Digital SLRs are becoming increasingly popular recently, as the technology is more affordable and also easier to use. Many consumers prefer the better quality images that can be achieved with the cameras, and the extra flexibility they provide. Owners can change lens for different conditions, and today Nikon announces a new macro lens which is perfect for close up detail.
Nikons new lens is being marketed for entry-level DSLR users; according to an article dpreview.com the AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G offers true 1:1 macro in a compact and lightweight package. It has a built-in silent wave motor which will be great for owners of the new Nikon D5100 or the poplar Nikon D3100, and means it will autofocus on all Nikon DSLRs including those without the in-body AF motors.
The lens has an internal focus system with close range correction to achieve a minimum focus distance of only 16cm, which works out at only 5cm from the front of the lens. This will allow close up images and high definition video.
The new lens only weighs around nine ounces, and being lightweight and compact will be ideal for travelling and to complement users DSLR camera kit. According to the press release the lens has Nikons Super Integrated Coatings applied to it, this helps reduce instances of lens flare and ghosting. With the seven blade diaphragm will also help to create a more natural out of focus component.
General Manager of marketing at Nikon Lisa Osorio said “This new NIKKOR lens is an ideal accessory lens for those who are ready to explore a totally new perspective, whether it’s extreme close-up detail or general still images and movies with flattering out of focus elements.”
Nikons new lens will start to hit retail outlets sometime next month for around $279/£249. You may be able to get a deal on the unit when it is released. The DSLR market is certainly crowded with consumers having a nice selection of products to choose from. Nikon are amongst a host of companies who are releasing entry level devices to get consumers to upgrade from their compacts.
The entry level Nikon D3100 even has an inbuilt user guide to aid budding photographers to create the best images possible. Go to the Nikon website for more information. Do you own a DSLR?