Nikon Corporation has today announce the release of Nikon’s first interchangeable lens – the Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Super-Telephoto Zoom Lens. This DX-format super-telephoto zoom lens covers the 55mm to 300mm range of focal lengths and is equipped with Nikon’s latest vibration reduction mechanism, VR II, for simple and enjoyable super-telephoto photography.
As a super-telephoto lens covering the 55mm to 300mm range of focal lengths, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR is capable of capturing the main subject at sporting events, indoor events or in vacation photos largely, even from a distance.
Equipped with Nikon’s own VR II vibration reduction mechanism, blur caused by camera shake is significantly reduced, even with super-telephoto shooting, allowing users to shoot comfortably and focus their attention on photo opportunities.
As Nikon’s first interchangeable lens with a high refractive index (HRI) lens element, this lens is compact and lightweight, making it very portable despite being a super-telephoto zoom lens. This allows users to easily carry the lens with them and enjoy super-telephoto shooting anytime and anywhere.
This Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Super-Telephoto Zoom Lens provides a wide variety of users, from those who use the D3100 and D5000 entry-level Nikon DX-format digital-SLR cameras to users of high-end digital-SLR cameras such as the D300S, with the means to enjoy super-telephoto shooting and to expand their photography techniques and skill.
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Super-Telephoto Zoom Lens Features
A 5.5X magnification and support for super-telephoto shooting at up to 300mm. It exhibits excellent contrast and sharp rend super-telephoto zoom lens with a focal length of 55-300mm.
The first interchangeable lens to utilize a high refractive index (HRI) lens element, which allows for a more compact and lightweight size, as well as offering pleasing rendering performance.
With a refractive index of 2.0 or higher, the use of a single HRI lens element provides the same benefits as multiple elements made of standard optical glass. In addition, as this single lens element also compensates for focal plane curvature and spherical aberration, the lens itself could be made smaller and lighter yet still offer 5.5Xering throughout the entire frame even at maximum aperture.
Built-in vibration reduction (VR II) offering camera shake compensation equivalent to a shutter speed increase of approximately four steps. The benefits of vibration reduction are best demonstrated with super-telephoto shooting. This feature stabilizes the view through the viewfinder for simpler focusing.
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Super-Telephoto Zoom Lens is also equipped with a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for extremely quiet autofocusing and two ED lens elements used for superior chromatic aberration compensation.
- Focal Length – 55-300
- Max App. – f/4.5-5.6
- Min App. – f/22-29
- Lens COnstruction – 17 elements in 11 groups (2 ED, 1 HRI lens elements)
- Min Focus – 1.4 m (throughout the entire zoom range)
- Special Accessories – 58mm snap-on Front Lens Cap LC-58, Rear Lens Cap LF-4, Bayonet Hood HB-57, Flexible Lens Pouch CL-1020
- Dim – Approximately 76.5mm (maximum diameter) X 123mm (distance from the camera’s lens-mount flange)
- Weight – 530 gms
Price and Availability
The Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Super-Telephoto Zoom Lens will be available in September at the same time when NIKON D3100 Digital-SLR Camera is released, for the price of $399.99 (Rs. 18,645 approx.) MSRP (only Lens).