Nikon Australia has announced mid-September availability of two new telephoto zoom lenses for APS-C format cameras, the AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED and AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR.
Both lenses are 4.3x telephoto zoom lenses covering 70-300mm range (105-450mm in 35mm format). Despite the long range, dimensions are modest, with a weight of just over 400g and a length of 125mm for the VR version.
These AF-P lenses use a stepping motor to drive autofocus, ensuring fast and quiet AF, which make them ideal for movie recording. BUT, as the press release states: ‘Because AF-P lenses incorporate a stepping motor, the number of compatible cameras is limited. Even for compatible cameras, firmware update may be required.’
An ED lens element has been adopted for suppression of all types of aberration to achieve excellent optical performance. Nikon claims a 4-stop increase in shutter speed for the VR version.
‘Backed by decades of innovative NIKKOR engineering, the new AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED and AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR expand the potential of image creation and enrich a photographer’s experience when paired with a Nikon DSLR,’ said James Murray, director, Sales & Marketing, Nikon Australia. ‘A new focal length, smooth autofocus operation from the stepping motor and the addition of an ED glass element for vibrant results are just some of the features of these new telephoto zoom lenses joining our DX-format range.’
No prices of course, but in the US the VR version is US$400 and the non-stabilised version is US$350.
For full press release: Nikkor AF-P DX 70-300mm VR + non-VR August