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Nikon adds VR to three supertelephotos, announces two new zooms  
Wednesday, August 22, 2007 | by Rob Galbraith
Rounding out Nikon's announcements today are a total of five new lenses. Two are zooms: the AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED and AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED. Plus there are three updated supertelephotos, all of which gain Nikon's image stabilizing VR II: AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/2.8G ED VR, AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/4G ED VR and AF-S Nikkor 600mm f/4G ED VR.
 
All five lenses are slated to ship in November 2007 and are priced as shown in the table below:
 
Lens
Expected street price in the U.S.
AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
US$1799.95
AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
US$1699.95
AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/2.8G ED VR
US$8799.95
AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/4G ED VR
US$7899.95
AF-S Nikkor 600mm f/4G ED VR
US$9499.95
 
More information is in the press releases.
 

Press Release

PROFESSIONAL ZOOM LENSES ENTER “PRIME TIME” WITH TWO NEW
NIKKOR LENSES THAT RIVAL PRIME-LENS PERFORMANCE
 
Nikon Introduces the World’s First 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle Zoom Lens with a Constant
f/2.8 Aperture and a Highly Versatile 24-70mm f/2.8 Zoom, making professional lens
selection easier than ever

MELVILLE, N.Y. (AUGUST 23, 2007) – Nikon (www.nikonusa.com) today
announced two new high performance NIKKOR lenses that offer remarkable
sharpness, clarity and contrast. The new AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lens is
one of the fastest 14mm ultra-wide angle zoom lenses available today while the
new AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED lens is a highly versatile, lens ideal for a
broad range of applications and lighting conditions. While designed for use with
either of Nikon’s FX and DX format digital SLR cameras, these new lenses truly
maximizes the potential of Nikon’s recently announced D3 FX-format
professional digital SLR camera. Combined with Nikon’s venerable AF-S Nikkor
70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR, these new lenses now offer professional
photographers the ideal three-lens solution with a constant f/2.8 aperture across
all three lenses.
 
“The AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED represents one of Nikon’s best
optical designs with performance that rivals that of prime lenses. And we
anticipate the AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED will become very popular
among professional photographers due to its remarkable versatility and optical
performance. Both lenses maintain an astounding level of sharpness from the
center of a picture to its edges and corners throughout their zoom range,” said
Edward Fasano, general manager for Marketing, SLR Systems Products at
Nikon Inc. “Nikon produced its 40 millionth lens during the summer of 2007 and
the introduction of these new lenses is a wonderful example of why NIKKOR
lenses have been so successful.”
 
Optical Innovations for Outstanding Image Quality
 
The two new lenses feature a variety of Nikon innovations that address
the needs of professional photographers from a standpoint of focal length
versatility and optical performance. Both lenses feature optical designs that
incorporate ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements for minimal chromatic
aberration, and aspherical lenses including large-diameter PGM (Precision Glass
Molding) elements to reduce coma and other types of aberration even at the
widest aperture. Both lenses benefit from Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat –
an extra-low refractive index coating that virtually eliminates internal lens element
reflections across a wide range of wavelengths, and is particularly effective in
reducing ghosting and flare. The lenses also feature Nikon’s highly regarded
Silent Wave motor (AF-S) that provides super fast and quiet auto focus
operation. The result of all these innovations produces images that are vivid,
sharp and deliver optimum contrast.
 
The AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lens is highly versatile and can be
ideal for a range of different photographic applications. Photojournalists can tell
the entire story with a single shot, interior photography can be done without
fisheye distortion, or a breathtaking landscape can be captured in one frame.
The AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED is a highly practical and multi-
talented lens that allows photographers to photograph anything from tight
portraits to expansive landscapes with just one high-performance fast aperture
lens.
 
Pricing and Availability
 
Both lenses will be available beginning in November 2007. The estimated
selling price* for the AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED LENS will be $1,799.95,
and the estimated selling price* of the AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED will be
$1,699.95.
 
* Estimated selling prices listed are only an estimate. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to
change at any time.
 
About Nikon
 
Nikon, At the Heart of the ImageTM. Nikon Inc. is the world leader in digital imaging,
precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognized for setting new
standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and
professional photographic equipment. Nikon Inc. distributes the Nikon Total Imaging
System of consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, Nikkor optics, Speedlights
and System Accessories; Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras; COOLSCAN®
digital film scanners; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon
sports and recreational optics. At the heart of every Nikon camera is Nikon’s Exclusive
Feature System, making it easy for anyone to take amazing digital pictures. Through the
Nikon Spirit InitiativeTM, the company, plays an active role in supporting aspiring and
advanced photographers through a variety of philanthropic organizations, educational
programs, events and workshops. For more information, dial (800) NIKON-US or visit
www.nikonusa.com, which links all levels of photographers to the web's most
comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities.
 
NIKON ADDS THREE NEW SUPER-TELEPHOTO LENSES TO ITS LINE OF
PROFESSIONAL NIKKOR OPTICS
 
New Lenses Feature Remarkable Optics, Vibration Reduction (VR II) and Rugged Construction
 
MELVILLE, N.Y. (AUGUST 23, 2007) – Nikon (www.nikonusa.com) today
introduced three new super-telephoto NIKKOR lenses that offer professional
photographers the latest innovations in lens technology and optical design. The
new AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR, AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR,
and AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR all offer unprecedented image quality,
responsiveness and versatility along with new features such as Nikon’s VR II
Vibration Reduction technology and Nikon's exclusive Nano Crystal Coat. These
new lenses are designed for use with Nikon’s FX and DX format digital SLR
cameras and together with Nikon’s current AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR
AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR lens, they complete Nikon’s range of super-
telephoto lenses.
 
“An incredible number of the most famous moments in sports history have
been captured faithfully and forever with NIKKOR super telephoto lenses,” said
Edward Fasano, general manager for Marketing, SLR Systems Products, at
Nikon Inc. “And a long list of the world’s finest nature and wildlife photographers
rely on NIKKOR super telephoto lenses to capture images that inspire and
educate people the world over. With the introduction of the AF-S NIKKOR
400mm f/2.8G ED VR, and the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm and 600mm f/4G ED VR
lenses, we are thrilled to offer professional photographers the most sophisticated
super-telephoto optics available today.”
 
These new super-telephoto lenses are equipped with Nikon’s VR II
Vibration Reduction system that minimizes image blur caused by camera shake
and offers up to four stops of compensation for clean, crisp images. When using
Nikon’s VR function, photographers can view a stabilized image through the
viewfinder and therefore are able to compose their pictures naturally and with
greater accuracy. A Tripod mode in the camera reduces vibration that may occur
at shutter release when shooting with a super-telephoto lens attached to a tripod.
The new optical design for all three lenses features three ED (Extra-low
Dispersion) glass elements that minimize chromatic aberration, producing
consistently high-quality images. Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat – an extra-
low refractive index coating – virtually eliminates internal lens element reflections
across a wide range of wavelengths, and is particularly effective in reducing
ghosting and flare. A meniscus protective glass element also minimizes the
ghosting that occurs when light reflected from a digital camera’s image sensor is
in turn reflected off an ordinary flat protective glass element.
 
All three new lenses feature ergonomically arranged controls that enable
easy access and comfortable operation. The Focus Preset function instantly
recalls a focal point preset with a simple push of a button while the Focus Limiter
switch restricts AF-servo movement to a controlled shooting distance range. The
lenses also feature an AF-L switch that makes it possible to lock focus from the
lens; and AF-ON engages auto focus from the lens.
 
By employing magnesium die-cast to construction the lens barrel, Nikon
has achieved considerable weight reduction advantages without sacrificing
rugged field-proven construction that's resistant to both dust and moisture.
 
Price and Availability
 
The three new Super-Telephoto lenses will be available beginning November
2007. Estimated selling prices* for the AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR, AF-
S NIKKOR 500mm and 600mm f/4G ED VR lenses are $8,799.95, $7,899.95
and $9,499.95 respectively. These lenses will be compatible with all current F-
mount Nikon cameras, as well as the NIKKOR 1.4x, 1.7x and 2.0x AF-Tele-
converters.
 
* Estimated selling prices listed are only an estimate. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to
change at any time.
 
About Nikon
 
Nikon, At the Heart of the ImageTM. Nikon Inc. is the world leader in digital imaging,
precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognized for setting new
standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and
professional photographic equipment. Nikon Inc. distributes the Nikon Total Imaging
System of consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, Nikkor optics, Speedlights
and System Accessories; Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras; COOLSCAN®
digital film scanners; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon
sports and recreational optics. At the heart of every Nikon camera is Nikon’s Exclusive
Feature System, making it easy for anyone to take amazing digital pictures. Through the
Nikon Spirit InitiativeTM, the company, plays an active role in supporting aspiring and
advanced photographers through a variety of philanthropic organizations, educational
programs, events and workshops. For more information, dial (800) NIKON-US or visit
www.nikonusa.com, which links all levels of photographers to the web's most
comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities.
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