Unveiled: Nikon Announces a Super-Tele Zoom, Fast Prime, and Adds VR to the 24-70mm f/2.8


Nikon’s newest additions to their line of professional FX-format lenses are sure to please a variety of photographers as all three lenses have very different applications. Nikon’s AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR is an update to one of their most popular zoom lenses with this version seeing the addition of Vibration Reduction to reduce the appearance of camera shake, providing up to 4 stops of compensation. Also new to the 24-70mm is the inclusion of an Aspherical Extra-Low Dispersion (ASP/ED) element which works with Aspherical, Extra-low Dispersion (ED), and High Refractive Index (HRI) elements to minimize flare, ghosting, coma, and aberrations to deliver sharp, high-contrast imagery. Additionally, it benefits from the implementation of an Electromagnetic aperture diaphragm, which ensures accuracy and consistency among exposures.

Completely new to Nikon’s lineup is the AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR Lens, a new super telephoto zoom which adds 100mm on its long end compared to their existing 200-400mm f/4 lens. Vibration Reduction provides up to 4.5 stops of compensation, a welcome addition for shooting stills or video at long focal lengths while a dedicated Sports Mode is useful for camera pans often used when tracking fast-moving subjects. ED glass helps reduce glare, while a Silent Wave Motor powers fast, quiet autofocusing. This lens also features an Electromagnetic diaphragm, which will benefit high continuous shooting rates and shutter speeds, even when an optional teleconverter is in use.

Alongside these two zooms is the AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED lens, Nikon’s sixth addition to their FX-format f/1.8 line where it fits perfectly between the 20mm and 28mm.  It features Nano Crystal Coating to minimize flare and ghosting, Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass, and Aspherical (AS) elements to help reduce chromatic aberrations and contribute to sharp, high-contrast imagery.


In addition to the three lenses, Nikon is also releasing a host of accompanying accessories, most notably an 82mm Circular Polarizer II Filter, and an 82mm Neutral Color NC Filter for the 24-70mm, as well as a 95mm Circular Polarizer II Filter and a 95mm Neutral Color NC Filter for the 200-500mm lens.

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