Hey Nikon users, looking for a bit of glass that’s a powerful all-rounder? The Japanese firm has just announced a new DX-format lens: the AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80MM F/2.8-4E ED VR lens which should have crop sensor users jumping for joy.

The new AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80MM F/2.8-4E ED VR lens has a bit of everything, and will offer DX-format Nikon users higher-end features that are not typically seen on DX-format lenses. The most noted of the features is the addition of Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat. The Nano Crystal Coat will help to avoid glare and ghosting issues that plagued earlier lenses, while the fluorine coatings on the front and rear elements help shed dirt, smudges and moisture.

This is also the first DX-format lens to use a circular 7-bladed electromagnetic aperture diaphragm, which Nikon claims will help provide consistent exposure during high-speed photography.

The lens will provide DX-format photographers the equivalent of a 24-120mm- focal length. This will open up a wide range of shooting opportunities from landscapes to portraits. It would also be the perfect companion as a single lens travel setup. While it is a variable f/2.8-4.0 aperture range it will still offer shallow depth of fields and good brightness throughout its range, making it easier to photograph in lower light scenes and create pleasing background blur and subject isolation. For the shaky handed amongst us, the Vibration Reduction system is rated for four stops of image correction, further helping users to capture sharp subjects in low light at slower shutter speeds.

The 16-80mm lens is comprised of a total 17 elements in 13 groups, including four Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) and three aspheric elements for help fight not only chromatic aberration but also ghosting and flare effects.

No local pricing was available, but the AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80MM F/2.8-4E ED VR will have a retail price of around $1,069.95 in the US, which is around R13200.00 in South Africa.