Nikon will update its telephoto zoom lens range with the addition of the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR, which features third generation Vibration Reduction (VR) technology.


The new AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR lens. (Source: Nikon.)

Designed for FX (‘full frame’) cameras, the new lens provides a popular and versatile focal length range and a constant f/4 aperture. Applications include sports, portraiture and wildlife shooting.  The new lens is smaller  and lighter than Nikon’s AF-S NIKKOR 70-200   f/2.8 lens and offers a valuable alternative that maintains high image quality and fast response times. The VR stabilisation system claims to offer the equivalent shutter speed compensation of approximately five stops.

Constructed from 20 optical elements in 14 groups, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4 maintains several core Nikon technologies including the proprietary Nano Crystal Coat to significantly reduce ghosting and flaring. Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM) provides  quiet and responsive autofocus (AF) operation. The lens also features two versatile focus modes, M/A (autofocus with manual override) and M (manual focus).

The AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4 is scheduled for release in the USA in late November 2012, where it will sell  for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $1,399.95. No information has been provided on Australian pricing or release date.