Nikon has announced the worlds first image stabilized ultra-wide angle zoom for full frame cameras. The AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR lens includes a Silent Wave autofocus motor and VR II technology, which Nikon claims gives up to four stops benefit against camera shake when hand-holding. Other goodies include Nano Crystal coating to combat flare, a magnesium alloy barrel, and weather sealing.

The lens will come with a recommended selling price of $1259.95/€1199.00/£1049.99.

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THE NEW AF-S NIKKOR 16-35MM F/4G ED VR:
DEFINES A NEW CLASS OF NIKKOR

February 9, 2010: Nikon UK today announces the AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR, the world’s first ultra-wide angle zoom lens with VR for FX-format cameras. The new lens offers an affordable and practical proposition for general photography with FX-format cameras such as the D700.

Zurab Kiknadze, Product Manager Lenses, Accessories & Software, Nikon Europe says: “The AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR covers all bases for wide angle shooting and addresses market feedback for a more affordable alternative to the professional AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED or more recent AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED ultra-wide-angle lens”.

Sharper handheld images at slow shutter speeds
The AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR is the world’s first ultra-wide angle zoom lens to feature Vibration Reduction technology, providing the ability to shoot at shutter speeds up to four stops slower. The application of VR complements the f/4 maximum aperture when shooting in low light.

Class leading image quality
The new lens’ complex optical design features Nikon’s exclusive anti-reflection Nano Crystal coat, two ED glass elements and no less than three aspherical glass elements to minimize distortion and aberration, even at maximum aperture. The VR II system and Silent Wave Motor deliver extremely quiet, discrete operation and the nine bladed rounded diaphragm renders delightful bokeh.

Built for everyday use
The AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR balances well with more compact FX format cameras such as the D700 and is consequently built to withstand the demands of everyday shooting. The robust magnesium construction and weather sealing will make it an ideal choice for the adventurous enthusiast and professional photographer. It comes complete with durable hood HB-23, and soft pouch.

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AF-S NIKKOR 16-35MM F/4G ED VRspecifications

Price • US: $1259.95
• UK: £1049.99
• EU: €1199
Focal length 16-35mm
Diagonal Angle of view 107° - 60° (83° - 44° for Nikon DX format)
Maximum aperture F 4
Minimum aperture F 22
Lens Construction • 17 elements/12 groups
• 2 ED glass elements
• 3 aspherical elements
Number of diaphragm blades 9 (rounded)
Minimum focus • 0.29m at a focal length of 16- 35mm
• 0.28m at a focal length between 20- 28mm
Filter thread 77mm
Weight 680g (24 oz)
Dimensions 82.5mm diameter x 125mm length

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