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Nikkor 24-120 f/4 VR will be released this year

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Nikon will announce a new Nikkor 24-120 f/4 VR lens (FX of course) this year. The Google translation said "soon", but I have no idea how soon that would be. I got this info from one of the forum members I regularly follow on various Asian sites (mainly China and Japan). This time I will not post a direct link to the forum thread in order to protect their identity.

I would like to remind you that the first report about the new AF-S 16-35mm f/4 VR lens came from one of those sources on a Japanese forum back in September 2009! This was not a coincidence - this lens was hard to guess or predict unless you had some insider information (he/she/it even knew it will be VR).

I have not received any other confirmations on this lens yet and that's why I will rate this rumor @ 75% probability.

There is also a word on the street about a new Nikkor 28-300 f/3.5-5.6 lens and even a new full frame camera in a small(-er) body but I am not sure about the reliability of the source. Maybe he/she/it will read this message and send me more details here.

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  • Jaws

    I am quite sure we will see something along these lines soon. Whether it’s a 24-120mm f/4 VRII or a 28-105mm f/4 VRII, I’m quite sure we’ll see a lens like this very likely in June or sometime next year.

    Although many of us have criticized the video feature being added to DSLRs, this will be a benefit that we will see from the video feature. When zooming while shooting video you are going to want to be able to maintain the exposure and depth of field, and a constant aperture lens will be important in doing this.

    The 16-35mm f/4 VRII is largely a product of the video feature. Nikon touts the new VRII as being good for shooting video, and that is why we see VR in such a short focal length lens. Also, that lens is a constant aperture zoom due to wanting to make it easier for maintaining exposure and depth of field while shooting video.

    So, in this instance we are benefitting by getting better lenses due to the video feature being put in the DSLRs.

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