Press release from Nikon Canada
Nikon Canada has announced two new super telephoto lenses, the AF-S NIKKOR 500-mm f/4E FL ED VR and AF-S NIKKOR 600-mm f/4E FL ED VR. These two NIKKOR lenses use the latest Nikon lens technologies to enhance autofocus (AF) tracking and optical performance, while significantly reducing weight. Ideal for sports, action, wildlife and press events, these lenses capture striking images from afar with brilliant clarity and sharpness.
“The new AF-S NIKKOR 600-mm f/4E FL ED VR and AF-S NIKKOR 500-mm f/4E FL ED VR were developed to give photographers the advantage on the sidelines or in the field, with a lens that can keep up with the action and get the decisive shot,” said Amanda Mohammed, Communications and Nikon Professional Services Manager at Nikon Canada. “By the fourth quarter or final period, professional photographers will sincerely appreciate the weight reduction of these lenses, which allows for extended shooting, even into overtime.”
Increased performance, reduced weight
These new super telephoto NIKKOR lenses have been optimized for today’s high-resolution image sensors and fast-shooting Nikon HD-SLR cameras. The new lens designs significantly improve AF tracking performance to capture dynamic wildlife or athletes with precision, even when subjects are moving erratically, at random speeds, or at the camera. Both lenses also feature Nikon’s Electromagnetic Diaphragm, helping to maintain consistent exposure during high-speed burst shooting of fast action.
The addition of fluorite lens elements helps to reduce chromatic aberration and weight, saving nearly two pounds (lbs.) for the AF-S NIKKOR 500-mm f/4E FL ED VR, and nearly three lbs. for the AF-S NIKKOR 600-mm f/4E FL ED VR. For extended shooting days in the field, the AF-S NIKKOR 500-mm f/4E FL ED VR and AF-S NIKKOR 600-mm f/4E FL ED VR also employ magnesium-alloy construction for enhanced durability and further weight reduction.
Because the AF-S NIKKOR 500-mm f/4E FL ED VR weighs in at just 6.8 lbs./3090 grams (vs. 8.5 lbs./3880 g for its predecessor), super telephoto performance has never been so light. This is a premium NIKKOR lens that is ideal for nature and sports photographers who are always travelling on assignment and need a fast, constant aperture lens to capture photos and HD video from a distance. The combination of agility, low-light capability and superior optical performance makes this lens an obvious choice for tack-sharp images of birds in flight, airplanes or other fast-moving subjects when a tripod is not always an option. The optical formula of this lens combines two fluorite elements and three Extra Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements to further reduce chromatic aberration and provide superior sharpness and colour accuracy.
For long reach with superior optical performance, professional photographers should consider the AF-S NIKKOR 600-mm f/4E FL ED VR, which provides the ultimate in fast aperture and focal distance for challenging subjects. With a constant aperture of f/4, the new AF-S NIKKOR 600-mm f/4E FL ED VR gives the photographer the ability to fill the frame and create dramatic separation between subject and background. With a weight of merely 8.3 lbs./3810 g (vs. 11.5 lbs./5060 g for its predecessor), the lens features two fluorite lens elements and four ED elements to provide discerning photographers with unrivaled sharpness.
NIKKOR lens technologies
In the tradition of Nikon’s legendary optics, both lenses feature the most advanced NIKKOR lens technologies, including the addition of Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat to further reduce instances of ghosting and flare, an essential feature for capturing outdoor sports or action under the lights. Nikon Vibration Reduction (VR) technology has been incorporated into both lenses, affording up to four stops of image stabilization, with automatic tripod detection to counteract vibrations when mounted on a tripod. For professional sports shooters, the SPORT VR mode yields a more stable viewfinder image, whether handholding the lens, using a monopod, or even when panning.
Both lenses are sealed and gasketed against the elements and have a fluorine coating on a front protective meniscus element to make it easier to remove dirt, moisture and smudges from the lens surface. For shooting from extreme distances, the new lenses are also compatible with select Nikon teleconverters that provide photographers with the ability to autofocus up to f/8 with many Nikon professional HD-SLR bodies.
Price and availability
The new AF-S NIKKOR 500-mm f/4E FL ED VR will be available at Authorized Nikon Canada Dealers on July 16, 2015, for a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $12,999.95. The AF-S NIKKOR 600-mm f/4E FL ED VR will be available on July 16, 2015, for an MSRP of $15,799.95. Both lenses also come with a redesigned, lightweight, custom-fit hard case for transport. For more information on these new NIKKOR lenses as well as other Nikon products, please visit www.nikon.ca.