Friday, August 03, 2007

Nikon Introduces Affordable 55-200 with Vibration Reduction

Nikon has introduced the new 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor, a compact telephoto zoom Nikon says will offer vibration reduction technology and “outstanding” optical performance at an affordable price.

The $250 zoom is the equivalent of an 82.5-300mm but is engineered for digital cameras only and does not provide sufficient coverage for use on full-frame film cameras.

Nikon is marketing the lens as “ideal for sports, action, wildlife, travel, and portrait photography, among many other telephoto applications” – such a catch-all description they’d might as well as admit the copywriter has obviously never tried to shoot sports with a 200mm 5.6 in anything other than full mid-day sun.

“Nikon’s range of Nikkor lenses with Vibration Reduction technology has grown substantially and the new 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor lens is another excellent addition, offering Nikon digital SLR photographers an advanced high-powered zoom lens in a remarkably compact, lightweight design,” Nikon SLR Systems Products General Manager for Marketing Edward Fasano said. “High quality lens design requires a challenging blend of art, science and, of course, photographic experience. With this new 55-200mm lens, Nikon engineers have again met that challenge, producing a lens whose optical performance delivers clarity and contrast typically found only in lenses costing substantially more."

Nikon says the Vibration Reduction system enables photographers to take substantially sharper handheld pictures at slower shutter speeds than would otherwise be possible. Nikon claims the system allow users to shoot at shutter speeds as many as three stops slower than they ordinarily could shoot without blur closed by camera shake.

Nikon says the lens includes an Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass element that provides for high resolution, high-contrast images while minimizing chromatic aberration, astigmatism and other forms of distortion. It also features Nikon’s compact Silent Wave Motor technology (SWM), which combines fast and precise auto-focusing with super-quiet operation, as well as Internal Focusing (IF) construction that allows the lens to focus without changing its external size, improving balance and handling characteristics.

The lens features 15 elements in 11 groups (including the one ED element) with a seven-blade rounded diaphragm. The minimum aperture is f/22-32 and minimum focus 3.6 feet throughout the entire zoom range. Maximum reproduction ratio is 1:4.35 and angle of view ranges from 8 degrees to 28 degrees. Filter size is 52mm and the lens comes with the HB-37 bayonet hood, front and rear caps and a flexible pouch. Weight 11.8 ounces.

The 55-200mm should already be available in camera stores, with an estimated selling price of $249.95.

Click here for the Nikon news release. Click here for additional specifications.

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