Nikon has announced the impending release of its new AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR zoom lens and PC Nikkor 19mm f/4E ED tilt/shift lens for Nikon FX-format DSLR cameras.


Side view of the new AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II zoom lens. (Source: Nikon.)

The new AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR is a next-generation FX lens with a constant maximum aperture of f/2.8 throughout its entire zoom range. Weighing 110 grams less than its predecessor, it is also dust- and moisture-resistant and features Nikon’s  fluorine coating on the front element to prevent grime from accumulating on the surface of the lens. The built-in stabilisation system delivers up to 4.0 stops of shake correction, while improved autofocus tracking performance and an electromagnetic aperture mechanism for auto exposure accuracy provide the performance professional photographers require. The new lens will also focus closer than its predecessor and offers improved handling characteristics, thanks to four focus function buttons and a tripod collar ring that enables quick and smooth switching between horizontal and vertical shooting orientations.

The adoption of one fluorite, one high refractive index (HRI), and six Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) lens elements provides effective compensation for a variety of aberrations. This combination of the lens elements, together with Nano Crystal Coat, ensures the high rendering characteristics plus minimised ghosting and flare. The fast f/2.8 maximum aperture throughout the entire 70-200mm zoom range allows scope for a shallow depth of field and smooth bokeh effect. This lens is due for release in Australia on 10 November, 2016.  


The new PC Nikkor 19mm f/4E ED  lens. (Source: Nikon.)

The new PC Nikkor 19mm f/4E ED is the latest ultra-wide-angle Perspective Control lens to support a shift function that moves the optical axis parallel to the image plane, and a tilt function which allows the optical axis to be tilted in relation to the image plane. These functions allow users to control the perspective to correct the distortion of subjects dependent upon camera angle, and bring entire scenes and subjects with depth into focus (foreground to background). The angle of view of this lens is the widest of the PC Nikkor series of lenses and ideal for landscape, architectural and interior photography.

The optical design includes three ED lens elements that reduce chromatic aberration, and two aspherical lens elements, which provide effective compensation for a variety of aberrations, including distortion. Nano Crystal Coating effectively reduces ghosting and flare. Nikon’s  fluorine coat has been applied for superior durability and resistance to dust, water, grease, and dirt.

In addition to the conventional “Rotation” mechanism, the PC NIKKOR 19mm f/4E ED adopts a new “PC Rotation” mechanism to increase the flexibility of perspective control. This new mechanism allows users to freely set the way shift and tilt relate to one another from parallel to perpendicular, responding precisely to a variety of shooting intents. Operation with perspective control has been improved with a shift mechanism that can eliminate the need for lock operation and ensure smooth shift operation.  As this lens is equipped with an electromagnetic aperture, it is not compatible with D2- or D1-series, D200, D100, D90, D80, D70-series, D60, D50, D40-series, or D3000 digital SLR cameras or film SLR cameras or Nikon 1 series cameras. This lens is scheduled to go on sale on 27 October 2016.

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