The new AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens is a wideangle 5.3x zoom with built-in vibration-reduction. Nikon VR II Vibration Reduction technology provides the ability to shoot at shutter speeds up to four stops slower than normal. Aimed at users of the D80, D200 and D300 DSLRs, the lens covers ultra-wideangle through to short telephoto. Estimated pricing for the AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR is £429.99 / €642.00 / $649, available in February.
Nikon Europe Press Release
Nikon Launches AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Wide-Zoom
Class leading wideangle 5.3x zoom with VR for Nikon DX format cameras
Amsterdam, the Netherlands, January 29, 2008 – Nikon Europe today announced the new AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, DX-NIKKOR 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, with a close focus distance of just 0.38m throughout the entire zoom range. The 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.
“With both wideangle 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.”
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 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.
The 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. 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.