Nikon Expands Acclaimed NIKKOR Lens Lineup with the Addition of the New 18-300mm VR
All-in-One High Power Super Zoom Lens and the 24-85mm VR Lens
AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR
June 14, 2012
New Lenses for FX and DX-Format Photographers Include the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens,
A Super Zoom Lens with Astounding 16.7X DX Zoom, and the AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lens,
A Versatile Everyday Lens for FX Shooters
MELVILLE, N.Y. – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the addition of two new lenses to the legendary NIKKOR lineup,
the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR and the AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lenses. The new 18-300mm VR lens
is a versatile and compact 16.7X all-in-one super zoom DX-format lens, while the new 24-85mm VR lens is an ideal standard zoom
for any FX-format photographer. These optics were designed to meet the needs of all types of photographers, from those looking
to capture everything from family outings to elusive wildlife and stunning landscapes. The new 18-300mm and 24-85mm lenses deliver
the performance and superior image quality that photographers of all levels have come to expect from NIKKOR lenses whether
capturing still images or HD videos.
To capture stunningly sharp images with excellent clarity and color reproduction or HD video that exhibits sharp critical
focus with a dramatic depth of field, the new 18-300mm VR and 24-85mm VR lenses will empower photographers with a variety
of exclusive core NIKKOR technologies. Both lenses are equipped with Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) II image stabilization
system which provides the equivalent of a shutter speed approximately four stops faster. The built-in Vibration Reduction will
help photographers create blur-free images and video while shooting handheld and in challenging lighting conditions.
Two focus modes, manual-priority autofocus (M/A) and manual focus (M), are easily selected in both lenses as well.
When either lens is in manual-priority autofocus (M/A) mode, users will be able to instantly switch from autofocus to manual
focus operation by simply rotating the focus ring, even during AF servo operation. Additionally, both lenses feature an internal
focusing system, providing fast focus without changing the length of the lens while retaining working distance through the focus
range, and Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology designed to deliver fast, accurate and quiet AF performance.
The lenses also boast Nikon’s Super Integrated Coating (SIC) which provides superb color reproduction, color consistency
and reduced flaring.
“Whether a pro on assignment, a photo enthusiast or an indie cinematographer, all Nikon users appreciate and rely on the vast
selection and reliability of NIKKOR lenses for all of their imaging needs,” said Bo Kajiwara, director of marketing, Nikon Inc.
“The new AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm VR and AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm VR lenses are fully optimized to capture stunning images and videos
while meeting the growing needs of photographers of all levels around the world.”
AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
The NIKKOR 18-300mm VR Lens: Nikon’s Longest Focal Range
Building on the popularity and versatility of Nikon’s telephoto zoom lens lineup which includes both the
NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 and 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lenses, the new 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens is Nikon’s longest focal range
ever, with an astounding 16.7X ultrahigh-ratio zoom range. The DX-format 18-300mm VR lens is surprisingly compact,
lightweight and covers a focal range from wide-angle 18mm to super-telephoto 300mm, equivalent to a focal length of 27mm to 450mm
in FX/35mm format. At the 300mm focal length setting, the lens’ large f/5.6 aperture enables photographers to shoot at faster
shutter speeds with shallow depth-of-field. This new super telephoto zoom lens is ideal for taking stills when travelling and
for all around general photography including landscapes, portraits and distant subjects. The 18-300mm lens is also excellent for
recording HD video as it can be used for wide establishing shots, medium close-up shots and extreme telephoto sequences when the
users want to separate the subject from the background.
The construction of the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens consists of 19 optical elements in 14 groups with
three Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements that effectively minimize chromatic aberration,
even at the widest aperture settings, and three aspherical lens elements that virtually eliminate aberrations at wide aperture
settings. The new lens also incorporates a nine rounded blade diaphragm to help achieve a natural looking dramatic separation
between subject and background.
The AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR also has a dedicated zoom lock switch which secures the lens barrel at its
minimum length and will prevent the lens from sliding during transportation. Additionally, the 18-300mm VR lens is ideal
for capturing close-ups with great detail, as it offers a 1.48 ft. minimum focusing distance at 300mm, as well as a maximum
reproduction ratio of 1:3.2X.
The NIKKOR 24-85mm VR Lens: The Standard Zoom for FX Shooters
Ideal for photographers seeking an FX-format compatible standard zoom lens, the new AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lens
delivers sharp, crisp and high-quality images and can be assigned as an everyday walkabout lens. Covering the frequently used
focal-length range of 24mm to 85mm, this lens is a great companion for any FX-format shooter and is ideal for shooting stills
of landscapes, architecture, head and shoulder portraits, candid shots or group shots. For HD video shooters, the 24-85mm VR lens
is a natural choice when filming landscapes, large groups of people or when wide field establishing shots or medium close-ups
are needed. The 24-85mm lens is a great everyday lens that is compact, lightweight and easy to carry on any photo assignment
or family adventure.
In addition to the lens’ built-in Vibration Reduction (VR) technology, the AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lens features
Auto Tripod detection which recognizes when the camera is mounted on a tripod, even during HD video recording, to help deliver
specialized VR correction. The lens construction of the 24-85mm VR lens consists of 16 optical elements in 11 groups with one
Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass element, three aspherical lens elements and a seven rounded blade diaphragm.
Price and Availability
The AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens will be available at the end of June 2012 for the suggested retail price (SRP)
of $999.95. The AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lens will also be available at the end of June 2012 and will have a suggested
retail price (SRP) of $599.95. For more information on these new NIKKOR lenses and other Nikon products,
please visit www.nikonusa.com.