Wednesday, 06 March 2013 05:28

New FX-format telephoto zoom lens from Nikon

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AFS 80 400 ED VR

The first version of the FX- format lens appeared on the market 12 years ago, and Nikon has now decided that it is time for a refresh. The new lens, named AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR, brings a completely new design of optics consisting of 20 elements distributed in 12 groups. Four of the 20 elements are made of ED glass (extra-low dispersion), and one is made out of a super ED glass. These ED elements are the main reason behind the high cost of a new lens which in America cost around $2,700. Front glass lens boasts with a nano-crystal coating which reduces the effect of sun flashes (flare).

The new lens is unlike the old SWM equipped with ultrasonic motor (the old one had an AF-D technology, which means he used the engine from the body) as well as enhanced, four-speed system for vibration reduction. The lens weighs 1570 grams, receives 77-millimeter filters and minimum focal length of 1.7 meters.

Given the high price is not surprising that this lens is primarily designed for Nikon bodies with full-size sensor (FX format). Currently the cheapest body that Nikon has to offer that fulfills the requirements of the mentioned lens is the D600.

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