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Nikon has released three new full-frame lenses, including a prime and both standard and super telephoto zooms.
The lens that will likely garner the most attention is the replacement for the venerable 24-70mm F2.8. The new version, officially known as the AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm F2.8E ED VR, offers new optical construction, Vibration Reduction, and electromagnetic aperture control. Nikon has added an Aspherical Extra-Low Dispersion (ASP/ED) element along with regular aspherical, ED, and High-Refractive Index (HRI) elements and a Nano Crystal Coating. As before, the lens is sealed against dust and moisture and now has a fluorine coating on the front and back elements to make cleaning moisture and other gunk off of the lens easier. The lens has a 9-blade rounded aperture and uses 82mm filters (up from 77mm on the old model).
Although we haven't had the chance to handle the new 24-70mm yet, we're hoping that as well as improved optical performance, it is mechanically more robust than its predecessor. At least for the first few years of its production, the older 24-70mm F2.8 was notorious for cracking rubber around the zoom ring, and for the zoom barrel jamming.
The second lens is the (relatively) inexpensive AF-S Nikkor 24mm F1.8G ED prime, which sits alongside the 20mm and 35mm F1.8 models Nikon introduced last year. This compact and lightweight lens has ED and aspherical elements, Nano Crystal Coating, and a 7-blade rounded aperture.
Finally we have the AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm F5.6E ED VR, which we suspect will become quickly popular with enthusiast airshow and outdoor sport photographers, thanks to its relatively low price. As with the 24-70, this lens has electronic aperture control and Vibration Reduction (up to a claimed 4.5 stops). Inside the lens are 3 ED elements and a 9-blade rounded aperture. It has a minimum focus distance of 2.2m/7.1ft throughout the entire focal range, uses 95mm filters and also supports 1.4X, 1.7X, and 2.0X teleconverters (that's up to 1500mm on DX bodies).
Pricing and availability for the three lenses is as follows:
MELVILLE, NY (August 4, 2015) - Today, Nikon Inc. announced three exciting new NIKKOR lenses for professional and enthusiast photographers. The new AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR is the evolution of one of Nikon’s most popular pro lenses, improving upon its versatility and image quality. Nikon has also announced two additional new lens options, including the lightweight AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR, a super-telephoto zoom that gives FX and DX-format photographers incredible reach in a compact size. The AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED is the latest addition to Nikon’s popular line of f/1.8 fixed focal length lenses and is ideal for those seeking a sharp, fast-aperture prime lens.
“These three very different lenses are representative of the diverse range of Nikon photographers, but they all provide the most vibrant, sharp images and HD video possible; with color and clarity that only genuine NIKKOR optics can deliver,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc.
AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR
Look into the bag of nearly any Nikon-wielding pro and you will find Nikon’s iconic 24-70mm f/2.8, and with good reason; this lens’ versatility and image quality has made it an essential workhorse lens for every type of shooter. The new AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR improves upon its respected predecessor in nearly every aspect, adding the best Nikon lens technologies to create an essential optic. An exciting evolution to come to this lens is the much-anticipated addition of Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization technology. With up to four stops of image stabilization*, the new 24-70mm f/2.8 VR is ready to tackle the challenging light of a wedding ceremony or on-the-spot news, while Tripod Mode helps to banish blur for landscape shooters. VR is also a huge benefit to filmmakers shooting handheld or on a rig who already appreciate the lens’ depth-of-field control and precise sharpness.
The new NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8 utilizes Nikon’s Electromagnetic Aperture control, which allows for consistent exposures during high speed bursts of shooting. This lens also improves upon image quality with new optical construction to provide clarity and consistently sharp images, and is ideal for capturing portraits, landscapes and weddings. For nearly any assignment in any kind of light, the combination of a fast f/2.8 constant maximum aperture and useful zoom range make this lens the choice of many professionals. A first for NIKKOR lenses, a new Aspherical Extra-Low Dispersion (ASP/ED) element is paired with traditional aspherical, ED and High-Refractive Index (HRI) elements for a thrilling new level of optical precision. Photos and videos take on a beautiful balance of sharpness and subtle blur effects, virtually free of flare, ghosting, coma and chromatic aberration throughout the frame. Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat is also employed to further reduce instances of ghosting and flare.
The new lens construction enhances durability and image quality, while retaining the overall balance and handling that made this a favorite of photographers in the first place. The lens is sealed and gasketed against the elements, and now features a fluorine coating on the front and rear element to make it easier to remove dirt, moisture and smudges from the lens surface. The optical formula consists of 20 elements in 16 groups, while a 9-blade diaphragm helps to create a pleasing, natural out of focus area with beautiful bokeh. Additionally, the AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR features a new filter diameter of 82mm and will accept the new Nikon CPL2 Circular Polarizer and 82mm NC (Neutral Color) filters.
AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
The new Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR is an exhilarating new lens option, giving enthusiast FX and DX-format photographers the ability to go further with amazing zoom power and tack-sharp clarity. This compact super-telephoto zoom is ideal for bringing distant subjects closer, including birds, sports, wildlife and motorsports. This lens opens the doors for a fresh new perspective; with a maximum reach of 500mm on FX-format Nikon cameras and a staggering 750mm equivalent reach on DX-format cameras. With a maximum aperture of f/5.6, photographers have the ability to fill much of the frame with their subject and create a pleasing background blur, even in challenging light. This lens also features Nikon’s Electromagnetic Aperture for consistent exposures, as well as VR with 4.5 stops of image stabilization. Additionally, the VR features Sport Mode, which is well-suited for capturing vibrant, sharp images of distant subjects at high frame rates or when panning with fast-moving action. The lens also lets users focus as close as 7.2 ft. throughout the entire focal range, for when a decisive play comes closer than expected, or capturing intricate details of nature.
Whether spending all day at an air race or in the field, the new NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6 is surprisingly lightweight at only 5 lbs 1.2 oz. (2300 grams) including the tripod collar, making this lens easy to use handheld for extended periods. Photographers looking for even more reach can increase the zoom power using an optional compatible Nikon 1.4x, 1.7x or 2x E series Teleconverters** to capture even the most distant subjects.
The new AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR’s optical formula features three ED elements to enhance sharpness and minimize chromatic aberration. A 9-blade aperture provides a desirable, smooth bokeh, while Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor technology helps to quickly and quietly achieve critical focus. The filter diameter of the new 200-500mm lens is 95mm, and Nikon will also offer optional 95mm NC (Neutral Color) and the 95mm Circular Polarizer CPL2 filters.
AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED
The AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED is the latest addition to the exceptional system of NIKKOR f/1.8 primes, and provides enthusiast photographers with a fast wide-angle prime lens that’s both lightweight and affordable. This new lens lets photographers immerse viewers into landscapes, interiors and architecture with amazing clarity and minimal distortion, while a fast maximum aperture delivers superb bokeh and excellent low-light ability. Whether a photographer’s passion is capturing environmental portraits or the delicious details of a meal, this lens creates a dramatic separation between subject and background.
The new NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8 complements Nikon’s high-resolution DSLRs and provides amazing image quality thanks to Nikon lens technologies including Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat. Additionally, this compact lens features ED and Aspherical lens elements for extreme sharpness while minimizing ghosting and flare.
Price and Availability
The new AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR will be available in late August for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $2399.95***. The AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR will be available in mid-September for the SRP $1399.95***. The new AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED will be available in mid-September for the SRP of 749.95***. For more information on these new NIKKOR lenses as well as other Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.
*Based on CIPA Standard. This value is achieved when FX-format compatible lenses are attached to a FX-format digital SLR camera and zoom lenses are set at the maximum telephoto position.
**Compatible with TC-14E series teleconverters (AF is only available when used with DSLR cameras that offer f/8 support. These include: D4, D4S, Df, D600, D610, D750, D800, D800E, D810, D810A, D7100, D7200). Compatible with TC-17E and TC-20E series teleconverters (AF not possible).
***SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change
|Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm F2.8E ED VR||Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm F5.6E ED VR||Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24mm F1.8G ED|
|Lens type||Zoom lens||Prime lens|
|Max Format size||35mm FF|
|Focal length||24–70 mm||200–500 mm||24 mm|
|Image stabilization||Yes (4 stops)||Yes (4.5 stops)||No|
|Lens mount||Nikon F (FX)|
|Number of diaphragm blades||9||7|
|Aperture notes||Rounded blades|
|Special elements / coatings||3 aspherical and 2 ED elements + nano crystal and fluorine coatings||3 ED elements||2 ED and 2 aspherical elements + nano crystal coat|
|Minimum focus||0.38 m (14.96″)||2.20 m (86.61″)||0.23 m (9.06″)|
|Motor type||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Full time manual||Yes|
|Focus distance limiter||No||Yes|
|Weight||1070 g (2.36 lb)||2300 g (5.07 lb)||355 g (0.78 lb)|
|Diameter||88 mm (3.46″)||108 mm (4.25″)||78 mm (3.07″)|
|Length||155 mm (6.1″)||268 mm (10.55″)||83 mm (3.27″)|
|Zoom method||Rotary (extending)|
|Filter thread||82 mm||95 mm||72 mm|
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