Nikon Announces 70-200mm f4 G ED VR Telephoto Zoom Lens

Nikon announces the latest F4 constant aperture zoom lens, the NIKKOR 70-200mm F/4 ED VR telephoto zoom. The lens features the familiar focal length that is popular with full-frame photographers with the latest third-generation VR stabilization technology.

The lens provides enthusiasts and professionals outstanding sharpness and contrast for the latest FX cameras including the D4, D800 and D600. These cameras can use Nikon’s teleconverters to increase focal length up to 400mm, and take advantage of autofocus using cross-type sensors available at F8.

The 70-200mm F4 VR lens offers a 2.9X zoom range with constant aperture F4 throughout. Minimum focus distance is 3.28 feet and maximum reproduction ratio is 0.274X. The lens features 20 elements in 14 groups and incorporates Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat to reduce the appearance of internal ghosting and flaring when photographing bright light sources. It uses a 67mm filter size. The lens has internal AF-S focusing with Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor to reduce noise while shooting video and provide outstanding focus speed. The lens also provides instant manual focus override in M/A mode.

Dimensions are 3.1 inch diameter and 7 inch length. Weight is approximately 30 oz (850g). The lens includes 67mm lens cap, HB-60 hood, LF-4 rear lens cap and CL-1225 semi-soft case. An optional lens collar with foot RT-1 is available at $233.95 US retail.

The new Nikon 70-200mm F4 will be priced at $1399.95 US and will be released in late November 2012. Nikon product number 2202.

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Adobe Lightroom 4.2, Camera RAW 7.2 Add D600 RAW (.NEF) Support

Adobe Lightroom 4Adobe Camera Raw 7.2 and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.2 have been released and add preliminary support for Nikon D600 RAW files. The new ACR and Lightroom versions released on October 3, 2012 can read Nikon Electronic Format (NEF) files created by the Nikon D600, although it is not documented in Adobe’s release notes. Certain features such as automated profile corrections and picture controls are not yet implemented. Full support should be expected in a future release.

Update: Adobe Lightroom 4.3 and Adobe Camera Raw 7.3 are released and add official Nikon D600 support as of December 13, 2012.

Currently, full D600 RAW support is available using Capture NX2 version 2.3.4.

Lightroom 4.2 also includes new lens profiles for Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G VR and 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G VR as well as various bug fixes to improve usability. Support for Nikon D600 RAW files in Adobe Photoshop CS6 is available  by downloading Adobe Camera Raw 7.2, which provides RAW support for additional camera models and lens profiles.