Apr 20, 2005

New Nikkor 18-55 and 55-200 lenses

Nikon today has also announced two new Nikkor lenses. The first is the F3.5-5.6 18 - 55 mm zoom lens that comes with the D50. If you want to buy it separately, it'll be available in June for $180. Lens number two is an F4-5.6 55 - 200 mm model, which will sell for $250 (also in June).
Nikkor 55-200 lens

Both of these lenses feature extra-low dispersion glass (for less chromatic abberation) and Silent Wave Motor (SWM) focusing motors (for silent focusing).
Nikkor 18-55 lens

PRESS RELEASE:

NIKON® EXPANDS ITS NIKKOR LENS LINE UP; INTRODUCES TWO NEW DX LENSES TO COMPLIMENT THE NEW D50 DIGITAL SLR CAMERA

* New AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED Lens Offers Versatile Zoom Range in a Lightweight, Ultra-Compact Package
* New AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED Lens Brings Powerful Telephoto Capabilities in a Highly Compact Design

MELVILLE, NY, APRIL 20, 2005 – Nikon Inc. (www.nikondigital.com) 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

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 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED

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.

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 $179.95 and $249.95*, respectively. For more information about Nikon and the Nikkor brand of optics, please visit www.nikondigital.com.