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Complex mathematical formulas aside, lens focal length, expressed in millimeters, determines angle of view and subject magnification. Smaller focal lengths, such as 18mm, indicate a reasonably wide angle of view, while larger focal length numbers, 200mm for example, indicate a narrow angle of view—commonly referred to as telephoto.
The term shorter is frequently used to describe wide-angle lenses, while longer refers to telephoto lenses.

Click here to read an article about focal length on Learn & Explore. 

The maximum diameter of the lens’ multi-bladed opening is referred to as its maximum aperture (or f/stop). Smaller f/stop numbers represent larger openings, enabling a larger amount of light to reach the camera’s image plane.

Click here to read an article about aperture on Learn & Explore. 

A prime lens has a fixed focal length, which produces a single angle of view. A zoom lens offers a variable range of focal lengths, enabling photographers to choose from a variety of angles of view.

Click here to read an article about lens types on Learn & Explore. 

DX-format
DX-format D-SLRs have the benefit of being suited for use with both DX and non-DX lenses*. DX lenses are typically more compact and are often more affordable.
When considering lenses for a DX-format D-SLR, you can narrow the search by selecting DX or select All to choose from a broader assortment.
* Limitations apply

FX-format
Nikon FX-format D-SLRs achieve best results with lenses capable of producing an image circle matching the FX-format’s larger image sensor (lenses without a DX designation.) FX-format D-SLRs do accept DX lenses via the DX Crop Mode (and at lower resolution.)
When considering lenses for an FX-format D-SLR, you can narrow your search by selecting FX/35mm.

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NIKKOR Camera Lenses

The result of Nikon’s dedication to innovation and excellence in the manufacture of interchangeable camera lenses is the comprehensive assortment of NIKKOR optics—marvels of clarity, consistency, precision and reliability.  A NIKKOR camera lens is a commitment to superiority, which is why we make over 200 types of our own specialized optical glass, and why we've done so for over 75 years.
Picture your world through renowned NIKKOR lenses.

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Maximum Aperture Lens Name Product Number DX VR Image Stabilization AF-S (SWM) ED Glass Nano Crystal Coat IF Price
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Focal Length
Lens focal length, expressed in millimeters, determines angle of view and subject magnification. Smaller focal lengths indicate a wide-angle of view, while larger numbers indicate a narrow angle of view—commonly referred to as telephoto.
Maximum Aperture
The maximum diameter of the lens’ multi-bladed opening is referred to as its maximum aperture (or f/stop). Smaller f/stop numbers represent larger openings, enabling a larger amount of light to reach the camera’s image plane.
DX Format
DX-NIKKOR lenses are engineered specifically for Nikon DX-format cameras. DX lenses can, however, be used on Nikon FX-format cameras (in the camera’s DX Crop Mode.) DX lenses are not compatible with Nikon 35mm film cameras.
Vibration Reduction (VR)
Nikon VR Image Stabilization is engineered specifically for each VR NIKKOR lens and enables handheld shooting at shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper images.
Silent Wave Motor Technology (SWM)
Silent Wave Motor Technology in AF-S NIKKOR lenses generates highly efficient rotational energy to focus the lens, enabling high-speed autofocusing that’s both accurate and extremely quiet. Select Nikon D-SLRs require AF-S (SWM) lenses for autofocus operation: D40, D40X, D60, D3000 & D5000.
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
A Nikon innovation developed to enhance optical performance by reducing chromatic aberrations.
Nano Crystal Coat (N)
An exclusive coating developed by Nikon to further reduce ghosting and interior flare across a wide range of wavelengths for even greater image clarity.
Internal Focus (IF)
Provides fast and quiet autofocus without changing the length of the lens, retaining working distance throughout the focus range.

Focal Length

Lens focal length, expressed in millimeters, determines angle of view and subject magnification. Smaller focal lengths, such as 18mm, indicate a wide angle of view, while larger focal length numbers, 200mm for example, indicate a narrow angle of view—commonly referred to as telephoto. The term shorter is frequently used to describe wide-angle lenses, while longer refers to telephoto lenses.

Find out more

Maximum Aperture

The maximum diameter of the lens’ multi-bladed opening is referred to as its maximum aperture (or f/stop). Smaller f/stop numbers represent larger openings, enabling a larger amount of light to reach the camera’s image plane.

Find out more

Lens Type

A prime lens has a fixed focal length, which produces a single angle of view. A zoom lens offers a variable range of focal lengths, enabling photographers to choose from a variety of angles of view.

Find out more

Lens Optical Format

A wide variety of NIKKOR interchangeable lenses bear the DX designation, indicating engineering specifically for Nikon DX-format cameras. DX lenses can, however, be used on Nikon FX-format cameras (in the camera’s DX Crop Mode.) DX lenses are not compatible with Nikon 35mm film cameras.

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Key Features

Vibration Reduction (VR) technology compensates for camera shake, resulting in your sharpest images ever.  Silent Wave Motor (SWM)Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM) delivers fast, accurate and quiet autofocusing.  Micro lenses—for sharp, precise close-up photography.  Perspective Control (Tilt/Shift) lenses feature tilt, shift and rotation capability.  Nikon Extra-low Dispersion (ED) Glass combats chromatic aberrations. Nikon Nano Crystal Coat (N) is a Nikon exclusive coating that further reduces ghosting and interior lens flare.

*ESP (Estimated Selling Price) listed only as an estimate. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II


AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II
Fast, Prime Telephoto Lens.

AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G


AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G
Update of one of Nikon’s most respected NIKKOR lenses delivers sharp images.

D7000


D7000
Power to Astonish. Features to Inspire.