Nikon says the next-gen AF-S Nikkor 70-200 mm f/2.8E FL ED VR sets a new standard for pro telephoto workhorse lenses, while new the PC Nikkor 19 mm f/4E ED is Nikon’s widest ever tilt-shift Nikkor offering. The company says the two FX-format lenses are designed to achieve “amazing optical performance” for the most demanding professional and enthusiast photographers.
The lens provides up to four stops of Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization, an improvement from its predecessor. During burst shooting, the lens takes advantage of an electromagnetic diaphragm for consistent auto-exposure control. Additionally, a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables ultra-fast and quiet AF operation with seamless manual focus override. Photographers will also appreciate assignable function buttons on the lens barrel that offer customization, perfect for engaging pre-set autofocus or other focusing options.
A new optical formula consisting of six ED elements, one fluorite element, a high refractive element and Nano Crystal Coat helps make for a lighter and more versatile lens, while reducing chromatic aberration and helping to all but eliminate distortion, ghosting and flare, says Nikon. The magnesium alloy lens barrel features superior weather-sealing to achieve anti-dust and waterdrop-resistance, while fluorine coating on both the front and rear glass facilitates easy cleaning.
The perspective control 19 mm lens is a tilt-shift offering 97° of coverage. Tilt the lens to sharpen focus throughout a scene or create a miniature effect, or shift to adjust perspective in-camera, create panoramas or eliminate converging lines.
For the first time with a Nikkor PC lens, the direction of tilt operation can be made parallel or perpendicular to shift.
The lens was crafted with three ED and two aspherical elements that help combat distortion and glare, while virtually eliminating chromatic aberration and coma, even at the widest aperture settings. The lens also features Nano Crystal Coat to combat ghosting and flare, an electromagnetic diaphragm for fast auto-exposure control, as well as a fluorine coat that helps resist dirt, water spots and smudges.
Depending on combination of shift and rotation, operation may be restricted by mechanical interference between the lens and camera when used with certain Nikon cameras. Models that can be used without any limitation: D5, D4 series, D3 series, D810 Series, D500. Models that can be used with some limitations: Df, D800 series, D750, D610, D600, D300 series, D7200, D7100, D5500, D5300, D5200 D5000, D5100, D3400, D3300, D3200, D3100. Models that are not compatible: D2 series, D1 series, D200, D100, D90, D80, D70 series, D3000, D60, D50, D40 series, film cameras, Nikon 1 series with FT-1.
The AF-S Nikkor 70-200 mm F/2.8E FL ED VR will be available in November for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $3,699.95.
The PC Nikkor 19 mm F/4E ED also will be available in November, for an MSRP of $4,499.95.
Three new lenses from Sigma are designed to maximize the performance of interchangeable lens cameras (ILC): 19 mm f/2.8 DN wide-angle lens, 30 mm f/2.8 DN standard lens, and 60 mm f/2.8 DN medium-telephoto lens.
All three lenses are part of Sigma’s Art line, incorporating advanced optical technology to ensure the highest quality images.
The 19 mm lens has an angle-of-view equivalent to 38 mm on the Micro Four Thirds (MFT) system and 28.5 mm on the E-mount system.
The 30 mm lens has an angle-of-view equivalent to 60 mm on the MFT system and 45 mm on the E-mount system.
The 60 mm lens has an angle-of-view equivalent to 120 mm on the MFT system and 90 mm on the E-mount system.
Sigma notes the simple shape of the focus ring, the use of metal on almost all external areas of the lens, and the unibody design of the hood all add up to a lens design ideal for ILCs.
The 19 mm lens features three glass-mold aspherical lenses, which provide excellent correction for distortion and field curvature.
Inspired by the optical design of Sigma’s DP2 Merrill camera, the 30 mm lens features two glass-mold aspherical lenses, including a high-quality, double-sided aspherical lens, providing excellent correction for distortion and other types of aberration.
The 60 mm lens incorporates Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass to help minimize axial and transverse chromatic aberration. Glass-mold aspherical lenses help minimize coma.
All three lenses include an inner focusing system that corrects the fluctuation of aberration to maintain image quality regardless of the focusing position.
These lenses benefit from a linear AF motor that moves the lens unit directly, without the need for gears or other mechanical parts. This system ensures accurate and quiet autofocusing, making the lens suitable for video recording as well as still photography.
Other features include a 7-blade rounded diaphragm and brass bayonet mount.
The three new lenses are available in black and silver finishes for Micro Four Thirds and Sony E-Mount compatible cameras. Available in June, the 19 mm f/2.8 DN, 30 mm f/2.8 DN, and 60 mm f/2.8 DN lenses have suggested retail prices of $219.95, $219.95, and TBA, respectively.