Nikon continues to expand its lineup of high-performance NIKKOR lenses that make the most of the characteristics of high-pixel count cameras like the Nikon FX-format D800, D800E, and D600 digital-SLR cameras released in 2012.
As described in this recent press release from Nikon.com :
March 5, 2013:
An 80-400mm 5x Nikon FX-format telephoto zoom lens offering one of the fastest AF systems in its class
TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR, a 5x telephoto zoom lens compatible with the Nikon FX format, and covering the 80-400mm range of focal lengths.
The AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR is a lens optimized for digital-SLR cameras with advanced optical performance and one of the fastest AF systems in its class. It covers a broad range of focal lengths, from 80 mm to the super-telephoto 400 mm, making it ideal for photographing a variety of subjects, including wild birds and landscapes, sporting events, trains, and airplanes.
The AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR offers one of the fastest AF systems in its class, and is constructed with a new optical design utilizing four ED lens elements and one super ED lens element, Nano Crystal Coat, which effectively reduces ghost and flare, a vibration reduction (VR) function that enables compensation for camera shake equivalent to a 4-step increase in shutter speed (tested in accordance with CIPA guidelines at a focal length of 400 mm), and a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) that enables quiet autofocusing.
It is designed using Nikon’s latest exclusive optical design and equipped with innovative technologies, including three focus modes—A/M (autofocus with manual override, AF priority), M/A (autofocus with manual override, manual priority, M (manual)—for superior rendering capability.
Nikon continues to expand its lineup of high-performance NIKKOR lenses that make the most of the characteristics of high-pixel count cameras like the Nikon FX-format Nikon D800, Nikon D800E, and Nikon D600 digital-SLR cameras released in 2012.
Nikon will continue to develop and release products offering superior performance and functionality based on the optical technologies it has cultivated over its long history, and to respond to the expectations of professional and advanced amateur photographers constantly in search of ways to achieve more advanced photography and creative expression.
AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR primary features
A 5x FX-format compatible telephoto zoom lens covering focal lengths of 80-400 mm
Four ED lens elements and one super ED lens element adopted for advanced optical performance
Nano Crystal Coat adopted to effectively reduce ghost and flare
VR performance equivalent to a 4-step increase in shutter speed (tested in accordance with CIPA guidelines at a focal length of 400 mm)
Equipped with an SWM for an AF system that is both quiet and one of the fastest in its class
Three focus modes: A/M, M/A, M
When used with a camera that supports autofocusing with lenses with a maximum aperture of f/8, AF is possible even when a 1.4x teleconverter is used
The list price of the Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S NIKKOR Lens is $2,697 when pre-ordering.
From Nikon USA the press release about the new Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR is the following lens information:
Nikon Zooms In on Ultra Telephoto Versatility with the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens
Newest High-Power NIKKOR Lens Offers Photographers the Long Reach and Exceptional Clarity Needed in the Field and on the Sidelines
MELVILLE, N.Y. – Today, Nikon Inc. introduced the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR, a versatile FX-format telephoto zoom lens designed to provide top-class performance and a long reach for a variety of shooting scenarios. Sporting a long 5x zoom range, the 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G is capable of capturing vivid colors with exquisite sharpness, whether shooting stills or HD video. Ideal for sports and nature photography, the addition of the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR reaffirms Nikon’s commitment to providing a stable of lensing options for all types of photographers.
“Nikon’s next generation of the 80-400mm lens gives advanced photographers yet another top-quality NIKKOR lens to help capture every precise moment with intense detail and exceptional clarity,” said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. “It’s a one lens solution that combines a versatile 5x zoom range, long focal length and core Nikon technologies to help create beautiful stills and HD video.”
High-Performance, High-Power Zoom
Nikon’s newest telephoto zoom lens features a versatile 80-400mm focal length (5x zoom equivalent) that offers photographers a high-power FX-format lensing option to help capture stunning stills and HD video. Whether birding or shooting from the stands, the lens is also compatible with DX-format bodies to extend the maximum reach to 120-600mm (35mm equivalent). Additionally, alongside a 1.4x teleconverter, the lens can be expanded to an f/8 aperture to retain compatibility with the AF system on the most recent Nikon D-SLR cameras.
The AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR is loaded with essential NIKKOR technologies to help ensure top performance for the advanced photographer, including Vibration Reduction (VR) allowing for up to four stops of image stabilization while Auto tripod detection VR allows for effortless stabilization when mounted on a tripod. The lens sports Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat to prevent ghost and flare, a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) to ensure fast and quiet AF operation, and two focusing modes including M/A (AF with manual override) and M (manual). A new optical formula features 20 elements in 12 groups and includes one Super ED Glass Element and four ED glass elements for maximum clarity in a wide variety of shooting environments.
Price and Availability
The AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR will be available in early April 2013 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $2,699.95.* For more information on these and other NIKKOR lenses as well as other Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.