Nikon launches new lens trio

Pro lenses

Nikkor 24-70 f2.8 ED VR
Steady shot: the Nikkor 24-70 f2.8 now offers vibration reduction.

Nikon is releasing three new pro-spec lenses, including two zooms and one prime.

The prime lens is a 24mm AF-S lens, with a fast aperture of f1.8. The full-frame lens has 12 elements in nine groups, and gives the equivalent of a 36mm field of view on APS-C stills and Super35mm video cameras. The lens focuses down to 0.23m and uses ED glass for improved colours and contrast. The new lens has a recommended price of £629.

At the other end of the spectrum, Nikon is bringing out a full-frame, long telephoto zoom. The 200-500mm f5.6 ED VR has both a constant aperture and vibration reduction, and Nikon claims, provides sharp shots in 4.5 stops’ less light than a non-VR lens. A Sport VR mode is provided for fast action, although VR will not operate on video cameras using Nikkor lenses via mechanical adapters, as there will be no power for the VR system. Full VR is available on Nikon DSLRs such as the full-frame D750. The new lens will also work with a 1.4x teleconverter on cameras that can operate at apertures of f8 or narrower.

The lens comes with a zoom lock, tripod foot and a lens hood.

Film makers, and especially those using Nikon cameras, will be most interested in Nikon’s new professional standard zoom.

The 24-70mm f2.8 ED VR lens covers the same focal length as Nikon’s previous pro-spec standard zooms, but adds vibration reduction, something previously restricted to Nikkor telephoto zooms, or third-party lenses such as those from Tamron.

The 24-70 f2.8 ED VR is, Nikon claims, better built than its predecessor, which has remained unchanged in Nikon’s line up since 2007. The new lens has been built from the ground up for professional use and as well as being fully weather sealed, it has a tougher construction, and an electro-magnetic diaphragm. Nikon claims the AF is one and a half times faster than on the older lens, and the glass has been redesigned to reduce chromatic aberration and coma, as well as light fall off.

The VR system should give stable shots at up to four stops’ less light than on a non-VR lens, again if it is being used with a VR compatible camera.

The 24-70 f2.8 ED VR goes on sale in late August, priced at £1849.99, with the 200-500 f5.6 set to cost £1179.99.