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Nikon Announces New PC-E NIKKOR Series Lenses

The PC-E Micro NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8D ED and PC-E Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/2.8D Lenses Offer Perspective Control

Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction of the two new PC-E NIKKOR Perspective Control lenses, with tilt/shift function, for digital and 35mm-fomat film SLRs — the PC-E Micro NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8D ED and the PC-E Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/2.8D. Together with the PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED, released in February 2008, the PC-E NIKKOR series now covers a range extending from 24mm wide-angle to medium telephoto 85mm.

The PC-E NIKKOR lens series features a tilt/shift mechanism that provides extraordinary control over the relationship between the optical axis of the lens and the image plane, thereby enabling Perspective Control. This function proves particularly valuable for specialized professional users such as architecture and product photographers.

PC-E Micro NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8D ED PC-E Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/2.8D
85mm

Incorporating an electromagnetic diaphragm, these lenses provide auto aperture control when used with D3, D700 and D300 digital SLR cameras for improved operability. Furthermore, Nano Crystal Coat effectively reduces ghosting and flare to provide sharper, more vivid images. This contributes to the superior optical performance of these lenses to realize the outstanding image quality for which NIKKOR interchangeable lenses are renowned.

Note: “PC” in the lens name stands for Perspective Control.

Perspective control with tilt/shift function
All PC-E NIKKOR lens with Perspective Control capability incorporate a special tilt/shift mechanism. The shift mechanism enables the lens to be moved parallel to the image plane, so that subjects such as a tall building can be captured faithfully, without the upper part appearing to tilt backward and become thinner. The tilt mechanism changes the orthogonal relationship between the optical axis of the lens and the image plane, allowing you to control the focused area. In landscape photography, you can achieve a focus throughout the entire subject plane from near to distant. You can also achieve focus on a specific part of the subject for emphasis. In actual shooting situations, the shift and tilt mechanisms are used together to adjust perspective, distortion of the subject, and focus area.

Major Features

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  • PC-E 45mm Micro, providing a standard angle of view
  • PC-E 85mm Micro, offering a medium-telephoto angle of view and increased camera-to-subject working distance
  • Close-up shooting at up to 1/2x reproduction ratio
  • Nano Crystal Coat effectively reduces ghosting and flare
  • PC-E 45mm features an ED glass element, delivering high-resolution and even more vivid image quality
  • Electromagnetic diaphragm provides auto aperture control when used with D3, D700 and D300 digital SLR cameras
  • Wide tilt and shift range (tilt: ±8.5°; shift ±11.5mm) enables agile hand-held tilt/shift photography — a handling characteristic that is virtually impossible with large-format view cameras
  • ±90° lens revolving capability, with stops at 30° and 60°, for versatile tilt/shift effects
  • Nine-blade rounded diaphragm for rounded, natural blur
  • High optical performance not only for tilt/shift photography but also for general shooting
  • Dust and moisture-resistant for reliable use even in harsh shooting situations

Note:
These lenses can be used with the D3, D700 and D300 without any limitation; and can also be used with the following cameras, though some restrictions or limitations on functions exist: D2 series, D1 series, D200, D100, D80, D70 series, D60, D50, D40 series, F6, F5, F4 series, F100, F90X/N90s, F90 series/N90, F80 series /N80 series, F75 series /N75 series, F65 series /N65 series, and PRONEA 600i/6i.

PC-E Micro NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8D ED Specifications

Focal length 45 mm
Maximum aperture f/2.8
Minimum aperture f/32
Lens construction 9 elements in 8 groups (with one ED glass element and Nano Crystal Coat)
Picture angle 51° (maximum 66° when fully shifted)
Closest focus distance 0.253 m (0.83 ft.)
Maximum reproduction ratio 1/2
No. of diaphragm blades 9 (rounded)
Filter/attachment size 77mm
Diameter x length Approx. 82.5 x 112 mm/3.2 x 4.4 in. (extension from lens mount)
Weight Approx. 740 g/26.1 oz.
Supplied accessories 77mm Snap-on Front Lens Cap LC-77, Rear Lens Cap LF-1, Bayonet Hood HB-43, Flexible Lens Pouch CL-1120

PC-E Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/2.8D Specifications

Focal length 85 mm
Maximum aperture f/2.8
Minimum aperture f/32
Lens construction 6 elements in 5 groups (with Nano Crystal Coat)
Picture angle 28°30′ (maximum 37°50′ when fully shifted)
Closest focus distance 0.39 m (1.3 ft.)
Maximum reproduction ratio 1/2
No. of diaphragm blades 9 (rounded)
Filter/attachment size 77mm
Diameter x length Approx. 83.5 x 107 mm/3.3 x 4.2 in.
Weight Approx. 635 g/22.4 oz.
Supplied accessories 77mm Snap-on Front Lens Cap LC-77, Rear Lens Cap LF-1, Bayonet Hood HB-22, Flexible Lens Pouch CL-1120

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