Nikon have just announced the development of a revolutionary super-telephoto, fixed focal length lens to add to its line-up of full frame (FX) NIKKOR lenses.
The 800mm, AF-S ( AutoFocus, silent wave motor ) lens, with a large aperture of f/5.6 and VR (Vibration Reduction) system, will be fully compatible with the auto focus system of all Nikon FX-format cameras. This includes the D3S, D3X, D300S, D4, D700, D800 and D7000.
The new lens will boast the longest focal length of any NIKKOR autofocus lens, and has been designed with field sports, news and wildlife photographers in mind. In addition to its superior optical performance, the lens will offer dust and water resistance.
“We are very excited to showcase a groundbreaking new milestone in NIKKOR development at this summer’s major sporting events” said Robert Cristina, Manager, Nikon Professional Services, Europe.
“It reflects our ongoing philosophy to turn ‘feedback into fact’ for the world’s leading news, sports and wildlife photographers,” he added.
A prototype of the new lens will be premiered to professional photographers at the Open Golf Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club in Lancashire, England, between July 19th and 22nd 2012. Nikon has been an official sponsor of The Open Championship since 1993. The lens will also be on show to the general public visiting Photokina 2012, the world’s largest photo and imaging exhibition, in Cologne, Germany, from September 18th to 23rd.
Earlier this month, Nikon announced that total production of NIKKOR lenses for interchangeable lens cameras had reached seventy million and that the total production of AF-S lenses equipped with the Silent Wave Motor (SWM), the autofocus motor developed by Nikon, had reached 30 million. This year, Nikon released three professional FX-format D-SLR cameras: the flagship Nikon D4, the Nikon D800 and Nikon D800E.
An on-sale date, suggested retail price and further specifications will be announced by Nikon Corporation at a later date.