Nikon 180-400 mm lens

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Definitely not your average snapshooter’s lens! Nikon’s AF-S Nikkor 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR has a name which begs explanation. This pro level FX-format lens has been updated not only with the newest lens technologies and an advanced optical formula to enhance performance and reduce weight, but it also features the company’s first ever built-in teleconverter. Ah, now the TC1.4 part of the nomenclature makes sense.

The lens delivers a constant f/4 aperture and the built-in 1.4X teleconverter allows photographers to seamlessly swap to a 252-560 mm. The teleconverter is engaged at the flick of a switch, and is easily operated with a single finger while looking through the viewfinder. When used on DX-format DSLRs, the focal length is the equivalent of 270-600 mm (378-840 mm with the teleconverter engaged).

The lens features an electromagnetic diaphragm, helping to create smooth and consistent exposures while shooting high-speed bursts of images, Nikon explains. What’s more, the AF tracking algorithm controlling the motor drive has been enhanced to increase tracking performance of fast moving subjects. When using

cameras equipped with Nikon’s advanced 153-point AF system (D5, D500, D850), the outer row of AF points are activated as cross-type sensors to significantly enhance the AF coverage throughout the frame. This feature will be available with a firmware upgrade for the D5, D850 and D500.

The lens now uses a fluorite element, which contributes to improved balance while minimizing weight. To further enhance handling and agility, the lens has adopted a new ball-bearing tripod collar ring to create a seamless transition from shooting horizontal to vertical composition. The VR mechanism offers a normal and sports mode, with up to four stops of compensation to help create sharp images, even when handheld.

The lens construction includes the use of durable magnesium alloy for weight reduction, while the lens is also sealed against dust and moisture. A fluorine coating is also used to help repel water droplets and dirt.

The optical formula of the lens uses eight Extra Low Dispersion (ED) elements, doubling the amount of ED elements used by its predecessor, the Nikkor 200-400mm. Nikon says the optics help to provide extremely sharp and detailed images and 4K video. Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat is used to effectively suppress instances of ghosting and flare, says the company.

The AF-S Nikkor 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR will be available in March for a suggested retail price of $15,549.95.


Three Nikon wide-angle lenses

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10-20 mm

Nikon has three new wide-angle Nikkor lenses on the way – the ultra-wide zoom and lightweight DX-format AF-P DX Nikkor 10-20 mm f/4.5-5.6G VR, AF-S Fisheye Nikkor 8-15 mm f/3.5-4.5E ED (FX-format) circular fisheye zoom, and the AF-S Nikkor 28 mm f/1.4E ED. Both the 8-15 mm and 28 mm lenses are the latest additions to the Gold Ring Series of Nikkor lenses, a mark identifying Nikon’s premium lens offerings.

The new 10-20 mm lens is said to combine superior image quality and an attainable price. It features the equivalent of 3.5 stops of Vibration Reduction (VR) performance, utilizes Nikon’s Pulse Motor technology for super-fast and quiet AF operation, and the optical formula contains three aspherical elements for excellent image quality with minimal distortion even at the widest focal length. The lens has a close minimum focusing distance of 8.6 inches (0.22 m).

8-15 mm

The 8-15 mm is Nikon’s first fisheye zoom, an FX-format lens providing a 180-degree vertical / horizontal angle of view on full frame cameras, and zooms to a non-circular fisheye view on the long end of the focal range. The lens is constructed of lightweight magnesium alloy and employs internal focusing (IF) to retain its compact size, even while focusing.  It is also uses an electromagnetic diaphragm, for consistent exposure during high speed shooting, or smooth exposure control while capturing video.

The optical formula of the 8-15 mm zoom consists of three ED elements to reduce chromatic aberration, and two aspherical lens elements to minimize coma, even at the widest aperture, and enable a more compact lens size. Additionally, the front lens element is coated with Nikon’s non-stick Fluorine coat to help resist dirt, fingerprints and smudge, while Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat helps reduce ghost and flare.

28 mm

The 28 mm lens has a nine blade rounded diaphragm, in a body composed of lightweight magnesium alloy and featuring dust and water drop resistant sealing to withstand the elements, combined with a fluorine coating to resist dirt and smudges. The optical construction consists of 14 elements in nine groups, with three aspherical elements that virtually eliminate coma, aberration and distortion, with two ED glass elements that minimize chromatic aberration, says the company. The lens also uses Nikon’s Nano-crystal coat to reduce instances of ghosting and flare.

The Nikon AF-S Fisheye Nikkor 8-15 mm f/3.5-4.5E ED, AF-P DX Nikkor 10-20 mm f/4.5-5.6G VR, and AF-S Nikkor 28 mm f/1.4E ED will be available in mid-summer for a  manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $1699.95, $414.95 and $2699.95, respectively.

Two pro Nikon lenses

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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.

nikon-70_200The redesigned 70-200 mm lens sports an updated optical formula capable of “amazing image quality,” while optimized for high-speed shooting.

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.

nikon-19The 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.

Nikon 105 mm f/1.4

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nikon 105The AF-S Nikkor 105 mm f/1.4E ED, which Nikon delightfully calls “glamourous glass” and “luxurious,” is a premium lens the company says delivers “gorgeous” bokeh, “impressive” sharpness and beautiful colour rendition. But the piece de resistance is its f/1.4 aperture.

Nikon says the lens offers “stellar” optical performance, across the frame. The lens can also reproduce point light sources faithfully without sagittal coma flare, even on frame edges, says the company.

The lens features Nikon’s electromagnetic aperture control technology for consistent exposures, even during high speed continuous shooting.

Solid build quality is well-balanced for all-day shooting, while the lens is sealed and gasketed to resist dust and moisture. Additional fluorine coatings are used on the front and rear elements, so that smudges, dirt and moisture are easily removed. Inside the lens, the optical formula consists of 14 elements in nine groups, which include three ED glass elements. A nine-blade diaphragm further helps to create a circular, pleasing out of focus area. The lens also features Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat technology to significantly reduce instances of ghosting and flare.

The AF-S Nikkor 105 mm f/1.4E ED will be available in late August, for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $2,799.95.

Nikon 18-55 mm DX lenses

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The G version
The G version

Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55 VRThat’s no typo in the headline; Nikon has announced two 18-55 mm DX lenses, the AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and the AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G.

The lenses are identical except for the addition of Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) system in one of them.

Both lenses are the equivalent of 27-82.5 mm.

What makes them new is that both are the first AF-P lenses for Nikon digital SLR cameras, utilizing stepping motors to drive AF for fast and quiet autofocusing.

In addition, they have a compact and lightweight design using retractable barrels, plus two aspherical lens elements which has resulted in superior optical performance, suppressing with which various types of aberration, including distortion and spherical aberration, says the company.

The VR system is claimed to offer camera shake compensation equivalent to 4 stops.

There’s no information yet on availability or price.

A potent combination

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Potent combo

Several months ago I learned I was going to be shooting a wedding celebration on the Greek island of Serifos in mid-September.

Included in the equipment I used were the Nikon Speedlight SB-910 and Nikkor 20 mm f/1.8G ED lens, a potent combination.

Check out the story here.

Three Nikon lenses

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24-70 mm
24-70 mm

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.

200-500 mm
200-500 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.

24 mm
24 mm

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.

Nikon 400 mm f/2.8 lens

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nikon 400The AF-S Nikkor 400 mm f/2.8E FL ED VR lens and AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III are aimed at professional and what Nikon terms “passionate” photographers. The 400 mm lens is lighter and more durable than its predecessor, and the teleconverter is said to boost the focal length while maintaining detail and sharpness.

The 400 mm lens delivers enhancements to the optical characteristics of the lens, a refined optical formula, as well as improved autofocus (AF), exposure accuracy and speed. The lens now contains two fluorite elements that, together with two Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements and Nano Crystal Coat, help ensure what the company is terming outstanding performance with minimal chromatic aberration and flaring.

The internal construction of the lens comprises 16 elements in 12 groups, and features an electromagnetic diaphragm, similar to that employed in the AF-S Nikkor 800 mm f/5.6 lens. Denoted by the “E” designation, this feature allows for stable exposures during high-speed shooting, such as the ability to shoot at 11 frames-per-second (fps) with the Nikon D4S.

Additionally, the lens employs a nine-blade rounded diaphragm that creates a circular, natural-looking out-of-focus area.

The refined construction of this lens has additional benefits, creating a “beautifully balanced instrument” for professionals that is nearly two full pounds (816 grams) lighter than its predecessor.

Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) technology delivers up to four stops of image stabilization.

New VR Sport Mode, when shooting action, especially on a monopod, recognizes a panning motion to provide accurate compensation for camera shake, resulting in super-sharp images, with motion blur where the photographer intended.

For working in challenging environments, the lens features a protective front meniscus element with a fluorine coating which resists dirt and moisture on the front of the lens. Other pro-minded features include the addition of a rotating tripod collar for seamless switching between compositions, and buttons on the lens barrel compatible with the new AF functions of the Nikon D4S.

The new 1.4x teleconverter is said to retains the lens’ image quality, even at wide-open apertures, and the enhanced optical system reduces chromatic lens aberration, while preserving the accuracy of the AF system.

 The construction of the teleconverter has been significantly upgraded for both durability and optical brilliance. Comprising seven elements within four groups, the outer elements feature a fluorine coating for enhanced resistance to dirt and water droplets. For added durability, the lens barrel has been designed for increased moisture and dust resistance.

The AF-S Nikkor 400 mm f/2.8E FL ED VR lens is scheduled to be available late August at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $13,199.95.

The AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III is scheduled to be available in late August at an MSRP of $549.95.

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300 mm

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nikon AFS DX 18-300The AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300 mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR telephoto zoom lens is designed for DX-format photographers.

It is more than 30 percent lighter than the 18-300 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens (both 27-450 mm equivalent) and offers an extensive feature set that produces vibrant colours and sharp details with minimal distortion.

Helping to ensure clear photos and videos even in low-light situations while also combatting the effects of camera shake, the new lens comes equipped with Nikon’s VR image stabilization technology, providing the lens with four stops of stabilization to help make shooting a blur-free experience, even while handheld, says the company.

Weight is 550 g.

The lens’ construction contains 16 optical elements in 12 groups and includes three Aspherical (AS) and three Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements to produce maximum contrast while minimizing lens flare and ghosting. Its three ED glass elements effectively minimize chromatic aberration at even the widest aperture settings, notes Nikon.

The lens incorporates a seven rounded-blade diaphragm.

Like many of Nikon’s newest Nikkor lenses, the new 18-300 incorporates a Silent Wave Motor (SWM), designed to deliver fast, accurate and quiet autofocusing (AF) performance, plus Internal Focusing (IF), resulting in a more compact, streamlined lens design.

The AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300 mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR lens is scheduled to be available later this month at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $879.95.

Nikon FX 35 mm lens

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The AF-S Nikkor 35 mm f/1.8G is a fixed lens covering a 63-degree angle of view with a constant f/1.8 aperture.

The lens’ construction includes one ED and one aspheric element in addition to a Silent Wave Motor to provide quiet AF operation.

The AF-S Nikkor 35 mm f/1.8G lens is scheduled to be available in February for an MSRP of $629.95.