If there’s one zoom lens that has become the workhorse of today’s DSLR photographers, it’s the venerable 70-200mm focal length. Pros are often seen with the f/2.8 version, but Nikon is looking at a broader audience with the launch of the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR telephoto zoom lens. It provides a popular and versatile focal length and a constant f/4 aperture for full frame FX-format photographers. The 70-200mm f/4 is the first NIKKOR lens to feature the third generation of Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) technology to meet the still image and video demands of advanced photographers and videographers.
In fact, Nikon claims this new incarnation of VR is equivalent to five stops, allowing handheld photography with shutter speeds as slow as 1/8 with the lens at its maximum focal length of 200mm. The five-stop VR also should provide confidence to those who shoot in lower light or while handheld to deliver sharp images and smooth HD video.
The AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4 targets both professionals and enthusiasts who shoot sports, portraiture, and wildlife. When used alongside the Nikon D4, D800 series and D600 D-SLR cameras, 70-200mm f/4 lens users can take advantage of Nikon professional grade teleconverters to increase the focal length without sacrificing AF and VR abilities. By using the camera’s cross-type focus points at f/8 and below, users can effectively double the focal length of this f/4 lens to 400mm and still retain the AF ability to capture clear subjects at an even greater distance.
Constructed from 20 optical elements in 14 groups, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4 maintains several core Nikon technologies including the exclusive Nano Crystal Coat to significantly reduce instances of ghosting and flaring. In addition, Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM) provides quiet and responsive autofocus (AF) operation. The lens also features two focus modes, M/A (autofocus with manual override) and M (manual focus) to adapt to users? shooting preferences.
The AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR is slated for availability beginning in late November 2012 for a suggested retail price of $1,399.95. Nikon also offers an optional Tripod Collar, available in the near future for a suggested retail price of $223.95.