Nikon has announced the Nikon AF-S 70-200mm F4 G ED IF VR Nikkor zoom lens, a compact high-performance 2.9x FX-format digital SLR telephoto zoom lens. The AF-S 70-200mm F4 VR Nikkor zoom is the first Nikon lens to feature third-generation Vibration Reduction technology, an improved optical image stabilization system that provides up to 5 stops of compensation against potential camera shake.
The Nikon AF-S 70-200mm F4 VR zoom is designed to allow users to capture high quality stills and HD videos with a traditional 70-200mm angle of view (105-300mm on DX-format cameras). Other advanced technologies built in to the lens include; three ED lens elements to prevent chromatic aberrations, Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coating to help minimize flaring, and an AF-S lens motor for fast and quiet focusing.
The Nikon AF-S 70-200mm F4 VR telephoto zoom lens should be in stores before the holidays (late Nov). The manufacturer’s recommended retail price (MSRP) in Canada is $1449.99
Nikon USA has announced a suggested retail price (SAP) of $1399.99 for the Nikon AF-S 70-200mm F4 VR telephoto zoom lens.
Nikon AF-S 70-200mm F4 VR Nikkor Zoom Major Features
• 70-200mm telephoto zoom lens designed for FX format full frame Nikon digital SLR cameras (can be used on DX format SLR cameras as well)
• Built-in vibration reduction (VR) offering camera shake compensation equal to a five-step increase in shutter speed for effective hand-held shooting in a variety of situations.
• Nano Crystal Coat, which effectively prevents the internal reflections that cause ghost and flare.
• Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for extremely quiet autofocusing.
• Equipped with two focus modes: A/M (autofocus with manual override) and M (manual focus).
• Macro photography possible with a closest focusing distance of 1 m.
• Smaller and lighter than Nikon’s earlier 70-200mm lens, although still offers high end image quality, performance, and overall quality
• Autofocus supported when a teleconverter offering 2x magnification is used with the lens on a D4, D800, D800E, or D600 offering f/8 support.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm F/4G ED VR Overview
Weighing about 850 grams and at 7.0-in. long, the AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm F4 VR appears well balanced and comfortable. Its f/4 fixed maximum aperture allows you to maintain a consistent exposure while zooming, a practical advantage when recording HD videos. The 70-200mm focal length range (105-300mm on DX-format cameras) has been one of the standard telephoto zoom lens ranges for years. To achieve greater reach you can add one of Nikon’s teleconverters and gain 1.4X, 1.7X or 2X magnification.
The AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR focuses as close as 3.28-ft with a maximum magnification of 0.274x, so photographers are able capture detail in smaller subjects while maintaining a comfortable working distance.
The AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm F4 VR is the first Nikkor lens to feature third generation Vibration Reduction technology, Nikon latest version of their exclusive optical vibration technology. According to Nikon, the new and advanced VR technology incorporated in the AF-S 70-200mm F4 ED VR zoom lens enables handheld shooting at shutter speeds up to 5 stops slower than normally possible.
The Nikon AF-S 70-200mm F4 VR telephoto zoom also features Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat (N) that helps minimize ghosting and flare while three Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements provide maximum sharpness and minimum chromatic aberration even at f/4. The Nikon AF-S 70-200mm F/4G ED VR zoom incorporates a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) providing fast and quiet auto focus operation.
The lens can be paired with either the ultra-wide-angle to standard AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4F ED VR or the wide-angle to telephoto AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR, and you will be able to cover a broad focal length range with f/4 speed.
Nikon RT-1 Tripod Collar Ring
The RT-1 is an optional accessory tripod collar ring designed specifically for the AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm F4 VR lens. When shooting with a D-SLR and the AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR lens, the RT-1 can be used to attach the lens to a tripod instead of attaching the camera’s body directly to the tripod. Attaching the lens to the tripod instead of the D-SLR body can be done when added support is desired, such as when shooting with a teleconverter.
Nikon Lens Technology Defined:
A Nikon in-lens technology that improves image stability by automatically compensating for camera shake. Lenses that offer VR will feature the abbreviation VR on the lens barrel.
Silent Wave Motor
AF-S NIKKOR lenses feature Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor, that provide fast and quiet auto focus operation.
Select NIKKOR lenses have a focusing mode which allows switching from automatic to manual focusing with almost no lag time by simply turning the focusing ring on the lens. This makes it possible to seamlessly switch to fine manual focusing while looking through the viewfinder.
Nano Crystal Coat
An anti-reflective coating developed by Nikon that virtually eliminates internal lens element reflections across a range of wavelengths.
Super Integrated Coating
Nikon Super Integrated Coating is Nikon’s term for its multilayer coating of the optical elements in Nikkor lenses.
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
An optical glass developed by Nikon designed to offer an enhanced level of correction of chromatic aberrations.
Lens in which only the internal lens group shifts during focusing. IF Nikkor lenses do not change in size during AF operation, allowing for compact, lightweight lenses capable of closer focusing distances. These lenses are designated with the abbreviation IF on the lens barrel.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm F/4G ED VR Press Release
TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR, a telephoto zoom lens compatible with the Nikon FX format, and covering the 70–200-mm range of focal lengths with a fixed maximum aperture of f/4.
The AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR is the latest addition to the fixed f/4 maximum aperture lens series. It joins the ultra wide-angle AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR and normal zoom AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR in this series that forms the core of NIKKOR FX-format lenses. Despite covering the 70-mm to 200-mm range of focal lengths, this telephoto zoom lens boasts a closest focusing distance of about one meter, as well as consistently superior rendering with focusing from infinity to close-up, making it an excellent lens for a variety of scenes. Its compact size and light weight make it very portable and a practical choice for hand-held shooting wherever needed. Superior rendering performance is achieved with the adoption of a number of exclusive Nikon technologies including Nano Crystal Coat, a vibration reduction (VR) system that provides camera shake compensation equal to a five-step increase in shutter speed, and a Silent Wave Motor (SWM).
With the release of the new Nikon D4, Nikon D800 and D800E, and Nikon D600 FX-format digital-SLR cameras in 2012, Nikon continues to develop high-performance NIKKOR lenses that make the most of the superior resolution and image quality offered by these cameras. Nikon will continue to respond to the demands and expectations professional and advanced amateur photographers have for more advanced photographic capabilities and forms of expression by releasing highly functional high-performance lenses to expand and strengthen the Nikkor lineup.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm F/4G ED VR Specifications
|Mount Type||Nikon F-Bayonet|
|Focal Length Range||70-200mm|
|Maximum Angle of View (DX-format)||22°50′|
|Minimum Angle of View (DX-format)||8°|
|Maximum Angle of View (FX-format)||34°20′|
|Minimum Angle of View (FX-format)||12°20′|
|Maximum Reproduction Ratio||0.274x|
|Compatible Format(s)||FX and DX|
|VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization||Up to 5 Stops|
|Nano Crystal Coat||Yes|
|ED Glass Elements||3|
|Super Integrated Coating||Yes|
|AF-S (Silent Wave Motor)||Yes|
|Minimum Focus Distance||3.28 feet|
|Focus Mode||AF and Manual|
|Dimensions||(Approx.) 3.1 x 7.0 in. (Diameter x Length)|
78.0 x 178.5mm (Diameter x Length)
|Weight||Approx. 850 grams|
|Supplied Accessories||LC-67 Snap-on Front Lens Cap 67mm|
HB-60 Bayonet Hood
LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
CL-1225 Semi-Soft Case