Nikon has today confirmed the launch of two new lenses for digital SLRs, including an FX-format zoom aimed at photo enthusiasts.

The 16-35mm AF-S Nikkor f/4G ED VR is designed for use on FX-format cameras such as the D700, according to Nikon.

The £1049.99 newcomer was developed on the back of customer demand for a ‘more affordable’ alternative to other lenses in Nikon’s professional range.

It is expected to arrive in UK stores this month.

‘The robust magnesium construction and weather sealing will make it an ideal choice for the adventurous enthusiast and professional photographer,’ claimed the firm.

Nikon has also announced details of the 24mm AF-S Nikkor f/1.4G ED, a professional lens priced £1,949.99.

‘The shallow depth of field and bright viewfinder image offered by this new fast aperture prime lens will appeal to many photographers, particularly in the photojournalism community,’ added Nikon in a statement this morning.

Due out in March, it boasts a ‘unique optical design’, combining a Nano Crystal coating, ED glass and aspherical lens elements to minimise distortion and aberration.

Nikon 16-35mm VR lens image