Nikon has officially unveiled the new AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR lens for FX-format DSLR cameras with notable improvements over the previous generation.
The rumor mill has recently claimed that Nikon will hold another major product launch event after the early July one. Just like in the previous announcement event, the company has introduced three new lenses and the first of them is the AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR.
The Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR lens was mentioned in the rumor mill a long time ago. Some voices even suggested that it would have a Phase Fresnel element. However, as recent rumors have shown, this is not the case. Now it is official with an image stabilization system that will come in handy in low-light environments.
Nikon introduces new 24-70mm f/2.8 lens with built-in image stabilization technology
One of the most popular lenses in Nikon’s history, the 24-70mm f/2.8 is now being replaced by another version and one that has been improved in “nearly every aspect” in order to deliver better image quality as well as build quality, says the press release.
As expected, the most important improvement consists of the built-in Vibration Reduction technology. The previous model did not offer image stabilization, so it was harder to handle low-light photography, despite the bright and constant maximum aperture of f/2.8.
The VR mechanism is said to offer a maximum stabilization of four f-stops, which means that this product is perfect for weddings and other indoor events. It will prove to be an amazing companion during your travels, being able to deliver in the most challenging situations.
AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR is Nikon’s first lens with an ASP/ED element
The internal design of the lens includes an Aspherical Extra-Low Dispersion element. The addition of the ASP/ED is a first for Nikon and, as you may have noticed from its name, it combines an aspherical and ED elements into one.
In addition, the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR lens employs an individual aspherical element as well as ED and High-Refractive Index elements. The Nano Crystal Coat is present in the optic, too, and it will cut down flaws such as flare and ghosting.
There are 20 elements in 16 groups, while the front as well as the back element are covered in a fluorine coating, making the lens easier to clean. It is worth noting that the lens is weathersealed meaning that it is resistant to dust and moisture.
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR lens to be released in late August
Another improvement over its predecessor is the electromagnetic diaphragm of the AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR. This system enables an electromagnetic control over the aperture so it is easier to set the correct exposure in continuous shooting mode.
The new version employs a filter diameter of 82mm. The optic measures 88mm in diameter and 155mm in length. It weighs 1,070 grams / 2.36 lbs and it will become available at the end of August for a price of $2,399.95.