Nikon’s New AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens Unveiled

Nikon AF-S 80-400mm Lens

Nikon just announced its new FX format AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens. The revamped lens features a new optical formula with 20 elements in 12 groups including Super ED Glass Element and four ED glass elements.

The AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens should be available in April 2013 for around $2700. Check availability at B&H Photo, Adorama and

Key excerpts from the official press release: [Read more…]


Nikon D800 Sensor Confirmed as “Made by Sony”

Nikon D800

It’s been no secret that Sony is a major supplier of sensors in past Nikon DSLRs.  With the past few generations of DSLRs, however, Nikon has been rather coy about the sourcing of the actual sensors within the cameras.  When asked, Nikon reps usually respond by saying the sensor is “designed by Nikon” and refuse to provide further details on who actually makes the sensor. [Read more…]

Nikon AF-S 28mm f/1.8G

Nikon AF-S 28mm f/1.8G

Alongside the D3200, Nikon took the wraps off of a new FX-format prime lens, the AF-S 28mm f/1.8G lens.

Highlights of the AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G:

  • Fast f/1.8 prime lens designed for shooting stills or recording HD video in low-light situations
  • Engineered for Nikon FX-format D-SLRs (42mm focal length equivalent when mounted on DX-format D-SLRs)
  • The AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G lens will be available in late May for $699.95 SRP

Full rundown in the press release below. [Read more…]

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II Lens

The Nikon AF-S 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II lens is the third lens that Nikon has announced since February of this year (and I’ve been told they’re just rolling their sleeves up).  The new lens serves as an update to the original 200-400mm f/4 lens.  As was the case with the previously announced lenses (AF-S 16-35mm f/4 VR II and AF-S 24mm f/1.4), the new 200-400mm lens carries on the trend of lenses compatible with Nikon’s growing FX-format line of DSLRs.

Like the AF-S 300mm f/2.8 VR II lens released near the end of 2009, the new AF-S 200-400mm lens gets more of a facelift in updates, as opposed to a complete redesign.  Obviously, the VR II feature is one of the headliners, which Nikon claims delivers an additional 4-stops of handholdability.  The new 200-400mm also receives a new nano-crystal coat on the glass to reduce ghosting and flare.  The lens also gets a third focusing mode, A/M, which prevents slight and unintentional movements of the focus ring from canceling the autofocus while shooting.

The 200-400mm VR II lens includes 4 ED elements for what should be exceptional image quality, if we assume the results of the updated 70-200mm f/2.8 and 300mm f/2.8 will transfer to this lens as well.  The increased resolving power of the ED elements should pave the way for future, higher-resolution Nikon DSLRs, which are sure to come.

The AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II lens will carry a retail price tag of $6999.95, which is about $900 over the current street price of the existing model.  The new lens should be available sometime in late May 2010.

Check availability on B&H Photo, Amazon and Adorama.

More details in the press release below. [Read more…]