Press release from Nikon Canada
Nikon Canada has announced the new wide-angle zoom AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80 mm f/2.8-4E ED VR lens – an amazingly versatile DX-format lens that is well-suited for advanced and enthusiast photographers. The NIKKOR 16-80 mm features a combination of the best Nikon lens technologies, some never before seen in a Nikon DX-format lens, such as Nikon’s legendary Nano Crystal Coat. The lens gives photographers an all-purpose optic to help take their photography further.
“The NIKKOR 16-80 mm f/2.8-4E ED VR is a very exciting addition to the NIKKOR DX-format lens lineup, and a new milestone in the NIKKOR legacy – it combines the most advanced optical technologies with a useful focal range to capture photos and HD video,” said Amanda Mohammed, Communications and Nikon Professional Services Manager at Nikon Canada. “This new lens is an essential companion for Nikon’s high performance, lightweight series of DX-format HD-SLR cameras.”
The new AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80 mm f/2.8-4E ED VR is premium glass for those who desire a fast and highly capable wide-angle zoom lens. The lens features a popular, wide 24-120 mm (FX-format-equivalent) focal range, which makes it ideally suited for a variety of shooting disciplines. From wide-angle landscapes to tight portraits, this lens does it all. The large f/2.8 – f/4 aperture lets photographers shoot in challenging light with ease, with the creative flexibility afforded by a shallow depth of field.
Whether capturing creative close-ups with friends or a memorable meal, the 16-80 mm’s fast aperture lets users blur the background to emphasize and flatter a subject, creating a dramatic separation. The lens has a useful minimum focusing distance of merely 1.2 feet throughout the entire 5x zoom range.
Low-light and handheld shooting are enhanced with Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization technology, which provides up to 4 stops of image stabilization to help create sharp images. VR with automatic tripod detection counteracts vibrations when mounted on a tripod – perfect for landscape and wildlife photography.
Latest optical technologies
The new AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80 mm f/2.8-4E ED VR boasts some of the best optical innovations from Nikon, and is the first Nikon DX-format lens to wear the gold “N” emblem to indicate the presence of Nikon’s exclusive Nano-Crystal Coat. This advanced optical coating significantly reduces ghosting and flare. The front and rear elements integrate a fluorine coating to make it easier to remove dirt, moisture and smudges from the lens surface. This is also the first Nikon DX lens to feature an electromagnetic diaphragm, which electronically adjusts the aperture within the lens, resulting in consistent exposure during high speed shooting.
The new NIKKOR 16-80 mm lens features robust construction while retaining a lightweight and compact body. The lens features four Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) elements and three aspheric elements to further combat instances of ghost, flare and chromatic aberration. The lens is constructed of 17 elements in 13 groups, and features a seven-blade diaphragm to create a circular, natural bokeh for a pleasing out-of-focus area of the image. For fast, accurate and quiet AF performance, the 16-80 mm also features Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology.
Price and availability
The Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80 mm f/2.8-4E ED VR will be available at Authorized Nikon Canada Dealers on July 16, 2015, for a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $1,349.95.