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December 10, 2009

Nikon boosts FX-Format lens arsenal

Sports and wildlife shooters using Nikon's FX-format D3-series and D700 digital-SLR cameras will soon be looking for extra space in their camera bags and some extra cash in their budgets.
Nikon today announced the release of the new AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II telephoto lens and the new AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III.


The AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II lens is equipped with vibration reduction (VR II) that reduces the effects of camera shake equivalent to a shutter speed increase of approximately four stops. The AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III, is the world’s first teleconverter to utilize an aspherical lens element.

Nikon's Press Release quotes Edward Fasano, general manager for marketing, SLR Systems Products at Nikon Inc. describing the new 300mm lens as advancing "one of the most popular fast-aperture focal lengths for sports, nature and wildlife photography, demonstrating Nikon's commitment to professional photographers through the continued development of the optical fidelity and sharpness for which NIKKOR lenses are famous."

The Press release goes on to say the aspherical element in the new TC-20E III teleconverter is designed to virtually eliminate coma and other aberrations even at wide apertures.

The AF-S DX NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II lens is scheduled to be available at Nikon authorized dealers in January with an estimated selling price of $5,899.95. The Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III will be available at an estimated selling price of $499.95 (also in January).

Posted by flashdeadline at December 10, 2009 7:07 AM