Nikon Announced a Trio of Lenses—24-70mm f/2.8 VR, 24mm f/1.8 and 200-500mm f/5.6VR

Nikon has announced a trio of lenses today, the AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR, AF-S 24mm f/1.8G, and the AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR. The lenses are suitable for both professionals and advanced photography enthusiasts alike.

Nikkor AF-S 24-700mm f/2.8E ED VR

Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR
Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR

This is an update to the classic AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED which has gotten a bit long in the tooth. The most notable change is the addition of Vibration Reduction (VR), giving photographers four-stops of image stabilisation. There is also a “tripod” mode for use on a tripod, which helps to counter slight tripod vibrations.

The lens now features an Electronic Aperture control, Nano Crystal Code for reduced ghosting/flare, weather sealing and a fluorine coating which keeps your lens nice and clean. The filter diameter is now a huge 82mm compared to 77mm on the older lens. Sorry, you’d have to re-buy your filters in 82mm after getting this lens.

The AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR will be available in late August 2015 at US$2,400.

Nikkor 24mm f/1.8G ED

Nikkor AF-S 24mm f/1.8G ED
Nikkor AF-S 24mm f/1.8G ED

Photographers who want a fast and wide lens will like this AF-S 24mm f/1.8G. It’s a smallish, lightweight prime lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.8. If you have always wanted a 24mm f/1.4 but found it too expensive, this is the lens for you. The lens will be available from mid-September for US$750, a steal compared to the over US$2,000 which the f/1.4 version goes for.

Nikkor AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR

Nikkor AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
Nikkor AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR

And now, something for the telephoto lovers. Nikon must have noticed the popularity of the likes of the Tamron and Sigma’s 120-600mm telephoto zooms and came up with their own. Unlike the Tamron/Sigma offerings, the Nikkor has a constant f/5.6 throughout the zoom range. It’s also lightweight, coming in at 5lbs 2oz (2.3kg) including the tripod collar, making it easy to shoot handheld for extended periods of time.

The 200-500mm has an Electronic Aperture for consistent exposures during burst shooting, a 4.5-stop VR, a Sports Mode VR for high-burst panning shots and a minimum focussing distance of 7.2ft. A Silent Wave motor lets the lens focus silently and quickly.

The lens will be available from mid-September for US$1400.

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