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Nikon Announces Two New Lenses: The 300mm f/4 and the 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II



Nikon has announced two new lenses alongside its new D5500 entry-level DSLR: the 300mm f/4 telephoto and the 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II versatile zoom.

The 300mm f/4E PF ED VR


The new 300mm becomes the world’s lightest 300mm full frame prime autofocus lens. Compared to the previous Nikon 300mm f/4, the new version is 1.5 pounds lighter (1.66 lb vs 3.17 lb) and 30% shorter (14.75cm vs 22.35cm).

It also uses Phase Fresnel optical technology to reduce chromatic aberration and reduce the size and weight of the lens. The VR system provides four and a half stops of image stabilization, and includes VR sport (i.e. stabilization while panning) and tripod detection features.

The 300mm will be available in early February 2015 with a price tag of $2,000.

The 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR II


The new 55-200mm lens is an affordable new telephoto option for Nikon’s crop sensor DSLRs. It’s compact and lightweight, measuring 8.13cm long and weighing just 10.6 ounces. The VR provides three stops of image stabilization.

You’ll be able to buy the new 55-200mm lens in early February 2015 for $350.