With the CES 2015 raging on in Las Vegas many manufacturers are announcing some upgrades and refreshes to their product lines to get our attention. Among these companies is Nikon which has a few announcements worthy of our mention. These are Nikon D5500 camera, AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR II zoom lens and FX-format AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR telephoto lens.
Today Nikon has announced D5500 digital camera, an upgrade to its popular entry level DSLR the D5300. The new D5500 seems to be a minor refresh of the series. The only notable upgrades being the addition of a touch screen feature to the rear LCD screen. The D5500 shares almost all of the features of the older D5300 including the looks. Side by side the two cameras look identical, except for a few nominal changes in the design. Overall the D5500 retains the look, quality and feel of the older camera.
Nikon D5500 features (both new and the ones inherited from the older D5300) include a 24.2 megapixel sensor without an optical low pass filter. The absence of the OLPF makes the D5500 a very sharp camera. However, it is highly likely that the camera will suffer from moiré due to the extra sharpness. The screen size does not change and neither does the resolution.
The new DSLR will be shipped starting in February and will be available in two colors – red and black. Two different kit combinations will be available. You can pick between AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II (priced at $999.95) or the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR (priced at $1199.95. The body has been priced at $899.95.
AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR II zoom lens
Nikon also launched the AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR II, an update of the older DX format lens. Unlike the older lens that it replaces the new lens features a three stop image stabilization system. This lens incorporates a number of Nikon’s lens technologies including Extra-low Dispersion (ED) elements, Internal Focusing, Super Integrated Coating (SIC) and Silent Wave Motor (SWM). The new lens is also a tag lighter, making it that much more convenient to use for extended periods of time.
The AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR II will be available in February and is priced at $349.95.
FX-format AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR telephoto lens
The final announcement is the new FX-format AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR lens, a new variant of the older lens that boasts Phase Fresnel lens design. Phase Fresnel or PF allows for the design of smaller, more compact lenses without compromising on the quality. It also helps to correct chromatic aberrations. Nikon states that the new lens is the world’s lightest 300mm full-frame prime lens to date. As a matter of fact the new design is 30% smaller and 1.5 lbs lighter than the lens it replaces. This is a fast prime lens with a maximum aperture of f/4. The nice rounded nine-blade aperture diaphragm should produce beautiful bokeh.
The lens incorporates a bunch of Nikon lens technologies including Electromagnetic Diaphragm mechanism, Extra-low Dispersion (ED) elements, internal focusing, full-time manual focusing, Nano crystal technologies, Silent Wave Motor (SWM), Nikon’s Super Integrated Coating (SIC) and fluorine coating on the front elements of the lens.
The FX-format AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR will also be available in February and has been price at $1999.95.