Press release by Nikon Canada
Nikon Canada has announced three new NIKKOR lenses for professional and enthusiast photographers. The new AF-S NIKKOR 24-70 mm f/2.8E ED VR is the evolution of one of Nikon’s most popular pro lenses, improving upon its versatility and image quality. Also announced is the lightweight AF-S NIKKOR 200-500 mm f/5.6E ED VR, a super-telephoto zoom that gives FX and DX-format photographers incredible reach in a compact size. Finally, the AF-S NIKKOR 24 mm f/1.8G ED is the latest addition to Nikon’s popular line of f/1.8 fixed focal length lenses and is ideal for those seeking a sharp, fast-aperture prime lens.
“These three very different lenses are representative of the diverse range of Nikon photographers, but they all provide the most vibrant, sharp images and HD video, with colour and clarity that only genuine NIKKOR optics can deliver,” said Amanda Mohammed, Communications and Nikon Professional Services Manager at Nikon Canada.
AF-S NIKKOR 24-70 mm f/2.8E ED VR
Look into the bag of nearly any Nikon-wielding pro, and you will find Nikon’s iconic 24-70 mm f/2.8, and with good reason; the versatility and image quality of the lens has made it an essential workhorse for every type of shooter. The new AF-S NIKKOR 24-70 mm f/2.8E ED VR improves upon its respected predecessor in nearly every aspect, adding the best Nikon lens technologies, including Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization. With up to four stops of image stabilization, the new 24-70 mm f/2.8 VR is ready to tackle the challenging light of a wedding ceremony or on-the-spot news, while Tripod Mode helps banish blur for landscape shooters. Filmmakers who already appreciate the depth-of-field control and sharpness of the lens can now also benefit from VR.
The new NIKKOR 24-70 mm f/2.8 uses Nikon’s Electromagnetic Aperture control, which allows for consistent exposures during high speed bursts of shooting. This lens also improves upon image quality with new optical construction to provide clarity and consistently sharp images and is ideal for capturing portraits, landscapes and weddings. For nearly any assignment in any kind of light, the combination of a fast f/2.8 constant maximum aperture and practical zoom range make this lens the choice of many professionals. A first for NIKKOR lenses, a new Aspherical Extra-Low Dispersion (ASP/ED) element is paired with traditional aspherical, ED and High-Refractive Index (HRI) elements for a new level of optical precision. Photos and videos take on a beautiful balance of sharpness and subtle blur effects, virtually free of flare, ghosting, coma and chromatic aberration throughout the frame. Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat also further reduces instances of ghosting and flare.
The new lens construction enhances durability and image quality while retaining the overall balance and handling that has made this a perennial favourite of photographers. The lens is sealed and gasketed against the elements and now features a fluorine coating on the front and rear element to make it easier to remove dirt, moisture and smudges from the lens surface. The optical formula consists of 20 elements in 16 groups, while a 9-blade diaphragm helps to create a pleasing, natural out-of-focus area with beautiful bokeh. Additionally, the AF-S NIKKOR 24-70 mm f/2.8E ED VR features a new filter diameter of 82 mm and will accept the new Nikon CPL2 Circular Polarizer and 82 mm NC (Neutral Colour) filters.
AF-S NIKKOR 200-500 mm f/5.6E ED VR
The new Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500 mm f/5.6E ED VR empowers enthusiast FX- and DX-format photographers to go further with amazing zoom power and tack-sharp clarity. This compact super-telephoto zoom is ideal for bringing distant subjects closer, including birds, sports, wildlife and motorsports. This lens opens the doors for a fresh new perspective with a maximum reach of 500 mm on FX-format Nikon cameras and a staggering 750-mm equivalent reach on DX-format cameras. With a maximum aperture of f/5.6, photographers have the ability to fill much of the frame with their subject and create a pleasing background blur, even in challenging light. This lens also features Nikon’s Electromagnetic Aperture for consistent exposures, as well as VR with 4.5 stops of image stabilization. Additionally, the VR features Sport Mode, which is well-suited for capturing vibrant, sharp images of distant subjects at high frame rates or when panning with fast-moving action. Additionally, the lens lets users focus as close as 7.2 ft. throughout the entire focal range, perfect when a decisive play comes closer than expected or for capturing intricate details of natural scenes.
Whether spending all day at an air show or in the field, the new NIKKOR 200-500 mm f/5.6 is surprisingly lightweight at only 5 lbs. 1.2 oz. (2300 g) including the tripod collar, making this lens easy to hand hold for extended periods. Photographers looking for even more reach can increase the zoom power using an optional compatible Nikon 1.4x, 1.7x or 2x E series Teleconverter to capture even more distant subjects.
The new AF-S NIKKOR 200-500 mm f/5.6E ED VR’s optical formula features three ED elements to enhance sharpness and minimize chromatic aberration. A 9-blade aperture provides a smooth bokeh, while Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor technology helps to quickly and quietly achieve critical focus. The filter diameter of the new 200-500 mm lens is 95 mm, and Nikon will also offer optional 95 mm NC (Neutral Color) and the 95 mm Circular Polarizer CPL2 filters.
AF-S NIKKOR 24 mm f/1.8G ED
The AF-S NIKKOR 24 mm f/1.8G ED is the latest addition to the exceptional system of NIKKOR f/1.8 primes and provides enthusiast photographers with a fast wide-angle prime lens that’s both lightweight and affordable. This new lens lets photographers immerse viewers into landscapes, interiors and architecture with amazing clarity and minimal distortion, while a fast maximum aperture delivers creamy bokeh and excellent low-light ability. Whether a photographer’s passion is capturing environmental portraits or a delicious meal, this lens creates a dramatic separation between subject and background.
The new NIKKOR 24 mm f/1.8 complements Nikon’s high-resolution HD-SLRs and provides amazing image quality thanks to Nikon lens technologies including Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat. Additionally, this compact lens features ED and Aspherical lens elements for extreme sharpness while minimizing ghosting and flare.
Price and Availability
The AF-S NIKKOR 24-70 mm f/2.8E ED VR will be available at Authorized Nikon Canada Dealers in late August for a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $2,799.95. The AF-S NIKKOR 200-500 mm f/5.6E ED VR will be available in mid-September for an MSRP of $1,649.95. The new AF-S NIKKOR 24 mm f/1.8G ED will be available in mid-September for an MSRP of $879.95.
For more information on these new NIKKOR lenses as well as other Nikon products, please visit www.nikon.ca.