Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Updated for 2016: Complete List of Weather-Resistant Nikon Lenses (Current and Discontinued)


It's been almost 5 years since I compiled my original list of weather resistant Nikon lenses. Well, as time goes by, it is only natural that Nikon will launch new lenses, many of which belong on the weather-resistant list. So, here goes: the updated (from 2011 and 2013) list of weather-resistant Nikkor lenses. New lenses are in red. Additionally, in the 5 years that have elapsed since the original list, Nikon has also discontinued some lenses as well, hence the current and discontinued lists.

 
Current Film/Digital 
14-24 f2.8 (2007-)
16-35 f4 VR (2010-)
18-35 f3.5-4.5 AF-S (2013-)
20 f1.8 AF-S (2014-)

24 f1.4 AF-S (2010-)
24 f1.8 AF-S (2015-)
24-70 f2.8 (2007-)

24-70 f2.8 VR (2015-)

24-85 VR (2012-)
24-120 (2010-)
28 f1.8 AF-S (2012-)
28-300 f3.5-5.6 VR (2010-)
35 f1.4 AF-S (2010-)

35 f1.8 AF-S (2014-)

50 f1.4 AF-S (2008-)
50 f1.8 AF-S  (2011-)

58 f1.4 AF-S (2013-)

60 f2.8 AF-S Micro (2008-)
70-200 f2.8 II (2009-)
70-200 f4 VR (2012-)
70-300 f4.5-5.6 AF-S VR (2006-)

80-400 f4.5-5.6 AF-S VR (2013-)

85 f1.8 AF-S (2012-)
85 f1.4 AF-S (2010-)
105 f2.8 VR Micro (2006-)
200 f2 VR II (2010-)
200-400 f4 VR II (2010-)

200-500 f5.6 VR (2015-)

300 f2.8 VR II (2009-)
300 f4 VR (2015-)
400 f2.8 VR II (2014-)

600f4 VR  (2007-)

Current DX Digital Only
10-24 f3.5-4.5 AF-S (2009-)
12-24 f4 AF-S (2003-)

16-80 f2.8-4 AF-S VR (2015-)

17-55 f2.8 AF-S (2003-)

18-140 f3.-5.6 AF-S VR (2013-)

18-200 AF-S VR II (2009-)
18-300 AF-S VR I (77mm filters) (2012-)

18-300 AF-S VR II (67 mm filters) (2014-)

35 f1.8 AF-S (2009-)
40 f2.8 AF-S Micro (2011-)
55-300 f4-5.6 VR (2010-)
85 f3.5 AF-S VR Micro (2009-)

Discontinued Film/Digital
70-200 f2.8 VR I (2003-2009)
200-400 f4 VR I (2003-2010)
200 f2 VR I (2004-2010)
400 f2.8 VR I (2007-2014)

Discontinued DX Digital Only
18-70 AF-S f3.5-4.5 (2004-2010)
18-200 VR I (2005-2009)

Huge list aside, there is one important catch: Nikon does not market these lenses as “weather-proof,” only “weather-resistant,” which means that they probably won't go servicing your camera/lens that got dropped overboard on that fishing trip when your buddy was reaching for his beer but accidentally bumped your camera instead. If you want true weather-resistance, go buy a tough P&S like my Olympus Stylus 550WP or, if you don't mind shooting film, a Jacques Cousteau-inspired Nikonos film SLR.


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