Photography News: Wide-angle is the goal with Nikon's latest trio of lenses, which include an FX 28mm f/1.4 prime, an 8-15mm fisheye zoom, and a DX-format 10-20mm zoom. Also, the company has revealed a tougher and 4K-shooting COOLPIX W300 camera
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - May 31, 2017) - B&H Photo would like to share the announcement of three wide-angle lenses from Nikon, including the AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED, AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR, AF-S Fisheye 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED. The company has also released a tough COOLPIX W300 Digital Camera, which offers improved durability, the ability to record 4K video, and enhanced connectivity with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS all built-in.
The widest lens of the bunch is the fisheye 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5, which offers an intriguing perspective due to its distortion and circular image when zoomed out to 8mm. It also covers FX-format sensors when zoomed in, making it a versatile option for users who appreciate the fisheye look. The lens also incorporates extra-low dispersion glass for minimizing chromatic aberrations and color fringing, while a Nano Crystal Coat helps combat flaring and ghosting. Along with these features, the 8-15mm uses an electromagnetic diaphragm that ensures consistent performance, even at fast continuous shooting rates.
Nikon AF-S Fisheye NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED Lens
On the opposite end of the spectrum is the high-end 28mm prime, which boasts a fast f/1.4 maximum aperture that will help in dim light, as well as allow users to create images with shallow depth of field. This lens has a perspective that is greatly appreciated for street and general-purpose shooting, and it also features both ED glass and a Nano Crystal Coat to ensure crisp, clean imagery. Like the 8-15mm above, the 28mm is equipped with an electromagnetic diaphragm for consistent performance with the latest cameras.
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED Lens
Targeting DX-format shooters, the AF-P 10-20mm lens fills a useful spot in the wide-angle arena with its 15-30mm equivalent zoom range. This lens packs in Vibration Reduction, making it a great choice for shooting in low light with longer shutter speeds or for recording video. The lens is quite compact and lightweight, as well, thanks in part to a variable f/4.5-5.6 aperture. On top of these features, the lens also has a pulse stepping motor for fast, silent, and smooth autofocus for stills and video.
Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR Lens
Alongside these lenses is the COOLPIX W300, a tough point-and-shoot which is waterproof to 100' and shockproof to 8'. Able to work in a variety of different environments with ease, this camera is a great choice for hikes and other difficult adventures, as well as a family vacation to the beach. It uses a 5x optical zoom lens for capturing wide landscapes and tight close-ups. A major addition to this model is the inclusion of 4K video for razor-sharp, high-resolution video. Additionally, it has built-in GPS and supports Snapbridge technology with integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.
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