Two new Nikon lenses on June 28th? *updated*

Nikkor AF-S 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens

Nikkor AF-S DX 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Update: The initially reported June 28th date is actually the release/on-sale date for the two new lenses according to digicame-info, the announcement should happen earlier.

According to, Nikon will announce their new 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 and 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6 lenses on June 28th, 2012. The previously rumored June 15th announcement will probably be for the 70 million Nikkor lenses milestone.

Here are some new Nikkor AF-S 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lens specs:

  • Camera shake correction VR with 4 stops shutter speed compensation
  • SWM AF motor
  • Lens design: 11 - 16 elements, ED element
  • Internal focusing
  • Minimum aperture: f/22-29
  • Filter diameter: 72mm
  • Minimum focusing distance: 0.38m
  • Lens diameter: 78mm
  • Lens length: 82mm
  • Weight: 465 gr.
  • Lens hood: HB-63
  • Lens case: CL-1118
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  • Dear Nikon,

    Where’s the 300 f4 VR, 80-400 AF-S VR or 400 f5.6 .

    regards etc etc

    • Psycho McCrazy

      +10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 (I’m running out of zeros)

    • Jimmy

      They’re over at Canon.

      On you go now, there’s a good lad.

      • I have already priced it all out. Nikon have until I save up the funds!

    • Please sir, can I have some consumer telephoto?

      • Henri108

        Consumer telephoto’s already exist: they are called teleconverters or a nikon V1… Very cheap and can convert a 70-200 (old vri1 version is very cheap) to a 140-400 or to a 378- 1080 on a V1 w/ teleconverter. that would be an f/5.6 I think for around 2000 dollars in total with teleconverter, V1 and 70-200 VR1!!

        • I wouldn’t call a TC a consumer item. They are cost the same as a mid range lens and require a top end lens to work well.

          • Henri108

            it’s a lot cheaper than switching to canon for some stupid telephoto’s and you have the whole range!!! the canon 300 f/4 is still 1500 dollars… Think my option is same price, but you have a lot more range.

      • Andrey

        What about a very descent 70-300 vr? Or you are talking about 400mm focal length?

        • I’m hoping for a TC compatible 300 or 400 with VR and decent sharpness.

        • … that won’t break the bank.
          (i.e. not f2.8 and the price of a subcompact car)

    • Nino N.

      +1 for the 300mm f/4 VR

    • Me

      Stop telling Nikon what to make, just use what they offer.

    • plug

      +1 for 300 f4, 400 f5.6, both with VR

    • PAG

      Yes! Yes! A million times yes. I have a credit card and I know how to use it. I’d scoop up at least 2 of those lenses in a heartbeat.

    • Anonymous

      Who cares…

    • 400 f5.6 vr would be sweet! Or 200-400 f4.5-5.6, or any zoom to 400 5.6 as long as it’s sharp at the long end.

    • Arjen

      Dear people asking for lenses.

      There are 3 options when asking Nikon for a new lens:

      1: Low price / weight
      2: Long focal distance zoom
      3: Sharp over the entire frame / large diaphragm over the entire range

      You are only allowed to pick 2

  • Sam

    We don’t need those lenses.

    • Jørgen

      Yes, we need more leses we can’t afford,

      • D600 =$1499

        BTW admin, what’s the price of 24-85?

        • I have bo pricing info, my guess: under $1000, maybe $699?

          • D600 =$1499

            Possible, so the D600 Kit costs you $2200. That’s extremely tempting! Thanks for the info.
            I am holding on to my present D80, resisting upgrade urge for a while.. ( To upgrade my body to D7000 and to get that wide angle ~ 24 in FX, I will any ways have to spend $2000.. So why should not I get the D600+kit and retain only my FF primes. :))

            • Photoguy

              The D600 will not be even close to $1500.

            • Same boat, dude.

    • Kon_head

      You might not NEED these lens, but Nikon do, these are their bread & butter lens to attract & convert P&S shooter. Without these junkie lenses, how did they sell from 60 to 70 millions so quickly?

      • WoutK89

        They didn’t sell, they produced 70million lenses

    • John

      I do – don’t know who you are referring to when you say “we”.

      Really like my 24-85/3.5-4.5AFS, but I’d love to get VR and better IQ with a new design that is only slightly heavier and slightly bigger.

  • R

    where is 16-35 2.8 !!!

    • St.

      16-35 2.8 and 24-70 2.8 vr – looking forward to see those two.
      and it would be even better if the upcoming 24-85mm is 2.8 as well.
      that I would buy right away.

      • Specially the 16-35, it’s my sweet spot focal range for FX

      • I_Finally_Got_D800

        both 2.8 lenses once made with VR, would have a MSRP of $2299 at least.

    • Jason

      There is already an excellent 17 – 35 f2.8D its been a classic for over 10 years. its right here in front of me. Why do we need a 16 – 35mm f2.8 . I don’t need VR and shoot FX. Am I missing something?

      • WoutK89

        You are not a tech-head, you are a photographer, what are you doing on NikonRumors being sensible? 😀

    • Sam

      yeahh 16-35 f/2.8 would be nice but the f/4 is so gooooood!!

      • Sam

        by the way this lens is in my travel lenses setup

        16-35 f/4
        50 f/1.4
        70-300 f/4.5-5.6

        Light and usefull

    • Richard M

      AF-S 17-35 2.8 is still current and a great lens. One of the best Nikon has ever made.

  • jetelinho

    wanted 85 mm f/1,8 & promised to buy one when it is out – I DID! (& am glad I did :-)) ).

    NOW I would like to have a 18/20/22 f/1,8 at similar price (´N´ would be worth considering the purpouse of such length/angle) …

    well … & the d600??? since it is the same quality (or better) body as d300(s) & with ISO 2000-2500 as the d300(s) is at approx. ISO 400/500 would be also worth consideration … :-))


    • good luck with a 18mm f1.8 for 800 bucks….

      maybe it would rather be 2000 😉

    • jorg

      hrhrhr “V R waiting” = good one

  • NikonFanboy

    HI Admin,

    thanks for you update…..I realy appreciate the painstaking effor in gather all the info…


    • very welcome, thanks for being a reader

  • They never listen to us :|.They need to update their old AF-D lenses like 16mm F2.8 ,20mm ,35mmF 2 (for FX) ,AF-S lenses like 80-400mm ,300mm f4 with VR .

    Right now I’m in the market of Fish eye lens for FX and I’m almost forced to get 16mm AF-D F2.8 which they started making in 1993.Yes ,I know lenses never gets old ,but still they should update their old line up with newer tech such as AF-S,N coating ,ED etc .

    • Richard M

      Really don’t need AF-S for a fisheye. It will only make the lens bulky. One improvement that would be useful on the 16mm (I’ve used one for years) is closer focussing.

      Even better would be an FX equivalent of the Tokina DX 10-17 FE zoom. I’ve stuck a Teleplus PRO 300 1.4X converter on mine so that I can use it with my D800. Works well but an FX 15-25 FE with close focussing would be wonderful.

  • JeroenW

    Doesn’t matter what nikon puts out. If they did come with a sub-$1000 18mm f1.8 the crowd here would be all over it to bash it for having a plastic mount or no VR.

    The 24-85 might be interesting if the price is right, the focal and aperture range are interesting on FX and DX. The 18-300 could steal away some market share from sigma and tamron and might even replace the 18-200.

    But, to stay with the traditions here. Where’s the 100-400 equivalent? Where’s an affordable DX prime that’s truly wideangle?

    • That focal length is only good for FX, as far as DX is concered 24mm on DX is pretty long .

      • Michael

        Better than the 35 1.8 DX

        • you’re comparing apple with ONIONS :p

  • WouterJ

    Will there be a red or pink version of these lenses? I think my GF would love them 😉

  • friendly

    I have a friend waiting for the 18-300 to come out.

  • nuno santacana

    The 18-300 will come attached to a D400

    The 24-85 will come attached to a D600

    And I will be detached from my wallet.

    • dimitrii1130

      18-300 attached to a d400….? I think you mean d3200…

      • The current 18-200 comes also comes attached to a D300s, isn’t that different

    • ggweci

      “The 24-85 will come attached to a D600”

      Make it $2K and I’ll seriously have to consider make the jump to FX. That combo, with the 50 1.8G, would be a very nice starter kit.

  • jason

    Is this a “just make a lens” competition?… zoom coverage and aperture is all over the map. Not systematic to help build a useful collection of lens… like 14-24, 24-70, 70-200

  • The kit lenses for the future D600 and D7100/D400

  • PattoDesu

    I wish they would let us know if there’ll be a D400, before releasing the 18-300. If I stay with DX (only if they make a D400), I want the 18-300 to go with it. If so, I’d buy the lens now. If there is no D400, I’m moving up to the D600 in which case I don’t want to spend any more money on DX lenses.

    • I_Finally_Got_D800

      18-300 on a D800/D600 may not be a bad idea either, when one’s too lazy to pack the f/2.8 monster zooms for just a walk in the park….

    • 120-300 os for Nikon

      Plus one or much more than one.

    • Richard M

      Don’t hold out for a DX D400. There will be a D7100 instead.

      • TBO

        Meh, as long as they continue to make nice DX bodies, I don’t care what they are called. If the D7100 is the top of the line DX, then hopefully it will get the D4 / D800 focusing system. If so I would think long and hard about that…

  • Fred

    the 18-300 isn’t ‘VR’ but ‘KR’. It’s for Roswell to use with his D40.
    D3200 would be too high a resolution to use with this lens.

    • Zograf

      No, he uses D3200 in 6MP mode – just like the old good D40 ))

    • St.

      He is a Canon troll already…

  • Jason

    I have to admit to being quite excited when I saw the headlines “2 new Nikon lenses” announced. Imagine my disappointment when I saw these.
    There is so much the range is lacking. Lets have another 18 – 300. Hey the 18 – 200 was so popular (thanks to Rockwell) Crap at short range, mediocre in the mid-range and crap at long range. with soft edges throughout. The “swiss army knife” its all you’ll ever need!!!
    The yawn factor for these couple insignificant lumps is huge. Time for a siesta…

  • Larry

    I’m holding out for the 11-500 f/2.8 VR

    • henri108

      Nice one… 🙂

    • Gary

      Larry, I’m with you. Just pre-ordered mine at C&H, Andromeda, and Amason – so shouldn’t have long to wait.

    • Boyan

      Damn, beat me to it. I was thinking of f/2 but I guess f/2.8 will have to do. That way I will never have to remove the lens from my D800 and can never get dust on the sensor. Plus think about the “walkabout” functionality. That pesky 50/1.8 requires that I actually think about the image and need to take a few steps back or forth. With a lens like what you propose I can just stay inside my apartment 10 stories up, peep at the pedestrians down below on my 30″ computer screen (wired for full HDMI output of course) and then just press the trigger when I need to. Bliss…

    • Susan

      Me too! Heard it’s gonna be lightweight, weather sealed, super sharp at all focal lengths and under $1000.

  • Ukj

    Where I’s the 16-85mm f4

    • Steve

      I’m wondering if that rumor was a mistake and we got the 24-85 instead ?

      • Mike

        I really hope not! Plus, the 16-85 VR is currently out of stock almost everywhere…
        My guess is that it will be announced together with the D7000 replacement. Still crossing my fingers 🙂

        • ggweci

          Yeah, I’d really like this lens. Would be a great walkaround for any of the DX camera.

          Add the 35 1.8 for low light (already have) and 85 1.8 for portraits and my setu would be complete.

  • Mike

    Here’s hoping for a 24mm f/1.8 DX and a somewhat compact 16-85 f/4 DX.

  • coyotepoop

    i carried the 18-200 on my D300 for years. while not as sharp as my current set-up (a real “man’s” camera-lens kit: D800 w/ 24 & 85 1.4s), the zoom was sure handy and fast for web-work.

    one of the things i really liked about the 18-200 was being able to use the pop-up flash as a fill.

    any clue if the 18-300 is too long/wide so that it might block the pop-up at wider settings?

  • an onymous

    Going to be interesting see how the 24-85 f/3.5-4.5 compares on price and quality to 24-120 f/4

  • Darryl

    Where’s the 100-400 or 70-400? Canon is selling tons of 70-400’s to aviation & bird photographers and this factor determines which camera they buy.

    • What is Canon?

      Canon have a 70-400? I thought they only had a 100-400 or 70-300.

  • Raizee

    Where’s the wide angle DX prime? 😛

    • c.d.embrey

      This is a question DX users have been asking for a long, long time 🙁

    • Yoan

      My dream would be a 8/9/10/11mm f/2.8 or f/4 lens…

      • GQT

        There is no need for an UWA DX prime lens if you get a FX camera.

  • c.d.embrey

    When will Nikon release a 20mm f/1.8G to replace the aging 20mm f/2.8D ???

    • Anything from 14mm to 24mm, f1.8 to f2.8, DX, and affordable like the latest 35 and 50 mili!

      My personal dream would be a small AF-S DX 18mm f1.8 at $300, as a counterpart to the FX 28mm f1.8 at $700 – not every lens has to be overpriced, and Nikon has proved so in the past. You CAN have fast, sharp AND cheap primes on DX.

  • jorg

    lookin at the new 24-85… Who is this guy called ED??

  • MB

    If Nikon is to release consumer FX camera they need to have kit lens to match and this 24-85 VR is the way to go, 24-120 is too heavy and to0 expensive.
    People currently looking at 18-200 will go for 18-300 for sure, and we can not blame Nikon for making profit.
    I am not so sure about 16-85 f/4, Nikon already has 16-85 f/3.5-5.6 that is better IQ and wider then 18-200 but it is not selling too well in comparison.
    Also good wide (or other primer) DX lens would be expensive, just remember Micro 85 DX VR it is everything one could want from z macro lens at a price but it just does not sell.

    • Richard M

      Why do you think the 85 doesn’t sell? I have suggested it to a couple of friends who use DX but neither of them were interested. They either go for the 60 or 105 micros. I use both of these on FX. The 105 is a beast for DX use and the 85 makes more sense to me. Particularly if you have just one micro.

      • MB

        85 is just not cheap enough to be a disposable lens and most DX users are looking forward to FX so they invest in future and buy full frame 60 or 105 lenses.

  • Reilly Diefenbach

    Whoo, 3.3 inches long, I want one!

    • That’s what she said

      Nah you want one longer than that bro.

  • The 24-85 appears to have a gasket at the rear. If it’s the same or better build quality as the 70-300VR, and less than 50,000yen, I’m getting it.

  • PhilK

    Speaking of lenses – and I know this is a bit off topic but we haven’t had a Samyang news item here for a while…

    Is it my imagination or is Samyang splicing images of a Nikkor AI lens into their 85mm 1.4 lens description page?!? Take a look at the top of this page:

    • PhilK

      Actually it looks like they’re using that same frame (and Nikkor AI lens image) to wrap all of their DSLR lens description pages.

  • BrD

    Dear Nikon,

    Please give us a DX wide angle prime.

    Thanks in advance…

  • Brian

    When I first looked at the 24-85, my first thought was the old 18-70. So it looks like it’s very plausible for a D600 to ship with a 24-85 “Kit Lens,” just like the Nikon D200 and 18-70.

  • MB

    This 24-85 image is a fake of course but we will see the real thing in a day or two so stay tuned 😉

  • HKer

    NPS Hong Kong has announced at midday 14 June: “New comers:AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR & AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR “.

  • HKer

    Technical specifications for both lenses are below

    Focal length
    18-300 mm
    Maximum aperture
    Minimum aperture
    Lens construction
    19 elements in 14 groups (including 3 aspherical lens elements and 3 ED lens elements)
    Angle of view
    76° – 5° 20′
    Nikon Internal Focusing (IF) System with autofocus controlled by Silent Wave Motor and separate focus ring for manual focus
    Minimum focus distance
    300 mm focal length: 0.45 m (1.48 ft) from focal plane
    Maximum reproduction ratio
    No. of diaphragm blades
    9 (rounded diaphragm opening)
    Filter-attachment size
    77 mm (P=0.75 mm)
    Approx. 83 mm diameter x 120 mm (distance from camera lens mount flange)
    Approx. 830 g (29.3 oz)

    Focal length
    24-85 mm
    Maximum aperture
    Minimum aperture
    Lens construction
    16 elements in 11 groups (including 1 ED lens element and 3 aspherical lens elements)
    Angle of view
    Nikon film SLR and FX-format D-SLR cameras: 84°-28°, Nikon DX-format D-SLR cameras: 61°-18°50′, IX240 system cameras: 71°-22°50′
    Nikon Internal Focusing (IF) System with autofocus controlled by Silent Wave Motor and separate focus ring for manual focus
    Minimum focus distance
    0.38 m (1.25 ft) from focal plane at all zoom positions
    Maximum reproduction ratio
    Approx. 0.22x
    No. of diaphragm blades
    7 (rounded diaphragm opening)
    Filter-attachment size
    72 mm (P=0.75 mm)
    Approx. 78 mm maximum diameter x 82 mm (distance from camera lens mount flange)
    Approx. 465 g (16.4 oz)

  • Dustin

    The MTF on both of these lenses leaves a lot to be desired. I think the speculation that the 24-85mm is a video lens is a pretty good assumption.

  • Ankit Gurung
  • d3c

    I know it’s just me but that body looks like an artistically modified D7000.

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