Nikon have released an update to their popular AF 80-400mm
telephoto lens which boasts an improved optical construction.
The new AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR telephoto zoom lens, which will be available from 19 March 2013 with an RRP of £2,449.99, offers superb optical performance in diverse conditions, and Nikon’s Vibration Reduction system allows for up to 4-stop compensation throughout the zoom range, even at 400mm.
Hiro Sebata, Product Manager, Lenses and Accessories at Nikon UK, says: "Nikon’s original AF 80-400mm lens was something of a revolution when it launched; it was the first Nikkor to combine groundbreaking Vibration Reduction technology and combined a versatile telephoto range and relatively compact, take-anywhere build.
Now upgraded for the new generation of DSLRs, the AF-S version of this lens offers a greatly improved autofocus mechanism, increased VR compensation and an enhanced optical formula. A worthy successor, we’re sure this lens will build on the success of its predecessor."
The newly designed optical construction boasts 20 elements in 12 group, is equipped with Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat as well as four ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements and one Super ED glass element. The Nano Crystal Coat combats ghosting and flare, and the ED glass helps correct the kind of chromatic aberration and optical color defects that longer focal lengths, in particular, can experience.
Focusing time is reduced when shooting within a specific distance range by using the focus limit switch that offers two settings ("FULL" and ∞-6m). The AF works even when a 1.4x teleconverter is attached to a f/8-compatible camera.
The AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens features a metal mount, and rubber weather sealing for protection against the elements and an integrated barrel lock barrel lock prevents the barrel extending under its weight when the lens is not in use.
This lens comes with a lens cap (LC-77), a lens hood (HB-65), a lens case (CL-M2), and a detachable tripod foot that improves balance and enables more comfortable switching between landscape and portrait orientation when the camera is mounted on a tripod.
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