January 28, 2013

Exacting Precision from Near or Afar: Nikon’s AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Telephoto and AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Wide-Angle NIKKOR Lenses Offer Optical Excellence and Versatility for FX-Format Shooters

Nikon continues to expand upon its NIKKOR lens lineup for sports, wildlife, news and landscape photographers

Mississauga, ON – Today, Nikon Canada introduced the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR super-telephoto lens and AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED ultra-wide-angle zoom lens, designed to benefit FX-format photographers to assist in capturing their subjects with clarity and precision. Specifically engineered for sports, wildlife and photojournalists, the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR offers the longest focal length of any NIKKOR autofocus (AF) lens, affording photographers the opportunity to get closer to their subject from almost any distance. The compact and lightweight AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED presents an ultra-wide-angle option with a 1.9x zoom range and ideal focal length for landscape photography and other wide-angle applications.


“The addition of the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR super-telephoto lens and AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED wide-angle zoom lens to the FX-format NIKKOR lens lineup is proof of Nikon’s commitment to the optical excellence and versatility that professional photographers have come to expect from Nikon,” said Gregory Flasch, National Advertising and Communications Manager at Nikon Canada. “Whether shooting on the sidelines under stadium lights or composing a landscape in the early morning sun, the newest additions to the NIKKOR line of lenses provide the ability to shoot stunning still images or HD video with amazing sharpness and clarity.”


The Elusive and Iconic Image is Never out of Reach

The new AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR telephoto zoom lens provides professional photographers the opportunity to get close to any subject using an outstanding 800mm fixed focal length, the longest of any AF-S NIKKOR lens. Designed for the needs of sports, wildlife and news photographers, the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR features a maximum aperture of f/5.6 and gives FX-format photographers the chance to capture intense detail and textures that fill the frame from a distance. Included with the new lens is the AF-S Teleconverter TC800-1.25E ED, which has been developed exclusively for the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR lens. This is the first Nikon teleconverter to employ an ED glass element, and extends the maximum focal length to 1000mm (1500mm when used with a DX-format camera) and maximum aperture to f/7 while maintaining the performance of the AF system on many Nikon HD-SLR cameras.


Originally trialed and tested under the demanding conditions of the 2012 Summer Games, the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR maintains the handling, optical performance, vivid colour reproduction and exceptional clarity that professional photographers rely on. This is the first Nikon lens constructed with two fluorite glass elements, combined with two ED glass elements and a Nano Crystal Coat, to help ensure outstanding performance with minimal chromatic aberration and flaring — all within a durable lens body. The addition of fluorite elements allows for consistently excellent optical characteristics while keeping the lens balanced and lightweight. The lens comprises 20 elements in 13 groups, and is one of few Nikon lenses to utilize an electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism that enables seamless mechanical control and enhanced stability in auto exposure control during continuous shooting. Vibration Reduction (VR) is also implemented, with the equivalent of approximately four stops faster1 shutter speed correction.


An Ultra Wide-Angle Wonder for FX-Format Photographers

Nikon’s newest ultra-wide-angle NIKKOR offering, the AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED presents a new, lightweight wide-angle option for FX-format HD-SLR shooters. Featuring a focal length of 18-35mm (1.9x zoom equivalent), this FX-format lens is ideal for expanding group shots, architecture and photographing or shooting HD video in tight interiors. Performance is optimized for ultra-high-pixel-count HD-SLR cameras including the Nikon D800 and D600, while providing close focus up to 28cm.

The AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED packs NIKKOR quality and performance within an extremely compact and lightweight 385g (13.6 oz) body, making it easy to carry while on location or on-the-go. Constructed with 12 elements in eight groups, Nikon’s newest wide-angle lens features a seven-blade diaphragm that allows for beautiful and precise image blur, while Nikon’s Super Integrated Coating (SIC) reduces ghosting even in backlit situations. Two focus modes are available including M/A (AF with manual override) and M (Manual) in addition to a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) that enables quiet AF operation.


Price and Availability

The AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR, supplied with the AF-S Teleconverter TC800-1.25E ED, is scheduled to be available at Authorized Nikon Canada Dealers in April 2013 at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $18,499.95.


The AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED is scheduled to be available at Authorized Nikon Canada Dealers in March 2013 at an MSRP of $799.95.


Exclusive Canadian Warranty

Nikon Canada offers a five-year warranty for all NIKKOR lenses purchased from an Authorized Nikon Canada Dealer. Consumer’s investment is protected by Nikon Canada’s warranties with in-Canada service.


About the NIKKOR brand
With a comprehensive assortment of FX and DX-format lenses and focal lengths, from the ultra-wide 10-24mm to the new super telephoto 800mm VR, Nikon photographers have come to rely upon the NIKKOR core technologies that contribute to their optical superiority. NIKKOR is the brand name for Nikon’s photographic lenses, which are precision crafted to the most exacting standards in Nikon’s own glassworks. In 1933, Nikon marketed its first camera lens under the NIKKOR brand name, the "Aero-NIKKOR” for aerial photography applications. Since then, NIKKOR has been used as a brand name for Nikon’s lenses that symbolizes durability, high image quality and optical excellence. In 2012, production of NIKKOR lenses surpassed 75 million, creating a new milestone in Nikon’s heritage of superior optics.


About Nikon

Nikon, At the Heart of the ImageTM, is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Canada distributes consumer and professional digital SLR and HD-SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and System Accessories; Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics as well as the Nikon 1 advanced cameras with interchangeable lens system. At the heart of every Nikon camera is Nikon's exclusive EXPEED, EXPEED 2 or EXPEED 3 advanced digital image processing system technologies. All Nikon Canada products are sold through a network of Authorized Nikon Canada Dealers. For more information on Nikon Canada and its products and services or to find an Authorized Nikon Canada Dealer, visit www.nikon.ca.

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