Together with launching two new DSLRs, Nikon D5 and Nikon D500, at the beginning of the new year Nikon also launched a new type of its lenses for DSLR bodies that carry the prefix AF-P and whose first two representatives are the Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G and Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR. Moreover, a new external flash was introduced to the market - Nikon SB-5000 Speedlight.
New Nikon lenses, AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G and AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR, are standard zoom lenses aimed at crop bodies (DX) and they boast Stepper Motors (STM), thanks to which they are faster and quieter than their predecessors, which makes them extremely appropriate for video recording. With their 18-55mm range of focal lengths (effective angles of view equivalent to those of a lens with 27-82.5mm focal lengths in FX and 35mm  formats), these two lenses have identical characteristics (12 elements in 9 groups, two of which are aspherical, the filter diameter is 55mm, the number of diaphragm blades is 7); the only difference is the fact that the latter lens sports the Vibration Reduction (VR) system, offering camera shake compensation equivalent to a 4.0-stop (the CIPA standard), whereas the former does not, which makes it (the former) 10 grams heavier (205g in comparison to 195g). However, these are not the first Nikon lenses using this type of AF motor - it can be found in the majority of the lenses belonging to the Nikon 1 system, if not all.
The Nikon SB-5000 Speedlight represents a new flagship of this Japanese giant when it comes to flashes. Launched along with the Nikon D5, this external flash pushes back the frontiers in the field of communication with cameras - it utilizes radio frequency, which makes it the first such portable flash produced by this company. Nikon states that when coupled with the WR-R10 Wireless Remote Adapter set and a D5 or D500, the SB-5000 can operate without a direct line of sight at a range of up to approximately 30 meters. How powerful this flash is we can see from the fact that the SB-5000, in combination with the said cameras and receiver, can control up to six groups or 18 Speedlight flashes at the same time. All this enables photographers to set additional lights, for example in different rooms, around corners, and capture subjects in the best possible way. Another innovation brought by the Nikon SB-5000 Speedlight is its redesigned cooling system, which prevents overheating and enables up to 120 continuous shots at 5-second intervals.
The flash's guide number is 34.5m (113 ft.), the lens coverage is 24-200mm, the minimum recycling time is 1.8 sec. with Ni-MH batteries, and/or 2.6 sec. with AA batteries, while the flash duration is 1/980 sec. at M 1/1, and/or 1/30,820 sec. at M 1/256 output.
The Nikon SB-5000 Speedlight flash will arrive on the market in March, with the price of $599.95. As for the Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G and Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lenses, their prices and availability are still to be announced.
The news was taken from NIKON - Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G; Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR; Nikon SB-5000 Speedlight.