Today, Nikon is announcing three new lenses–and two of them are monsters. The company will soon be offering the new smaller AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm f2.8-4E EF VR along with new 500mm and 600mm lenses. The lens most likely to be purchased by folks is the 16-80mm f2.8-4, which is designed for APS-C sensor cameras and comes out to render a 24-120mm field of view. The ones that are more exciting though are the new 500mm and 600mm lenses. These are designed for photojournalists, sports shooters, and wildlife shooters.
And man, are they expensive.
AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm f2.8-4E EF VR
This new lens is designed for APS-C sensors and features a seven blade aperture, Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor, Nano Crystal coatings, minimum focusing of 1.2 feet, and boasts a 24-140mm field of view on the company’s APS-C camera bodies. This lens also has vibration reduction of up to 4 stops of image stabilization.
The new Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR will be available in July for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $1,069.95
AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR
The first of the new behemoth lenses uses Nikon’s newest AF tracking technology to help sports and wildlife photographers do their job. This lens uses new fluorite lens elements to reduce chromatic aberration–but they also help to reduce to weight by two pounds.
The new AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR will be available in mid-July for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $10,299.95.
AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR
For the most part, this lens is the same as the 500mm, but its weight is reduced by around three pounds. The features are very much identical. But then there’s the price.
The AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR will be available in mid-July for the SRP $12,299.95