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Press Release - April 20, 2005

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Nikon Expands Its Nikkor Lens Line Up; Introduces Two New DX Lenses to Compliment the New D50 Digital SLR Camera

MELVILLE, NY, APRIL 20, 2005 – Nikon Inc. ( today unveiled two new DX format Nikkor lenses to accompany its growing line of digital SLR cameras, including the new D50™. The AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED and AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED lenses deliver legendary Nikkor optical performance within ultra-compact, lightweight and affordable designs, to provide superb picture quality for Nikon digital SLR photographers. These two new lenses join a growing line-up of DX Nikkor lenses that are designed and optimized for Nikon’s Digital SLR cameras.

"Memorable pictures rely on several factors that certainly begin with an expertly engineered camera equipped with a superior lens. Nikon SLR cameras and Nikkor interchangeable lenses work in perfect concert to make remarkable photography possible for anyone. Nikkor lenses are famous for their ability to record breathtaking sharpness, balanced with optimal contrast, accurate and consistent color, all to significantly improve overall image quality," said Edward Fasano, General Manager of Marketing at Nikon Inc. "Nikon’s new AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED and AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED lenses incorporate the same quality and exclusive optical technologies that have made Nikkor lenses world renowned among professional photographers."

AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED

Nikkor AF-S 18-55mm

Nikkor AF-S 18-55mm

Available in black or silver

Pre-packaged as an ideal companion lens for the new D50 digital SLR camera, the new AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED is a versatile zoom lens created for a broad range of consumers ranging from occasional weekend snap-shooters to the avid photo enthusiast. It is an ultra-compact, lightweight standard zoom lens with a 3x zoom range that is ideal for everyday photography. With a popular 18-55mm focal length range, the lens can be conveniently used to photograph everything from wide angle landscapes to portraits and is well suited for use at parties, on vacation, and other occasions.

AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED Specifications
Focal length18-55mm (equivalent to a 27-82.5mm lens in 35mm format)
Maximum aperturef/3.5-5.6
Minimum aperturef/22-38
Lens construction7 elements in 5 groups (one ED glass element, one aspherical lens element)
Picture angle76° - 28°50’
Minimum focus range0.28m (11 in./0.9 ft.)
Max. reproduction ratio1/3.2 (0.31)
Attachment size52mm
Dimensions (approx.)69 x 74mm (2.7 x 2.9 in.)
Weight (approx.)210g (6.8 oz.)
Included accessories52mm Snap-on front lens cap (LC-52)
Optional accessories
52mm screw-in filters, Rear Cap (LF-1), Hood (HB-33), Semi soft case (CL-0715)

AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED

Nikon AF-S 55-200mm

Nikkor AF-S 55-200mm

Available in black or silver

The new AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED brings far-away subjects to the photographer without the burden of carrying a large telephoto lens. Zooming in on those elusive action shots at soccer or baseball games will fill the frame with images that would be otherwise impossible to capture. Its impressive zoom range of 55-200mm allows users the versatility to capture everything from razor-sharp candid portraits to sports, nature and even wildlife pictures. Despite its long zoom range, the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED is remarkably compact and lightweight, and proves to be a formidable companion to the instant responsiveness and the impressive speed of the new D50 digital SLR camera.

To ensure outstanding optical performance, both new lenses also feature Nikon’s exclusive Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass to minimize chromatic aberrations, and Silent Wave Motor technology (SWM) for fast, quiet auto-focusing. All of Nikon’s DX Nikkor lenses are optimized for the DX format sensors found in all Nikon digital SLR cameras, making the lens smaller, lighter and with exceptional center-to-edge-to-corner image quality and performance. With the addition of the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED and AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED lenses, Nikon photographers can choose from 50 Nikkor lenses, ranging from the amazing 10.5mm f/2.8G ED AF DX Fisheye to the astounding 600mm f/4D ED-IF AF-S II super Telephoto.

AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED Specifications
Focal length55-200mm (equivalent to an 82.5-300mm lens in 35mm format)
Maximum aperturef/4-5.6
Minimum aperturef/22-32
Lens construction13 elements in 9 groups (two ED glass elements)
Picture angle28°50’ - 8°
Minimum focus range0.95m (3.1 ft.)
Max. reproduction ratio1/3.5 (0.28)
Attachment size52mm
Dimensions (approx.)68 x 79mm (2.7 x 3.1 in.)
Weight (approx.)255g (9 oz.)
Included accessories52mm Snap-on front lens cap (LC-52), Rear Cap (LF-1), Hood (HB-34), Semi soft case (CL-0815)
Optional accessories
52mm screw-in filters

Both AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED and AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED lenses will be available in June 2005 for an estimated selling price of .95 and .95*, respectively. For more information about Nikon and the Nikkor brand of optics, please visit

About Nikon

Nikon, At the Heart of the Image™. Nikon Inc. is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Inc. distributes the Nikon Total Imaging System of consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, Nikkor optics, Speedlights and System Accessories; Nikon Coolpix® compact digital cameras; Coolscan® digital film scanners; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics. At the heart of every Nikon camera is Nikon’s Exclusive Feature System, making it easy for anyone to take amazing digital pictures. Through the Nikon Spirit Initiative™, the company, plays an active role in supporting aspiring and advanced photographers through a variety of philanthropic organizations, educational programs, events and workshops. For more information, dial (800) NIKON-US or visit, which links all levels of photographers to the web's most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities.

* Using JPEG NORMAL - Large settings, and a SanDisk Ultra II SD Card (256MB). The number of continuous shots possible in a single burst may be fewer depending on the type of SD card used.

** 2,000 images per charge achieved under following test conditions:

Fully charged EN-EL3 battery; temperature of 20°C (68°F); Zoom-Nikkor AF-S DX 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G SG IF ED lens; continuous shooting mode; continuous-servo autofocus; image quality set to JPEG BASIC; image size set to Medium; shutter speed 1/250 sec.; shutter release pressed halfway for three seconds and focus cycled from infinity to minimum range three times with each shot; monitor turned on for five seconds after six shots and then turned off; cycle repeated once exposure meters have turned off.

*** Estimated selling prices listed are only an estimate. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

†NEF images taken with the D50 require Nikon Capture 4 (Ver. 4.3) or later.

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