NIKON’S NEW TILT

Camera - - WHAT’S NEW -

a new ad­di­tion to its line-up of per­spec­tive con­trol (PC) lenses, and an up­graded ver­sion of the 70-200mm f2.8 tele­zoom. The new PC Nikkor 19mm f4.0E ED of­fers the widest an­gle-ofview in the PC/PC-E se­ries, giv­ing an ex­pan­sive 97 degrees on a ful­l35mm for­mat sen­sor (i.e. ‘FX’ Nikon D-SLRs). It can be shifted through a range of +/-12 mm and tilted through +/-7.5 degrees, plus the tilt ad­just­ment can now be ro­tated in­de­pen­dently of that for shift, al­low­ing for both ver­ti­cal and hor­i­zon­tal tilts. The 17-el­e­ment op­ti­cal con­struc­tion in­cludes two as­pher­i­cal types and three made from ex­tra-low dis­per­sion op­ti­cal glass to cor­rect for, re­spec­tively, dis­tor­tion and chro­matic aber­ra­tions. A flu­o­rine coat­ing is ap­plied to the ex­posed el­e­ment sur­faces to help re­pel mois­ture and grease. Nikon’s ‘Nano Crys­tal Coat’ multi-coat­ing re­duces ghost­ing and flare.

The new PC lens is fully com­pat­i­ble with the Nikon D5, D4 se­ries, D3 se­ries, D810 se­ries and D500 cam­era bod­ies, but some lim­i­ta­tions ap­ply to ear­lier bod­ies due to me­chan­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence be­tween the lens and cam­era (and some mod­els can­not be used at all).

The new AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8E FL ED VR zoom in­cor­po­rates re­vi­sions to both its me­chan­i­cal and op­ti­cal de­signs. It has mag­ne­sium al­loy bar­rel tubes and is fully sealed against dust and mois­ture with a grease-re­pel­lent flu­o­rine coat­ing ap­plied to the ex­posed front and rear el­e­ment sur­faces. On the inside is an up­dated op­ti­cal im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion sys­tem (a.k.a. ‘Vi­bra­tion Re­duc­tion’) which gives up to four stops of cor­rec­tion for cam­era shake (up from 3.5 stops). The aper­ture di­aphragm is elec­tro­mag­net­i­cally-con­trolled for faster op­er­a­tion and greater shot-toshot ac­cu­racy. The 22-el­e­ment op­ti­cal con­struc­tion in­cludes a new flu­o­rite and a new high re­frac­tive in­dex (HRI) type, plus six made from Ex­tra-Low Dis­per­sion (ED) glass to pro­vide a high de­gree of cor­rec­tion for var­i­ous types of aber­ra­tion. Nikon’s ‘Nano Crys­tal Coat’ multi-coat­ing min­imises ghost­ing and flare. Con­se­quently, Nikon says that the new 70-200mm f2.8 delivers “even bet­ter res­o­lu­tion through­out the en­tire zoom range than the AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8G ED VR II which is well-known for its su­pe­rior res­o­lu­tion, and yet still con­sis­tently main­tains that res­o­lu­tion all the way to the edges of the frame”.

The new model also features Nikon’s ‘Silent Wave Mo­tor’ (SWM) ul­tra­sonic aut­o­fo­cus­ing drive, a full­time man­ual fo­cus over­ride, as­sign­a­ble func­tion but­tons for fo­cus­ing op­er­a­tions, a zoom lock and a nine-blade di­aphragm for smoother out-of-fo­cus ef­fects. It ac­cepts 77 mm di­am­e­ter screwthread fil­ters and weighs 1.43 kilo­grams in­clud­ing a de­tach­able tri­pod-mount­ing bracket.

Both new Nikkor mod­els are avail­able in Aus­tralia now. Visit www.mynikon­life.com.au

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