Nikon has announced the launch of a AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED lens exclusively for Nikon DX format digital SLRs.

Nikon has announced the launch of an AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED lens exclusively for Nikon DX format digital SLRs.

The new model features Nikon ED glass, aspherical lens elements and SWM (Silent Wave Motor) for enhanced performance. With a focal length range of 18-135mm, the lens is targeted at a wide range of photography subjects, from sports, action and portraits to wide-angle landscapes. The picture angle is equivalent to a 27-202.5mm lens in the 35mm format.

The optical design features one ED glass element and two hybrid aspherical lens elements, while built in SWM offers a smoother and quieter auto focus performance.

The lens will hits stores this September at an expected retail price of £299.99.

SUMMARY OF KEY FEATURES

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), Bayonet hood (HB-32), Flexible lens pouch (CL-0915)

Optional accessories: 67mm screw-in filters

Full details are available at www.nikon.co.uk.