DP Review has just reviewed the Nikon AF-S VR Nikkor 70-200mm 1:2.8G and give the lens a ‘highly recommended’ rating for DX format cameras but a lower ‘recommend’ rating when used on full frame sensor FX format cameras.
They write: The Nikon AF-S VR 70-200mm F2.8G is a lens which would, were it designated ‘DX’, be fully deserving of the highest accolades. On the smaller sensor format, results are nothing short of spectacular – resolution is excellent even wide open, chromatic aberration and geometric distortion are low, and falloff negligible. Combine this with the impeccable build quality, excellent autofocus, and effective image stabilisation, and this lens is getting close to flawless…. The problem is that, with the introduction of the D3, DX is no longer the pre-eminent format in Nikon’s DSLR line, and 35mm full-frame has re-arisen from the ashes in the guise of FX… the D3 is a top-end camera, so it seems reasonable to assume that Nikon’s workhorse professional lenses should give excellent results on it; sadly, the 70-200mm F2.8 VR doesn’t quite manage this, with signficant vignetting at wide apertures throughout the zoom range, and distinctly soft corners at longer focal lengths…. So overall we’re left with a lens which is a great option for most potential buyers, but simply isn’t quite up to the demands of full frame capture.”
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm Lens News Release
Nikon’s New AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm Lens Offers Broad Focal Range And Vr Image Stabilization For Photographers Of All Levels
Nikon, Inc., today announced the new AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens, which offers Nikon digital SLR photographers exceptional wide-angle capability along with superb telephoto versatility. The wide-ratio zoom makes this new lens suitable for a broad range of shooting situations, including indoor and outdoor events; streetscapes; and portraits and scenery, making it ideal for everyday use. It incorporates several of Nikon’s most advanced lens design attributes such as Extra Low Dispersion (ED) glass, Silent Wave Motor technology (SWM) and Nikon VR (Vibration Reduction image stabilization), delivering the outstanding optical performance that has made NIKKOR lenses the choice of so many professional photographers.
"The new AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens fulfills a need among Nikon digital SLR customers for a compact wide ratio zoom lens that offers a dramatic wide angle perspective, up to a practical and useful telephoto view, as well as advanced optical features," said Edward Fasano, general manager for marketing, SLR Systems Products at Nikon, Inc. "Whether on vacation or on assignment, the new 16-85mm lens’ versatility and remarkable image integrity are sure to make it one of Nikon’s most popular advanced performance Zoom-NIKKOR lenses."
Nikon AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens News Release
Nikon’s New AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED Lens Brings Sophisticated Technology and Design To Close-up Photographers.
Nikon, Inc., today introduced the new AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED lens engineered specifically for extreme close-up photography, and perfectly suited for general imaging as well. The new AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED lens can focus at a distance of approximately 0.185m (.6 ft.) at its closest, and allows photographers to capture breathtaking close-up photography with reproduction ratios up to 1:1 (life-size).
"Nikon is proud of its strong reputation for designing and producing some of the world’s finest close-up lenses, delivering faithful and consistent color reproduction, stunning sharpness and beautifully balanced contrast," said Edward Fasano, general manager for marketing, SLR Systems Products at Nikon, Inc. "Serious close-up photographers are naturally demanding and we are confident that these discerning customers will be excited about the performance of the new 60mm f/2.8G ED Micro NIKKOR."
Engineered for use with Nikon’s digital and 35mm SLR systems, the new AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED lens incorporates a myriad of innovative features and technologies, including Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor technology (SWM), Nano Crystal Coat, Extra Low Dispersion (ED) glass and Internal Focusing (IF) design.
Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED Lens News Release
Nikon’s New Wide-Angle PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED Lens Allows Photographers To Control Perspective.
Nikon, Inc., today introduced the new PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED lens, the latest in a series of lenses that are equipped with a tilt/shift mechanism that enables photographers the flexibility to effectively manipulate perspective, distortion and focus. Whether photographing architecture, landscapes, interiors or panoramas, this Perspective Control (PC) lens easily corrects linear distortion and aberration to deliver images that more accurately reproduce the view as the human eye sees it.
"Nikon optical engineers successfully overcame a number of design challenges while developing a new 24mm Perspective Control wide-angle lens that delivers in a variety of applications and fulfills the needs of photographers whose work demands the type of image control that only a lens of this design can provide" said Edward Fasano, general manager for Marketing, SLR System Products at Nikon, Inc. "This lens represents a significant addition to the field-proven NIKKOR lens lineup and allows photographers to create images that would, in many instances, not be possible otherwise. Additionally, many photographers will appreciate the ability to more effectively correct images while shooting, significantly reducing the time required to correct images afterwards with image editing software." Continue reading