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Nikon Adds Nikkor Lens Pair

2/09/2010 11:01:57 AM Eastern

Melville, N.Y. - Nikon introduced Tuesday two new Nikkor d-SLR
lenses for professional and enthusiast photographers.

The AF-S Nikkor
24mm f/1.4G ED lens (shipping in March at a $2,199 suggested retail) is
described by the company as an ultra-fast professional lens for wide-angle
applications, and the AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR (shipping in February at a
$1,259 suggested retail) is described as Nikon's widest FX-format focal range
with Vibration Reduction (VR).

"The 16-35mm f/4
VR and 24mm f/1.4 are two new lenses designed to address the needs of an ever-expanding
number of Nikon FX-format photographers, delivering dramatic perspectives,
amazing clarity, contrast and color when capturing stills or HD video," stated
Edward Fasano, Nikon SLR systems products marketing general manager. "Customers
that choose these new lenses will experience excellent image quality and sturdy
handling, which is made possible through our commitment to excellence and
expert Nikkor engineering."

Both lenses
feature Nikon's Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology for quiet, fast and accurate
autofocus performance. The optical construction of both lenses uses Nikon ED
glass elements and multiple aspherical elements to suppress chromatic
aberrations, the company said. Resulting images are said to be sharp with high
contrast.

A Nano-Crystal
Coat on the lenses minimizes instances of internal "ghosting" and flaring,
further ensuring exceptional image integrity, Nikon said.

The 24mm f/1.4G ED
lens blends a 24mm wide angle with an ultra-fast f/1.4 aperture to expand the
Nikkor lens assortment. The f/1.4 maximum aperture allows photographers to
shoot handhelds in low light with dramatic separation between subject and a
softened background, Nikon said.

In a wide variety
of photographic situations, both FX and DX-format shooters will be able to realize
the extra-bright benefits of f/1.4 aperature with dramatic perspectives
afforded by a picture angle of 84 degrees (61 degrees when mounted on a
DX-format body), the company said.

The 16-35mm f/4 VR
lens brings a new perspective to VR, offering a constant maximum aperture and
ultra-wide angle zoom versatility with VR II image stabilization, Nikon said.

As the widest
FX-format Nikkor zoom lens with VR, users can shoot up to four shutter speeds
slower than otherwise possible, expanding low light shooting opportunities for sharper
handheld photography and video capture.

 

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