introduced Tuesday a Nikkor 200-400mm super telephoto lens targeting
The AF-S Nikkor
200-400mm f/4G ED VR II lens (shipping in May at a $7,000 suggested retail) is
said to deliver optical high image quality in sports, nature and travel
photography, using a constant maximum aperture of f/4 and rugged construction.
include a Vibration Reduction (VR) II, Nano Crystal Coat, and optimized
autofocus (AF) modes with enhanced functionality for FX and DX-format d-SLR
Crystal Coat is said to reduce instances of ghosting and flaring to improve clarity
and sharpness in challenging lighting environments such as those found in sports
venues or harsh sunlight.
system in the lens reduces image blur introduced by camera shake and telephoto
magnification. Users are able to shoot up to four stops slower than otherwise
possible, overcoming many of the challenges of handheld shooting with such
extreme focal lengths. VR functionality is further augmented with Automatic
Panning Detection and an Active VR Mode to help compensate for movement from an
unstable position such as a moving vehicle, Nikon said.
reduction is always engaged when shooting in the D-Movie mode on select Nikon d-SLRs,
helping to stabilize HD video capture.