The AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR is a stabilised 24-120mm equivalent standard zoom for Nikon cameras with DX sized sensors. The optical formula comprises 17 elements in 13 groups, and features a seven-bladed electro-magnetic diaphragm that creates a nearly circular aperture. The new AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm F/2.8-4E ED VR is the first Nikon DX-format lens to wear the gold “N” emblem to indicate the presence of Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat. This advanced optical coating significantly reduces instances of ghosting and flare for the highest quality images, the company says. The front and rear elements also integrate a fluorine coating to make it easier to remove dirt, moisture and smudges from the lens surface. For fast, accurate and quiet AF performance, the 16-80mm also features Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology. The minimum focus distance lets you get as close as 0.35m. The new Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR will be available in July for a suggested retail price of $1,069.95 / £869.99 / €1179.00. The lens is supplied with a dedicated HB-75 bayonet hood.
Nikon USA Press Release
An Everyday Lens That's Anything But Ordinary: The AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR Lens Offers Advanced Photographers Powerful Versatility
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the new AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR lens – an amazingly versatile DX-format lens that is well suited for advanced and enthusiast photographers. The NIKKOR 16-80mm features a combination of the best Nikon lens technologies, some never before seen in a Nikon DX-format lens, including Nikon’s legendary Nano Crystal Coat. The resulting lens gives a wide variety of photographers an all-purpose optic to help take their photography further and tell their story with clarity and precision.
“The NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4 is a very exciting addition to the NIKKOR DX-format lens lineup, and a new milestone in the NIKKOR legacy – it combines the most advanced optical technologies with an extremely useful focal range to capture photos and HD video,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “This new lens is a great companion for Nikon’s high-performance, lightweight series of DX-format DSLR cameras.”
Make no mistake, the new AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR is premium glass for those who desire a fast and highly capable wide-angle zoom lens. The lens features a popular, wide 24-120mm (FX-format equivalent) focal range, which makes it ideally suited for a variety of shooting disciplines. From wide-angle landscapes, tight portraits or for those looking for an all-in-one tool for travel, this lens does it all. The large f/2.8 - f/4 aperture lets photographers shoot in challenging light with ease, with the creative flexibility afforded by a shallow depth-of-field. Whether photographing friends’ faces or a festive plate full of local flavor, the 16-80mm’s fast aperture lets users blur the background to create that dramatic separation between subject and background that emphasizes and flatters a subject. For creative close-ups of everything from passion-projects to flowers, the lens has a very useful minimum focusing distance of merely 1.2 feet throughout the entire 5x zoom range.
To further enhance its low-light capability, the new NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4 lens also features Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization technology, which provides up to 4 stops of image stabilization*, helping to create sharp images while shooting handheld or in challenging light. As an added benefit to landscape and wildlife photographers, this lens features VR with automatic tripod detection, to counteract vibration when mounted on a tripod.
Latest Optical Technologies
The new AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm F/2.8-4E ED VR boasts some of the best optical innovations from Nikon, and is the first Nikon DX-format lens to wear the gold “N” emblem, to indicate the presence of Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat. This advanced optical coating significantly reduces instances of ghosting and flare for the highest quality images. The front and rear elements also integrate a fluorine coating to make it easier to remove dirt, moisture and smudges from the lens surface. This is also the first Nikon DX lens to feature an electromagnetic diaphragm; this innovation electronically adjusts the aperture within the lens, resulting in consistent exposure during high speed shooting.
The new NIKKOR 16-80mm lens features robust construction while retaining a lightweight and compact body. The lens features four Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) elements and three aspheric elements to further combat instances of ghost, flare and chromatic aberration. The lens is constructed of 17 elements in 13 groups, and features a seven-blade diaphragm to create a circular, natural bokeh for a pleasing out of focus area of the image. For fast, accurate and quiet AF performance, the 16-80mm also features Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology.
Price and Availability
The new Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR will be available in July for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $1,069.95.** For more information on NIKKOR lenses as well as other Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.
About the NIKKOR Brand
With a comprehensive assortment of FX and DX-format lenses and focal lengths, from the ultra-wide 10-24mm to the super telephoto 800mm VR, Nikon photographers have come to rely upon the NIKKOR core technologies that contribute to their optical superiority. NIKKOR is the brand name for Nikon’s photographic lenses, which are precision crafted to the most exacting standards in Nikon’s own glassworks. In 1933, Nikon marketed its first camera lens under the NIKKOR brand name, the "Aero-NIKKOR” for aerial photography applications. Since then, NIKKOR has been used as a brand name for Nikon’s lenses that symbolizes durability, high image quality and optical excellence.
Nikon, At the Heart of the Image™. Nikon Inc. is a world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology; globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for an award-winning array of equipment that enables users to tell their stories through amazing photos and videos. Nikon Inc. distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics as well as the Nikon 1 compact interchangeable lens camera system. Nikon Corporation, the parent company of Nikon Inc., recently celebrated its 80th anniversary of NIKKOR optics, and announced the production of over 90 million NIKKOR lenses in 2014, creating a new milestone in Nikon’s heritage of superior optics. For more information, dial (800) NIKON-US or visit http://www.nikonusa.com, which links all levels of photographers to the Web's most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities. Connect with Nikon and other photographers on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Vimeo and Flickr.
Nikon UK Press Release
AF-S DX NIKKOR 16–80mm f/2.8–4E ED VR
London, UK, 2nd July 2015: Nikon today announces a brand new high-performance DX-format zoom lens. Equipped with the latest technology and boasting an incredibly compact build, the NIKKOR DX 16–80mm f/2.8–4 is made for photographers with high expectations of their gear.
The perfect go-to travel lens, this advanced, compact zoom weighs just 480 g and balances perfectly on the camera. From sweeping landscapes to intimate portraiture, the broad 16–80mm focal length range easily covers most shooting situations. The bright f/2.8–4 aperture offers a distinctive low-light advantage, and Nikon’s impressive four-stop Vibration Reduction keeps images sharp even at slow shutter speeds. This is the first DX lens to boast some of Nikon’s most recent pro-grade technology, including an electromagnetic diaphragm and a protective fluorine coating. And it’s the first DX lens to include Nikon’s acclaimed Nano Crystal Coat.
Edward Allinson, Junior Product Manager for Lenses & Accessories at Nikon UK says: “The new 16-80mm is an exceptional lens that combines advanced NIKKOR technology with a superior design, encompassed in an extremely versatile and practical body. The incredibly light and compact build of the lens means it’s the ideal travel companion, as it won’t take up too much space in your bag and is guaranteed to capture stunning images. The fast f/2.8-4 aperture and adaptable wide-angle to telephoto coverage means you can use it in any situation, and the Nano Crystal Coat and powerful Vibration Reduction system ensures that you’re well equipped with the latest innovations. These excellent features are all packed into a small, slim-line body which translates into a zoom lens that’s ready for anything. The 16-80mm is proficient enough to cover most shooting situations, whether it is capturing broad landscapes or subtle portraits.”
The new NIKKOR DX 16–80mm f/2.8–4 is an exciting new option for adventurous photographers. The versatile 5x zoom covers the equivalent of 24–120mm in full-frame format, while the fast maximum aperture opens up more shooting possibilities. Whether you shoot at the wide-angle or telephoto end of the zoom range, you can achieve pleasing background blur, clear low-light shots and distinctive subject / background separation. In addition, the minimum focus distance lets you get as close as 0.35 m.
From landscapes to interiors, and candid street shots to intimate portraits, this fast zoom lens will help you capture stunning high-resolution stories wherever your travels take you.
The latest technology
A host of pro-grade lens technologies ensure this premium DX zoom lens achieves impressive performance. An electromagnetic diaphragm provides more precise exposures, especially when shooting at high frame rates. Nikon’s protective fluorine coat actively repels water, dust, and dirt without compromising image quality, and makes it easier to clean the glass without damaging the surface. In addition, this is the first DX lens to boast Nikon’s renowned anti-reflective Nano Crystal Coat.
Steady and quiet
The NIKKOR DX 16–80mm f/2.8–4 is equipped with the latest generation of Nikon’s impressive Vibration Reduction technology. This means you can shoot at up to four stops slower, without the image-degrading blur that can be caused by camera shake. VR operation is quiet and incorporates two modes (Normal for general handheld shooting and Active to compensate for mechanical vibrational frequencies), as well as automatic tripod detection. While VR keeps images steady, the compact Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables fast, quiet and accurate autofocus across the zoom range, which is a particular advantage when shooting movies. For critical focus moments, the M/A focus mode switch allows seamless manual focus override-
High optical performance
Designed to maximise the performance of today’s high resolution DX-format D-SLRs, the advanced optical design of this lens features 17 elements in 13 groups. Alongside the Nano Crystal Coat and fluorine coat, there are three aspherical lens elements and four extra-low dispersion (ED) glass elements. Ghosting, flare and aberrations are minimized for high-contrast images under a wide variety of light conditions and across the zoom range.
Perfectly balanced— first class travel
Weighing just 480 g, the size / performance ratio of the NIKKOR DX 16–80mm f/2.8–4 makes it an excellent general-purpose lens and the ideal choice for adventure and travel. The lens balances well on the camera body, and the barrel boasts a rubber ring for protection against the elements. Thanks to the advanced technology packed into its compact dimensions, this lens can satisfy both discerning enthusiasts and pros that want to travel light with a DX-format camera.
The lens is supplied with a dedicated HB-75 Bayonet Hood.