In even-numbered years, the New York PDN PhotoPlus show falls about a month after the largest European photo exhibition, Photokina. US show goers are typically able to get hands-on time with products announced in Germany, but there’s a paucity of products that are newly announced when the Javits Center center opens its doors to shutterbugs in October.
That’s largely the case this year as well, but Nikon is giving SLR owners something to be excited about. It used Photokina to launch its KeyMission action camera series, a new venture for the staid, stalwart camera maker.
Nikon is going back to its SLR roots with this announcement. Two new Nikkor lenses, both compatible with full-frame and APS-C (DX) cameras, are coming. The first is the AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR. It’s an updated version of the workhorse AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, and promises to deliver superior image quality, reduced chromatic aberration, improved weather resistance, negligible distortion, a closer 3.6-foot (1.1-meter) minimum focus distance, and an improved 4-stop vibration reduction system.
It’s joined by the PC-Nikkor 19mm f/4E ED. The ultra-wide angle prime is ideal for architectural work, as it supports perspective correction. You can shift the lens up or down to eliminate the keystone effect when shooting buildings, and tilt the front element in order to change the angle of the focal plane. It’s a pure manual focus lens, and in a departure from other PC Nikkor optics, tilt and shift can be adjusted entirely independently of each other.
The new 70-200mm is set to go on sale in mid-November and is priced at $2,399.95. The PC-Nikkor 19mm will hit stores in October for $2,899.95.