Today, Nikon Inc. announced three new innovative products that affirms the imaging brand’s commitment to bringing optical excellence to all levels of customers. First, the new NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S is the latest in the ever-expanding Z mount lens line, giving users of Nikon Z series mirrorless cameras an indispensable workhorse lens for capturing action and portraits. For professional sports and wildlife photographers, the new AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR is an enticing high-performance, professional super telephoto F mount NIKKOR lens. Finally, the COOLPIX P950 is a powerful new addition to Nikon’s superzoom bridge camera lineup, offering creators a spectacular 83x optical zoom and a myriad of innovative features to take their creativity to new heights.

“Nikon continues to innovate and push the boundaries of what’s possible in imaging and lens technology,” said Jay Vannatter, Executive Vice President, Nikon Inc. “The new NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S takes advantage of the next-generation optical system offered by the Nikon Z mount to create a versatile 70-200mm lens with astounding sharpness and clarity, cementing this S-line lens as a staple for those who demand only the best from their lenses.”

The NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S

Astonishing Details, Uncompromising Zoom

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PBS NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f2.8S

The LONG awaited and heavily rumored lens for the Nikon Z system is _finally_ here! An essential pro-level telephoto zoom lens re-imagined to take advantage of the optical potential of the Z series, the NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S is the latest addition to Nikon’s rapidly growing lineup of mirrorless lenses. The NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 represents a pivotal lens for the Z series and a must- have for those shooting action, weddings, events, news, wildlife and portraits. Equipped with a versatile focal range, fast f/2.8 aperture and an impressive 5 stops of built-in optical VR image stabilization, the NIKKOR Z 70-200mm gives mirrorless shooters the flexibility to capture astoundingly sharp images and videos in a variety of scenarios. Additionally, multimedia and content creators using the lens will appreciate the stepping motor (STM) for extremely quiet autofocus operation and reduced focus breathing.

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The NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S demonstrates the technological benefits of the Nikon Z mount to reinvent a classic lens, while including new features to make this photographer favorite even more superior for Z series users. Parfocal support maintains focus when zooming, while a reduced minimum focus distance (0.5m wide, 1.0m telephoto) vastly increases versatility for photos and video. When used in combination with the in-body stabilization of the Nikon Z 6 and Z 7, the NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 promises unparalleled stability with additional optical stabilization. Like other S line lenses, the NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 boasts a premium optical design complete with a 9-blade diaphragm as well as Anti-Reflective Nano Crystal and ARNEO coatings for maximum image quality in any light, with a Fluorine coating that resists dirt and smudges. In addition to a rugged weather sealed design the lens is ready to tackle any assignment with a dedicated Info Panel, two customizable Function buttons and an additional custom control ring.

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Z70-200mm f2.8S Construction

The new NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S and AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR are the first Nikon lenses to feature the newly developed SR (Short-Wavelength Refractive) lens element, a specialized-dispersion glass lens featuring characteristics that greatly refract light with wavelengths shorter than that of blue. By controlling short-wavelength light that is difficult to compensate, the lens can more effectively collect light of various specific wavelengths and achieve highly precise chromatic aberration compensation.

Technical Specifications for the Nikon Z 70-200mm f/2.8 S

Product Name NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S
Mount Type Nikon Z mount
Focal Length Range 70 – 200 mm
Zoom Ratio 2.9x
Focal Length 70 – 200 mm
Maximum Aperture f/ 2.8
Minimum Aperture f/ 22
Format FX/35mm
Maximum Angle of View (DX-format) 22° 50′
Minimum Angle of View (DX-format)
Maximum Angle of View (FX-format) 34° 20′
Minimum Angle of View (FX-format) 12° 20′
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 0.2 x
Lens Elements 21
Lens Groups 18
SR elements (SR:Short-wavelength Refractive) 1
Compatible Format(s) FX/DX
VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization Yes, lens shift using voice coil motors (VCMs)
Diaphragm Blades 9 ( rounded diaphragm opening )
Distance Information Yes
Arneo Coat Yes
Nano Crystal Coat Yes
ED Glass Elements 6
Fluorite Elements 1
Aspherical Elements 2
Fluorine Coat Yes
Super Integrated Coating Yes
Autofocus Auto, Manual
AF Actuator STM (stepping motor)
Internal Focusing Yes
Minimum Focus Distance 70 mm zoom position: 0.5 m (1.64 ft)
85 mm zoom position: 0.63 m (2.07 ft)
105 mm zoom position: 0.68 m (2.23 ft)
135 mm zoom position: 0.8 m (2.62 ft)
200 mm zoom position: 1.0 m (3.28 ft)
Filter Size 77mm
Accepts Filter Type Screw-on
Approx. Dimensions (Diameter x Length) Approx. 3.6 in. (89mm) maximum
diameter x 8.7 in. (220 mm)
(distance from camera lens mount
flange)
Approx. Weight Approx. 3 lb. 2.8 oz (1440 g ) (with the tripod collar)
Approx. 3 lb. (1360 g ) (without the tripod collar)

Nikon Z 70-200mm f/2.8 S Sample Images

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70 200mm F28 S 08 AR 2528 A3
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70 200mm F28 S 11 CM 1355 A3 slrlounge
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70 200mm F28 S 11 CM 2379 A3 slrlounge

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AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR

Impressive Reach, Incredible Speed, Absolute Versatility

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AFS 120-300mm F/2.8 E FL ED SR VR

The all-new AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR is a versatile, professional lens for the Nikon F mount with a large focal range and fast constant aperture. It’s ideal for sports, wildlife and portrait photographers seeking a bright and fast telephoto lens that offers sharp image quality across a wide range of focal lengths. Thanks to its extensive 120-300mm focal range, the NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8 provides users with a pro-level single lens solution, replacing the need to carry multiple lenses. With Nikon’s reliable weather-sealed construction, the NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8 is equipped to handle any shooting scenario whether on the sidelines or in the wilderness.

Users will appreciate the constant f/2.8 aperture which offers incredible low-light capability and depth of field that draws emphasis to a subject. The impeccably sharp image quality, beautiful bokeh and enhanced AF performance of the NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8 offer speed and sharpness reminiscent of a prime. Engineered with Nikon’s cutting-edge technologies, the AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR is the first NIKKOR F mount lens to adopt Nikon’s new SR lens element as well as Nikon’s anti- reflective ARNEO coat to deliver superior chromatic aberration compensation and effectively reduce ghost and flare. The built-in VR function provides an effect equivalent to a shutter speed 4.0 stops and includes a Sport VR mode for rapidly moving subjects.

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AFS 120-300mm F/2.8 E FL ED SR VR

Ready for professional use, the lens is sealed to resist the elements and is engineered for maximum usability, even when handheld. The zoom ring, focus function buttons, tripod collar ring and controls are all designed to ensure superior operability for more comfortable shooting.

Technical Specifications for the AF-S 120-300mm F/2.8E FL ED SR VR

Product Name NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR
Mount Type Nikon F mount
Focal Length Range 120 – 300 mm
Zoom Ratio 2.5X
Focal Length 120 – 300 mm
Maximum Aperture f/2.8
Minimum Aperture F/22
Format FX / DX
Maximum Angle of View (DX-format) 13° 20′
Minimum Angle of View (DX-format) 5° 20′
Maximum Angle of View (FX-format) 20° 20′
Minimum Angle of View (FX-format) 8° 10′
Maximum Reproduction Ratio Approx. 0.16x
Lens Elements 25 elements in 19 groups (including 1 ED lens element, 2 fluorite elements,1 SR element, lens elements with Nano Crystal and ARNEO coats, and a fluorine coated front lens element)
Lens Groups 19
Compatible Format(s) FX, DX
VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization Lens shift using voice coil motors (VCMs)
Diaphragm Blades 9 (rounded diaphragm opening)
Nano Crystal Coat Yes
ED Glass Elements Yes, 1
Fluorite Elements Yes, 2
SR Elements Yes, 1
Fluorine Coat Yes
Super Integrated Coating Yes
Autofocus Yes
AF-S (Silent Wave Motor) Yes
Internal Focusing Yes
Minimum Focus Distance 2.0 m (6.56 ft) from focal plane at all zoom positions
Focus Mode AF / Manual
E-type Yes
Filter Size 112 mm
Dimensions
(Diameter x Length)
Approx. 5.1 in. (128 mm) maximum diameter x 12 in. (303.5 mm) (distance from camera lens mount flange)
Weight Approx. 3250 g ( 7 lb. 2.7 oz)

Nikon 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR Sample Images

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120 300mm F28E 04 RM 3814 A3
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120 300mm F28E 01 RM 5010 A1 slrlounge

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COOLPIX P950

2,000mm Zoom Power, 4K UHD Video & More

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P950 Hero shot!

With an unbelievable 83x optical zoom NIKKOR lens, the 16-megapixel COOLPIX P950 is a powerful new addition to Nikon’s superzoom bridge camera lineup, which delivers unprecedented image quality from extreme distances. Beyond the staggering 24-2000mm lens, the COOLPIX P950 packs an advanced feature-set complete with Nikon’s renowned NIKKOR optics and advanced stabilization technology with 5.5 stops of VR image stabilization, allowing stargazers and birdwatchers to capture high-quality photos or 4K UHD videos at extreme distances with ease. Plus, by using the COOLPIX P950’s 166x** Dynamic Fine Zoom for far-away subjects and Macro Shooting capabilities to get as close as 0.4 inches, adventure-seekers can bring the unimaginable closer than ever.

P950 front LCD
P950 front LCD

Users can rely on the P950 to photograph life’s most unique subjects with incredible accuracy and focus thanks to its Target Finding AF capabilities, 7 fps continuous shooting and ISO sensitivity up to 6400. A great option for photographers of all skill levels, the COOLPIX P950 features user-friendly controls alongside an intuitive menu system and a 2359k-dot EVF, making it easier to review and capture one-of-
a-kind shots. Using dedicated Bird-Watching and Moon Modes, photographers can effortlessly snap photos of their world and beyond. The new P950 also adds RAW (NRW) photo recording, an enhanced high-resolution electronic viewfinder and Nikon SnapBridge to seamlessly share images or remotely control the camera.

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P950 back
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P950 front34r Flash
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P950 LCD move
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P950 overhead
P950 side view
P950 side view
P950 top tele
P950 top tele
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P950 top wide

The COOLPIX P950 is also equipped with an accessory shoe to enable compatibility with a variety of useful accessories, including the optional Df-M1 Dot Sight, which helps users locate subjects and compose shots from far-away distances.

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Technical Specifications of the P950

Product Name COOLPIX P950
Type Compact Digital Camera
Effective Pixels 16.0 million
Image Sensor CMOS
Sensor Size 1/2.3-in. type
Total Pixels 16.79 million
Lens
(include glass lens in specs)
83x optical NIKKOR ED glass lens
Lens Focal Length 4.3-357mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 24-2000mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
Lens f/-number f/2.8-6.5
Lens Construction 16 elements in 12 groups (5 ED glass elements, 1 super ED glass element and 2 aspherical lens elements in 3 surfaces)
Lens Zoom 83x
Digital Zoom Up to 4x (angle of view equivalent to that of approx. 8,000mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
Vibration Reduction Lens shift (still pictures) Lens shift and electronic VR (movies) 5.5 stops (still images) *Based on CIPA standards. Measured at approx. 350 mm in 35mm [135] format.
Autofocus (AF) Contrast-detect AF
Autofocus (AF) Focus-area selection Face priority
Manual (spot)
Manual (normal)
Manual (wide)
Subject tracking
Target Finding AF
Focus Range [W]: Approx. 1 ft. 8 in. (50 cm.) to infinity
[T]: Approx. 16 ft. 5 in. (5.0 m) to infinity
Macro mode: Approx. 0.4 in. (1 cm) (wide-angle position) (All distances measured from center of front surface of lens)
Focus Lock Yes
Viewfinder Electronic viewfinder with eye sensor, 1-cm (0.39-in.), approx. 2359k-dot OLED with the diopter adjustment function (-3 to +3 m-1), frame coverage approx. 90% (shooting mode), approx. 100% (playback mode)
Viewfinder Frame Coverage Approx. 100%
Monitor Size 3.2-in. (8.1-cm ), approx. 921k-dot (RGB), wide viewing angle TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating and 5-level brightness adjustment, vari-angle TFT LCD
Monitor Type Vari-Angle TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating
5-level brightness adjustment
Monitor Resolution approx. 921k-dot
Monitor Frame coverage (shooting mode) Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical shooting mode (compared to actual image)
Monitor Frame coverage (playback mode) Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical playback mode (compared to actual image)
Storage Media SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
Storage File System DCF, Exif 2.3 compliant
Storage File formats Still pictures: JPEG; RAW (NRW) Movies: MP4 (Video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, Audio: AAC stereo)
Movie 2160/30p (4K UHD)                                           2160/25p (4K UHD)                                                     Full HD: 1920×1080/ 60p
Full HD: 1920×1080/ 50p
Full HD: 1920×1080/ 30p
Full HD: 1920×1080/ 25p
HD: 1280×720/ 60p
HD: 1280×720/ 50p
HD: 1280×720/ 30p
HD: 1280×720/ 25p
VGA 640×480/ 30p
VGA 640×480/ 25p
HS 640×480/ 120p
HS 640×480/ 100p
HS 1280×720/ 60p
HS 1280×720/ 50p
HS 1920×1080/ 12.5p
HS 1920×1080/ 15p
Image Size (pixels) 4608 x 3456
ISO Sensitivity ISO 100-1600
ISO 3200, 6400 (available when using P, S, A or M mode)
ISO Hi 1 (equivalent to ISO 12,800) (available when using High ISO monochrome in special effects mode)
Lowest ISO Sensitivity 100
Highest ISO Sensitivity 6400
Exposure Metering Matrix, center-weighted, spot
Exposure Control Programmed auto exposure with flexible program
aperture-priority auto
exposure bracketing
manual
shutter priority auto
exposure compensation (-2.0 to +2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV)
Exposure Modes Auto
Scene
Scene Auto Selector
Smart Portrait
Special Effects
Scene Modes Moon
Bird-watching
Creative
Movie manual                                               Backlighting
Beach
Black and White Copy
Close-up
Dusk/Dawn
Easy Panorama
Fireworks Show
Food
Landscape
Museum
Night Landscape
Night Portrait
Party/Indoor
Pet Portrait
Portrait
Scene Auto Selector
Snow
Sports
Sunset
In-Camera Image Editing Crop
D-Lighting
Filter effects
Quick Retouch
Skin Softening
Small Picture
Exposure Compensation –2.0 – +2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV
White Balance Auto
Cloudy
Daylight
Flash
Fluorescent
Incandescent
White Balance Preset
Shutter Mechanical and CMOS electronic shutter
Shutter Speed 1/4000-1 sec.
1/4000 – 5 sec. (when ISO is set to 100 in M mode) When the aperture value is set to f/8 (wide-angle end)
Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution Approx. 10 shots at 7 fps (16M: at NORMAL)
Continuous Shooting Options Best Shot Selector
Continuous H
Continuous H 60
Continuous H 120
Continuous L
Interval Timer
Multi-shot 16
Pre-shooting cache
Single
Aperture Electronically-controlled 6-blade iris diaphragm
Self-timer Can be selected from 10 s and 2 s
Built-in Flash Control TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
Built-in Flash Yes
Built-in flash Range (approx.) (ISO sensitivity: Auto) [W]: 0.5 to 11.5m (1 ft. 8 in. to 37 ft.)
[T]: 5.0 to 7.0m (16 ft. 5 in. to 22 ft.)
Interface Hi-Speed USB
Interface Data transfer protocol MTP, PTP
HDMI Output HDMI micro connector (Type D)
I/O terminal digital I/O (USB)
Wi-Fi Functionality Yes
Smart Device App Connectivity SnapBridge app
Supported Languages The languages available vary with the country or region in which the camera was originally purchased.
Power Sources EN-EL20a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (supplied)
Charging Time 3 hours (when using Charging AC Adapter EH-71P and when no charge remains)
Battery / Batteries Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL20a
Battery Life (shots per charge) Stills: Approx. more than 290 shots when using EN-EL20a; Movies: Approx. 1h 20 min. at 1080/30p.                                                               *Based on Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA)
standards for measuring the life of camera batteries. Measured at 23(-/+2)°C (73(-/+4)°F); zoom adjusted with each shot, flash fired with every other shot, image quality set to Normal, image size set to 4608 x 3456 (16M). Battery life may vary depending on shooting interval and length of time menus and images are displayed.
Tripod Socket 1/4 (ISO 1222)
Approx. Dimensions
W x H x D
(include footnote with spec)
Approx. 5.6 × 4.4 × 5.9 in. (140.2 × 109.6 × 149.8 mm) (excluding projections)
Approx. Weight
(include footnote with spec)
Approx. (2 lb., 3.5 oz / 1,005 g) (including battery and memory card)
Operating environment 0°C–40°C (32°F–104°F)

Sample Images From the P950

Joe Takano P950 01 JT 2597 A3
Joe Takano P950 01 JT 2597 A3
Ken Goshima P950 01 KG 6583 A4
Ken Goshima P950 01 KG 6583 A4

Pricing and Availability

The new NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S lens and COOLPIX P950 will be available in February for suggested retail prices (SRP) of $2,599.95* and $799.95*, respectively. The AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR lens will also be available in February for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $9,499.95*. For more information about Nikon and their latest products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

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