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AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED & AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR official

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First report on the new lenses from Bob Krist. Check it out (yes the copter shot is there).

AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR:

  • Price: $1259.95
  • Available in late February 2010
  • Ultra wide-angle zoom lens that covers focal lengths from 16mm to 35mm
  • Vibration Reduction (VR II) enables sharper pictures while shooting at shutter speeds up to four stops* slower than would otherwise be possible
    *As determined in Nikon performance tests.
  • The adoption of Nano Crystal Coat effectively reduces ghost and flare
  • An ultra wide-angle zoom lens that, while offering a wide angle view of 107°, is compatible with 77mm screw-on filters
  • Fixed maximum aperture of f/4
  • ED glass and aspherical lens elements are utilized for a new optical design that achieves high resolution
  • Quiet focusing with built-in Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
  • Two focus modes selectable - M/A and M
Focal length 16-35mm
Maximum aperture f/4
Minimum aperture f/22
Lens construction 17 elements in 12 groups (with two ED glass and three aspherical lens elements, and Nano Crystal Coat)
Angle of view 107° - 60° (83° - 44° with Nikon DX format)
Closest focusing distance 0.29 m (1.0 ft.) at a focal length of 16mm or 35mm, 0.28 m (0.9 ft.) at a focal length between 20mm and 28mm
Maximum reproduction ratio 0.25x
No. of diaphragm blades 9 (rounded)
Filter/attachment size 77mm
Diameter x length
(extension from the camera’s lens-mount flange)
Approximately 82.5 x 125 mm
Weight Approximately 680 g/24.0 oz.
Supplied accessories 77mm Snap-on Front Lens Cap LC-77, Rear Lens Cap LF-1, Bayonet Hood HB-23, Flexible Lens Pouch CL-11

Product brochure

AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED:


Nikkor AF-S 24mm f/1.4G ED:

  • Available in late March 2010
  • A fast, wide-angle lens with a fixed focal length of 24mm at the maximum aperture of f/1.4
  • Fast lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.4 that allows users to capture images with beautiful blur characteristics
  • ED glass and aspherical lens elements are utilized for a new optical design that achieves high resolution and good balance in terms of aberration for pleasing blur characteristics
  • The adoption of Nano Crystal Coat effectively reduces ghost and flare
  • Quiet focusing with built-in Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
  • Two focus modes selectable - M/A and M
Focal length 24mm
Maximum aperture f/1.4
Minimum aperture f/16
Lens construction 12 elements in 10 groups (with two ED glass and two aspherical lens elements, and Nano Crystal Coat)
Angle of view 84° (61° with Nikon DX format)
Closest focusing distance 0.25 m/0.82 ft.
Maximum reproduction ratio 0.18x
No. of diaphragm blades 9 (rounded)
Filter/attachment size 77mm
Diameter x length (extension from the camera’s lens-mount flange) Approximately 83 x 88.5 mm
Weight Approximately 620 g/21.9 oz.
Supplied accessories 77mm Snap-on Front Lens Cap LC-77, Rear Lens Cap LF-1, Bayonet Hood HB-51, Flexible Lens Pouch CL-1118

Product brochure

Full press release after the break:

The Ultra-Wide 16-35mm f/4 VR and Ultra-Fast 24mm f/1.4 Lenses Provide Photographers With New Perspectives and Creative Versatility

MELVILLE, N.Y. (Feb. 8, 2010) – Nikon Inc. today announced two new lenses for professional and enthusiast photographers that epitomize NIKKOR leadership in optical excellence. The highly anticipated AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED lens is engineered to meet the demand for an ultra-fast professional lens for wide angle applications, while the AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR offers Nikon’s widest FX-format focal range with VR, offering additional versatility to a broad range of photographers.

“The 16-35mm f/4 VR and 24mm f/1.4 are two new lenses designed to address the needs of an ever-expanding number of Nikon FX-format photographers, delivering dramatic perspectives, amazing clarity, contrast and color when capturing stills or HD video,” said Edward Fasano, general manager for marketing, SLR Systems Products at Nikon Inc. “Customers that choose these new lenses will experience excellent image quality and sturdy handling, which is made possible through our commitment to excellence and expert NIKKOR engineering.”

World renowned NIKKOR technologies play an essential role in the design of these two new lenses, and both feature Nikon’s exclusive Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology for quiet, fast and accurate autofocus performance. The optical construction of both lenses also utilizes precision Nikon ED glass elements along with multiple aspherical elements to suppress chromatic aberrations resulting in sharp, high contrast images. Additionally, Nikon’s proprietary Nano-Crystal Coat minimizes instances of internal “ghosting” and flaring, further ensuring exceptional image integrity.

The 24mm f/1.4G ED Lens

Perhaps one of the most hotly anticipated lenses in recent memory, the new AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED lens blends a natural yet versatile 24mm perspective with an ultra-fast f/1.4 aperture to expand an existing collection of well over 60 NIKKOR interchangeable lenses. The f/1.4 maximum aperture allows photographers to shoot handheld in low light and provides dramatic separation between subject and a softened background. In a wide variety of photographic situations, both FX and DX-format shooters will enjoy the benefits of extra-bright f/1.4 viewing, superb image quality and the dramatic perspectives afforded by a picture angle of 84 degrees (61 degrees when mounted on a DX-format body).

The 16-35mm f/4 VR Lens Brings a New Perspective to VR

The new AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR lens is an ideal lens for enthusiasts and professionals craving a constant maximum aperture and ultra-wide angle zoom versatility with the benefits of Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) II image stabilization. As the widest FX-format NIKKOR zoom lens with VR, users can realize the ability to shoot up to four shutter speeds slower than otherwise possible, expanding low light shooting opportunities and contributing to dramatically sharper handheld photography and video capture. Nikon VR II image stabilization technology is engineered specifically for and optimized to function most effectively for each lens, ensuring optimum performance. Whether joining the growing ranks of FX-format photographers or using the Nikon DX-format, photographers will appreciate the perspectives possible when shooting architecture, interiors, landscapes and more.

Pricing and Availability

The versatile, wide angle AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR is scheduled to be available in late February 2010 at Nikon Authorized Dealers with an estimated selling price of $1259.95*. The ultra-fast AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4 G ED lens will be available in late March 2010 for estimated selling price of $2199.95*. For more information, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

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  • ich bins

    The 16-35 mm seems to be an intersting lens so far. Let´s wait for a test at photozone, the first published MTF-lines look good.
    The price tag for the 24/1,4 is for professionals only. I have a 17-35/2,8, so I don´t need it. I bought an used Leica lens 28/2,8 and mounted a Nikon adaptor, so I have a professional w-angle lens. IMHO, I think that Nikon loose the contact to most users: we miss a body who can compete against Canon´s D5 and D7, and this with a moderate price tag. I have 4 Nikon bodies and more than 10 lenses, who wants the gear, I´ll change to Canon, thanks to Nikon´s marketing experts.

    • WoutK89

      You’ll be missed, I’ll take the gear, for 10 euro :-P

      • http://www.d800.com The invisible man.

        Where have you been ?
        Can I go to lunch now ?

  • Anonymous

    I do not understand the strategy behind. As Canon lenses are less expensive Nikon makes it easier and easier to jump ship. The 24mm 1.4 lens will cost about 2149 Euro in Germany that is price difference to Canon of approx. 500 Euro!!! Hopefully the new 24 is has amazing IQ to justify the big price diff.

    • WoutK89

      The Canon is only years older, did you think of that when comparing prices to an unreleased lens? ;-)

      • clausgoetti

        Why is there a need for it. Nikon and Canon and other competitors as well are still producing very good old designed lenses. I don’t think that age is too important by comparing lenses. It is only about is a good one or not and much does it cost

        • WoutK89

          I was talking about costs only, of course. You cant compare a 2 year old lens, to an unreleased lens in price!

    • clausgoetti

      Hopefully it will. I cross my fingers for them

  • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

    Ok, I am trying not to voice my personal opinion on this blog but this time I will. Many readers have been waiting for a new AF-S 24 1.4 for years and now finally after Nikon delivers it, the price is too high. Yes it is, but so is the price of the D3s, Leica M9, etc.

    If you have those options, which one would you choose?
    A. Nikon doesn’t release a AF-S 24 1.4 lens at all
    B. Nikon releases the 24 1.4 with a selling price of $2200

    I’d take option B any day. And if you choose option A, then you don’t really need that lens.

    I think Nikon did an excellent job with those two lenses and I am sure there are more primes to come.

    • Recent Convert

      Judging from the MTF chart, this baby is worth the price. For those who know a little bit about optical design, it is worth looking at the cross-section. Two things are noteworthy. First, this lens uses a Gauss-type optical arrangement (similar to the Noct-Nikkor of fame) as the actual lens at the back (no expenses spared there!!). Secondly, the retrofocus speader at the front has a third element that points forward. With that, it intercepts the peripheral rays earlier and spreads them earlier, which should make for just about perfect lack of of barrel distortion. Ordinarily, this cannot be done without creating awful ghosts, because the rays hit the third element at a shallow angle. However, Nikon chose to do just that which gives me the impression that they have perfected the Nano-coating to accomplish what no-one has accomplished before: a 24mm 1.4, with space for a mirror (something Leica does not need to plan for) and an MTF chart to salivate over, coupled with CA correction, absence of barrel distortion and still no ghosting.
      Now, is that worth $2200 or not? You be the judge. I don’t need 1.4, and my 14-24 is “good enough”, but if I ever feel that 2.8 is not enough for me at 24mm, this is the lens to get.

    • jon

      +1

    • WoutK89

      I totally agree, people ask, people get, but they dont take the it when Nikon prices it like expected?

    • zeeGerman

      There is nothing wrong with the price of the 24mm. Sure it’s not for everyone, but this won’t come as a surprise for Nikon. This is a high-class wide angle prime that makes Nikon very very attractive to any mid format shooter that haven’t updated to the latest digital back yet.
      if 24mp is enough, for now, Nikon is with the 14-24mm f/2.8 and the 24mm f/1.4 a very interesting substitute for a mid format camera at a fraction of its price. If the 50mm f/1.2 holds to be true, it will be even more attractive.

      Very well done Nikon, very well. And you too, Admin, great coverage!

  • http://www.jason-laroche-photography.co.uk jason

    a dont no what you guys think of all the rumors but im getting the impression that there isnt going to be a D700s D700x D800 or a D900 until at least the end of the year which is rather sad and it looks like i’ll be having to order the D300s+battery grip which is fine as i’ll have the FX format & DX format covered but id rather have the D800 or if we are all really lucky the D3Xs woooow now that is worth waiting for NIKON is by far the BEST

  • Niko

    Looking at the spec for 16-35, this thing is as long and large as Canon 24-70 which is one of the bulkier lenses in Canon’s line-up. The new lens is also as heavy as Canon 70-200 f4 IS !! Its price is twice that of $600 Canon 17-40mm. It is such heavy, and voluminous (sp?) lens when professional PJ and landscape shooters are all crying for lighter and more compact form. The addition of VR alone cannot justify such high price. Such stabilizer feature is more desirable in long lenses not wide zooms. This thing better be sharp sharp sharp at the corners wide open, or else…–sigh–

    • WoutK89

      “Its price is twice that of $600 Canon 17-40mm”

      and we have another winner. And now make a fair comparison, two lenses, similar specs (focal length, aperture, stabilization) and similar age. Maybe you will see in a year, the Nikon will have dropped in price, while the Canon is probably still the same price, or not dropped as much as the Nikon did.

    • http://micahmedia.com Micah

      Well the Canon isn’t even worth what they’re asking for it! It’s crap in the corners on full frame. I was smart for the time as an inexpensive stop gap lens for people with crop and full frame canon bodies. It’s always had lackluster performance. Don’t believe me, try one. The 17-35 is sharper. And I’m not even blown away by the 17-35 either.

      If Nikon have made a lens that out-performs the 17-40 and 17-35, then it’s already worth the price tag. But really it’d be a steal if it was better, since it’s got VR–something even Canon can’t claim.

  • Kevin

    If you are making a dumb comment regarding genuine fractals than you obviously have not used the program before. Do you know that some of those rather large presidential pictures of obama were taken with a 12mp camera. Funny how a 12mp camera is good enough for that but not good enough for the average amateur photographer. Heck even most pro’s don’t really need 24mp.

    Comparing cameras that NASA might use in comparison to what the average DSLR owner needs and should require is hardly a good comparison. Hell they’d spend 100 million dollars on glass for a lens.

    It gets to the point where you get pixel quality or pixel quantity. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the pixels on a D3s gather twice as much light as a D3x.

    If you think you “need” a 24mp camera you’ll be very disappointed when you learn it won’t make your pictures look any better. If you truly needed that huge 24mp sensor you would have no problem paying the premium for a camera as great as the D3x is.

    • http://www.d800.com The invisible man.

      I did not vote for Obama but I think you’re right, I’m already looking for a D1 on Ebay, 2.1mp is good enough (if you use Fractals of course).

    • http://micahmedia.com Micah

      12mp is more than you need for portraits. For landscape and products, 24+ would be a boon.

  • Anonymous

    This lens kind of makes me wonder why they wouldn’t have put VR into the 10-24mm for DX users. It would have been that much more advantageous due to the lesser iso capabilities of DX sensors.

    That and this 16-35 lens will only be a couple hundred more than the 10-24 which now seems more over priced than it did before. I could find the 10-24′s price more bearable if it had VR. That would also differentiate it some more from the 12-24.

    • WoutK89

      I dont know where you shop, but here, the 10-24 is 20% cheaper than the 12-24. So isn’t that differentiation enough?

      • Anonymous

        I live in Canada, and here the two are about the same price.~ $1000 for the 12-24, ~$950 for the 1024.

        The new 16-35 suggested Canadian price is $1399, but they rarely sell for the suggested price. I’d expect it to be maybe $1250 CAD when it arrives.

        As an example, the 24-70 suggested price is $1950 but it sells for $1765. Similar situation with the 14-24.

        I’d think that there should probably be greater than a $300 difference in price between the 10-24 and the 16-35 given that the latter has better build quality, constant aperture, and VR. That’s all I was trying to get at. To me, the 10-24 should be around $750-$800 Canadian. At $950 it feels overpriced.

        • WoutK89

          Here the difference will be more like 600 euro between the Dx and Fx lens

    • Dweeb

      That’s what I was thinking. The new lens with pro build and VRII etc. is only a few hundred more than the made in China half frame DX 10-24. How loud can you scream rip off?

  • Joe

    Anyone know when the 16-35mm going to be available?

    • WoutK89

      Late february

      • Magnuss

        That sux when I mas wait so long time when 24f 1.4 will arrive

        • WoutK89

          March, even longer wait, good luck

  • Bjorn

    Curious Nikon, where exactly is this alleged big surprise? I was hoping to see a large sensor compact camera from you that’d rival Sigma’s DP line.

  • ZinhaEq

    My personal opinion is that Nikon will surprise us this year for sure. If there were no DSLRs presented at the time being, there will for sure be big surprises untill the end of the year. And I am sure Nikon will know how to use this precious time to make Nikon DSLRs much much better. I am sure about that. Just stay calm and relax.

    • C Benson

      I will agree with you that Nikon will bring out a new cameras sometime this year or next year. But my main concern is the rumors, that will presented it self during the course of the year. There will be good rumors and bad rumors during the year or next. I’m concern about the bad rumors because people will take the rumors at face value, even though the rumors not true. I’m also concern that people will get frustrated because of these rumors. My advise to everyone who wants to present a rumor, please get your facts straight before you present your rumors to the forums. That’s all I ask.

      Thank You

  • Chris

    OMG 2200$ for a 24mm fixed? holly sh****! Ok it have AFS, ED, , but why so expensive?! The 1,4 50mm just cost 400 $…. 800 for this feller is ok, but 2200 is to much…. ! realy!

    In that case, i buy the Sigma 24mm 1,8.. its not the best, but good enough…

    Yes I’m suprised – not about the 24mm 1,4 – about the price….

    • http://micahmedia.com Micah

      Have you noticed the price on the 28/1.4? This is supposed to be better, and if it is, it’ll be worth it…to some.

  • hzm

    The lenses looks great,, but any new about the new DSLR Fx camera?

  • http://www.d800.com The invisible man.

    I don’t know if you guys’ ve seen the picture Nikon use to promote the 16-35mm (the statue of liberty), it’s awful !
    Even my 5 years old daugther will do better.
    I think it’s a marketing trick:
    “You see the ugly picture we took with our new 16-35mm !
    It look like one of your pictures ! So buy our new zoom lens !”
    Same as the “match.com” adds pictures, it use to be cute girls but now they are advertising ugly girls “see, you can’t date a cute girl but what about that ugly one ?”
    :o)

    • http://micahmedia.com Micah

      What Statue of Liberty shot? I don’t see it anywhere…

      • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

        Nikon ent out an email about the two new lenses with sample shots.

  • http://www.tischhaus.com Jayrod Tish

    So do you recommend buying the 17-35 2.8 now? I would imagine the price might spike up now that its replacement is 4.0 and is cheaper….

  • http://www.proconlists.com/ Bryan

    I create a pro con lists about this new lens to help me decide if it is worth it. it is super expensive… http://www.proconlists.com/list/consumer-electronics/nikon-af-s-nikkor-24mm-/6

  • Tom

    The d3x is starting to approach the resolution of medium format cameras. Checkout the price of medium format prime lenses. That should put the price of the new 24mm into context as the lens was designed to be sharp on the d3x, and probably any follow on camera with even higher resolution.

    • Tom

      Oh, and both lenses now show up at B&H.

      • SZRimaging

        I didn’t find them just now. What is up with that?

  • Ed

    A very important question people. When the 70-200mm VR2 came out, how is the pricing on it? If I recall correctly (which I’m checking right now) the pricing seems to vary. The 70-200mm VR2 has dropped in price as of now (by a hundred dollars or so).

    I expect that the 24mm 1.4′s $2000+ price tag is only MSRP and the resellers and sellers will charge full price right off the bat and will slowly go down (but to a certain level where it can’t go any lower of course).

  • …….!

    ….its time to switch….

  • Sarge

    I wonder how it will compare to my NIkon 28mm f1.4 in terms of low-light AF, bokeh, and sharpness at 1.4.

    I’m guessing the new 24mm will have softer bokeh, but otherwise I can’t imagine it being much of an improvement in IQ…

  • http://www.photoshelter.com/c/singaporephotography singapore photograph

    impressive specs….

  • yt

    $2200 for the 24mm, more expensive than canon? Why would I stay here… come on

    • http://micahmedia.com Micah

      Well, Nikon had to choose between making a better lens than Canon or cheaper. If it were just the same, I’d agree. But I suspect Nikon brought the goods with this one.

  • Mehmet

    Check out Nikon 16-35mm first report from Bob Krist

    http://www.bobkrist.com/blog/fast-wide-and-handsome-ii/

  • tad_2358

    I’m curious if I can use this 24mm f/1.4 for wedding on D300 body? Fast lens is a key in wedding shots, but could I use only one in curch for eg.? I know it’s expensive but the only one should be interesting try. What you think?

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