Nikon Introduces AF-S VR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED Allan Schroeder March 5, 2013 Press Release 1 Flares 1 Flares × Finally, after twelve years of waiting, Nikon has released a successor to the widely popular 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D zoom lens. The latest offering from Nikon includes the much anticipated addition of AF-S and a new improved VR system. The VR II system provide up to 4 stops of Vibration Reduction, allowing for handholding and sharp images at lower shutter speeds than previously allowable. The original version of this lens was the first Nikon lens to feature Vibration Reduction (VR) and offered an excellent zoom range, especially when coupled with a DX format DSLR. The main complaints against this lens were its very slow focusing and the occasional lack of sharpness at 400mm. Nikon has seemingly addressed all of these issues. The new Nikon AF-S VR 80-400mm includes Nikon's lightning fast autofocus (AF-S), one Super-ED element, 4 ED elements, and NANO Coating, usually reserved for their highest end offerings. Based on the MTF charts provided by Nikon, expect this lens to be razor sharp. If you’re looking for a compact, versatile telephoto zoom lens that handles portraiture as well as it handles long-distance wildlife and action photography, look no further than the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR. With the broadest focal length range in our super-telephoto zoom line-up, it reduces the number of lenses you need to carry into the field; and expands your handheld shooting capabilities, thanks to Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) technology. Create spectacular photos and HD videos in nearly any light, from nearly any distance. The AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens is scheduled to be available in April 2013 at authorized Nikon Canada dealers at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $2,799.95. Full Press Release » March 4, 2013 Nikon Zooms in on Ultra Telephoto Versatility with the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens Newest high-power NIKKOR lens offers photographers the long reach and exceptional clarity needed in the field and on the sidelines MISSISSAUGA, ON – Nikon Canada today introduced the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR, a versatile FX-format telephoto zoom lens designed to provide top-class performance and a long reach for a variety of shooting scenarios. Sporting a long 5x zoom range, the 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G is capable of capturing vivid colours with exquisite sharpness, whether shooting stills or HD videos. Ideal for sports and nature photography, the release of the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR reaffirms Nikon’s commitment to providing a wide range of lenses for all types of photographers. “Nikon’s next generation of the 80-400mm lens gives advanced photographers yet another top-quality NIKKOR lens to help capture every precise moment with intense detail and exceptional clarity,” said Gregory Flasch, National Advertising and Communications Manager at Nikon Canada. “It’s a one-lens solution that combines a versatile 5x zoom range, long focal length and core Nikon technologies to help create beautiful stills and HD videos.” High-Performance, High-Power Zoom Nikon’s newest telephoto zoom lens features a versatile 80-400mm focal length (5x zoom equivalent) that offers photographers a high-power FX-format lens to help capture stunning stills and HD videos. Whether birding or shooting from the stands, the lens is also compatible with DX-format bodies to extend the maximum reach to 120-600mm (35mm equivalent). Additionally, alongside a 1.4x teleconverter, the lens can be expanded to an f/8 aperture to retain compatibility with the AF system on the most recent Nikon HD-SLR cameras. The AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G is loaded with essential NIKKOR technologies to help ensure top performance for advanced photographers, including Vibration Reduction (VR) – allowing for up to four stops of image stabilization while Auto tripod detection VR enables effortless stabilization when mounted on a tripod. The lens sports Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat to prevent ghost and flare, a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) to ensure fast and quiet AF operation, and two focusing modes including M/A (AF with manual override) and M (manual). A new optical formula features 20 elements in 12 groups and includes one Super ED Glass Element and four ED glass elements for maximum clarity in a wide variety of shooting environments. Price and Availability The AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens is scheduled to be available in April 2013 at Authorized Nikon Canada Dealers at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $2,799.95. About the NIKKOR brand With a comprehensive assortment of FX and DX-format lenses and focal lengths, from the ultra-wide 10-24mm to the new super telephoto 800mm VR, Nikon photographers have come to rely upon the NIKKOR core technologies that contribute to their optical superiority. NIKKOR is the brand name for Nikon’s photographic lenses, which are precision crafted to the most exacting standards in Nikon’s own glassworks. In 1933, Nikon marketed its first camera lens under the NIKKOR brand name, the "Aero-NIKKOR” for aerial photography applications. Since then, NIKKOR has been used as a brand name for Nikon’s lenses that symbolizes durability, high image quality and optical excellence. Exclusive Canadian Warranty Nikon Canada offers a five-year warranty for all NIKKOR lenses purchased from an Authorized Nikon Canada Dealer. Consumer’s investment is protected by Nikon Canada’s warranties with in-Canada service.