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Nikkor 70-200 mm F2.8 VR & 24-85 mm AF-S

By dpreview staff on Feb 21, 2002 at 04:00 GMT

PMA 2002: 07:00 EST GMT: Nikon has today announced the new Zoom Nikkor 70 - 200 mm F2.8G AF-S VR IF-ED (whoa, nice short name). This new lens has a fixed body, internal focus and internal zoom mechanism. It also has a 'Silent Wave' focusing motor and 'Vibration Reduction' stabilisation system. This lens has has a bright F2.8 maximum aperture across the zoom range and uses high quality ED glass. It's clearly directly comparable to Canon's 70-200 mm F2.8L IS.

Press Releases (Nikon Europe):


AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED

New compact, lightweight G-type fast telephoto zoom lens featuring SWM and Vibration Reduction

TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the development of a new lens, the AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED.

This new lens is being developed as the first truly compact, lightweight AF-S Zoom-Nikkor lens to offer the VR (Vibration Reduction) function.

The lens is targeted at professional and advanced amateur photographers to whom the advantages of high optical performance and high speed are top priorities.

The lens not only features Nikon's exclusive built-in SWM (Silent Wave Motor) for ultra-fast, ultra-quiet operation, but also employs Nikon's VR system which minimizes blur caused by camera shake. The adaptive VR system allows the use of slow shutter speeds when dictated by low-level available lighting or the demands of specific subjects. An secondary "Active" VR mode is available, which compensates for the intense vibrations experienced when shooting from a mechanical platform such as a moving motor vehicle, ship or helicopter.

This lens delivers superior optical performance thanks to the incorporation of five ED glass elements and high-grade Nikon Super Integrated Coating. With a fast constant maximum aperture of f/2.8 at all focal lengths it is an eesential lens for professional-level photographic needs.

Note: G-type AF-S Nikkor lens is fully compatible with the F5, F100, F80, F65, D1-series and D100 cameras.

AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED Major Features

  • 70-200mm G-type high-power zoom lens (no aperture ring); 105-300mm equivalent with D1-series and D100 digital SLR
  • VR operation offers the equivalent of 3 stops faster shutter speed
  • Two VR modes; Normal and Active
  • ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements minimize chromatic aberration, provide higher resolution and superior contrast
  • Nikon�s exclusive SWM for rapid autofocusing with superior accuracy and ultra-quiet operation
  • The rounded diaphragm opening (9 blades) makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural
  • New slim body design in keeping with current AF-S Nikkor lenses
  • Resistance to water drops equivalent to that of F5
  • Lightweight ergonomic design
  • Light, rigid magnesium die-cast body
  • M/A mode allows rapid switching between autofocus and manual even during AF servo operation, with virtually no time lag
  • High-grade Nikon Super Integrated Coating offers superior color reproduction and minimizes ghost and flare
  • Internal Focusing (IF) design for smoother focusing and great body balance
  • Flower-shaped Lens Hood HB-29 provided
  • Lens Case CL-M2 provided
  • Detachable tripod mounting foot provided
  • Black, light-grey versions are available

AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED Specifications

Focal length 70 to 200 mm
Maximum aperture f/2.8
Lens construction 21 elements in 15 groups
Picture angle 34°20'-12°20' (22°50'-8° with D1-series and D100 digital SLR)
Focus distance 1.4m (MF)/1.5m (AF) to infinity
Max. reproduction ratio 1/5.6 at 1.4m (MF); 1/6.1 at 1.5m (AF)
Aperture f/2.8 to f/22 (70mm)
Attachment size 77mm
Dimensions Approx. 87mm dia. x 215mm (3.4 in. dia. x 8.5 in.)
Weight Approx. 1,430g (50.4 oz.) (with tripod collar)


AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G

New high-quality G-type standard zoom lens features SWM and ED glass

TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction of a new lens, the AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G.

This new lens was developed as a high-quality zoom lens that is ideal for both Film-SLR and Digital-SLR photographers who need a compact, general-purpose zoom lens.

Space-saving and lightweight, the AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G is a standard 3.5x zoom lens with an initial focal length of 24mm for a wide field of view powered by Nikon's exclusive built-in SWM (Silent Wave Motor) for fast, quiet autofocus operation.
The lens also features ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass and aspherical lens elements in a new optical design for minimized chromatic aberration and superior overall optical performance. The rounded diaphragm opening makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural.

Note: G-type AF-S Nikkor lens is fully compatible with the F5, F100, F80, F65, D1-series and D100 cameras.

AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G Major Features

  • 24-85mm G-type standard zoom lens (no aperture ring); 36-127.5mm equivalent with D1-series and D100 digital SLR
  • ikon's exclusive SWM for fast autofocusing with high accuracy and super-quiet operation
  • ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass element minimizes chromatic aberration, while providing higher resolution and superior contrast
  • The rounded diaphragm opening (7 blades) makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural
  • M/A mode enables instant switching from autofocus to manual focus, even during AF servo operation, with virtually no time lag
  • High-grade Nikon Super Integrated Coating offers superior color reproduction, while minimizing ghost and flare
  • Internal Focusing (IF) design for smoother focusing and great body balance
  • Flower-shaped Lens Hood HB-28 (provided) effectively minimizes stray light
  • Compact robust design

AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G Specifications

Focal length 24 to 85 mm
Maximum aperture f3.5 - 4.5
Lens construction 15 elements in 12 groups
Picture angle 84° -28°30' (61°-18°50' with D1-series and D100 digital SLR)
Focus distance 0.38m to infinity
Max. reproduction ratio 1/4.7
Aperture f/3.5 to f/22(24mm)
Attachment size 67mm
Dimensions Approx. 73mm dia. x 72.5mm (2.9 in. dia x 2.9 in.)
Weight Approx. 415g (14.3 oz.)
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