Nikon adds 18-300mm superzoom, 24-85mm zoom lens

Nikon's AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lens works on higher-end full-frame SLRs.

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Nikon announced two image-stabilized lenses today, a 16.7x superzoom that reaches from 18mm to 300mm and more modest model reaching from 24-85mm.

The AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, with a $ 1,000 price tag, is geared for travel shooters and others who are willing to sacrifice some optical quality for versatility. It’s designed for Nikon’s mainstream DX-format SLRs, whose image sensor is smaller than a 35mm film frame and therefore gives the lens an equivalent range of 27-450mm. And it’s a notch more expensive than Nikon’s earlier 18-200mm superzoom, which costs $ 850.

Nikon's AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens

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The AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR, which costs $ 600, is geared for use on full-frame FX-format SLRs such as Nikon’s new D800. It provides a lower-cost, image-stabilized alternative to Nikon’s 24-85mm F2.8 model, and to its top-end, $ 1,890 24-70mm F2.8 model.

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