Citing that they wanted to produce lenses that matched in quality to their new D3s DSLR, Nikon announced a new super telephoto zoom, their AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II, which is an update to a similar lens released in 2003. It has Nikon's Nano Crystal coating technology to reduce flaring and ghosting, as well as the new and improved VR II to handle image stabilization. Nikon claims that the VR technology can give you an extra four stops when shooting hand-held, which is important when shooting at focal lengths this large. They've adjusted the VR system to include Automatic Panning Detection as well as an Active VR Mode, which they claim helps get solid images when shooting from an unstable environment, such as a moving vehicle. Focus modes include manual and auto, as well as a manual override mode, which allows you to focus with the ring even when AF is turned on. The AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II lens is scheduled to be available in late May with an estimated selling price of $6,999.95. For more information, please visit www.nikonusa.com.
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