Nikon Announces New Lenses At CP+ 2013: The AF-S 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED and AF-S 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR

AF-S 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G
AF-S 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G

Nikon has announced two new lenses at CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show 2013 – the AF-S 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED and the AF-S 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR. The AF-S 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED is an update of the older non-AFS version of the same zoom range, targetted at FX (full-frame) cameras like the D600. Compact and lightweight, it offers photographers an affordable wide-angle zoom solution for landscape and other wide-angle needs. The lens will be available for US$749.95 from Mar 2013.

YS: Does FX really need yet another wide-angle zoom option? Well, I guess this is to cater to the D600 crowd, but it does speak about the level of commitment to DX currently…

AF-S 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR
AF-S 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR

The AF-S 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR (what a mouthful!) is a super-telephoto lens is Nikon’s longest fixed focal length lens. Featuring a maximum aperture of f/5.6, it gives photographers the reach required for sports and wildlife photography. The lens also comes with a AF-S TC800-1.25E ED teleconverter designed exclusively for it. This teleconverter increases the focal length of the lens to 1000mm when used with FX bodies (1500mm on DX bodies), with a maximum aperture of f/7.1, giving full AF performance on newer bodies like the D600, D4 and D800 series. The lens + teleconverter combo will be available for $17,899.95 from Apr 2013.

CK: It’ll be fun to try this lens + teleconverter combo on my Nikon 1 V1 with the FT-1 adaptor. This will give an effective focal length of a whopping 2,700mm!

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