New AF-S Nikon 300mm f/4E PF ED VR and D5500 DX

Posted January 6th, 2015 by   |  Photography  |  Permalink
300mm f/4 PF ED VR

AF-S Nikon 300mm f/4E PF ED VR

Nikon just announced the newest generation AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR lens at the 2015 Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas. This new lens uses a new optical technology for Nikon called PF, or Phase Fresnel that allows the lens to be much smaller and lighter weight than its predecessor. In fact, the lens is 3″ shorter and 1.5 pounds lighter than the previous generation 300mm f/4. The new VR (Vibration Reduction) technology in this lens adds a setting for sports scenarios and allows a 4.5 stop increase in shutter speed for improved sharpness. Sounds pretty good to me.

The downside of the new lens is that it will cost twice as much as the previous lens, at an estimated $1996.95 versus about $1,000. Canon currently has a fresnel lens in their lineup called the 400mm f/4 DO, or Diffractive Optics. Their 400mm f/4 is a great performer, but a few people don’t like the look of the bokeh (out of focus areas) with this lens. It will be interesting to see how Nikon does with the fresnel technology and my hope is the bokeh is creamy smooth. My initial take is that I like the concept of this lens and am looking forward to testing this new technology.

Pre-Order Here: B&H Photo

Press Release Here: Nikon 300mm f/4 PF

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500 with 18-55mm lens.

During the same press release, Nikon announced their newest DX camera, the Nikon D5500. This replaces their previous D5300 camera with some new features such as touch screen LCD panel, more video options and no optical low pass filter (OLPF) for higher clarity. Pricing on the D5500 will be $897 for just the body and $1,197 for the body and kit lens.

Pre-Order Here: B&H Photo

Press Release Here: Nikon D5500



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