Nikon Intros Ultra Fast and Ultra Wide Lenses

Nikon announced the final details on two new Nikkor lenses today including pricing and availability. One, an incredibly fast lens, has been in great demand since it was initially announced. The other is an ultra-wide lens that sports a much slower aperture and Nikon's VR image stabilization.

Both were created to meet a specific purpose, according to Nikon's Edward Fasano. The new lenses, he says, were "designed to address the needs of an ever-expanding number of Nikon FX-format photographers."

There's been a lot of build-up for the AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED lens. It's got a 24mm perspective with an ultra fast aperture of f/1.4. FX photographers will get an 84 degree picture angle and extra-bright viewing that makes handheld shooting in low light possible. When mounted on a DX body, the lens will create a 61 degree picture angle. You can get your hands on it in March for $2,199.

The AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR was created for those that want a constant maximum aperture with an ultra wide zoom and vibration reduction all in one lens. At the widest, Nikon says that you'll be able to shoot up to four shutter speeds slower than otherwise possible. The wide-angle lens will be available at the end of this month for $1,295.