Nikon 16-80mm f/2.8-3.5 DX lens to be unveiled this summer

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Nikon 16-80mm f/2.8-3.5 DX lens to be unveiled this summer

Nikon is rumored to unveil an AF-S Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-3.5 DX lens to replace the existing AF-S Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G DX ED VR lens for DSLR cameras with APS-C image sensors.

A couple of super-telephoto prime lenses will be announced within the following couple of months by Nikon. The optics are the 500mm f/4E FL ED VR and the 600mm f/4E FL ED VR. They are supposed to replace the currently-available models by adopting a fluorite element, lighter and smaller design, and improved Vibration Reduction technology.

However, these are not the only lenses waiting to be revealed by the Japan-based manufacturer during the summer. According to a trusted source, a Nikon 16-80mm f/2.8-3.5 DX lens will be introduced this summer for the company’s DSLRs with APS-C-sized sensors.

Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX ED VR
The Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX ED VR lens is rumored to be replaced by the Nikon 16-80mm f/2.8-3.5 DX lens this summer.

Nikon 16-80mm f/2.8-3.5 DX lens rumored to become official sometime this summer

After announcing the 1 J5 mirrorless camera in April 2015, things have gotten very quiet for Nikon. Since then, no product launch event has taken place and the rumor mill has not handed out more than a couple of gossip talks.

Nevertheless, this does not mean that the manufacturer is not working on new products. As leaked yesterday, two new lenses are coming this summer for full-frame DSLRs. Now, it seems like the Nikon 16-80mm f/2.8-3.5 DX lens is coming, too, but for DX-mount cameras.

This standard zoom lens will replace the AF-S Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G DX ED VR, which is currently available at Amazon for about $500. Although its replacement will lose a few millimeters at the telephoto end, its aperture will be brighter, thus allowing users to capture better photos in low-light conditions.

The source has not confirmed this aspect, but it is likely that the new Nikon 16-80mm f/2.8-3.5 DX lens will employ Vibration Reduction technology, just like its predecessor. When mounted on DX cameras, the zoom lens will offer a full-frame focal length equivalent of about 24-120mm.

The final piece of information consists of the optic’s hood. It appears that it will have a rectangular shape rather than a round one.

Nikon to announce 500mm and 600mm f/4 lenses with fluorite elements soon

The two other lenses to become official consist of the 500mm f/4E FL ED VR and the 600mm f/4E FL ED VR. They will succeed the 500mm f/4G ED VR AF-S SWM and the 600mm f/4G ED VR II AF-S SWM, respectively.

Since they will employ fluorite elements, the new models will be smaller, lighter, and pricier. Additionally, the image quality will be improved. Sources are reporting that the image stabilization system will be enhanced, too, so Nikon fans can expect great things from these products later this summer.

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