Hard on the heels of Nikon’s July announcement of three new lenses, along come three more lenses – a refined popular favourite, a lighter super-telephoto zoom and a fast wide-angle prime – all aimed at enthusiasts and pros.
The AF-S Nikkor 24-70 mm f/2.8E ED VR is an evolutionary product, says the company, with improved versatility and image quality.
The lightweight AF-S Nikkor 200-500 mm f/5.6E ED VR kicks out to 750 mm when used on a DX camera.
The AF-S Nikkor 24 mm f/1.8G ED is the latest addition to Nikon’s line of f/1.8 fixed focal length lenses.
The new 24-70 improves upon its predecessor in nearly every aspect, says Nikon, adding the best Nikon lens technologies, including Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization with up to four stops of image stabilization. Tripod Mode helps banish blur for landscape shooters.
The 24-70 uses 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. 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 new level of optical precision, the company says. 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 also further reduces instances of ghosting and flare.
The new lens construction enhances durability and image quality while retaining the overall balance and handling of its predecessor. 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 lens features a new filter diameter of 82 mm.
The new 200-500 mm 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 for capturing vibrant, sharp images of distant subjects at high frame rates or when panning with fast-moving action. Additionally, the lens lets users focus as close as 7.2 ft. throughout the entire focal range.
The zoom weighs 2300 g (5 lbs 1.2 oz.) including the tripod collar, which Nikon suggests makes it easy to hand-hold for extended periods. Nikon also notes the availability of optional Nikon 1.4x, 1.7x or 2x E series teleconverters.
The 200-500’s optical formula features three ED elements to enhance sharpness and minimize chromatic aberration. A 9-blade aperture provides a 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 95 mm, and Nikon will also offer optional 95 mm NC (Neutral Colour) and 95 mm Circular Polarizer CPL2 filters.
The 24 mm f/1.8G ED is both lightweight and affordable, says Nikon. This new lens lets photographers immerse viewers into landscapes, interiors and architecture with amazing clarity and minimal distortion, while a fast maximum aperture delivers creamy bokeh and excellent low-light ability.
The new lens provides “amazing” image quality thanks to Nikon lens technologies including Nano Crystal Coat. Additionally, this compact lens features ED and Aspherical lens elements for extreme sharpness while minimizing ghosting and flare.
The AF-S Nikkor 24-70 mm f/2.8E ED VR will be available in late August for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $2,799.95. The AF-S Nikkor 200-500 mm f/5.6E ED VR will be available in mid-September for an MSRP of $1,649.95. The AF-S Nikkor 24 mm f/1.8G ED will be available in mid-September for an MSRP of $879.95.