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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I currently have a Nikon D3100 series with an ED 18 to  55 mm (1.35  - 1.56 Gll; and a ED 55 to 200 mm lens (1:4 - 5.6G). 

My question follows:  what would your experts suggest for the novice photographer who would like to do some wild life photography and perhaps and occassional high quality portrait. 

PS:  I am quite new to the "Digital Age" as much of my photography experience is with SLR (Pentax and a variety of Takumar Lenses and filters including strobe flash.  Would appreciate any advice / suggestions.  Also I still have my old dark room setup and very much enjoy Black & White film and picture developement.  Thanks.


Ken H.

Hi Ken,

I loved my Pentax, Takumar lenses and spending a lot of time in my darkroom making B&W prints.  Welcome to the digital world, it smells better, even if we do like the smell of fixer in the morning. :)

Your D3100 is a great little camera.  I look at your question and at your camera and the world of wild life photography.  Unless you are blessed with excess cash I would think the logical lens for you is the 75-300 VR.  If you were able to hand hold the old Pentax at low shutter speed and get sharp photos you should still be able to hand hold the 75-300 VR.  This lens is fairly affordable and fairly sharp.  Anything longer than 300mm and you will most likely need a tripod.  Renting before you buy is a good way of finding out if this is really what you want.  

As for your high quality portrait lens.  The DX camera sensor gives the 50mm lens a 75mm equivelent on the 35mm negative.  So if you are on a budget consider the 50mm f1.8 AFS.   Great little lens for just over $200

Will the new Nikon 200-500 zoom telephoto work with my D5300?