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Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G discontinued (part 2)

The Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 light gray version is listed as discontinued on the Japanese site mapcamera.com with the word "生産終了" which means "end of production":

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  • Henry Nikon Fan

    Hasn’t this lens been pretty impossible to obtain here in the U.S.A. for quite a while now?

    • Greg

      I don’t know anyone that actually has the gray version either. I looked for one when I was in the market for a 70-200 and no one had seen one in a LOOOONG time. I don’t necessarily think this rumor means anything. We shall see.

      • northy

        quite a few people over at Nikonians own the gray 70-200. mostly the people living in the Cali or other hot areas.

      • funny

        the reason you may not see it is because it is imported. however it is quite common in japan to see it. I was skeptical at first that this lens would finally get an update after many false starts before. however this may be the lucky strike.

  • low

    has it begun?

    • Max

      lol, made me laugh

  • Zenndott

    Looking at the mapcamera.com site, and it now says 販売終了, which means “no longer sold.” Not quite the same thing as 生産終了, but the semantic differences reflect the same fundamentals: the gray version is no longer available new. Hopefully this means Nikon will be coming out with a better version. (I will probably not be able to afford a new “new-version,” but I do look forward to an increase in available used lenses for sale.)

    Alex

    • D40000

      You can see 生産終了 in comment section(商品コメント) in the picture.

  • Ben Dover

    This is OLD news from last year guys.

  • nikonmonster
  • wingka

    is this still news….?
    I thought the grey version had been discontinued for a long time already?

  • http://logatec.blogspot.com/ Andrej

    I own a grey version of this Nikkor and this notification of it being discontinued is nothing new – it goes back to november 2007, when Nikon stopped the production of all light grey colored lenses (400/2.8, 300/4, 70-200/2.8 …) due to cost cut.

    So don’t get overexcited; this is nothing new, this lens has been discontinued for over a year and a half.

    • PHB

      I suspect it is not so much a cost cut as wanting to ensure brand differentiation wrt Canon.

  • Dan

    The Nikon distributor in our country just got a few units after some months (8-10 I think) that they couldn’t get any.
    South East Asia must be last on the list that Nikon delivers to.
    It’s around 100USD more than the black one with the standard 2 year warranty.

  • kristupa saragih

    they no longer sell the gray version, pink version will come this summer with paris hilton signature on it.

    • Me

      Rock on!

  • Anon

    Yawn.

    I thought the gray version had been discontinued for a long time.

    Is it just me, or is the vast majority of NR posts nowadays just about old stuff getting discontinued in various online stores and stuff? It doesn’t seem to give any interesting hints about what’s coming up, either.

    OT-Rant: Gief AF-S 35/1.4.

  • Steph

    Yay – I SO WANT the Paris Hilton limited edition!!!

  • litebyte

    The grey version was already not deliverable anymore for US, Europe and other areas and is since 2009 not made anymore for Japanese market also.

  • Zoetmb

    The grey versions in the U.S. never sold much because they were all “special order” and not eligible for rebates. When I bought my 70-200, with the rebates and other discounts, there was a $300 differential between the grey and black versions and so I bought the black version, but I might have bought the grey (it was in-stock) had there been no or little price differential.

    I think Nikon made a marketing mistake in this regard. Especially back when PJs were almost only using Canon, it would have been effective to make it harder to tell which photogs were using Nikon and which were using Canon. And while people joke about other possible colors (the Paris Hilton model), IMO it would gain Nikon sales. While the techie-type left-brain photographers would put down such a notion, there are many people (right-brain oriented) who like to “personalize” their commodities. And if Nikon made colors available, they’d be the first (although I’d probably try this on non-kit consumer lenses first). I realize the bodies would still be black unless they came out with choices there as well (note that several Nikon bodies and lenses are available in the UK in silver), but I can imagine a segment of perhaps younger or female photographers (just as examples) who would welcome color in lenses — the same people who carefully decide which color iPod to buy or who have strong preferences over whether to buy a black or white iPhone. Army green for shooting in nature…white for weddings…blue for sports, etc. And until the competition did the same, you’d always know when someone was shooting with Nikon lenses.

    And I still feel that NR is “grasping at straws” to support wishful thinking when items like this get posted. It’s one thing if it’s posted as such on Nikon’s sites, it’s quite another when it’s just some e-commerce retailer, unless (possibly) if it’s a very major retailer. And in this case, it’s obvious that they’re only referring to the grey version.

    • Ken Elliott

      I would have preferred having my big lenses in light gray. Large black lenses get really hot here in Florida USA, at hanging at the racetrack all day means a lot of time in the sun (thus the white towel on my lens, and snarky comments from Canon shooters). Canon made their lenses white to keep the heat down – their fluoride glass is very heat sensitive, so it was a must for them. It turned into a marketing advantage / trademark.

    • STJ

      I prefer to have mine black since there look smaller and less intruding when I want to be stealthy. I guess black and white choice would be nice, but would probably add to cost.

  • gary

    this rumor, that is not really a rumor at all, gets two parts?? i agree everyone else saying NR is really “grasping at straws”.

  • http://logatec.blogspot.com/ Andrej

    Again; this lens, as all others that were once (or somewhere still are) available in light grey version, was discontinued in November 2007.

    • Dweeb

      Andrej is correct – Most of the grey (AKA Canon Jealousy) lenses were dropped from the lense catalogue a few years ago. I seem to remember there’s only two left.

    • litebyte

      Not true,

      They where discontinued out sight Japan.
      In Japan the grey version could be ordered by Japanese dealer till beginning of 2009

      • http://logatec.blogspot.com/ Andrej

        Just because the lens was discontinued, that doesn’t mean you can’t still buy it new somewhere, so which part of DIS-CON-TIN-UED don’t you understand?

  • Ubiquitous

    That might be true that the 70-200 f/2.8F VR gray version could be discontinued, but not the standard version of the lens (black.) In order to resolve the alleged vignetting problems with FF frames and 12.1 MP sensors (24mp sensors might be a different story,) Nikon has to completely redesign the 70-200 with a wider barrel and lens elements. The present 70-200 is too slim to properly address the problem.

    I believe that the rumors of a 70-200 f/2.5G VRII ED-IF N are true. However, it will be a much heavier lens (~ 4 lbs) with a heftier price tag (~ $2,600.) There is no need for Nikon to discontinue the present one; they can have both models.

  • ncshooter

    Yeah they COULD have both, however look at what they did when they came out with this one, they discontinued the non-vr lens. It doesn’t make any sense to me why they would cancel that one but keep producing the afd 80-200 instead. Great lens, but the not having afs really sucks!

  • C

    I am again disappointed by your lack of Nikon knowledge and history.

    If you are not sure, please ask your reliable Nikon friends before posting somethings onto the web.

    GREY LENS HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED YEARS AGO.

    I hope admin of NR could improve and strive to learn more about Nikon. Give us, Nikon friends, heart-feeling instead of hurt-feeling, as many Nikon friends like to surf your site very much.

    • Twoomy

      Geeze, go easy on the guy; I appreciate the effort even if some posts are a bit off the mark and not as juicy as others. We can’t get a new inside scoop of the D700x every single day!

      • STJ

        If there was an inside scoop on the 700x/800 every day I’m sure someone would complain that there are now lens rumors and that this is more important for those who already have a camera etc etc… Try to smile and be happy for the good stories and laugh of the less great ones….

  • TTI

    Hey hey…

    I dont know whether the word ‘discontinued’ is used correctly here…

    In EU, US, yes, it seems to be discontinued for years (since 2007), however, you can still find brand-new in Thailand, Malaysia, Hongkong and Singapore. Moreover, I think it is still in production up till the beginning of the year, as mine, the document was printed on 2008, so it seems to be pretty new though.

    On top of that, distributors in those countries mentioned above still opens to received order for customers who want the grey version. You have to wait 4-6 weeks for the order to be ship to you.

    ————
    And to those comments that it’s AKA canon jealousy, if you know the history behind, it was because white/grey reflect more light than black one !! If you live in a country where the temp is >30c for all the year, holding grey version under the sun for 2-3 hours is much more pleasurable compare to the black one. :)

  • Anonymous

    On a famous Japanese MB for camera shoppers, a source apparently close to the matter has posted some informations about a successor lens to Nikon’s 70-200/2.8.
    According to the source on the “Kakaku.com”, the new 70-200/2.8 will soon be officially announced by the company to unveil following features and specs:
    nano-cristal lens
    VR2
    weight 1540g
    length 209mm
    filter size 77mm
    Minimum Focus Distance 1.4m
    a brand-new function of Auto preferre AF mode / Manual preferred AF mode.

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

      Do you have the direct link for that info? I could not find it. Thanks!

  • Jason
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