NIKON’S NEW TILT
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