MELVILLE, N.Y. (July 1, 2008) – Nikon, Inc. today introduced the new PC-E Micro NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8D ED and PC-E Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/2.8D lenses, expanding a series of lenses that allow photographers to effectively correct perspective and/or depth-of-field to push creative boundaries.
These new Perspective Control (PC) lenses correct linear distortion in order to better replicate images as seen by the human eye, including straightening the converging lines of rectilinear objects such as buildings, while also introducing welcome command over depth-of-field. Their versatility makes these the perfect lens complement for a myriad of applications, including photographing architecture, nature, interiors and still-life—especially product photography.“The introduction of the wide-angle 24mm Perspective Control lens answered a demand from photographers. Specific shooting disciplines demand precise image control that only a specialized lens of this design can provide,” said Edward Fasano, general manager for marketing, SLR System Products at Nikon, Inc. “We are pleased to now add the 45mm and 85mm Micro PC-E lenses, offering photographers an expanded number of PC focal lengths from which to choose and resolve complex photographic challenges.”
Nikon Announces PC-E Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/2.8D ED
When shooting subjects, such as tall buildings with a conventional lens, composition often calls for tilting the axis of a camera. This typically results in a significant distortion of converging lines, impacting the desired visual accuracy of the image. A PC-E NIKKOR lens’ “shift” control provides correction for this type of distortion. “Shift” control can also give a photographer the ability to “effectively” move the apparent position of the camera—providing further perspective versatility, allowing, for example, the ability to avoid unwanted reflections in an image.
A PC-E lens’ “tilt” control gives photographers additional creative control over depth-of-field. Known as the Scheimpflug principal, tilt-shift lenses are capable of modifying the focal plane of the lens, allowing the extension or limitation of the point of critical sharpness in the image. The combination of “tilt” and “shift” controls featured in all PC-E NIKKOR lenses gives photographers extraordinary control over perspective—control which simply is not possible with conventional lenses.
Nikon PC-E Micro NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8D ED
A special tilt/shift mechanism gives users up to +/- 11.5mm shift for perspective control and +/- 8.5-degree tilt control for creative focus. The Perspective Control lenses correct distortion and vanishing point issues with convenient side-mounted controls at 1mm / 1-degree intervals that will adjust the focal plane with shift and tilt adjustments. The lens optics rotate up to 90 degrees right or left for perspective control adjustment, while a click-stop is provided every 30 degrees. Photographers can confirm the effect of each adjustment accurately through their Nikon SLR viewfinder.
The new PC-E Micro NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8D ED and PC-E Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/2.8D offer a combined standard-to-medium telephoto range coupled with dramatically expansive depth-of-field that is well suited for a variety of tasks and the exploration of new levels of creativity.
All NIKKOR-E lenses incorporate a rounded nine-blade electromagnetic diaphragm that provides auto aperture control when used with Nikon SLRs that feature an electronically controlled aperture, including the D3, D300 and newly announced D700 camera.* This unique feature allows photographers to more easily compose images without the typical darkening of the frame experienced with other lenses of this type.
The PC-E Micro NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8D ED lens continues the NIKKOR legacy of high-quality optics and durable design. It features an Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass element providing superior sharpness and color fidelity by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration and three aspherical lens elements to minimize various other types of lens aberration.
Nikon PC-E Micro NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8D ED
While both lenses offer a 1:2 reproduction ratio, the PC-E Micro 85mm f/2.8 D lens offers a medium-telephoto angle of view and increased camera-to-subject working distance that is preferable in many applications. In addition, both lenses incorporate Nikon’s Super Integrated coatings that deliver superior color reproduction, as well as Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat to virtually eliminate any remaining instances of ghosting and flare.
Nikon PC-E Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/2.8D ED
Together with the recently announced NIKKOR PC-E 24mm f/3.5 ED lens, photographers now have a comprehensive assortment of Perspective Control NIKKORs ranging from wide to medium-telephoto from which to choose.The PC-E Micro NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8D ED and PC-E Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/2.8D lenses are scheduled to become available through Nikon authorized dealers in the U.S. beginning in August 2008 for an estimated selling price of $1,799.95 and $1,739.95, respectively.
Nikon PC-E Micro NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8D ED Back
Nikon Announces PC-E Micro NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8D ED Hood
Nikon Announces PC-E Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/2.8D ED Hood
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Sources indicated that Nikon is about to release three lenses namely PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED, AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED, and AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Wide-Zoom.
Nikon Europe announced the PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED, a 24mm wide-angle tilt/shift lens for studio, architecture and landscape photography. Tilt/shift lenses incorporate the ability to move the internal optical elements to produce an effect called perspective control (PC). The PC-E Nikkor 24mm lens offers a tilt/shift capability range that leads its class, tilting up to +/-8.5o and shifting +/-11.5mm. The lens can be rotated a full 90° degrees left or right with convenient clicks-stops at 30° intervals. For precise manual focussing, the lens features compatibility with the electronic rangefinders in all Nikon SLRs, and offers auto-aperture control with the Nikon D3 / D300 cameras.
Nikon PC-E Nikkor 24mm ED lens – Perspective Control
Perspective control (PC) reduces distortion caused by the angle of camera relative to the subject, and is useful in architectural photography where the effect of converging vertical angles can be avoided. The perspective control offered by the Nikon PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED is also invaluable in studio work where extreme depth of field effects can be achieved.
Nikon PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED tilt / shift lens
“The very first 35mm tilt / shift lens was pioneered by Nikon in 1961 and the incredible image quality and class-leading levels of movement offered by the Nikon PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED tilt/shift lens demonstrates the Nikkor heritage of innovation and optical quality,” said Robert Cristina, Manager Professional Products and NPS, Nikon Europe B.V. “
Nikon 24mm PC-E Nikkor lens – Easy to use controls
The lens offers photographers comprehensive control over all features with easy to use controls that include an aperture ring, aperture stop-down button, focusing ring, shift knob and tilt knob. The use of Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat, 3-element ED glass lens and aspherical elements combine to produce a lens that offers outstanding optical quality, with minimised ghosting, flare and chromatic aberration.
Nikon PC-E 24mm Nikkor lens – Price & Availability
The PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED has a maximum aperture of f/3.5 and a minimum aperture of f/32 and a closest focus distance of a mere 0.21 meters. The lens has extensive sealing against dust and moisture, and weighs 730 grams. The filter/attachment size is 77mm. Estimated pricing for the Nikon PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED is €1829 and it is expected to go on sale this spring. A bayonet hood and soft case are included.
Nikon PC-Nikkor lenses – Availability
Nikon simultaneously announced two further PC-Nikkors that are now in the final stages of development, adding Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 45mm f/2.8D ED and a PC-E Micro Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D ED to the range of tilt/shift lenses. These new lenses are planned for availability in the summer 2008.
Nikon AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED lens
Nikon Europe is pleased to announce the introduction of the new AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED lens for micro or close-up photography, featuring a closest focus distance of just 185mm. The lens design includes Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat and ED glass elements for outstanding image quality with minimised ghosting, flare and chromatic aberration Compact and easy to handle, the Nikon AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED features an internal focus (IF) design, and a non-rotating front element, to enable the use of accessories such as the SB-R1C1 Macro Speedlight Kit. Estimated retail price for the Nikon AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED is €519.
Nikon AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm lens – Manual & Autofocus operation
The lens supports both manual and autofocus operation, with the silent-wave motor (AF-S) providing whisper-quiet autofocus operation that will leave animals and insects undisturbed when focussing at close range. Designed for use with Nikon’s advanced line of digital single lens reflex cameras, the Nikon AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED makes an ideal alternative to the standard choice of a 50mm lens.
Nikon AF-S Micro Nikkor lens – Close-up & Portrait photography
“The outstanding optical quality and silent performance of this lens make it ideal for both close-ups as well as portraits.” said Robert Cristina, Manager Professional Products and NPS, Nikon Europe B.V. “
Nikon 60mm AF-S Micro Nikkor lens – Two aspherical lens elements
The rounded nine-blade diaphragm opening makes out-of-focus background objects appear soft, natural-looking and unobtrusive, whilst the unique optical design incorporates two aspherical lens elements to minimize coma and spherical aberration effects.
Nikon AFS Micro 60mm Nikkor f/2.8G ED lens – Price
Photographers will also enjoy the light and compact dimensions of the Nikon AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED and extended aperture range from f/2.8 to f/32. The AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED measures just 73 x 89mm and weighs 425 grams. A soft case is included with the lens. Estimated pricing for the AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED is €519.
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Wide-Zoom lens
Nikon Europe announced the new AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens, featuring a wide zoom ratio of 5.3x. The lens is the first 16mm wide-angle lens to be equipped with Nikon’s exclusive VR II Vibration Reduction technology, which provides the ability to shoot at shutter speeds up to four stops slower than would otherwise be possible. Aimed at users of Nikon’s popular D80, D200 and D300 digital single lens reflex cameras (D-SLRs), the AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR features a 16mm wideangle for landscapes and interiors, through to 85mm telephoto that is ideal for portraits. Designed for both professionals and enthusiasts, the lens is suitable for travel and nature photography.
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm VR lens – Close focus distance
The AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm lens has a close focus distance of just 0.38m throughout the entire zoom range. The Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR is highly compact, measuring just 72 x 85mm and has a non-rotating 67mm attachment thread.
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor Wide Zoom lens – Wide angle & Close up photography
“With both wide angle and close-up capability, the 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR wide zoom lens is a great choice for interiors, weddings, portraits and more,” said Robert Cristina, Manager Professional Products and NPS, Nikon Europe B.V. “At just 485 grams, this advanced lens is compact and capable enough to be a photographer’s constant companion.”
AF-S DX 16-85mm Nikkor lens – Nikon Silent Wave Motor
The lens supports quick and whisper-quiet autofocus operation, thanks to its Nikon Silent Wave Motor. The VR II vibration reduction technology incorporated in the Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR includes both Normal and Active modes, and ensures crisp, sharp results even in very low light conditions.
Nikon 16-85mm AFS DX Nikkor VR lens – Price & Availability
The Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR follows in the successful formula of the popular Nikkor 24-120mm VR lens but weighs about 90g less. The exclusive Super ED glass and Nano Crystal Coat contribute to high-contrast, high-quality images with minimised ghosting and flare. Estimated pricing for the AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR is €599. The lens will also be offered as part of a kit with the Nikon D300 D-SLR in certain European markets.