Nikon's new go-to lens: THE AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR

Professional and enthusiast shooters alike will look with extreme affection on the new AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR — it improves in nearly every way on its iconic predecessor when it comes to sharpness, speed, control and physical durability. Add in a new Aspherical Extra-Low Dispersion element and optical precision to the far edges of the frame can be had with virtually no chance of flare, ghosting, coma, chromatic or spherical aberration. Protection of front andback glass is assured through a fluorine coating.

The zoom ratio of 24-70mm is suitable for everything from landscapes to portraiture, with the f/2.8 constant aperture enabling faster shutter speeds in low light situations and the electromagnetic diaphragm, providing auto-exposure control. Camera shake and vibration up to ~4.0 stops is reduced through the use of the Vibration Reduction image stabilization feature. It retails for $2,399.95.

[image:blog_post:57504]Nikon has also unveiled the AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR — a compact and lightweight body belying the super telephoto zoom capabilities now available for both FX and DX-format shooters. DX-format cameras will enjoy an additional 1.5X zoom effect equal to 750mm. Focus can be had as close as 7.2 feet, with the Silent Wave Motor powering the autofocus. Fast moving action is captured through the fast f/5.6 constant aperture, in conjunction with an electromagnetic diaphragm, which functions even when using an optional teleconverter, and up to ~4.5 stops of vibration/shake reduction for still and videos through the Vibration Reduction image stabilization. It retails for $1,399.95.

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[image:blog_post:57505]For an affordable prime lens, the lightweight AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED combines a wide-angle format with a wide aperture for excellent shallow depth of field and improved low light performance for DX or FX-format DSLR shooters. It combines a Nano Crystal Coat, Extra-Low Dispersion glass and Aspherical lens elements for an extremely sharp image with virtually no ghosting, flare or distortion. It retails for $749.95.

All three NIKKOR lenses are available for preorder.

Marshal Rosenthal is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and journalist specializing in technology, consumer electronics and pop culture. Past accomplishments include editing of home theater and video gaming publications domestic and international, operating a NY photographic studio specializing in children/product and providing graphic imaging for video game box art, manuals and related.