New Nikon Lenses announced

Nikon have announced three fantastic additions to their already substantial lens range.

The 24-70mm f/2.8G has been a standard zoom by which others have been judged since it was introduced alongside the Nikon D3. Nikon have now produced a completely new version which includes a number of significant improvements. The new Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR offers Vibration reduction with up to 4 stops effectiveness along with a totally new optical and mechanical construction for improved sharpness, speed and consistency.

Sure to be the professional Nikon photographers’ standard zoom of choice, the new 24-70 has grown somewhat in size and weight and now takes 82mm filters and sports an electromagnetic diaphragm control. Nikon have also included a fluorine coating on front and rear elements which actually repels water and of course the new lens is fully weather sealed and incorporates substantially uprated construction compared to its predecessor.

Shot using a Nikon D4s,
24-70mm lens 1/50 sec at f/8
For the first time in a Nikkor lens, a new Aspherical Extra-low dispersion element (ASP/ED) is paired with traditional AS (Aspherical), ED (Extra low dispersion) and HRI (High refractive index) elements to reach new heights in optical performance.

The new 24-70 tips the scales at just over 1-kilo – 1,070g - and is 88mm diameter and 154.5mm long, minimum focus is 0.38M between 35-50mm and 0.41M at all other focal lengths. The HB-74 hood plus a lens case is included.

The new Nikon 24mm f/1.8G ED is a welcome addition to the f/1.8G range of primes which currently includes 20mm, 28mm, 35mm, 50mm and 85mm models - so the 24mm fills a gap nicely. Sure to be sought after by FX users for the classic 24mm wide-angle focal length with 84 degree angle of view, the lens is also ideal for DX users providing a 36mm f/1.8, 51 degree angle of view equivalent. The new lens includes Nano Crystal coat for exception flare resistance and should be a superb performer in line with the other f/1.8 primes.

At 77.5mm in diameter and 83mm long the new lens weighs just 355g and takes 72mm filters and incorporates a 7-blade diaphragm, 2 ED glass elements and 2 aspherical elements with a minimum focus distance of just 23cm. The HB-76 petal shaped lens hood is included along with a pouch case.

For sports, air shows and birding, a 400mm lens is not quite enough - though many use the Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR lens successfully - so Nikon have introduced the new 200-500mm f/5.6 AF-S VR ED lens. With a 4.5 stop vibration reduction system combined with a sports mode to maintain sharp focus during high speed sequences the new 200-500 will give many photographers the reach they are looking for - especially using a DX camera where effective focal length is 750mm.

The new 200-500 also features an electromagnetic diaphragm control for excellent shot to shot consistency, 3 ED glass elements,  and can be coupled with all the E series teleconvertors - maintaining AF capability with only the 1.4x though if your camera is f/8 AF capable.

Shot using a Nikon D750,
200-500mm lens 1/2500 sec at f/6.3
Relatively compact and lightweight, the new 200-500 has the advantage of a constant f/5.6 aperture throughout the range and offers a 2.2M minimum focus distance at all focal lengths. The 200-500 maximum diameter is 108mm with length 267.5mm and weighing in at 2.3kg and will accept 95mm filters. The HB-71 lens hood is included along with the CL-1434 soft case.

The new 24-70mm f/2.8E AF-S VR ED is due in stock towards the end of August with the 24mm and 200-500 due in sometime in September. Demand is sure to be high on all three lenses so reserve yours now to receive one of the first available in the UK. To place a pre-order, speak to a member of our team in our Central London or Burgess Hill store, or call us on 01444 23 70 70.

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