August 23, 2007: Coinciding with the release of details of its new DSLR cameras, Nikon has announced the impending release of five new Nikkor lenses.
The new AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lens combines an attractive wide-angle zoom range with a fast maximum aperture of f/2.8 at all focal lengths. Designed with ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements as aspherical components it also features large-diameter PGM (Precision Glass Moulding) elements to counteract coma and other aberrations at wide lens apertures. Nano Crystal Coat coating minimises internal reflections across a wide range of wavelengths, reducing the effects of ghosting and flare.
Nikon’s SWM (Silent Wave Motor) technology ensures fast and quiet autofocusing, while the M/A switch allows users to switch quickly between auto and manual focusing, even during AF servo operation. The rounded diaphragm ensures attractive bokeh and a fixed, flower-shaped lens hood is provided. The lens barrel is engineered for comfortable holding and dust and moisture resistance is a feature of its construction.
The AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED makes an excellent companion to the new 14-24mm lens and shares many of its design features, including the use of ED, PGM and aspherical lens elements and Nano Crystal Coat coatings. SWM technology ensures quiet focusing and zooming and the M/A switch allows fast alternation between auto and manual focusing. This lens also features a rounded diaphragm and dust and moisture resistant construction. A flower-shaped, bayonet-mounted lens hood is provided.
A trio of professional-quality super-telephoto Nikkor lenses has also been announced, featuring VR II image stabilisation. The AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/2.8G ED VR, the AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/4G ED VR and the AF-S Nikkor 600mm f/4G ED VR have been developed with a new optical design that integrates flawlessly with Nikon’s digital SLRs. Features include the use of ED glass elements and Nano Crystal Coat coatings plus a meniscus protective glass element to further reduce the chance of ghosting from light reflected from a digital camera’s sensor.
The AF-S 400mm f/2.8G ED VR
The AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/4G ED VR
The AF-S Nikkor 600mm f/4G ED VR
All three lenses come with Nikon’s SWM technology. Nine-blade rounded diaphragms ensure pictures have attractive bokeh. The 400mm lens can focus down to 2.9 metres, while the 500mm and 600mm lenses focus to 4.0 metres and 5.0 metres respectively. Ergonomic design ensures switches and control buttons are placed within easy access. A dedicated Focus Preset button provides instant recall of a pre-set focal point, while a Focus Limiter restricts AF-servo movement to a specified distance range to make lock-on faster.
Magnesium die-cast cases have been used to reduce the weight of these new lenses and all have been built to resist both dust and moisture. The VR system claims to offer shutter speeds up to four stops faster than would be achievable without VR. A new Tripod mode setting reduces the vibration that may occur when the shutter is triggered with the camera tripod-mounted. For more information, visit www.nikon.com.au.