum tilt and/or shift settings.

As both a special-purpose lens and high-performance wide-angle lens, the new PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED lens represents a significant addition to the field-proven NIKKOR lens lineup, providing professional and serious amateur photographers with innovative, effective solutions to photographic challenges.

Nikon UK is also pleased to share important news about two more lenses to expand and strengthen our PC NIKKOR lens lineup. The new PC-E NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8D ED and PC-E Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/2.8D will be exhibited at the PMA 2008 International Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas, USA from January 31 to February 2, 2008.

Notes:
The Nikon D3 can be used without any limitation. With other cameras, there are limitations in tilt/shift operation. The Nikon F90X series, F90 series, F70, F60D, F55, F50D, F-401 series, F-801 series, F-601, F-601M, F3AF, F-501, PRONEA S or MF cameras cannot be used. 
Specifications, design, standard accessories, and release schedule may differ by country or area.

PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED Major Features

  • Wide shifting and tilting range (shift: ±11.5 mm; tilt: ±8.5°)
  • ±90° lens revolving capability for versatile tilt/shift effects
  • Maximum reproduction ratio of 1/2.7 (at 0.21 m/0.7 ft.)
  • Three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements for superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration
  • Three aspherical lens elements minimize various types of lens aberration
  • Nano Crystal Coat virtually eliminates internal lens element reflections, effectively reducing ghosting and flare
  • High-performance Nikon Super Integrated Coating delivers superior color reproduction while substantially reducing ghosting and flare
  • Rounded 9-blade diaphragm for more natural appearance of out-of-focus image elements
  • Lens aperture can be preset by using aperture ring and aperture stop-down button
  • With the Nikon D3 and D300, auto aperture control with electromagnetic diaphragm is possible

PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED specifications

Focal length 24mm
Aperture f/3.5 - 32
Lens construction 13 elements in 10 groups (with three ED glass elements, three aspherical lenses, one with Nano Crystal Coat)
Picture angle • 84°
• Maximum 101° when fully shifted
Closest focus distance 0.21 m / 0.7 ft
Maximim reproduction ratio 1:2.7
Aperture blades 9 (rounded)
Filter attachment size 77 mm
Focusing Manual focus
Dimensions Approx. 82.5 x 108 mm / 3.2 x 4.3 in.
Weight Approx 730 g / 25.7 oz
Supplied accessories • Bayonet Hood HB-41
• Flexible Lens Pouch CL-1120
Selling price £1099.99/ €1642.00

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