Nikon launches FX-format 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 zoom

New Nikon Lens: NIKKOR 24–85mm f3.5–4.5G ED VR revealed

Nikon has announced a new FX-format zoom lens with broad 24-85mm focal range, compact build and Vibration Reduction.

The new AF-S NIKKOR 24–85mm f/3.5–4.5G ED VR offers a focal length extending from wideangle up to telephoto in a lightweight body, and is billed as a multi-purpose lens for FX-format Nikon photographers who want the freedom to shoot a wide variety of day-to-day moments and subjects.

DO or Di? Your lens markings explained

DO or Di? All your lens markings explained

Does your lens has more letters after its name than a retired rocket scientist. What do all these lens markings mean? You can refer to a lens simply by the name of the manufacturer, the focal length, and its maximum aperture – a Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6, say, or Canon 50mm f/1.4. But as lenses have often evolved from decades of development, they usually have a line of additional letters after their names, stamped on the barrel or printed on the boxes.

Some lens markings are about manufacturer branding – defining a more recent range, or a lens that’s built to higher standards than another. Others are to do with the optics themselves, and to highlight specific technologies used in the lens construction. In the jargon-busting guide below, we’ll translate these lens markings for you.

Best lens: how to choose the ideal optic for your camera

Best lens: tips to choose the ideal optic for your camera

Are you thinking about buying a new lens for your DSLR or compact system camera?

Remember, the best lens isn’t always the most expensive. The best lens for your camera is the one with the features that best match your needs as a photographer.

These 9 essential tips should help give a solid foundation of what you might be looking for when you go to choose the best lens for your camera.