Nikon has announced a new DX lens AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR lens (Sample Images) today. Designed to provide an enthusiast photographer with a wide range of options. Covering a 24-120mm equivalent range on Nikon’s APS-C bodies, it offers Nano Crystal Coating and an electromagnetic diaphragm for the first time in a DX lens. The latter feature gives the lens more reliable control over exposure during high speed shooting.
It offers a minimum focus distance of 1.2 ft/37 cm throughout its focal range, and attributes 4 extra stops of handheld shooting to its VR stabilization. The lens comprises 17 elements in 13 groups and a seven-blade aperture, along with Silent Wave Motor technology.
The Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR will be available this month for $1069.95.
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Make no mistake, the new AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR is premium glass for those who desire a fast and highly capable wide-angle zoom lens. The lens features a popular, wide 24-120mm (FX-format equivalent) focal range, which makes it ideally suited for a variety of shooting disciplines. From wide-angle landscapes, tight portraits or for those looking for an all-in-one tool for travel, this lens does it all. The large f/2.8 – f/4 aperture lets photographers shoot in challenging light with ease, with the creative flexibility afforded by a shallow depth-of-field. Whether photographing friends’ faces or a festive plate full of local flavor, the 16-80mm’s fast aperture lets users blur the background to create that dramatic separation between subject and background that emphasizes and flatters a subject. For creative close-ups of everything from passion-projects to flowers, the lens has a very useful minimum focusing distance of merely 1.2 feet throughout the entire 5x zoom range.
To further enhance its low-light capability, the new NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4 lens also features Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization technology, which provides up to 4 stops of image stabilization*, helping to create sharp images while shooting handheld or in challenging light. As an added benefit to landscape and wildlife photographers, this lens features VR with automatic tripod detection, to counteract vibration when mounted on a tripod.
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The new AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm F/2.8-4E ED VR boasts some of the best optical innovations from Nikon, and is the first Nikon DX-format lens to wear the gold “N” emblem, to indicate the presence of Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat. This advanced optical coating significantly reduces instances of ghosting and flare for the highest quality images. The front and rear elements also integrate a fluorine coating to make it easier to remove dirt, moisture and smudges from the lens surface. This is also the first Nikon DX lens to feature an electromagnetic diaphragm; this innovation electronically adjusts the aperture within the lens, resulting in consistent exposure during high speed shooting.
The new NIKKOR 16-80mm lens features robust construction while retaining a lightweight and compact body. The lens features four Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) elements and three aspheric elements to further combat instances of ghost, flare and chromatic aberration. The lens is constructed of 17 elements in 13 groups, and features a seven-blade diaphragm to create a circular, natural bokeh for a pleasing out of focus area of the image. For fast, accurate and quiet AF performance, the 16-80mm also features Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology.
|Lens type||Zoom lens|
|Max Format size||APS-C / DX|
|Focal length||16–80 mm|
|Image stabilisation||Yes (4 stops)|
|Lens mount||Nikon F (DX)|
|Maximum aperture||F2.8 – F4.0|
|Minimum aperture||F22.0 – F32.0|
|Number of diaphragm blades||7|
|Aperture notes||Rounded blades|
|Special elements / coatings||4 ED and 3 aspherical elements. Nano Crystal Coat.|
|Minimum focus||0.35 m (13.78″)|
|Motor type||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Full time manual||Yes|
|Focus distance limiter||No|
|Weight||480 g (1.06 lb)|
|Diameter||80 mm (3.15″)|
|Length||86 mm (3.39″)|
|Zoom method||Rotary (extending)|
|Filter thread||72 mm|