Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Nikon announces new 200-500mm f/5.6, 24-70mm f/2.8, and 24mm f/1.8 lenses

Nikon has announced three exciting new lenses for pre-order.

First up is the new Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR Lens. If this lens produces anywhere near the quality level of the Nikkor 80-400mm it is bound to be a best seller, especially at a price of $1396.95. Admittedly, f/5.6 is a somewhat slow aperture, but coupled with a 4.5 VR (Vibration Reduction), it should be just fine for anyone wanting a more compact super-zoom at a low cost. I will definitely be taking a hard look at this lens when it becomes available in mid-September.

The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR Lens can be pre-ordered at a cost of lnly $1396.95 from B&H


Next up is a newly re-designed Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Lens, one of the two major work-horse zooms of many a pro-photographer. The new version now comes with VR image stabilization to reduce camera shake by up to 4 shutter stops. 

In addition to aspherical, extra-low dispersion, and high refractive index elements the new version incorporates a revised optical design with a unique aspherical extra-low dispersion element to help reduce chromatic aberrations and distortions. Along with protective Fluorine coatings on the front and rear elements, a Nano Crystal Coat has been applied to lens elements to minimize surface and internal reflections for a marked reduction in lens flare and ghosting.

The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Lens is available for pre-order now for $2396.95 with delivery expected after August 27th. Pre-order here from B&H


Last up is a Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED Lens for $746.95. With this lens Nikon adds a popular 24mm focal length lens to its new lineup of relatively fast f.1.8 aperture lenses . For a sacrifice of only 2/3 f/stop in maximum aperture, the savings is 1/3 the price of a 24mm f/1.4 lens. In general these f/1.8 lenses are just cut-down versions of their faster siblings and have the same exceptional optical quality. They are also lighter and more compact. I have the 20mm f/1.8 and love it. I'm sure this lens will be just as good. 

The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED Lens is available for pre-order now for $746.95 with delivery around September 17th. Pre-order it here from B&H

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