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Nikon releases new high-performance lens

By Catherine Knowles, Tue 7 Jul 2015
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Nikon has released its latest high-performance lens which is targeted toward DX-format users.

The new NIKKOR AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80MM F/2.8-4E ED VR is the first NIKKOR DX-format lens to employ various technology usually found in super telephoto lenses, including Nano Crystal Coat.

The compact AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80MM F/2.8-4E ED VR is a 5x normal zoom lens with f/2.8 aperture at the maximum wide-angle position. It is fluorine-coated and has been designed to be compact and functional, fitting for street and travel photographers.

A combination of three optical elements: the Nano Crystal Coat, aspherical lens, and Extra-low Dispersion (ED) lens, work in tandem for refined image quality with minimised ghosting and chromatic aberration.

The lens has a built-in Vibration Reduction (VR) providing an effect equivalent to a shutter speed 4.0 stops faster, and the first adoption of an electromagnetic aperture mechanism for resolute auto-exposure control in a DX-format lens.

“Constantly evolving to meet the needs of professionals and amateurs alike, the extensive NIKKOR DX-range of lenses has always empowered photographers to explore their potential in producing beautiful images and videos,” says Hiroaki Ono, Nikon general manager of international marketing division imaging group.

“The AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80MM F/2.8-4E ED VR now takes this experience further in a package that’s smaller and lighter than ever with renowned NIKKOR optics and refined technology.

“From a built-in VR system and electromagnetic aperture mechanism, to a fluorine coating and Nano Crystal Coat, these features collectively yield the expected quality and durability to present the lens as a welcoming addition, especially for the Nikon D300 series and D7000 series photographers.

“By establishing the new standard for everyday travel photography experiences, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80MM F/2.8-4E ED VR is set to be a new core essential in every photographer’s kit,” says Ono.

The AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80MM F/2.8-4E ED VR will be available in July 2015.

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