Nikon announced several new lenses today –

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Lens

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  • F Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • ASP/ED, AS, ED, and HRI Elements
  • Nano Crystal & Super Integrated Coating
  • Fluorine Coated Front and Rear Elements
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System
  • Vibration Reduction Image Stabilization
  • Internal Focus, Manual Focus Override
  • Electromagnetic Diaphragm Mechanism
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

The 24-70 range is extremely versatile for wedding, event and general photography. And while 3rd party manufacturers have offered a 24-70 f/2.8 with VR or VC in Tamron’s case it hasn’t been met with the greatest enthusiasm. Now we have what looks like a fantastic lens from Nikon – the only downsides? Price and Weight.

$2,396.95

Preorder from B&H Photo Video. Shipping August 27th

 

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR Lens

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  • F Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/5.6 to f/32
  • Three Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Nano Crystal & Super Integrated Coating
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System
  • Vibration Reduction with Sport Mode
  • Internal Focus, Manual Focus Override
  • Electromagnetic Diaphragm Mechanism
  • Detachable, Rotatable Tripod Collar
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

$1,396.95

Fixed f/5.6- I expect this to be very sharp but it weighs more than the Tamron 150-600 f/5-f/6.3 which offers a little more range (at both ends) and is cheaper.  So how much sharper is the big question. We also need to put it up against the Sigma 150-600 Contemporary which is very similar to the Tamron.

Preorder from B&H Photo Video. Shipping September 17th

 

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED Lens

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  • F Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16
  • Two ED and Two Aspherical Elements
  • Nano Crystal & Super Integrated Coating
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System
  • Rear Focus System; Manual Focus Override
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm

$746.95

Pay $100 more and get the Sigma f/1.4, it is a fantastic lens with 9 aperture blades vs 7 in the Nikon, not that that makes a big difference but I expect the Sigma is still going to come out on top and offers the faster max aperture.

Preorder from B&H Photo Video. Shipping September 17th

 

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