Nikon has recently announced two zoom lenses; Nikon AF-S 70-200mm F/2.8G ED VR II & Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm VR II.
Nikon AF-S 70-200mm F/2.8G ED VR II is a professional telezoom lens featuring a brand new optical design for better image quality and extended Vibration Reduction capability. The lens is shorter but heavier than its predecessor and will be available from November 2009 at an RRP of £1999 / €2430 / $2399.95.
Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm VR II is an update to Nikon popular DX-format superzoom, featuring an all new zoom mechanism to combat ‘zoom creep’, an improved Super Integrated Coating, an exclusive multi-layer lens element coating which reduces ghost and flare, ensuring improved image quality and contrast. The lens will be on sale from September 2009 at an RRP of £729.99 / €887.00 / $849.95.
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200MM F/2.8G ED VR II Press Release
Nikon launches the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200MM F/2.8G ED VR II
Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 30th July 2009 – Nikon Europe today unveils the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200MM F/2.8G ED VR II, featuring a brand new optical design for class leading levels of image quality and extended Vibration Reduction capability.
Robert Cristina, Manager Professional Products at Nikon Europe, says: “The optical design has been completely re-mastered to meet the demands of today’s image sensors. It also works better at slow shutter speeds and is adapted to complement the latest autofocus technologies too.”
Improved low light shooting
The AF-S NIKKOR 70-200MM F/2.8G ED VR II lens features the last word in Vibration Reduction (VRII) stabilisation technology to provide users with the ability to shoot at shutter speeds up to four stops* slower than would otherwise be possible. Two modes are available; Normal for everyday shooting and Active to minimise the vibrations caused when shooting from motorcycles or aircraft. Both modes offer a stable viewfinder image, which ultimately makes focus point acquisition and framing far more comfortable and precise.
Brilliant image quality
The new lens is designed to deliver the best image quality in its class with excellent edge to corner quality on today’s FX format cameras. Nikon’s exclusive anti-reflection Nano Crystal coat, and no less than seven ED glass elements, minimise internal reflections and aberrations to deliver rich, high contrast images even under the most challenging lighting conditions.
The new lens features three focus modes; A/M; M/A and M. The new A/M switch enables autofocus priority even if the focus ring is being handled during shooting.
The new optical design also enables shorter dimensions than the current version, without compromising the durability that professional photographers rely upon to get the job done. The tough magnesium body is extensively sealed to withstand the affects of dust and moisture to enable you to keep shooting whatever the conditions.
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200MM F/2.8G ED VR II specifications
7 ED glass elements
Angle of View:
34°20’ – 12°20’ (22°50’ – 8° with Nikon DX format)
Minimum focus distance:
1.4 m/4.6 ft. (throughout entire zoom range)
No. diaphragm blades:
Silent Wave Motor
87 x 209 mm (3.4 x 8.2 in.)
1540 g (3.4 lb.)
• 77mm Snap-on front lens cap
• Rear lens cap (LF-1)
• Bayonet hood (HB-48)
• Lens Case (CL-1018)
77mm screw-in filters
Nikon launches the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200MM
F/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 30th July 2009 – Nikon Europe has announced the introduction of the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200MM F/3.5-5.6G ED VR II lens. This flexible 11.1x Vibration Reduction ‘superzoom’ NIKKOR lens replaces the popular AF-S DX VR Zoom NIKKOR 18-200MM F/3.5-5.6G IF-ED, and improves functionality and image quality.
Robert Cristina, Manager Professional Products, Nikon Europe says: “The 11.1x zoom ratio and beautifully balanced form factor make it ideal for anyone on the move and travelling light. The latest modifications in the new 18-200 come as a result of valuable feedback from customers.”
More practical, more quality
The AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200MM F/3.5-5.6G ED VR II incorporates an all new zoom mechanism to prevent what is sometimes referred to as ‘zoom creep’ (the lens moves under its own weight when tilted). A new zoom lock switch keeps the lens compact when being carried as well. The AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200MM F/3.5-5.6G ED VR II also features an improved Super Integrated Coating, an exclusive multi-layer lens element coating which reduces ghost and flare, ensuring improved image quality and contrast.
The lens features Nikon’s exclusive Vibration Reduction (VRII), giving users the ability to shoot at shutter speeds up to four stops* slower than would otherwise be possible, thereby minimizing image blur caused by camera shake. The optical VR system also stabilises the viewfinder image enabling more accurate autofocus acquisition and framing to make it ideal for shooting in low light conditions without a tripod.
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200MM F/3.5-5.6G ED VR II specifications
18-200mm (equivalent to a 27-300mm lens in 35mm format)
16 elements in 12 groups (two ED glass elements, three aspherical lens elements)
Angle of View
Minimum focus distance
0.5 m/1.6 ft.
No. diaphragm blades
Silent Wave Motor
77 x 96.5mm (3.0 x 3.8 in.)
Weight (approx.) 565 g (19.9oz )
• 72mm Snap-on front lens cap (LC-72)
• Rear lens cap (LF-1)
• Bayonet hood (HB-35)
• Soft lens pouch (CL-1018)
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