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Nikon Introduces Two New High-Performance Nikkor Lenses:
AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED
AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f4.5-5.6G IF-ED

Mississauga, ON, August 9, 2006 - Nikon Canada Inc. today announced the introduction of two new lenses to its family of Nikkor Lenses, which offer outstanding performance and remarkable value.

The AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED is a compact, lightweight 7.5x zoom lens featuring state-of-the-art optical technologies such as Nikon's Extra Low Dispersion (ED) glass, aspherical lens elements and SWM (Silent Wave Motor).

This lens has a focal length range of 18-135mm, which is suitable for a wide variety of shooting situations ranging from sports, action and portraits to wide-angle landscapes (the picture angle is equivalent to a 27-202.5mm lens in the 35mm format). A compact, lightweight design and excellent handling have been achieved with advanced Nikon engineering.

The optical design features one ED glass element and two hybrid aspherical lens elements to assure high-resolution, high-contrast images while minimizing chromatic aberration, astigmatism and other forms of distortion. The compact SWM built into the lens offers the smooth and quiet autofocus performance expected from Nikon's Nikkor Lenses .

The AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED is a high-performance telephoto zoom lens that offers Nikon's most advanced features such as Nikon's ED glass, SWM and enhanced Vibration Reduction (VRII), as well as optics perfected for use with both Nikon DX format digital and 35mm film SLR cameras. Advanced Nikon engineering has resulted in a compact lightweight lens design offering outstanding optical performance and excellent handling characteristics.

This Zoom-Nikkor lens offers 70-300mm (4.3x) zoom performance that is suitable for various telephoto shooting opportunities including sports, nature and wildlife photography. When used with a Nikon DX format digital SLR, the picture angle is equivalent to a 105-450mm lens on a 35mm SLR.

The new Nikon VRII system enables substantially sharper handheld pictures at slower shutter speeds, and sharp pictures at shutter speeds approximately 4 stops slower than would be otherwise possible. For VR shooting, there are two VR modes from which to select to match shooting conditions. Normal Mode primarily reduces camera shake in handheld shooting, detecting panning automatically. Active Mode can compensate for vibration in other situations, such as when shooting from a moving vehicle, for example.

The AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED also offers proven Nikon features and technologies such as the SWM, which offers fast and precise auto-focusing with super-quiet operation, and two ED glass elements that provide higher resolution and high-contrast images.

Together with the AF-S DX 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED lens, it gives Nikon digital SLR owners a focal-length range from a wide 18mm to super telephoto 300mm (the picture angle is equivalent to 27mm to 450mm of 35mm format).

Major Product Features

Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED

AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED
* Offers a broad 18-135mm focal range (7.5x zoom) for use in a wide variety of situations (equivalent to a 27-202.5mm lens in the 35mm format).
* ED glass and hybrid aspherical lens elements minimize chromatic aberration, astigmatism and other forms of distortion, while ensuring high resolution and contrast.
* Incorporates a compact SWM (Silent Wave Motor) for quiet focusing.
* Delivers high-level optical performance, specially designed for use with Nikon DX format digital SLRs.
* Employs a seven-blade rounded diaphragm opening that achieves a natural out-of-focus blur.
* Two focus modes, auto[A] and manual [M], with manual override in auto mode.
* Enables focusing from as close as 45cm (17.7 in.) from the subject through the entire focal range.
* Internal Focusing (IF) design enables compact size and eliminates front element rotation, enabling the use of circular polarizing filters.
* Flower-shaped Lens Hood HB-32 (provided) greatly reduces image degradation from stray light.

Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED

AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED
* 4.3x, 70-300mm telephoto zoom (picture angle, when used with Nikon DX format digital SLRs is equivalent to a 105-450mm on a 35mm format SLR).
* The VRII minimizes camera shake by offering the equivalent of a shutter speed 4 stops faster. Normal and Active modes are available.
* Two ED glass elements minimize chromatic aberration in the entire zoom range while ensuring high resolution and contrast. Outstanding Nikkor optical performance makes it suitable for photography with both Nikon digital and 35mm film SLR cameras.
* The SWM enables fast and quiet autofocusing, and smooth switching between autofocus and manual operation.
* Two focus modes are available - M/A and M.
* Internal Focusing (IF) design provides a constant lens length and eliminates rotation of the front lens element, facilitating the use of circular polarizing filters.
* The nine-blade rounded diaphragm opening makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural.
* A flower-shaped bayonet hood is provided.
* ø67 mm filter attachment size (Non-rotate).

Exclusive Canadian Warranty
Nikon Canada offers an exclusive 5-year warranty for all Nikkor Interchangeable Lenses (including Nikkor, AF Nikkor, and DX Nikkor). Nikon Canada also offers an exclusive 2-year warranty for all COOLPIX and the D50,D70s and D80 Digital SLR cameras purchased from a Nikon Canada Authorized Dealer. Consumers can feel comfort knowing their investment is protected by Nikon Canada's 2-Year Warranty with in-Canada service at one of three Nikon Canada Service Centres by Nikon's trained service technicians.

Pricing and Availability
AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED will be available worldwide September 2006 with an approximate MSRP of CDN $425.00.

AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED will be available worldwide in October 2006 with an approximate MSRP of CDN $669.00.

About Nikon
Nikon, At the Heart of the ImageTM, is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Canada distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, Nikkor optics, Speedlights and System Accessories; Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras; COOLSCAN® digital film scanners; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics. At the heart of every Nikon camera is Nikon's Exclusive Feature System, making it easy for anyone to take amazing digital pictures. All Nikon Canada products are sold through a network of Nikon Canada Authorized Dealers. For more information on Nikon Canada and its products and services or to find a Nikon Authorized Dealer, visit www.nikon.ca.

   
 

 

 

 



 

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