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Nikon announces four new Nikkor lenses
by Andy Stanton -  8/18/2010

Nikon has announced the introduction of four new Nikkor lenses - three zoom lenses and a prime lens.


AF-S 85mm f/1.4G

The zoom lenses, the AF-S DX 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR, AF-S 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR and AF-S 24-120mm f/4G ED VR, utilize Nikon's Vibration Reduction II image stabilization system that provides up to four stops of correction to reduce blur while shooting handheld or in challenging lighting conditions. The prime lens, the AF-S 85mm f/1.4G, and the 24-120mm f/4 ED VR zoom lens, utilize Nikon's Nano-Crystal Coat to reduce instances of ghosting and flare. All four lenses feature Nikon's Silent Wave Motor technology to deliver fast, accurate and quiet AF performance, and Nikon's Super Integrated Coating for color consistency and reduced flaring. The construction of each of these lenses also includes a nine-blade rounded diaphragm.

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AF-S Nikkor DX 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 ED VR
The new AF-S DX 55-300mm lens is offered as a compliment to the 18-55mm VR DX-format camera kit lens coupled with several Nikon DSLRs, including the just-released D3100, and provides users with an affordable way to achieve super zoom focal lengths from 82.5mm to 450mm (35mm equivalent). Additional features include a tripod detection mode, which allows users to keep VR image stabilization activated and automatically compensates for minute vibrations when mounted on a tripod. A high refractive index lens element is implemented to keep the lens compact while offering high contrast even at maximum aperture. Its optical construction consists of two extra-low dispersion (ED) elements that minimize chromatic aberration.

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AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 ED VR
The AF-S 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens is designed to be used with both FX and DX-format DSLR cameras. It has a focal length (35mm equivalent) of 42-450mm when used with a DX-format DSLR. Its optical formula includes two ED glass elements and three aspherical lens elements to combat distortion. It also incorporates a focus mode switch that enables quick changes between manual and auto focus operation, and internal focus, which provides auto focus without changing the length of the lens.

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AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 G ED VR
The 24-120mm f/4 G ED VR zoom lens provides users with a medium focal range (36-180mm, 35mm equivalent for DX DSLRs) with a constant f/4 aperture to maintain exposure settings throughout the entire zoom range. It features two ED elements, three aspherical lens elements, a focus mode switch and internal focus.

AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G ED
The AF-S 85mm f/1.4G ED is an extremely fast prime lens (145mm, 35mm equivalent for DX DSLR's) that is excellent for portraits and for creating blurred background effects (bokeh). It can be used with FX or DX-format DSLR cameras and features two focus modes, manual priority auto focus and manual focus. Additional features include internal focus and a ruggedly constructed build.

Pricing and availability
The lenses will have estimated selling prices of $399.95 for the 55-300mm lens, $1,045.95 for the 28-300mm lens, $1,299.95 for the 24-120mm lens and $1,699.95 for the 85mm lens. All four lenses will be available for purchase in September. See Nikon's website for additional information.