Nikon Releases US$12,000 AF-S 400mm f/2.8E and Matching 1.4x AF-S Teleconverter

Nikkor AF-S 400mm f/2.8E FL E VR
Nikkor AF-S 400mm f/2.8E FL E VR

Not to be outdone by Canon’s recent release of a pair of ultra-wide angle lenses, Nikon has released a new super telephoto. This is an update to the AF-S 400mm f/2.8G ED VR and costs US$3,000 more. The newly released AF-S 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR features a new magnesium alloy die-cast barrel and 2 fluorite elements (hence the FL moniker), shaving 820g off the weight of the predecessor. Continue reading Nikon Releases US$12,000 AF-S 400mm f/2.8E and Matching 1.4x AF-S Teleconverter

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Nikon Launches Updated AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Telephoto Zoom

Nikon AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
Nikon AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

Launched 12 years ago, the original AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 ED VR was Nikon’s first lens to offer Vibration Reduction technology, something which Canon had for a long time. It wasn’t a spectacular lens, unfortunately. Twelve years later, Nikon finally releases an update to that lens with an improved optical formula and an SWM motor for quick focussing. Hopefully this will address the many issues that users had with the older lens, e.g. unstable tripod collar, AF hunting, etc. The lens will be available in early April 2013 for a SRP of US$2,700.

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