Nikon widens the Nikkor range

Nikon has announced June availability of the Nikkor AF-P DX 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR, AF-S Fisheye 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED and AF-S 28mm f/1.4E ED.
The AF-P DX 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR made for visual aesthetes on the go packs superior optical performance into a compact, lightweight body for exquisite wide-angle and close-up shots. Photographers looking for an added creative edge can turn to the AF-S Fisheye 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED, a fisheye zoom lens that delivers remarkable interpretations of a scene and offers a distinct perspective to photographers. Rounding off with the AF-S 28mm f/1.4E ED, landscapes and portraits are replicated in their true form, offering an angle of view similar to that of the human eye.

‘With over 90 types of Nikkor lenses to provide photographers great flexibility in choice of angle, range and type, these three new dedicated lenses are just as capable of capturing splendid scenes in their full natural brilliance. These lenses are set to enrich the image creation experience for the visionary photographer.

‘Specifically, the AF-P DX 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR introduces passionate DX-format photographers to the world of ultra-wide-angle and close-up shooting, with superior optical performance integrated into a compact and light form,’ said James Murray, managing director, Nikon Australia. ‘Nikon continually seeks to enhance the photography experience for its users, and we have engineered these lenses to work seamlessly with our latest Nikon DSLR cameras.’

AF-P DX 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR: 
The AF-P DX 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR, with a 10-20mm focal length range transforms wide, sweeping scenes into extraordinary visuals. Three aspherical lens elements are packed into a significantly lighter and more compact form correcting distortion and other types of aberrations even at the periphery. Vibration Reduction (VR) delivers an effect equivalent to a shutter speed of 3.5 stops faster.

Go up close for dramatic, creative perspectives with the lens’ close-up shooting capabilities, featuring a maximum reproduction ratio of 0.17x and a minimum focus distance of 0.22m for exceptional images. Featuring a stepping motor and a smooth focus ring that is easy to control, this new ultra-wide-angle DX-format lens delivers an improved seamless autofocus performance. Embracing remarkable visual narration, the AF-P DX 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR presents photographers the perfect blend of technical innovation and performance.

Nikon Australia doesn’t supply RRPs, but in the US this lens is just US$310 ($415), according to the Nikon US press release.

AF-S Fisheye 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED: 
The AF-S Fisheye 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED is the first Nikkor fisheye zoom lens with a high-performing and versatile lens for creative and elaborate imagery. Edge-to-edge clarity is promised even at a minimum focus distance of 0.16m, which means that photographers can approach their subjects up-close without compromising on quality and detail at the periphery. The lens adopts two aspherical lens elements to effectively reduce sagittal coma flare, enhancing the accurate reproduction of point light sources located at the peripheries, even with the lens’ aperture set to the maximum.

Scenic and expressive landscapes are reproduced with sharp and clear rendering thanks to the inclusion of Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements that minimise colour fringing caused by lateral chromatic aberration. This is paired with Nano Crystal Coat which effectively reduces flare and ghosting, reproducing splendid sunsets easily with the click of a shutter.

Attachment and removal of the lens hood and cap can be done together or separately, enabling quick responses to capture the fleeting moments. Realising the form of a highly agile and durable body protected with a fluorine coat for easy maintenance, this new Nikkor fisheye zoom lens is perfect for the artist looking to challenge visual boundaries.

Nikon Australia doesn’t supply RRPs, but in the US this lens is US$1250 ($1675).

AF-S 28mm f/1.4E ED:
The new AF-S 28mm f/1.4E ED presents an ideal 28mm focal length for portraits and landscapes, with an angle of view similar to that of a human eye allowing photographers to reproduce the world as they see it. Incredible optical performance comes to life with the incorporation of two ED glass elements which help to reduce colour fringing caused by axial chromatic aberration. In addition, this lens has three aspherical lens elements to effectively reduce sagittal coma flare. Allowing for point light sources at the periphery to be reproduced as point images, even at the maximum aperture.

These incorporations translate into high-resolution images stably across the entire frame at any aperture and natural bokeh characteristics without double line bokeh.

An essential feature of the AF-S 28mm f/1.4E ED, the Nano Crystal Coat not only eliminates ghosting and flare but acts as an anti-reflective mechanism, removing unnecessary flare from glass or reflective surfaces for defined images. Also equipped with a focus ring that rotates smoothly with just the right amount of resistance, the lens offers a convenient and smooth operation when focusing manually. Complete with a fluorine coat applied to the extreme front and rear lenses to repel dust, water and dirt, this lens is the capable companion that answers the imaging needs of professional photographers and advanced amateurs shooting in both FX- and DX-format.

Nikon Australia doesn’t supply pricing, but US price is US$2000 ($2685).

The three new wide angle Nikkors will be available from June, 2017.


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