As part of its announcement of the D50, Nikon is also introducing two new lightweight, affordable AF-S DX lenses aimed specifically at buyers of the camera. The AF-S DX 18-55 mm F3.5-F5.6G ED (which becomes the D50's kit lens) and the complementary AF-S DX 55-200mm F4.5-F5.6G ED. Both lenses are compact and lightweight and are designed specifically for digital SLRs with Nikon's DX size sensor (1.5x FOV crop). Used on the D50 the two lenses combined would provide an equivalent field of view coverage of 27 - 300 mm and weigh just 210g and 255 g respectively. Both lenses will cost around £199.99/€299.

Phil: Both lenses will be available in black and silver to match the two available body colors of the D50. Both of these lenses also feature a SWM (Silent Wave Motor) which is a one-up over the similar Canon lenses as the EF-S 18-55 mm is only available with a USM motor in certain regions.

Press Release (18-55mm):

AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED

A compact, lightweight and affordable 3x standard-zoom Nikkor — ideal for use with Nikon digital SLRs.

TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction of the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED, an ultracompact, lightweight standard zoom lens with a 3x focal range that is ideal for everyday photography, offers a remarkable cost-to-performance ratio and features optics optimized for use with Nikon digital SLRs. It is ideally suited to the new Nikon D50.

The lens offers users the popular 18-55mm focal length range, which conveniently covers everything from tight indoor portraits to standard snap shots. (The picture angle is equivalent to a 27-82.5mm lens in 35mm format.) The newly developed compact SWM (Silent Wave Motor) has given rise to an ultracompact lightweight design that offers excellent handling characteristics. Including the new SWM, the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED measures a compact Ø69 x 74mm (2.7 x 2.9 in.) and weighs approximately 210g (6.8 oz.).

For optics, one ED glass element and one hybrid aspherical lens element guarantee high-resolution, high-contrast images while minimizing chromatic aberration, astigmatism and other forms of distortion. The new SWM built into the lens offers the smooth and quiet autofocus performance that users have come to expect from our existing SWM.

By using this lens and the new AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED lens, photographers have a focal-length range from wide-angle 18mm to telephoto 200mm (equivalent to a 27-300mm lens in 35mm format) that is well-suited to a wide variety of shooting situations. The useful range and high-quality performance of this lens will expand the photographic horizons of Nikon Digital SLR owners. The AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED lens will be simultaneously released with the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED lens.

The AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED is available in black and silver, to match the color variations of the Nikon D50.

Sales release schedule: Nikon Corporation will launch the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED worldwide from June 2005.

Note: This lens is not compatible with 35mm [135] or IX240 format film cameras.

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

Press Release (55-200mm):

AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED

A compact, lightweight and affordable 3.6x high-power telephoto zoom DX — ideal for use with Nikon digital SLRs.

TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction of the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED. This ultra compact, lightweight telephoto zoom lens has a 3.6x 55-200mm focal range and offers a remarkable cost-to-performance ratio. Its optics are optimized for use with Nikon digital SLRs, and it is ideally suited to the new Nikon D50.

The compact zoom lens offers powerful zoom performance of 55-200mm (providing a picture angle equivalent to an 82.5-300mm lens in 35mm format) and is suitable for everything from candid portraits to sports, nature and wildlife photography. The newly developed compact SWM (Silent Wave Motor) has given rise to an ultra compact, lightweight design with excellent handling characteristics. Including the new compact SWM, the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED measures a compact Ø68 x 79mm (2.7 x 3.1 in.) and weighs approximately 255g (9 oz.).

For optics, two ED glass elements achieve high resolution and contrast while minimizing chromatic aberration and other forms of distortion. The new compact SWM built into the lens offers the smooth and quiet autofocus performance that users have come to expect from our existing SWM.

By using this lens and the new AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED lens, photographers have a focal length range from wide-angle 18mm to telephoto 200mm (providing a picture angle equivalent to a 27-300mm lens in 35mm format), covering an extremely wide variety of subjects and shooting situations. The range of these ultra compact, lightweight lenses, combined with its high-quality performance, will expand the photographic horizons of Nikon Digital SLR owners. The AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED lens will be simultaneously released with the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED lens.

The AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED is available in black and silver, to match the color variations of the Nikon D50.

Sales release schedule: Nikon Corporation will launch the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED worldwide from June 2005.

Note: This lens is not compatible with 35mm [135] or IX240 format film cameras.

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