Nikon has widened the lens choice for users of both its DSLRs and mirrorless cameras with the launch of not one, but two new telezoom lenses – both of which feature fast f/2.8 maximum apertures and Vibration Reduction (VR) technology.
First up is the AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR, which has been built for F-mount DSLRs but can also be used on the Z 6 /Z 7 mirrorless cameras via the FTZ adaptor. The versatile focal range will be of interest to wildlife photographers and when paired with a DX DSLR like the D500, the focal length is extended by the crop sensor to 180mm-450mm.
As you can tell from the letter in the name of the lens, the optic benefits from Vibration Reduction (VR), which provides ‘an effect equivalent to a shutter speed 4.0 stops and includes a Sport VR mode for rapidly moving subjects’. The lens also benefits from weather sealing, making it suitable for professional use in harsh environments and features Nikon’s anti-reflective ARNEO coating for enhanced image quality.
Also new is the NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VRS is the latest optic built especially for Nikon’s mirrorless full-frame bodies – the Z 6 and Z 7. Featuring Vibration Reduction technology that offers 5-stops of compensation, the lens also boasts a fast maximum aperture of f/2.8, which will not only enable photographers to create shallow depths of field, but will also help keep shutter speeds fast in low light conditions, making it suitable for sports and wildlife shooting.
In fact, the NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S will also be of interest to video shooters as the optic features a stepping motor (STM) that has been designed to deliver fast and quiet autofocus that shouldn’t pick up on your audio when capturing footage. What’s more, video shooters will be pleased to hear the lens features a close fusing distance (0.5m wide, 1.0m telephoto) so you can get close up with subjects.
Built around a 9-blade diaphragm design, the lens also features Anti-Reflective Nano Crystal and ARNEO coatings for enhanced image quality. The AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR is available from February and carries a price-tag of $9,500/£9,499, while the NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S will also start shipping in February and will cost $2,600/£2,399