The rumors were pretty accurate: today Nikon announced a trio of new lenses designed for both pros and enthusiasts. Say hello to the new 24-70mm f/2.8 VR, 24mm f/1.8, and 200-500mm f/5.6 VR.
NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR
Nikon’s 24-70mm f/2.8 is a stable zoom lens for professional photographers, and today Nikon made it even more versatile by adding Vibration Reduction (VR) technology. The new 24-70mm f/2.8 VR offers four stops of image stabilization, which will make it more flexible than its predecessor in challenging situations with less light — weddings for example.
The lens also features a Tripod Mode that helps to “banish blur” when your camera is mounted on a tripod (it helps to counteract slight tripod vibrations).
Other features of the 24-70mm f/2.8 VR include Electromagnetic Aperture control for consistent exposures during burst shooting, new internal lens configurations for a “new level of optical precision,” Nano Crystal Coat for reducing ghosting and flare, weather-sealing, a fluorine coating that keeps your lens clean, a 20 element/6 group design, a 9-blade aperture, and a new filter diameter of 82mm.
The 24-70mm f/2.8 VR will be available in late August 2015 for the price of $2,400.
NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED
The new 24mm f/1.8 is the latest f/1.8 prime in Nikon’s lineup. It’s designed to be a small, lightweight, and affordable option for photographers who want a fast wide-angle prime lens.
Features include Nano Crystal Coating for minimizing ghosting/flare, ED and Aspherical lens elements for sharpness, Silent Wave Motor AF, internal focusing, and a 72mm filter thread.
The new Nikon 24mm f/1.8 will be available starting in mid-September 2015 with a price tag of $750.
NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
Finally, the new 200-500mm f/5.6 VR gives Nikon photographers a new zoom range to choose from. The lens provides the full-frame equivalent of 750mm of reach when used on a DX-format crop-sensor camera.
Nikon was able to make this new lens light and portable for photographers who need to haul it around all day. Even with the tripod collar attached, the lens weighs just 5 lbs 1.2 oz (2300g), making it easy to handhold for extended shooting sessions.
Other features include Electromagnetic Aperture for consistent exposures, 4.5-stop Vibration Reduction, Sport Mode VR for high-burst panning shots, a 7.2-foot minimum focusing distance, a 9-blade aperture, a Silent Wave Motor for quick and quiet autofocusing, and a 95mm filter size.
The new 200-500mm f/5.6 VR will hit store shelves in mid-September and cost $1,400.