Nikon adds two new lenses to bolster its FX-lens lineup, a new Nikkor 19mm f/4E and an updated 70-200 f/2.8
Today, two new lenses are joining the extensive FX-format lens range, the new PC Nikkor 19mm f/4E ED and the AF-S Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8E FL ED VR.
Lighter, faster an more powerful than before, the latest 70-200 f/2.8 uses some of the latest technological advancements to improve on this classic focal length, improving its performance and suitability for sports, action and news shooting.
Enhancements included improved AF tracking and exposure control, as well as VR SPORT mode, which should help to deliver exceptional burst shooting when paired with the latest speedy Nikon DSLRs. Compared to its predecessor, edge-to-edge performance is said to be improved, and light fall off has been reduced. The closest focus distance is now an impressive 1.1 m, and the maximum reproduction ratio has increased from 0.11x to 0.21x. Configurable buttons on the barrel are intended to make operation smoother, and the zoom and focus ring positions are reversed for more balanced handling. Thanks to a new magnesium alloy lens barrel, and HRI and fluorite elements, this lens has never been so light, yet the build remains tough.
Simon Iddon, Head of Product Management, Nikon UK, says: “The new NIKKOR 70–200mm f/2.8E offers an astounding jump in image quality and a faster, smoother shooting experience all round. SPORT VR, and ergonomics inherited from Nikon’s recent 400 mm, 500 mm, and 600 mm telephoto lenses will make a unmistakable difference to photographers shooting fast, unpredictable action with a professional DSLR like the D5.”
We are hoping to begin shipping this lens around mid-November, priced at £2649.
And in a first for Nikon, the new FX-format perspective control (PC) lens uniquely employs two PC rotation mechanisms. Aimed at architectural, fine art, and landscape photographers, the PC NIKKOR 19mm f/4E ED is made make the most of scenes that need to be captured with spatial precision.
Thanks to its picture angle and unique tilt, shift, and double-layer rotation capabilities, this manual focus lens enables photographers to shoot from the perfect starting point. Both tilt and shift can be engaged individually, and in combination, essentially replicating the movements of a large-format view camera. Photographers can exercise extensive control over the lens’ focal plane, and easily shift to create images unaffected by convergence. Or tilt to create landscapes that are sharp from the foreground to the background, without the need to close the aperture as you would with standard lenses. The 19mm angle of view is ideal for large structures and spaces, and the unique optical construction ensures the distortion common in wide-angle lenses is minimised, even at the edges of the frame.
Stock for this lens is expected towards the end of October/early November, priced at £3299. Both of these lenses are available to pre-order now.