Nikon continues to achieve superb results in the field of production in 2015. After the impressive start to the year by introducing the Nikon D5500 along with new lenses and compacts from the Coolpix series, as well as the first full-frame camera designed for astrophotography, Nikon D810A, by further expanding the Coolpix series with new superzoom models, as well as the spring launch of the astonishing Nikon D7200 and Nikon Coolpix P900, not to mention the Nikon 1 J5 MILC camera, Nikon has now laid stress on the lens class and brought three new models - Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR, Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR, and Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR.
The fixed telephoto lenses Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR and Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR are aimed at full-frame (FX) cameras and both are notably lighter than their predecessors - 3090g in relation to 3880g, which is how much the predecessor Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR weighs, and 3810g in relation to as much as 5060g, which is the weight of the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR. Both of these lenses are intended for professionals and are optimized so that they would match today's fast-shooting Nikon DSLR cameras and their high-resolution image sensors. They use Nikon's latest lens technology, which brings improvements concerning autofocus tracking, as well as optical performance. With such a construction, they are ideal for shooting highly dynamic sporting events, wildlife, and action in general, even when the subject is moving erratically, at random speeds, or at the camera. Moreover, either lens is equipped with Nikon's Electromagnetic Diaphragm, which helps maintain consistent exposure during high-speed burst shooting of fast action.
Both the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E and the AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E boast 16 elements in 11 groups, the Nano Crystal Coating, which further reduces instances of flare and ghosting, Nikon's optical image stabilization labeled Vibration Reduction (VR), as well as the SPORT VR mode, which brings greater stability when shooting mobile subjects through the viewfinder no matter if you hold the camera in your hands, use a monopod, or even when panning. Out of the said 16 elements, the 500mm f/4E features three, while the 600mm f/4E sports four ED elements, whereas both of them feature two fluorite elements (FL) apiece. The addition of these fluorite elements results in a decrease of chromatic aberrations, but also a decrease in the overall weight of the lenses in comparison to their predecessors - almost 900g for the 500mm f/4E FL ED VR, and nearly 1400g for the 600mm f/4E FL ED VR. What is more, these telephoto lenses are made of magnesium alloy, which significantly affected their considerably lower weights in relation to the predecessors, but greater durability, too. This point is very important when it comes to using these lenses over longer periods of time. Above all, both lenses are sealed, which makes them resistant to bad weather conditions, and on the front protective meniscus element they have a fluorine coating, which makes it easier to remove dirt, moisture and smudges from the lens surface. Either lens comes packed with a lightweight, but at the same time very hard and durable case for transport.
As far as the Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR is concerned, this is a standard zoom lens with a completely new focal length for Nikon's lens line-up, and it will bring a wide variety of options to enthusiasts and advanced photographers. It is designed for Nikon APS-C bodies (DX format) and it features the equivalent focal length of 24-120mm. Like the new telephoto lenses, the 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR, too, sports the Nano Crystal Coating (which is indicated by the gold letter N on the lens body) and the electromagnetic diaphragm, which is the first such case with DX lenses. In addition, there is Vibration Reduction (VR) once again, which minimizes vibrations and delivers crystal clear images. This zoom lens boasts the minimum focus distance of 37cm throughout its focal range, which brings tremendous results with close-up shooting. As for the optical construction, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR consists of 17 elements in 13 groups, 4 of which are ED, and 3 are aspherical. The front and rear elements integrate a flourine coating, which makes it easier to remove dirt, moisture and smudges. The lens is not sealed, but it features Nikon's Silent Wave Motor (SWM), which delivers accurate and quiet AF performance. With its comprehensive focal length, the 16-80mm f/2.8-4E lens deals exceptionally with the most diverse situations - from wide landscapes to tight portraits. Its wide aperture provides superior performance even in low light, and the beautiful circular bokeh produced by the 16-80mm is a result of a seven-blade diaphragm.
All these lenses will arrive at the market in mid-July, and as far as the prices are concerned, the score is the following: the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR will cost $10,299.95, the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR will be more expensive - as much as $12,299.95 - while the Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR will be priced at $1,069.95.
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