Nikon Updates 24-70mm and Debuts Two New Lenses

August 4, 2015

By Greg Scoblete

Nikon pulled back the curtain on three new NIKKOR lenses, updating its 24-70mm workhorse and adding a new telephoto zoom and f/1.8 prime lens to its lineup.

The new AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR ($2,400) gains vibration reduction (VR) that delivers up to four stops of image stabilization per CIPA standards. Like many new Nikkor lenses, the 24-70mm now features electromagnetic aperture control for more consistent exposures during continuous shooting. However this will be the first Nikon lens to employ a new Aspherical Extra-Low Dispersion (ASP/ED) element together with traditional aspherical, ED and High-Refractive Index (HRI) elements.

The lens offers weather proof sealing and fluorine coating on the front and rear elements for easier cleaning. Original 24-70mm lens owners will need to update their filters because the new model has an 82mm filter diameter. Nikon will sell a new CPL2 Circular Polarizer and 82mm NC (Neutral Color) filters to accommodate the new lens.

The 24-70mm f/2.8 ships in late August. It’s available for pre-order now.

Joining the 24-70mm in mid-September is a new AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR ($1,400). It features Nikon’s Electromagnetic Aperture and VR with 4.5 stops of image stabilization and a Sports Mode to compensate for shake caused by fast panning. It can focus on objects as close as 7.2 feet throughout the entire focal range. It weighs in at a little over 5 lbs with tripod collar attached.

Finally, Nikon added a new f/1.8 prime lens with a 24mm focal length to its arsenal. The AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED features Nano Crystal Coating and ED and aspherical lens elements. It ships in September for $750.