Nikon launched a bunch of products at CES 2020 including a new DSLR, compact zoom camera, and two powerful zoom lenses. In this post, we will cover the new Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR Zoom Lens. With 25 elements in 19 groups, this lens aims at serious photographers who cannot compromise with quality. And it’s definitely not cheap at $9499.95USD.
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR Features
SR (Short Wavelength Refractive) Lens
Featuring an all-new SR (Short-Wavelength Refractive) element, the latest NIKKOR 120-300mm lens boasts exceptional light refracting capabilities. To deal with chromatic aberrations, the SR technology helps to compensate troublesome short wavelengths preventing the lens to focus all the colors at a same point. As a result, all of the edges in the image look super sharp without any color fringing.
Brilliant Bokeh Quality
Incorporating 25 elements in 19 groups, 9 rounded diaphragm blades, 1 ED (extra-low dispersion) element, 2 Fluorite elements, 1 SR element, the new Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm lens is capable of producing astonishing bokeh. Furthermore, a constant f/2.8 wide aperture in accordance with long focal ranges also helps to provide a gorgeous shallow depth of field.
Due to the upgraded AF servo drive, AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm is able to do wonders with autofocusing. Photographers involved in fast action and sports photography will greatly benefit from its ultra-fast subject tracking ability. Not only the autofocus is lightning fast, but it also keeps the subject 100% in focus all the time.
Now with the enhanced electromagnetic diaphragm, this zoom lens can better talk to the camera. It will help to establish a faster and more reliable sync connection with the camera to control parameters like aperture and exposure.
To avoid flaring, ghosting, or unwanted reflections, the new Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm also features several special coatings such as ARNEO, Nano Crystal, fluorine and more. Basically, ARNEO coating helps to eliminate vertical light reflections passing through the lens whereas Nano Crystal coating minimizes the internal lens reflections throughout the visible wavelength spectrum.
Additionally, the fluorine coating helps to protect the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm lens from dust and dirt. So even if you’re shooting in harsh weather conditions, you don’t have to worry about dust particles or moisture.
Powerful Image Stabilization
Just like all other VR lenses, this Nikon 120-300mm lens comes with support for onboard image stabilization. With VR Sport mode, this lens significantly reduces shakes and vibrations even during fast shooting situations.
Pricing and Availability
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR Lens is available to ship right now at a price of $9,499.95USD. The price clearly shows that this lens only aims at serious photographers.