Nikon Goes Long with Three New Lenses

July 2, 2015

By Greg Scoblete

Nikon has introduced three new lenses, including a versatile zoom for its crop-sensor DX format cameras and a pair of full frame FX format telephotos.

Both the AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/4E FL ED VR and AF-S Nikkor 600mm f/4E FL ED VR feature redesigns that sharply trim their weight and improve autofocus tracking, particularly for subjects approaching the lens. They feature electromagnetic diaphragms which Nikon says helps to ensure consistent exposure during high-speed shooting.

The 500mm and 600mm lenses will feature weather sealing and fluorite lens elements to reduce chromatic aberration and keep the weight down. At 6.8 pounds, the 500mm lens is 2 pounds lighter than its predecessor while the 8.3 pound 600mm is nearly 3 pounds lighter. 

Both lenses feature a constant aperture and vibration reduction (VR) that Nikon says delivers up to four stops of image stabilization per CIPA standards. The VR mode features tripod detection plus a sport mode to deliver stability when hand holding the lens or panning. 

The 500mm (pictured below) will hit stores in mid-July for $10,300. The 600mm (pictured above) will also arrive in mid-July for $12,300.


For DX format shooters, the new AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR is the first DX lens to use the company’s nano crystal coating to reduce ghosting and flaring. It can focus on subjects as close as 1.2 feet through the entire zoom range. Built-in VR offers up to four stops of image stabilization per CIPA standards and features tripod detection.

It uses a silent wave motor for quiet focusing and has a seven-bladed diaphragm. 

The 16-80mm ships this month for $1,070.