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Nikon unveils AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR lens

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Nikon unveils AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR lens

Nikon has announced a new standard zoom lens in the body of the AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR that offers high image quality alongside versatility.

As the rumor mill had predicted, Nikon unveiled a new standard zoom lens for DX-format DSLRs. The new AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR continues the legacy of the 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G with a faster aperture, albeit being 5mm shorter at the telephoto end.

The Japan-based company is referring to this product as the world’s lightest 5x optical zoom lens to feature a maximum aperture of f/2.8 at the widest focal length. Additionally, the manufacturer praises the optic’s versatility as it will be useful in all photographic scenarios.

AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR
Nikon’s AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR lens will offer a 35mm equivalent of 24-120mm for DX-format DSLRs.

Nikon reveals first DX-format lens with Nano Crystal Coat and electromagnetic diaphragm

The AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR is the company’s first lens for DX-format cameras to come packed with a Nano Crystal Coat, which is reflected in the gold “N” marking on it. This coating will reduce flare and ghosting in order to increase image quality.

The lens is covered in a fluorine coating, too. This means that users will find it easy to clean the optic from dirt, moisture, and other types of smudges. Although it is not weathersealed, it comes with Vibration Reduction technology, so it will be useful for outdoor, action, and sports shooting.

Additionally, this standard zoom optic is the first in the DX line-up to employ an electromagnetic diaphragm. The “E” designation means that the aperture is electronically set directly in the lens for more consistent results.

AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR wide MTF chart
The MTF chart of the AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR lens at wide focal lengths.

AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR is the lightest 5x optical zoom lens with f/2.8 aperture

Nikon’s newest addition to the DX-format lens line-up remains a compact and lightweight model when compared to its predecessor. It weighs 480 grams, the lightest 5x optical zoom lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.8 at the widest focal length, while the 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G weighs 485 grams.

The AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR features four ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) elements along with three aspherical elements, which are all meant to offer a high image quality. The autofocus drive consists of a Silent Wave Motor delivering quick, silent autofocusing.

In total, there are 17 elements in 13 groups with support for internal focusing, meaning that the front lens element does not move when focusing. The aperture is brighter than the one of its forerunner and it consists of a 7-blade rounded diaphragm.

AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR tele MTF chart
The MTF chart of the AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR lens at telephoto focal lengths.

Nikon to release its newest standard zoom lens in mid-July 2015

The minimum focusing distance of the Nikon 16-80mm f/2.8-4E lens stands at 35 centimeters across the focal range. A distance scale is present on the optic along with a focus ring. It is worth noting that the optic will offer a 35mm equivalent of 24-120mm.

This product measures 86mm in length and 80mm in diameter, while featuring a 72mm filter thread. The AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR lens is scheduled to become available this July for a price of $1,069.95.

For those of you who are looking for a versatile lens, the Nikon 16-80mm f/2.8-4E lens is available for pre-order at Amazon with a July 18 shipping date.

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