Nikon AF-S 16-80mm f/2.8-4 ED VR announced

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Nikon has just announced its new 16-80mm f/2.8-4 ED VR. It is the world’s lightest wide angle to mid telephoto lens with an f/2.8-4 aperture. Compare to the current 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6, the new 16-80mm is a third to one stop faster while Nikon is able to keep this lens to about the same size as the 16-85mm, that’s pretty impressive. On a DX-format camera, 16-80mm zoom range is equivalent to Nikon’s 24-120mm FX lens (35mm format). The AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR features Crystal Coat virtually eliminates glare, while Extra-low Dispersion Glass and Aspherical elements reduce colour aberration and enhance sharpness and contrast. In low light situations, the 16-80mm provides up to four stops of  vibration reduction so you can be sure to shoot in the most difficult situation handheld. There’s even a specialized tripod VR mode that eliminates the effects of tripod vibration. With a fast f/2.8-4 aperture, VR image stabilization and superb glass quality, it is a great light weight wide-angle to portrait lens. At its widest focal length, the lens is a third of a stop faster than most kit lens while it is a full stop faster at the telephoto end.

You can pre-order the Nikon AF-S 16-80mm f/2.8-4 ED VR at B&H or Adorama

 

 

Primary AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR features:

  • Equipped with a vibration reduction (VR) mechanism that effectively compensates for camera shake (camera shake compensation equivalent to a 4.0-stop*2 increase in shutter speed)
  • Adoption of Nano Crystal Coat, aspherical lens elements and ED glass elements for superior optical performance with which chromatic aberration and ghost are suppressed
  • Equipped with an electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism that achieves stable auto-exposure with high-speed continuous shooting
  • Adoption of Nikon’s exclusive and highly durable fluorine coat, which effectively repels water and oils, and makes cleaning the lens easier even when it does get dirty, on the outer surfaces of the extreme front and rear lens elements

Check out the image samples here

Specification

Mount Type

 

Nikon F-Bayonet

Focal Length Range

 

16
80mm

Zoom Ratio

 

5x

Maximum Aperture

 

f/2.8-4

Minimum Aperture

 

f/22-32

Format

 

DX

Maximum Angle of View (DX-format)

 

83°

Minimum Angle of View (DX-format)

 

20°

Maximum Reproduction Ratio

 

0.22x

Lens Elements

 

17

Lens Groups

 

13

Compatible Format(s)

 

DX

VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization

 

Yes

Diaphragm Blades

 

7

Distance Information

 

Yes

Nano Crystal Coat

 

Yes

ED Glass Elements

 

4

Fluorine Coat

 

Yes

Aspherical Elements

 

3

Super Integrated Coating

 

Yes

Autofocus

 

Yes

AF-S (Silent Wave Motor)

 

Yes

Internal Focusing

 

Yes

Minimum Focus Distance

 

1.15 ft.
 (0.35m)

Focus Mode

 

Auto
Manual

E-type

 

Yes

Filter Size

 

72mm

Accepts Filter Type

 

Screw-on

Approx. Dimensions (Diameter x Length)

 

3.1 in.
 (80 mm)
 x 3.3 in.
 (85.5 mm)

Approx. Weight

 

16.1 oz.
 (480 g)

 

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Kent is a professional wedding and portrait photographer based in Wellington, New Zealand. He and his team specialise in modern and contemporary weddings. Kent has his work published in international magazines and is a regular author to a number of photographic publication. He is fascinated by photographic equipment and enjoys showcasing the gear used in creating his images. You can find him on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Google+
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