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Press Release - July 22, 2003




Nikon Announces World's First Super Telephoto AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED Lens With Vibration Reduction

New 2x Super Telephoto Lens Features Advanced Vibration Reduction (VR) and Silent Wave Motor Technology and Can Easily be 'Hand Held'

Nikkor AF-S VR 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED


MELVILLE, NY, July 22, 2003 - Nikon, (www.nikonusa.com), the world leader in photography, today announced the world's first AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED lens with Nikon's advanced Vibration Reduction (VR) technology and highly regarded Silent Wave Motor technology incorporated into a compact design that is easily hand held. Designed for news, sports/action, wildlife and nature photographers, this innovative new lens is based on a new optical system that features four ED glass elements.

Nikon's advanced VR technology overcomes one of the fundamental problems photographers face while photographing under conditions where it is difficult to hold the camera steady. VR technology eliminates image blur caused by camera shake, particularly when shooting in low-light conditions, allowing photographers to use shutter speeds up to three stops slower than they would ordinarily use to get sharp, well exposed images.

"Nikon's new AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED is a boon for professional sports/action photographers, photojournalists and nature photographers, or anyone who needs a super telephoto zoom. With its advanced VR technology, the lens not only allows photographers to use slower shutter speeds while producing tack sharp images, it also allows them to use faster shutter speeds with the added benefit of VR technology in well lit environments to freeze the action and further diminish any camera shake blur effect," said Richard LoPinto, vice president for SLR camera systems at Nikon Inc. "The addition of this lens to Nikon's Total Imaging System expands Nikkor optics' broad range of VR enabled lenses, with coverage from 24mm all the way up to 400mm," he added.

The VR technology in the AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED lens offers users a choice of either Normal or Active mode. Normal mode detects camera shake when the lens is hand held and the photographer is on a stable base. The Active mode goes a step further to detect vibration caused by photographing from a moving platform, such as a car or a helicopter. Its VR system is smart enough to detect a panning motion and correct vibration on the vertical axis. Its new optical system features four ED glass elements that minimizes chromatic aberration and produce high quality images. Through low dispersion characteristics the lens' color performance is enhanced by virtually eliminating secondary chromatic aberrations that are common to telephoto optics that do not include ED glass. This technology enhances image quality with added visible sharpness and contrast to the image.

In addition to VR technology and ED glass elements, the AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED lens includes a selection of Nikon advanced technologies such as Manual/Automatic mode, Silent Wave Motor Technology (SWM) and G-Type design (aperture control exclusively from camera body).

Offered exclusively in Nikon's AF-S optics, the Manual Automatic mode (M/A) allows for instant switching between autofocus and manual focus, virtually eliminating lag time in the transition and enabling photographers to make a last minute adjustment, even if the autofocus system has locked onto the subject.

This performance is complimented by Nikon's automatic Focus Tracking with Lock-on®, a technology that will enable the system to maintain sharp focus even if the subject is momentarily obscured from view, or if the camera's AF sensor momentarily moves off the main subject.

The AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED lens also features Nikon's Silent Wave Motor technology. This innovative technology is highly regarded by professional photographers for its silent and fast autofocusing with superior accuracy and ultra-quiet operation. This technology is exclusive to Nikkor optics and is incorporated in a large assortment of lenses that bear the AF-S mark.

The G-Type feature in this lens is designed for the newest Nikon SLR models, including both 35mm and digital, all of which feature a built in Sub- Command Dial, from which aperture control is possible. The design facilitates better lens handling, and helps photographers keep a more positive grip on the camera as they use their right index finger to adjust aperture. This firmer grip and excellent balance will help photographers get sharper images, even as they adjust exposure and quickly shoot their pictures.

Nikon now has a selection of Nikkor lenses featuring VR technology that cover a broad range of picture taking situations. This selection includes:

  • AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED

  • AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED

  • AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED

  • AF VR Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED

The AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED is fully compatible with all Nikon SLR models that include a built-in aperture control Command Dial. It will also operate using Shutter Priority and Program Mode operation in many Nikon models that do not have a built-in aperture control. The lens will be available in the fourth quarter of 2003.






Nikon Defies Convention; Announces Two New Wide-Angle Lenses Designed Exclusively For Nikon Digital SLR Cameras With DX Format Sensor

AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED - World's First Extreme Wide-Angle Fisheye Lens for Nikon Digital SLRs Offers 180° Diagonal Angle-of-View

AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED - World's First Lens to Offer 17-55mm Range, with 79°- 28°50' Angle-of-View

MELVILLE, NY, JULY 22, 2003 - Nikon (www.nikonusa.com), the world leader in photography, today introduced two revolutionary new wide-angle lenses designed exclusively for Nikon digital SLR cameras that feature Nikon's DX Format Sensor. The new AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED lens and the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens significantly expand Nikon's DX-Nikkor category of interchangeable lenses, and follow close on the heels of the recently introduced AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED lens. These three new DX-Nikkor lenses now offer Nikon digital SLR photographers the broadest wide-angle coverage available for digital SLR cameras, while significantly enhancing lens performance by optimizing them for digital cameras.

"With the introduction of the AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED lens and the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens, Nikon is fulfilling its promise of addressing photographers' needs for wider angle-of-view coverage in digital SLR cameras. These new lenses not only offer Nikon digital SLR photographers the broadest options for wide-angle coverage, but also significantly reduce the size of the lenses they have to carry," said Richard LoPinto, vice president of SLR camera systems, Nikon Inc. "Adding to the appeal of DX-Nikkor is their compatibility with all Nikon digital SLR's without any change in performance or angle-of-view," he added.

DX-Nikkor: Intelligent Engineering

Nikon engineers determined that by reducing the diameter of the lens' image circle (the image it projects on the DX format sensor), a range of lenses with practical size and excellent performance could be developed. Originally designed to address the market's need for wider angle-of-view, high-performance optics for digital SLR photography, DX-Nikkor lenses offer advantages of compact and lightweight design, fast aperture and fast autofocus through Nikon's Silent Wave Motor design. By optimizing them for Nikon's DX-format image sensors used in all Nikon D-series digital SLR's, these lenses achieve outstanding center-to-edge-to-corner image quality. All DX-Nikkor lenses are compatible with all Nikon D-series digital SLR cameras, including the D1, D1X, D1H, D100 and the new high-speed D2H.

AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED



Nikkor AF-S 10.5mm f/2.8G ED


At 180° diagonal angle-of-view, the new AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED is not only the world's first fisheye lens designed for digital SLRs, but also the first to offer such a wide picture-angle for any digital camera. It features optimized optical performance with close range focusing up to a mere 5.5 inches for extreme close-ups. Innovative Close-Range Correction (CRC) technology ensures consistently crisp, sharp images. This palm-sized lens is small and lightweight, and its compact design is exemplary of the potential of DX-Nikkor to reduce lens size and offer added convenience to Nikon digital SLR users.

While photographers will enjoy the incredible depth of field and unique perspective characteristics of this fisheye lens, they can also double it as an ultra-wide angle lens using Nikon Capture 4.0 software's unique 'Fisheye-to-Rectilinear Image Transformation' capability. With the click of a button, Capture 4.0 instantly transforms fisheye images taken with this lens into straight lined, rectilinear images. The software offers a choice of cropping the image vertically or horizontally, during the transformation process, and gives an outstanding 110° angle-of-view when oriented horizontally.

AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED



Nikkor AF-S DX 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED


Set to become the standard lens for Nikon digital SLR users, the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED offers the widest (3.2x) zoom range in its category, with a broad 79°- 28°50' angle-of-view. Consistent with DX-Nikkor design, the lens is compact and lightweight, while offering a fast f/2.8 constant aperture. The AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED provides excellent versatility from wide-angle through standard and medium telephoto shots, making it ideal for a diverse range of picture taking situations.

The lens incorporates three ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) glass elements and three aspherical elements in a 14-element, 10-group construction. The lens also features Nikon's innovative Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology that is highly regarded by professional photographers for its ultra-quiet operation and fast autofocusing with superior accuracy.

Both new DX Nikkor lenses exhibit enhanced performance with extremely low coma and lateral aberration, along with improved MTF (Modulation Transfer Function) curves, when compared to other lenses in their categories. They feature

Nikon's high-performance Super Integrated Coating for superior color reproduction and minimized ghost and flare.

DX Nikkor Digital Lenses Go Wider

Looking at the big picture, Nikon now has three new DX Nikkor lenses designed exclusively for its DX Format digital SLR cameras, offering unmatched wide-angle coverage:

  • AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED lens: 180º angle-of-view

  • AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED: 99º - 61º angle-of-view

  • AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED: 79º - 28º50' angle-of-view

The AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED lens and the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens will be available during the fourth quarter of 2003.







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