Nikon Australia has announced three new lenses for its full-frame (aka FX) SLRs – the AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR, the AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR, and the AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED.
The AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR uses a combination of one aspherical ED glass element (a first for Nikkor lenses) aspherical lens elements, ED glass elements, a HRI (High Refractive Index) lens element, and ‘Nano Crystal Coat’ for superior optical performance with suppression of ghost and chromatic aberration, as well as sharp, clear rendering all the way to the edges of the frame. It delivers, according to Nikon, better resolution and softer, more natural blur characteristics than its predecessor.
A fluorine coat on the outer surfaces of the front and rear lens elements repels water and oils, and makes cleaning the lens easier when it does get dirty
In addition, it is equipped with a VR for an estimated 4-stop increase in shutter speed.
It’s also equipped with fast, precise AF and an electromagnetic diaphragm that achieves stable exposure control with high-speed continuous shooting.
The AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR is a 2.5x super-telephoto zoom lens equipped with a VR function equivalent to a 4.5-stop increase in shutter speed. It is also equipped with a Sport VR mode, which enables effective photography of athletes and other subjects that move quickly and unpredictably.
An electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism enables stable exposure control with high-speed continuous shooting for comfortable hand-held shooting that captures the decisive moment as a bird flaps its wings, or of an airplane in flight.
This super-telephoto zoom delivers shallow depth of field and large bokeh.
It supports the new 95mm screw-on Neutral Color NC Filter and 95mm Circular Polarizing Filter II optional accessories.
The AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.8G ED is a fast, wide-angle 24mm prime lens with ‘Nano Crystal Coat’, and adoption of aspherical lens elements and ED glass elements for superior optical performance and suppressed ghosting and chromatic aberration.
It has a minimum focus distance of 23cm, enabling close-ups with pleasing blur characteristics for a three-dimensional look and feel.
It’s the seventh lens to be added to the lineup of f/1.8, fixed focal length, G-type lenses for Nikon FX-format digital SLR cameras, joining the Nikkor AF-S 85mm f/1.8G, AF-S 50mm f/1.8G, AF-S 50mm f/1.8G (Special Edition), AF-S 35mm f/1.8G ED, AF-S 28mm f/1.8G, and AF-S 20mm f/1.8G ED.
Nikon refers media to local dealers for pricing. Nuttin’. But US recommended prices are US$2400 for the 24 – 70mm, US$1400 for the 200-500mm; and an appealing US$750 for the fast 24mm prime lens.