Nikon have announced the AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens, an even impressive sounding optic for the enthusiast photographer shooting with a DX format camera. For those not in need of a wide-angle capability, this focal-length range up to 200mm has already proved popular with many DX format shooters. Here is the official announcement:
AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300MM F/4.5-5.6G ED VR: EXTENDING THE REACH
RRP: £369.99 / €438
Sales start date: 2nd September 2010
Nikon UK today announces a new super telephoto zoom lens – the AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR. With a focal length ranging from 55mm to 300mm (equivalent to 82.5mm to 450mm on DX format D-SLRs) it enables the user to really get up close and personal with distant subjects.
Zurab Kiknadze, Product Manager Lenses, Accessories & Software, Nikon Europe BV, says: “The AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR is a really useful and economical second lens alongside today’s standard 18-55mm kit lenses, enabling coverage of all subjects both near and far. The compact dimensions and lightweight construction make it an ideal choice for the compact D-SLR customer.”
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The 5.5 times zoom ratio offers flexibility by drastically extending the telephoto reach. With 300mm (450mm equivalent on DX format cameras when compared to 35mm format) at the telephoto end, this lens leads the way in affordable and portable telephoto photography, ideal for family sport events and holidays.
Incorporating the latest VR II (second generation Vibration Reduction) technology, the lens delivers sharper images when the camera is hand-held. This is especially useful when using slower shutter speeds at longer focal lengths, or when shooting in low light.
The AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR incorporates Nikon’s SWM (Silent Wave Motor). This ensures that the autofocus is fast and quiet so you don’t miss that crucial moment, nor draw attention to yourself in more private settings.
The AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR incorporates high quality ED and new HRI (High Refractive Index) glass elements to help deliver crisp images, even under harsh lighting conditions. The lens has a weather sealed mount, which prevents moisture and dust infiltrating the lens or camera sensor.
Ready for adventure, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR is an affordable and compact lens that will be a welcome addition to any camera bag. The lens is supplied with HB-57 lens hood to prevent flare in strong light and a lens pouch for safe storage and transportation. The lens will also be available in zoom kits with Nikon’s popular D-SLR range.
Focal length 55-300mm (35mm format equivalent 82.5-450mm)
Maximum aperture f/4.5-5.6
Minimum aperture f/22-29
Lens construction 17 elements in 11 groups (with two ED glass elements and one HRI lens element)
Angle of view 28°50’-5°20’
Closest focus distance 1.4m / 4.6ft.
Max reproduction ratio 0.28x
Diaphragm blades 9 (rounded)
Focusing AF with built in SWM and Manual focus
Filter/attachment size 58mm
Diameter x length Approx. 76.5 x 123 mm
Weight Approx. 530g / 18.7oz.