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Nikon announces trio of new lenses  
Monday, January 28, 2008 | by Rob Galbraith
Nikon today has announced three new lenses: the PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED Tilt/Shift, AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED and AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR. In addition, the company has said that two additional PC (perspective control) lenses are in the works: a PC-E Micro Nikkor 45mm f/2.8D ED and a PC-E Micro Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D ED.
 
PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED Tilt/Shift
 
Nikon's widest perspective control lens to date, the PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED Tilt/Shift lens provides up to +/-8.5 of tilt and +/-11.5mm of shift, can be rotated 90 left or right with click stops at 30 increments, offers automatic aperture control when used with the Nikon D3 and D300 and electronic rangefinder-style focus confirmation when manual focusing with a range of Nikon SLR bodies. The lens incorporates five mechanical controls: an aperture ring, aperture stop-down button, focusing ring, shift knob and tilt knob.
 
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Get Perspective: PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED Tilt/Shift (Photo courtesy Nikon)
 
The PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED Tilt/Shift utilizes both ED glass and aspherical elements and features Nikon's Nano Crystal Coat lens coating. It has a maximum aperture of f/3.5, a minimum aperture of f/32, a close focus distance of 8.3 inches (21cm) and is intended for use on both FX and DX Nikon digital SLRs (though the built-in flash of certain models will interfere with the full range of lens movement). Filter size is 77mm, and a bayonet hood and soft case are included. It has an estimated street price of US$1929 in the U.S. and is expected to ship in the spring of 2008.
 
Nikon has also indicated that in the summer of 2008 they will ship the PC-E Micro Nikkor 45mm f/2.8D ED and PC-E Micro Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D ED. Prices have not been set for either lens.
 
For more information on tilt/shift lenses for SLR bodies, see this Wikipedia entry. Nikon's new 24mm lens is similar in basic specifications to Canon's TS-E 24mm f/3.5L Tilt-Shift model.
 
AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED
 
Nikon's newest macro lens features up to 1:1 image magnification, internal Silent Wave focusing, a close focus distance of 7.3 inches (18.5cm), ED glass, Nano Crystal Coat lens coating and a nine-blade diaphragm. It has a maximum aperture of f/2.8, a minimum aperture of f/32, is intended for use on both FX and DX Nikon digital SLRs and comes with a soft case. The AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED has an estimated street price of US$549.95 in the U.S. and is to ship in March 2008.
 
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Close Up: AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED (Photo courtesy Nikon)
 
AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
 
Rounding out Nikon's lens announcements is a DX model, the AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, which provides a field of view roughly equivalent to a 24-128mm zoom on a full-frame camera. It incorporates both ED glass and aspherical elements, Super Integrated Coating (SIC) lens coating, a variable maximum aperture of f/3.5-5.6, Nikon's VR II stabilization technology (which is spec'd to provide the ability to shoot at shutter speeds up to four stops slower than would otherwise be possible without camera shake) and a 67mm filter size. It has an estimated street price of US$649 in the U.S., with deliveries to begin in March 2008.
 
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Zoom Zoom: AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR (Photo courtesy Nikon)
 
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