From the sublime to the ridiculous? No, from the wide to the super tele, Nikon FX shooters have some new gear to consider.
They are the AF-S Nikkor 800 mm f/5.6E FL ED VR super-telephoto lens and AF-S Nikkor 18-35 mm f/3.5-4.5G ED ultra-wide-angle zoom lens.
The 18-35 mm features an extremely compact and lightweight 385 g (13.6 oz) body, constructed with 12 elements in eight groups, and offering a seven-blade diaphragm, ED glass for minimal chromatic aberration, and Nikon’s Super Integrated Coating (SIC) to reduce ghosting even in backlit situations.
Two focus modes are available – M/A (AF with manual override) and M (Manual) – in addition to a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) that enables quiet AF operation.
Specifically engineered for sports, wildlife and photojournalists, the 800 mm offers the longest focal length of any Nikkor autofocus lens.
Included with the new lens is the matched AF-S Teleconverter TC800-1.25E ED, which has been developed exclusively for this lens. This is the first Nikon teleconverter to employ an ED glass element, and extends the maximum focal length 1.25x to 1000 mm (1500 mm when used with a DX-format camera) and maximum aperture to f/7.1.
Originally trialed and tested at the 2012 Summer Games, the 800 mm lens is the first Nikon lens constructed with two fluorite glass elements, combined with two ED glass elements and a Nano Crystal Coat, to help ensure outstanding performance with minimal chromatic aberration and flaring.
The addition of fluorite elements allows for consistently excellent optical characteristics while keeping the lens balanced and lightweight, says Nikon. The lens has 20 elements in 13 groups, and is one of few Nikon lenses to utilize an electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism that enables seamless mechanical control and enhanced stability in auto exposure control during continuous shooting.
Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization is also implemented.
The AF-S Nikkor 18-35 mm f/3.5-4.5G ED is scheduled to be available in March at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $799.95.
The AF-S Nikkor 800 mm f/5.6E FL ED VR, supplied with the AF-S Teleconverter TC800-1.25E ED, is scheduled to be available in April at an MSRP (and you knew it wasn’t going to be inexpensive) of $18,499.95.