Nikon Unveils Two New Nikkor Lenses Including Massive 800mm Super-Telephoto
JANUARY 29, 2013
By Dan Havlik
Ahead of the CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show 2013, which opens today in Japan, Nikon has taken the wraps off two new lenses including a massive 800mm super-telephoto.
Nikon had already announced that the new AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED was in development last summer and a dozen prototypes of the huge, 15-pound lens were in use by pro photographers during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. If you're a sports or wildlife photographer and you can't any wait any longer for this FX-format lens, it can be yours this April for a cool $17,899.
While that's pretty pricey, it is the longest focal length of any Nikkor autofocus (AF) lens yet. It also comes with a 1.25x teleconverter, which turns it into a 1000mm lens while taking away one stop of light. (The fastest aperture available with the teleconverter is f/8.)
The 800mm is the first Nikon lens built
with two fluorite glass elements, paired with two ED glass elements and
a Nano Crystal Coat, to help reduce chromatic aberration and flaring
while keep the lens relatively lightweight (for its size). This
super-telephoto also, of course, has Nikon's Vibration Reduction (VR)
image stabilization, which reputedly offers the equivalent of
approximately four stops of shutter speed correction.
More details in the press release after the jump.
EXACTING PRECISION FROM NEAR OR AFAR: NIKON’S NEWEST NIKKOR LENSES OFFER OPTICAL BRILLIANCE AND VERSATILITY FOR FX-FORMAT SHOOTERS
Nikon Continues to Expand Upon the NIKKOR Lens Lineup with the New AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Super-Telephoto Lens and AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Wide-Angle Lens
MELVILLE, N.Y. (January 28, 2013) – Today, Nikon Inc. introduced the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR super-telephoto lens and AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED ultra-wide-angle zoom lens, designed to assist FX-format photographers in capturing their subjects with clarity and precision. Specifically engineered for sports, wildlife and photojournalists, the 800mm f/5.6 offers the longest focal length of any NIKKOR autofocus (AF) lens, affording photographers the opportunity to get closer to their subject with extreme telephoto capability. Additionally, the compact and lightweight 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 is an ultra-wide-angle lens option with a 1.9x zoom range is an ideal focal length for landscape photography and other wide-angle applications.
“The addition of the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR super-telephoto lens and AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED wide-angle zoom lens to the FX-format NIKKOR lens lineup reaffirms Nikon’s commitment to the optical excellence and versatility that professional and enthusiast photographers have come to expect from Nikon,” said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. “Whether shooting on the sidelines under stadium lights or composing a landscape in the early morning sun, the newest additions to the NIKKOR line of lenses provide the ability to shoot stunning still images or HD video with amazing sharpness and clarity.”
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Originally trialed and tested under the
demanding conditions of the 2012 summer games, the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm
f/5.6E FL ED VR maintains the handling, optical performance, vivid color
reproduction and exceptional clarity that professional photographers
rely on. This is the first Nikon lens constructed with two fluorite
glass elements, combined with two ED glass elements and a Nano Crystal
Coat, to help ensure outstanding performance with minimal chromatic
aberration and flaring, all within a durable lens body. The addition of
fluorite elements allows for consistently excellent optical
characteristics while keeping the lens balanced and lightweight. The
lens is comprised of 20 elements in 13 groups, and is one of few Nikon
lenses to utilize an electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism that enables
seamless mechanical control and enhanced stability in auto exposure
control during continuous shooting. Vibration Reduction (VR) image
stabilization is also implemented, with the equivalent of approximately
four stops faster1 shutter speed correction.
The AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED packs NIKKOR quality and performance within an extremely compact and lightweight 0.85 lb. (385g) body, making it easy to carry while on location or on-the-go. Constructed with 12 elements in 8 groups, Nikon’s newest wide-angle lens features a seven-blade diaphragm that allows for beautiful and precise image blur, ED glass to help ensure outstanding performance with minimal chromatic aberration while Nikon’s Super Integrated Coating (SIC) reduces ghosting even in backlit situations. Two focus modes are available including M/A (AF with manual override) and M (Manual) in addition to a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) that enables quiet AF operation.
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