Ahead of the CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show 2013, which opens tomorrow in Japan, Nikon has taken the wraps off two new lenses including a massive 800mm super-telephoto.
Nikon had already announced that the new AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED was in development last summer and a dozen prototypes of the huge, 15-pound lens were in use by pro photographers during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. If you’re a sports or wildlife photographer and you can’t any wait any longer for this FX-format lens, it can be yours this April for a cool $17,899.
While that’s pretty pricey, it is the longest focal length of any Nikkor autofocus (AF) lens yet. It also comes with a 1.25x teleconverter, which turns it into a 1000mm lens while taking away one stop of light. (The fastest aperture available with the teleconverter is f/8.)
The 800mm is the first Nikon lens built with two fluorite glass elements, paired with two ED glass elements and a Nano Crystal Coat, to help reduce chromatic aberration and flaring while keep the lens relatively lightweight (for its size). This super-telephoto also, of course, has Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization, which reputedly offers the equivalent of approximately four stops of shutter speed correction.
Nikon also unveiled the compact and lightweight 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 zoom lens. Along with full-frame Nikon cameras, it works with DX-format (APS-C sensor) Nikon DSLRs, and converts to a 27-52.5mm equivalent lens. It goes on sale the first week of March for $749.
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