While this is more than your average lens announcement on all counts, Nikon's updated 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR with electromagnetic diaphragm and vibration reduction technologies certainly reigns supreme on fans' hit lists of lens replacements for 2015. Meanwhile, Nikon's 24mm f/1.8G ED fits snuggly between the 20mm and the 28mm variants of the same range, filling a final gap in an otherwise perfectly covered potential f/1.8G video lens kit. The 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR gives lovers of the refreshed 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G something to think about with its combination of extreme affordability and extra reach, despite its narrower wide end.
The 24-70mm f/2.8 has been one of the most popular lenses in professional shooters' bags since the day it first came out. Finally, after a long wait, Nikon users have an impressive update with the addition of vibration reduction (VR). While past critics have argued of the usefulness of VR in lenses that are in a wide to normal range, there is no doubt that VR helps curb motion blur from a photographer's movement in any scenario. And it's certainly a welcome addition, here, for any photographer on the move.
Meanwhile, an electromagnetic diaphragm continues from some of Nikon's most recent lenses into this build, enabling more accurate exposure when shooting in quick, rapid-fire situations. Perhaps even better for any shooter is the front and rear element fluorine coating, which is a miracle worker of sorts in aiding cleanliness by repelling dirt, oils, and moisture from the outer-facing elements of the lens. That last coating (in concert with the added VR technology) is what makes this lens a rather expensive -- but crucial -- update at $2,396.95.
Update: The new 82mm filter size and added weight of 170 grams (about 15% heavier) might push some light travelers away. But these aspects do show Nikon's commitment to quality, including superb image resolution for which larger glass should help.
Nikon's 24mm f/1.8G ED will be a go-to lens for many DSLR cinematographers as Nikon clearly aims to create a relatively wide-aperture, well-priced, and sharp set of prime lenses that are poised to coax any budding video junkie into the f/1.8G lineup. The lens also fits in the middle of the 20mm f/1.8G and 28mm f/1.8G price range at $746.95.
Finally, the 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR is a stunner when it comes to price. At $1,396.95, the lens is quite affordable considering its range, constant aperture, and bevy of high-tech features including nano coating for ghosting and lens flare reduction (from which all of the lenses in this announcement benefit), extra low dispersion (ED) glass, and an electromagnetic diaphragm.
Pre-orders are available for all three lenses through the links above. If you would rather capitalize on some savings on some of Nikon's other lenses (including the now-old 24-70mm f/2.8G), head over to B&H for Nikon's current lens rebates.
In other news, Nikon also announced both 82mm and 95mm Circular Polarizer II and Neutral Color NC filters. More information on the lenses and filters can be found at B&H.