New Lenses from Nikon
Nikon announced three new exciting FX lenses today that address three very different needs for photographers: the 200-500mm f/5.6 VR, 24-70mm f/2.8 VR, and 24mm f/1.8. All will be welcome additions to the Nikon family and I’m especially looking forward to testing the 200-500mm f/5.6 VR.
Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 VR
This is a new lens focal length range for Nikon and will compete with Tamron’s 150-600mm f/5-6.3 and Sigma’s 150-600mm f/5-6.3. A couple of years ago, Nikon rebooted their venerable 80-400mm f/5.6 and it was met with rave reviews. This new 200-500mm lens adds some reach at the long end and also adds a new Sports VR mode that is supposed to allow up to 4.5 stops of image stabilization.
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 VR
Building on the top-of-the-line Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, the new 28-70mm f/2.8 VR adds a much-requested vibration reduction feature to this professional workhorse. I’ve used my legacy 24-70mm f/2.8 for years and have found this focal length to be well suited to everything from street photography to landscapes to travel to portraits. It is truly a great lens and adding VR is icing on the cake.
Nikon 24mm f/1.8
Nikon has been updating their line of prime f/1.8 lenses over the last few years and the 24mm f/1.8 is the latest in the series that currently includes a 20mm f/1.8, 28mm f/1.8, 35mm f/1.8, 50mm f/1.8, and 85mm f/1.8. These f/1.8 lenses offer excellent performance at just about half the price of the Nikon f/1.4 lenses. I currently own the 85mm f/1.8 and love it. I’m positive the 24mm f/1.8 will also be an excellent performer.
Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 VR
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 VR
Nikon 24mm f/1.8
Here’s the press release from Nikon:
SOURCE Nikon Inc.
MELVILLE, N.Y., Aug. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Nikon Inc. announced three exciting new NIKKOR lenses for professional and enthusiast photographers. The new AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR is the evolution of one of Nikon’s most popular pro lenses, improving upon its versatility and image quality. Nikon has also announced two additional new lens options, including the lightweight AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR, a super-telephoto zoom that gives FX and DX-format photographers incredible reach in a compact size. The AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED is the latest addition to Nikon’s popular line of f/1.8 fixed focal length lenses and is ideal for those seeking a sharp, fast-aperture prime lens.
“These three very different lenses are representative of the diverse range of Nikon photographers, but they all provide the most vibrant, sharp images and HD video possible; with color and clarity that only genuine NIKKOR optics can deliver,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc.
AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Look into the bag of nearly any Nikon-wielding pro and you will find Nikon’s iconic 24-70mm f/2.8, and with good reason; this lens’ versatility and image quality has made it an essential workhorse lens for every type of shooter. The new AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR improves upon its respected predecessor in nearly every aspect, adding the best Nikon lens technologies to create an essential optic. An exciting evolution to come to this lens is the much-anticipated addition of Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization technology. With up to four stops of image stabilization*, the new 24-70mm f/2.8 VR is ready to tackle the challenging light of a wedding ceremony or on-the-spot news, while Tripod Mode helps to banish blur for landscape shooters. VR is also a huge benefit to filmmakers shooting handheld or on a rig who already appreciate the lens’ depth-of-field control and precise sharpness.
The new NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8 utilizes Nikon’s Electromagnetic Aperture control, which allows for consistent exposures during high speed bursts of shooting. This lens also improves upon image quality with new optical construction to provide clarity and consistently sharp images, and is ideal for capturing portraits, landscapes and weddings. For nearly any assignment in any kind of light, the combination of a fast f/2.8 constant maximum aperture and useful zoom range make this lens the choice of many professionals. A first for NIKKOR lenses, a new Aspherical Extra-Low Dispersion (ASP/ED) element is paired with traditional aspherical, ED and High-Refractive Index (HRI) elements for a thrilling new level of optical precision. Photos and videos take on a beautiful balance of sharpness and subtle blur effects, virtually free of flare, ghosting, coma and chromatic aberration throughout the frame. Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat is also employed to further reduce instances of ghosting and flare.
The new lens construction enhances durability and image quality, while retaining the overall balance and handling that made this a favorite of photographers in the first place. The lens is sealed and gasketed against the elements, and now features a fluorine coating on the front and rear element to make it easier to remove dirt, moisture and smudges from the lens surface. The optical formula consists of 20 elements in 16 groups, while a 9-blade diaphragm helps to create a pleasing, natural out of focus area with beautiful bokeh. Additionally, the AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR features a new filter diameter of 82mm and will accept the new Nikon CPL2 Circular Polarizer and 82mm NC (Neutral Color) filters.
AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR The new Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR is an exhilarating new lens option, giving enthusiast FX and DX-format photographers the ability to go further with amazing zoom power and tack-sharp clarity. This compact super-telephoto zoom is ideal for bringing distant subjects closer, including birds, sports, wildlife and motorsports. This lens opens the doors for a fresh new perspective; with a maximum reach of 500mm on FX-format Nikon cameras and a staggering 750mm equivalent reach on DX-format cameras. With a maximum aperture of f/5.6, photographers have the ability to fill much of the frame with their subject and create a pleasing background blur, even in challenging light. This lens also features Nikon’s Electromagnetic Aperture for consistent exposures, as well as VR with 4.5 stops of image stabilization. Additionally, the VR features Sport Mode, which is well-suited for capturing vibrant, sharp images of distant subjects at high frame rates or when panning with fast-moving action. The lens also lets users focus as close as 7.2 ft. throughout the entire focal range, for when a decisive play comes closer than expected, or capturing intricate details of nature.
Whether spending all day at an air race or in the field, the new NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6 is surprisingly lightweight at only 5 lbs 1.2 oz. (2300 grams) including the tripod collar, making this lens easy to use handheld for extended periods. Photographers looking for even more reach can increase the zoom power using an optional compatible Nikon 1.4x, 1.7x or 2x E series Teleconverters** to capture even the most distant subjects.
The new AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR’s optical formula features three ED elements to enhance sharpness and minimize chromatic aberration. A 9-blade aperture provides a desirable, smooth bokeh, while Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor technology helps to quickly and quietly achieve critical focus. The filter diameter of the new 200-500mm lens is 95mm, and Nikon will also offer optional 95mm NC (Neutral Color) and the 95mm Circular Polarizer CPL2 filters.
AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED The AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED is the latest addition to the exceptional system of NIKKOR f/1.8 primes, and provides enthusiast photographers with a fast wide-angle prime lens that’s both lightweight and affordable. This new lens lets photographers immerse viewers into landscapes, interiors and architecture with amazing clarity and minimal distortion, while a fast maximum aperture delivers superb bokeh and excellent low-light ability. Whether a photographer’s passion is capturing environmental portraits or the delicious details of a meal, this lens creates a dramatic separation between subject and background.
The new NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8 complements Nikon’s high-resolution DSLRs and provides amazing image quality thanks to Nikon lens technologies including Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat. Additionally, this compact lens features ED and Aspherical lens elements for extreme sharpness while minimizing ghosting and flare.
Price and Availability
The new AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR will be available in late August for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $2399.95***. The AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR will be available in mid-September for the SRP $1399.95***. The new AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED will be available in mid-September for the SRP of 749.95***. For more information on these new NIKKOR lenses as well as other Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.
About the NIKKOR Brand With a comprehensive assortment of FX and DX-format lenses and focal lengths, from the ultra-wide 10-24mm to the super telephoto 800mm VR, Nikon photographers have come to rely upon the NIKKOR core technologies that contribute to their optical superiority. NIKKOR is the brand name for Nikon’s photographic lenses, which are precision crafted to the most exacting standards in Nikon’s own glassworks. In 1933, Nikon marketed its first camera lens under the NIKKOR brand name, the “Aero-NIKKOR” for aerial photography applications. Since then, NIKKOR has been used as a brand name for Nikon’s lenses that symbolizes durability, high image quality and optical excellence.
About Nikon Nikon, At the Heart of the Image™. Nikon Inc. is a world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology; globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for an award-winning array of equipment that enables users to tell their stories through amazing photos and videos. Nikon Inc. distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics as well as the Nikon 1 compact interchangeable lens camera system. Nikon Corporation, the parent company of Nikon Inc., recently announced the production of 95 million NIKKOR lenses in 2015, creating a new milestone in Nikon’s heritage of superior optics. For more information, dial (800) NIKON-US or visit http://www.nikonusa.com, which links all levels of photographers to the Web’s most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities. Connect with Nikon and other photographers on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Vimeo and Flickr.
Specifications, equipment and release dates are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.
*Based on CIPA Standard. This value is achieved when FX-format compatible lenses are attached to a FX-format digital SLR camera and zoom lenses are set at the maximum telephoto position.
**Compatible with TC-14E series teleconverters (AF is only available when used with DSLR cameras that offer f/8 support. These include: D4, D4S, Df, D600, D610, D750, D800, D800E, D810, D810A, D7100, D7200). Compatible with TC-17E and TC-20E series teleconverters (AF not possible).
***SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change
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I receive more questions every week about lenses than just about any other topic. I sympathize with all the questions because I struggle with making the same choices that you do. Should I buy the Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 or should I get the Sigma 24-70 mm f2.8 or the Nikon 24-85mm f2.8 – 4 or the Tamron 28-75mm f2.8? The cost of the Nikon lenses are always significantly higher than the TamronSigmaTokina lenses.
So what are you paying for when you buy the Nikon lens? In one word … Quality. In fact, Quality with a capital Q.
I currently own lenses from Nikon, Tokina and Tamron. In the past, I’ve owned lenses from Sigma, Vivitar and some other random brands that I’ve forgotten. Most of these lenses are the “professional” lenses from the manufacturers and are large aperture zooms or primes. In just about every case, I’ve found that the Nikon lenses have performed flawlessly. In all the years I’ve owned Nikon lenses, I haven’t had one single lens break down for any reason. I could attribute that to simple luck or to Nikon’s consistent quality.
On the other hand, at least 50% of the lenses I’ve purchased from the third party lens manufacturers have failed in some way or another. My Tamron lens hood cracked under light duty wear and tear. Another Tamron’s internal focus gears “skip” every once in a while. My Vivitar fell apart in my hands.
My Tokina lenses have all performed very well and have been a bright spot in my lens choices from third party manufacturers.
From a sharpness standpoint, all of the lenses I have purchased have been pretty sharp. In fact, many of the photos I sell or use in my books were taken with Tokina, Tamron and Sigma lenses. I haven’t run into any major issues with poor optical quality from these manufacturers. Therefore, I sometimes put up with a little bit of structural integrity problems because I paid a lower price for the third party lens.
When it all comes down to it in the end though, buying a Nikon professional lens will almost always be the better choice than buying a third party lens. As the old saying goes, you get what you pay for. This holds true in spades for lenses!
Here’s a link to a company who rents lenses to the public (thanks for the link Chuck!). They have an interesting commentary on Sigma lenses that I think you’ll enjoy reading.