Nikon Announces New Lenses and D3100 Camera

Today, Nikon has announced an update to their lens line as well as a new DSLR, the D3100. Most prominently, the D3100 features full-time auto focus modes while recording video. The lenses include an update to the aging 85mm F1.4 and the new 24-120mm F4 VR ED targeted towards professionals.

UPDATE: SOME ITEMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR ORDER. SEE POSTING!

D3100

– 14.2MP CMOS sensor

– 1080p HD video at 24p for 10 mins

– 720p HD video at 30p or 24p (AVCHD)

– 11 point AF

– Video modes have full time autofocus

– EXPEED 2 Processor

– Editing options available in camera

– 3 fps shooting

– Bundled with the 18-55mm F3.5-5.6

– Max ISO at 3200 but expandable up to 12,800

– New guide mode

– New camera model positions above the D3000 but below the D5000

– Already available for order:

Nikon D3100 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens

Nikon D3100 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR & 55-200 f/4-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lenses

– See the PDF file here: D3100 PRESS RELEASE FINAL

24-120mm F4 G ED VR

– Targeted towards photojournalists, wedding photographers and event photographers.

– Two ED glass elements

– VR 2 is present

– Three aspherical elements

– Internal focusing

– Nano Crystal Coating

– $1,049.95

– The Nikon 24-120mm f/4G ED VR AF-S NIKKOR Lens for Nikon Digital SLRis available for pre-order.

85mm F1.4 ED II

– Update to the older version of this lens.

– No aperture ring as the previous version had

– Targeted at portrait photographers

– Nano Crystal Coating

– $1,699.95

– If you still value the older Nikon 85mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor Lensit can still be purchased before it is replaced. The Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S NIKKOR Lens for Nikon Digital SLRis available for pre-order.

AF-S 28-300mm F3-5.6G ED VR

– 10.7x optical zoom

– FX and DX compatibility (it is an FX lens)

– Two ED elements

– Three Aspherical Elements

– Internal Focusing

– $1299.95 in September
– The Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S NIKKOR Lens for Nikon Digital SLR is already available for order.

55-300mm F4.5-5.6G ED VR

– Tripod detection mode

– High Refractive Lens Element

– Two ED lenses inside

– $399.95 in late September 2010

– Press release on all lenses here: NIKKOR PRESS RELEASE FINAL