Melville, N.Y. -
introduced Tuesday a Nikkor 200-400mm super telephoto lens targeting professional photographers.
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.
Other features include a Vibration Reduction (VR) II, Nano Crystal Coat, and optimized autofocus (AF) modes with enhanced functionality for FX and DX-format d-SLR camera owners.
Nikon's Nano 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.
The image-stabilization 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.
The vibration reduction is always engaged when shooting in the D-Movie mode on select Nikon d-SLRs, helping to stabilize HD video capture.