New lens trio refreshes Nikon lens line-up

Image: The new AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR goes on sale on August 27

AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR: $2,399.95 / £1,849.99 / €2,499 (Sales date: August 27)
AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR: $1,399.95 / £1,179.99 / €1,599 (Sales Date:TBC)
AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G: $749.95 / £629.99 / €849 (Sales date: TBC)

August 4: Nikon today announced the launch of three new lenses, including an upgrade to its legendary 24-70mm f/2.8G zoom, first launched with the Nikon D3 back in 2007. Wildlife photographers will also be interested in the brand new ‘big zoom’, a 200-500mm telephoto zoom with a constant f/5.6 maximum aperture, while devotees of fast prime lenses have been served with a new 24mm f/1.8 wideangle. All three lenses are FX (full-frame) format, so also compatible with Nikon’s DX SLR camera line-up.

Nikon’s current 24-70mm f/2.8G lens is one of the most popular with pros and still highly regarded, but the new 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR features a number of major differences which Nikon believes offer a significant improvement to the current model.

New optical design
In a first for any Nikkor lens, the new optical design of the 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR includes an aspherical ED glass element. Developed to combat chromatic aberrations and coma, this new element reduces light fall-off. A brand new Vibration reduction (VR) system minimises camera shake and Nikon claims will allow photographers to shoot at shutter speeds up to four stops slower, handheld. AF has also been improved thanks to Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM), which is up to 1.5 times faster than the SWM used in the 24-70mm f/2.8G.

The addition of an electromagnetic diaphragm enables consistent, more precise exposures during high-speed bursts, reducing the risk of accidental damage that can be associated with mechanical lever mechanisms. The lens is fully weather sealed and there is a fluorine coating applied to the front and rear elements of the lens, which repels water, dust, and dirt without compromising image quality. The coating also makes it easier to clean the glass without damaging the surface.

New features
Nikon extends its versatile f/1.8 line-up of prime lenses with the all-new AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.8G ED.The fast f/1.8 aperture offers shallow depth of field, smooth bokeh, clear low-light images, and a bright viewfinder image. The close focus distance of just 0.23 m offers additional versatility and creative freedom. The optical construction includes 12 elements in nine groups, including two extra-low-dispersion (ED) glass elements, two aspherical lens elements, and Nikon’s Nano Crystal coating. Distortion is well controlled, as are any potential flaws that typically occur at the periphery of a wideangle lens, such as light fall-off or loss of sharpness.
Above: The AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.8G ED is the latest addition to the Nikon line-up of f/1.8 prime lenses

A brand new ‘big zoom’
The new AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR is probably the biggest surprise of the three new FX lenses. It offers impressive reach at a constant f/5.6 maximum aperture, which Nikon says enables consistent speed and smooth control over depth of field across the entire zoom range. Optical construction is made up of 19 elements in 12 groups, and features three ED glass elements to help ensure minimal chromatic aberration.

As the longest fixed-aperture zoom in the current Nikkor line-up, the new Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6 also boasts the latest generation of Nikon’s VR technology and includes Sport VR mode for tracking fast action. In addition, Nikon’s SWM offers a fast AF response. The electromagnetic diaphragm delivers stable AE control even during high-speed continuous shooting.

Above: The new AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR is the longest fixed aperture zoom in the Nikon line-up

Sales dates for the AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR and AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.8G have yet to be confirmed but an on sale date of August 27 has been set for the AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR.,

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