Nikon's recognition that DX and FX-format photographers need high-quality optics has resulted in a trio of new NIKKOR lenses. The AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR is an all-purpose lens that is as well suited for wide-angle scenes as is it for providing a closer view for portraiture. The 16-80mm combines shooting opportunities in challenging light situations with the flexibility of shallow depth of field and can focus as close as 1.2 feet throughout the entire 5X zooming range.
Optics are designed to combat color aberrations, ghost and flare as well as enhance sharpness and contrast. VR (vibration reduction) image stabilization provides stability in low light situations and hand-held shooting up to 4 shutter speeds slower for gathering in more light and avoiding blur. An additional Tripod VR mode fights off tripod vibrations (this was not available previously in a lens of this zoom range).
The 16-80mm lens also possesses a nano crystal coating that virtually eliminates glare and both front and rear elements have an exclusive fluorine coat for wiping off water, dirt and the inevitable smudge. Rather than a gear system, Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor uses ultrasonic vibrations for autofocus operation. For continuous shooting, a specialized electromagnet diaphragm mechanism operates in exact sync with the camera's shutter. Availability is set for July, with a retail price of $1,069.95.
Also announced are two super telephoto NIKKOR lenses: the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR, that weighs in at 6.8 lbs. and so is ideal for sports and nature photographers looking for a versatile lens with a fast, constant aperture, and the long-reach 8.3 lb. AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR. Both have new designs for improving AF tracking and feature the electromagnet diaphragm mechanism for maintaining constant exposure during high-speeds shooting. Availability is to be mid-July, with retail prices of $10,299.95 and $12,299.95 respectively.