Nikon Covers a Full Range with Two New Zooms


Whether your camera supports FX lenses, DX lenses, or both, Nikon has been busy creating a new lens for each type, and has revealed them to the world today. Covering a highly versatile wide angle to medium telephoto zoom range, the AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR delivers excellent high-contrast images and HD videos. If you want a single lens that can cover every imaginable shooting situation, from wide-angle group shots all the way out to ultra high-power zoom shots, then the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens is your all-in-one solution.

AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens

Surpassing the previous incarnations of the 24-85mm focal length, the new AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lens has been dubbed the first in a series of potentially less expensive FX lenses, and brings this particular focal length back stronger than ever before. Savings, in this case, do not mean a decrease in performance, because the 24-85mm lens comes with the same VR II vibration-reduction technology found in more expensive models, as well as three aspherical and one high-quality ED lens element for greater image clarity and contrast. These combine to minimize or eliminate aberrations and further improve the quality of images.

The incorporation of Nikon’s Super Integrated Coating (SIC) has enhanced the light-transmission efficiency of this lens, as well as the 18-300mm, for it offers superior color consistency and significantly reduced lens flare and ghosting. Vibration reduction provides the ability to shoot at shutter speeds up to four stops slower than lenses without the technology, providing added versatility in low-light situations. The lens’s VR system will also automatically detect when you’re panning across a scene, adjusting accordingly without any menu options or mode switching. All of these features will significantly improve your photography, especially in low light.

A lens that knows where it stands, Nikon’s Vibration Reduction image stabilization system recognizes when the camera is mounted on a tripod and provides precise shutter vibration correction, thanks to its Auto Tripod Detection. This adjusts the way your lens operates in various situations, so you can focus on making images.

AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens

The AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens is designed to provide an outstanding zoom range, which could easily cover a camera bag’s worth of separate lenses. Spanning 18-300mm, with a 35mm equivalent of 27-450mm, this optical wonder covers many favorite focal lengths for landscape, street, portrait and event photography—without the need to switch lenses several times during a single session.

In addition, the 18-300mm lens also employs a zoom-lock switch, a 9-blade rounded diaphragm opening, as well as three ED and three aspherical lens elements. The zoom-lock switch helps to keep the lens secure, at its minimum focal length, preventing it from extending and getting bumped or damaged. Utilizing a 9-blade rounded diaphragm allows beautiful bokeh (blurred background effects) in photos with a shallow depth of field. Nikon’s legendary ED glass has been backed up with three aspheric elements: added together, the combination of these exciting features ensures extremely high image quality, clarity and contrast in every frame you capture.

The 18-300mm lens utilizes the same VR II vibration reduction as the new 24-85mm, and they both employ the Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for fast, quiet autofocus, which converts “traveling waves” into rotational energy that will then focus the optics within your lens. All of this is occurring at fractions of a second in order to provide you with high-speed autofocusing that is both accurate and quiet for when you need it most.

For faster switching between auto and manual focus modes, the 18-300mm, as well as 24-85mm, are a part of the select group of Nikkor lenses that have a M/A focus mode switch. The benefit of this is that you can switch from automatic to manual focusing without a hitch by simply turning the focusing ring on the lens. Both lenses feature internal focusing technology, allowing for compact, lightweight construction as well as a closer minimum focusing distance(1.48' / 0.45 m) all the way out to the 300mm focal length.

Whether you’re looking for a standard zoom range with the AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lens, or an incredible zoom range with the AF-S Nikkor DX 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens—Nikon’s got you covered.

  AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens  AF-S Nikkor DX 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens
Focal Length 24 - 85mm 18 - 300mm
35mm Equivalent N/A 27 - 450mm
Zoom 3.5x 16.7x
Mount Type Nikon F-Bayonet Nikon F-Bayonet
Lens Format FX DX
Maximum Aperture f/3.5 f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum Aperture f/22 - 29 f/22 - 32
Elements/Groups 16 elements / 11 groups 19 elements / 14 groups
Element Types
1 ED lens element
3 Aspherical lens elements
3x Aspherical lens elements
3x ED lens elements
Super Integrated Coating Yes Yes
Auto Focus AF-S (Silent Wave Motor) AF-S (Silent Wave Motor)
Internal Focus Yes Yes
Focus Mode Manual / Auto Focus (M/A) Manual / Auto Focus (M/A)
G-Type Yes Yes
Angle of View 28°30' - 84° 5°20 ' - 76°
Focusing Nikon Internal Focusing (IF) System
Autofocus controlled by Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
Separate focus ring for manual focus
Nikon Internal Focusing (IF) System
Autofocus controlled by Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
Separate focus ring for manual focus
Minimum Focus Distance 1.25' (0.38 m) 1.48' (0.45 m)
Magnification Not Specified by Manufacturer Not Specified by Manufacturer
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 0.22x 0.15x
Diaphragm Blades 7 rounded 9 rounded
Image Stabilization Yes, VR II (Vibration Reduction, 4-stop compensation) Yes, VR II (Vibration Reduction, 4-stop compensation)
VR Auto Tripod Mode Yes No
Flash Sync Not Specified by Manufacturer Not Specified by Manufacturer
Exposure Control Not Specified by Manufacturer Not Specified by Manufacturer
Filter Thread 72mm 77mm
Dimensions (Diameter x Length) 3.1 x 3.2" (7.8 x 8.2 cm) 3.3 x 4.7" (8.3 x 12 cm)
Weight 1.25 lb (0.57kg) 1.8 lb (0.83 kg)

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What I find interesting is the fact that Nikon is bringing out more lens' for consumers and none for serious enthusiasts or professionals. Although they just did a refresh on the 70-200, its still an f/4. When will Nikon make an update to their vetted trinity glass? The venerable 24-70 workhorse in our bags could use a refresh perhaps with VR3? Although one cant complain much with the current popularity of photography and the supply/demand percentage. What I would like to see enter the market from Nikon would be the 24-85 f/2.8 VR for pros. That singlehandedly may outsell the 24-70 as it includes more length for portraiture on location.

Why doesn't Nikon stop coming out with new products that they can't provide.  Enough already!  Now they add 2 more lenses to the list which includes Nikon D4 and Nikon 800 that are still not available.  Makes me want to sell all my Nikon equipment, and I have plenty.  Why annouce products that you can't provide.  Isn't that called deception or false advertising?

Are they compatible with canon?