After launching three high-end lenses at the beginning of July, Nikon introduced three more. These are full-frame lenses, a standard, a prime and a telephoto one - Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR, Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED, and Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR.
The lens that will most probably attract the most attention is the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR, which will pick up where one of the most popular Nikon standard lenses - Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED – has left off. The new 24-70 provides a multitude of important improvements, among which are a new optical construction, Vibration Reduction (VR) (up to 4 stops), and electromagnetic aperture control. The new optical construction brings images of superb sharpness and clarity, and makes this zoom lens ideal for shooting portraits, weddings, but landscapes as well, while Nikon's optical image stabilization offers tremendous performance even in problematic light. There is also a Tripod Mode, which will make sure there is no blur when capturing landscapes, whereas the electromagnetic aperture control delivers consistent exposures during high speed bursts. As for the elements, the standard aspherical (3), ED (2), and High-Refractive Index (HRI) are accompanied by a new one, Aspherical Extra-Low Dispersion (ASP/ED), which brings the lens's optical accuracy to a higher level, so overall there are 20 elements in 16 groups. There is also a Nano Crystal Coating, the diaphragm is in the form of 9 blades, while the filter diameter is 82mm, in contrast to 77mm on the predecessor. On top of everything else, the 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR is sealed (like the older 24-70), which makes it resistant to dust, moisture, and the elements, while the front and rear element feature a fluorine coating in order for dirt, moisture, and smudges to be removed more easily from the lens surface.
The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED represents the latest member of the exceptional line-up of NIKKOR f/1.8 primes. Bearing in mind its focal length, it is located between the exceptional Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED and Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED, which were released last year. With its fast aperture, this lightweight fixed lens with compact dimensions brings fantastic bokeh, crystal clear images with minimum distortion, and it performs brilliantly in low light. It is perfectly reliable when it comes to shooting indoors, as well as when dealing with architecture and landscapes. Just like the new 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR, it boasts a Nano Crystal Coating, and as far as the elements are concerned, there are 12 of them in 9 groups, two of which are ED and two aspherical. The diaphragm consists of 7 blades, while the filter diameter is 72mm. It is not sealed.
Last but definitely not least is the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR. In contrast to the previous two new models, this telephoto zoom lens is aimed both at FX and DX bodies (the telephoto end of the range on DX-format cameras is 750mm), and it is ideal for capturing wildlife, birds, and sporting events. Like the said 24-70 f/2.8, it sports Vibration Reduction (VR) (up to 4.5 stops), as well as electromagnetic aperture control. Despite its dimensions, the weight of this telephoto lens is relatively low - 2300g. As for the optical construction, it features 19 elements in 12 groups, 3 of which are ED. The minimum focus distance is 2.2m throughout the entire focal range, its 9-blade diaphragm delivers a smooth bokeh, the filter diameter is 95mm, while the NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR also features a SWM (Silent Wave Motor), which brings silent autofocus. For those who are looking for more zoom power, this zoom lens is compatible with Nikon 1.4x, 1.7x, or 2x E-series teleconverters, thanks to which it can reach the range of up to 1500mm on DX bodies. It is not sealed either.
When it comes to the price and availability of these new Nikon lenses, the situation is the following:
- Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR - $2399.95, in late August;
- Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED - $749.95, in mid-September;
- Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR - $1399.95, in mid-September.