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Nikon strengthens pro lens lineup

Nikon has announced five new pro lenses to compliment their new high-end dSLRs, including the AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8GED, the AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED, and three super-telephotos.

Nikon's new AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lens.
Nikon's new AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lens. Nikon

With Nikon's two new high-end SLRs announced today, it makes sense that the company would want to update its pro lenses to go along--and Nikon has delivered, with five new pro lenses covering a wide range of focal lengths. All of these new lenses include Nikon's new Nano Crystal Coating to minimize internal lens reflections, indicated by a badge with a prominent N on the lens, as well as Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements to cut down on chromatic aberration. Plus, all five lenses will hit stores this November, just in time for the new SLRs. Let's cover them from widest to longest, shall we?

Nikon's new AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED lens.
Nikon's new AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED lens. Nikon

First up is the ultra-wide AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, a fast lens with big glass that'll offer wonderful wide vistas with Nikon's new, full-frame D3, and end up with an equivalent field of view of about 21-26mm on the new D300, or other DX-format Nikon body. The 14-24mm f/2.8 is expected to cost about $1,800.

Shoring up the focal midrange is the new AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED, adding a bit of width to Nikon's previous offering in this range--the AF-S Nikkor 28-70mm f/2.8 ED, which, knowing Nikon, will likely stay in the lineup for a while at the very least. This new lens matches Canon's 24-70mm f/2.8 workhorse, at least spec-wise, and picks up seamlessly from its new sister discussed above. With its wide aperture, this lens should prove very versatile, whether shooting portraits or just making the best of low light situations. Nikon says that the 24-70mm f/2.8 will sell for about $1,700.

Nikon's massive new AF-S 600mm f/4G ED VR lens.
Nikon's massive new AF-S 600mm f/4G ED VR lens. Nikon

Jumping into the vast reaches of telephoto-land, we come to three prime lenses that'll likely see a lot of action in the world of sports photography. All three include Focus Preset buttons so you can recall a focal point by pressing a button, Focus Limiters to cut down on hunting in difficult AF situations, AF-L focus lock switches, and Nikon's Vibration Reduction (VR) II. Nikon says that VR II will buy you up to four stops of shake reduction, which can come in very handy when shooting at such long focal lengths. The AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/2.8G ED VR, a beautiful behemoth with a wonderfully wide maximum aperture, should sell for about $8,800. The AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/4G ED VR offers long reach and a very wide maximum aperture, and should sell for about $7,900. The AF-S Nikkor 600mm f/4G ED VR takes you one step farther, while maintaining a wide enough maximum aperture to deal with the vast majority of sports situations. It is expected to sell for about $9,500. All three of the new lenses will work with Nikon's 1.4x, 1.7x, and 2.0x Nikkor AF-Teleconverters, just in case you need to turn that 600mm into a 1,200mm in a pinch--though you'll have to be willing to sacrifice some light of that f/4 maximum aperture in the exchange. Now, who's up for some baseball? If only the Yankees would get their pitching staff in order, then the Mets fans would leave me alone.