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Nikon 18-135mm AF-S DX Nikkor lens

Ilse Jurrien
Photokina report
Wednesday 9th, August 2006
Posted by: Ilse Jurrien

Nikon announces the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED, a compact, lightweight 7.5x zoom lens featuring state-of-the-art optical technologies such as the incorporation of Nikon ED glass, aspherical lens elements and SWM (Silent Wave Motor). Moreover, the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED offers outstanding performance at a remarkably affordable price. The lens has a focal length range of 18-135mm, suitable for a wide variety of shooting situations ranging from sports, action and portraits to wide-angle landscapes. Advanced Nikon engineering, in particular the compact SWM, has enabled the realization of a compact lightweight design with excellent handling characteristics.

Nikon 18-135mm DX Zoom Nikkor lens
The optical design features one ED glass element and two hybrid aspherical lens elements assure high-resolution, high-contrast images while minimizing chromatic aberration, astigmatism and other forms of distortion. The compact SWM built into the lens offers the smooth and quiet autofocus performance that users have come to expect from Nikon lenses. The wide range, high-quality performance and affordable price of this lens will expand the photographic horizons of Nikon Digital SLR owners. Nikon Corporation will launch the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED worldwide from September 2006. This lens is designed exclusively for use with Nikon DX format digital SLR cameras and is not compatible with 35mm [135] or IX240 format film cameras.

AF-S DX Zoom Nikkor lens - Features
• 18-135mm focal range (7.5x zoom) (equivalent to 27-202.5mm lens in 35mm format)
• ED glass and hybrid aspherical lens elements minimise chromatic aberration, astigmatism and other forms of distortion, while ensuring high resolution and contrast
• Incorporates a compact SWM (Silent Wave Motor) for quiet focusing
• Delivers high-level optical performance, for Nikon DX format digital SLRs
• Seven-blade rounded diaphragm opening that achieves a natural out-of-focus blur.
• Two focus modes, auto[A] and manual [M], with manual override in auto mode.
• Focusing from 45cm (17.7 in.) from the subject through the entire focal range
• Internal Focusing (IF) enables compact size and eliminates front element rotation
• Flower-shaped Lens Hood HB-32 reduces image degradation from stray light

18-135mm AF-S DX Zoom Nikkor lens - Specifications
• Focal length : 18-135mm (picture angle equivalent to a 27-202.5mm lens in the 35mm format)
• Maximum aperture : f/3.5-5.6
• Minimum aperture : f/22-38
• Lens construction : 15 elements in 13 groups
• One ED glass elements, two aspherical lens elements
• Picture angle : 76° - 12°
• Minimum focus range : 0.45m (1.5 ft.)
• Attachment size : 67mm
• Dimensions : 73.5 x 86.5mm (2.9 x 3.4 in.)
• Weight : 385g (13.6 oz.)
• Included accessories : 67mm Snap-on front lens cap (LC-67), Rear lens cap (LF-1)
• Included accessories : Bayonet hood (HB-32), Flexible lens pouch (CL-0915)
• Optional accessories : 67mm screw-in filters

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