Tif­fen Apex Fil­ter

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Hot on the heels of the AF-S 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR, Nikon has launched re­designed 500mm and 600mm lenses. All three lenses sport flu­o­rite el­e­ments, which shed weight while re­tain­ing op­ti­mum im­age qual­ity. At 3.81kg, this 600mm is al­most iden­ti­cal in weight to the 400mm, but marginally wider and 74mm longer, at 166x432mm. It’s also some 25 per cent lighter than Nikon’s pre­ced­ing 600mm. The loss of 1.25kg en­ables eas­ier han­dling, es­pe­cially as the bal­ance is shifted away from the front of the lens. Hand­held shoot­ing is much more com­fort­able, although the lens comes with a mount­ing col­lar and tri­pod foot. A shorter mono­pod foot is also supplied, along with a car­bon fi­bre lens hood, car­ry­ing strap and hard case.

The con­trol lay­out makes ad­vanced set­tings (like A/M, M/A and M fo­cus­ing) easily ac­ces­si­ble. VR (Vi­bra­tion Re­duc­tion) op­tions in­clude nor­mal and ‘sport’ modes, and gave a four-stop ad­van­tage in our tests. Other fin­ery in­cludes a fo­cus-range lim­iter switch and four AF but­tons. Aut­o­fo­cus is rapid de­spite a long travel for the fo­cus ring that en­ables pre­cise man­ual ad­just­ments. In our tests, sharp­ness fell just short of lab scores from the 400mm lens. Con­trast is ex­cel­lent and all other as­pects of im­age qual­ity are im­pres­sive. It’s the all-time best 600mm prime lens for Nikon D-SLRs.

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Tif­fen’s Os­car-win­ning fil­ter tech­nol­ogy is now avail­able in its new XLE range: Apex, Ad­van­tix and Ax­ent. The names might sound silly, but these fil­ters en­able you to shoot long-ex­po­sure im­ages of ex­cep­tional qual­ity in bright sun­light. The Apex is the most colour-neu­tral of the range and fea­tures a stan­dard near-in­frared blocker and ‘Hot Mir­ror’. These fea­tures help elim­i­nate the in­flu­ence of colour casts that are caused by in­frared light when tak­ing a long ex­po­sure.

Tele­photo prime lens

£9650, $12300


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