Sometimes I wish I knew what Nikon’s road map looked like so that I could make sense out of their releases. I’m sure that there is a master plan in there and somewhere in there this revamped 18-35mm along with the big boy 800mm f/5.6 lens. These two lenses are the bookends of the price spectrum from $750 to $17,900. Lets read in between the lines and see what these lenses have to show.
From what I am seeing the 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 is the wide angle equivalent to the alternative 24-85mm kit lens. This lens may not have VR like the 24-85mm but it does have aspherical elements as well as ED glass. This lens was designed to be light and it is weighing in at 385 grams, even lighter than the other full frame kit lens which weighs in at 465 grams. Nikon says that the lens was designed with high density MP cameras in mind and touts it as a good pairing with the D600.
The new 800mm f/5.6 lens is now one of the most expensive lenses available today. It features two ED elements, Nano Crystal Coating and is constructed with two fluorite lens elements. Honestly with an MTF chart like the one below I believe whoever buys this lens will be extremely happy.
Whats special about this lens is that a 1.25x tele converter, first ever with ED element, is included with it which was specifically made for it. When equipped it will give you the focal length of 1000mm with an aperture of f/7.1.
More information about the lens can be found here on Nikon’s site and you can peep some samples here. This lens is an “if you have to ask how much, you can’t afford it” … but well, since you asked: it is $17,900 and lets face it … none of us can afford it.
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