Nikon is rumored to announce a new 400mm f/2.8 lens this week, along with the already-rumored Nikon 1 S2 mirrorless camera that will replace the 1 S1.
During the past few weeks, sources familiar with the matter have reported that Nikon is on the verge of announcing a new mirrorless interchangeable lens camera.
The event is reportedly scheduled for May 15 and will include the launch of the 1 S2 camera that is aimed at taking the place of the low-end 1 S1.
As usual, the product launch event is getting closer and inside sources have checked back with more information. There is a possibility that a new super-telephoto lens will be revealed along with the MILC and that the event will take place on May 14.
New Nikon 400mm f/2.8 SWM lens to become official by the end of this week
The super-telephoto model is rumored to serve as a replacement for the Nikon AF-S 400mm f/2.8G ED VR lens. It should feature an identical focal length as well as maximum aperture, therefore we should not expect anything different from 400mm and f/2.8.
Additionally, the lens will sport a fluorite coating to cut down optical defects, such as chromatic aberrations, while a new Silent Wave Motor will also be in place.
The new SWM is believed to provide smooth and quiet autofocus, which will be very useful during video recording among others.
The Nikon 400mm f/2.8G ED VR II AF-S SWM lens is currently available at Amazon for around $9,000. However, the product is not in stock and will ship to your address within 2 to 4 weeks.
Speaking of the price, the new Nikon 400mm f/2.8 SWM lens price will be $500 bigger than the one of the current model. Shipping will begin ahead of the 2014 World Cup, a competition that starts on June 12 in Brazil.
Nikon 1 S2 mirrorless camera allegedly coming during the same event
On the other hand, the Nikon 1 S2 mirrorless camera will feature a 1-inch-type image sensor capable of taking photos at 14.2 megapixels. It will come packed with a Hybrid AF system that consists of 73 Phase Detection points as well as 135 Contrast Detection points.
It is worth reminding that the shooter may not be released in the US. This is becoming a habit for mirrorless cameras as they are struggling to put a dent into the DSLR market share in the US, so companies see no reasons to launch them in the North American country.
As stated above, stay with us as the official announcement may take place soon.