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Confirmed: Nikon to launch a new 400mm f/2.8 lens

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The current Nikon AF-S 400mm f/2.8G ED VR lens

I just received a confirmation - Nikon will launch a refresh of the current Nikon AF-S 400mm f/2.8G ED VR lens (funny that we just had a guest post on that lens). Expect the price of the new lens to be at least $500 more than the current version ($8,999.00). I am still trying to confirm if this new lens will be announced this week with the Nikon 1 S2. This new lens will definitely be released before the start of the FIFA World Cup in June, 2014.

Update: the new 400mm f/2.8 lens is expected to have a fluorite element and SWM update.

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  • Cojaro

    Lame.

    • Dpablo unfiltered

      I know. But some people will complain about anything.

  • Beso

    I am glad I waited to buy this beast.

    • King of Swaziland

      You won’t be when you see the price.

  • scott800

    I feel bad for Villager Jim…

    • manhattanboy

      Villager Jim always has the Village People to cheer him up:
      Young man, there’s no need to feel down
      I said young man, pick yourself off the ground

      • Global

        LOL.. who doesn’t love the name, “Villager Jim”?? :-D

        He needs a Children’s Show about Nature. heh

    • AM I Am

      Will Village Jim’s lens stop working because a new version will be released? I’m sure it won’t. So don’t feel bad for him, he’ll continue getting the most out of his lens.

    • nek4life

      Could you please put a 24mm 2.8 in your cart?

      • scott800

        Haha! Was just thinking about that and the 105mm 1.8!

    • E-Nonymouse A

      Tilt shift’s are a low priority for Nikon I.M.O, so not likely to see them tripping all over themselves to renew it.

      • scott800

        Just being hopeful. I will still be buying the current version as soon as it’s available, it has done great/fun things for me as a rental and makes a handy macro lens as well.

      • preston

        For architectural photographers it is worth switching to Canon for their T/S lineup right now. Their 24mm T/S is perfect (way better than Nikon’s) and Nikon doesn’t even have a 17mm T/S. I work at an architectural firm and am involved in hiring photographers for our jobs and seriously 9/10 shoot Canon due to this. Sensor dynamic range isn’t an issue because all shots are bracketed anyways to bring back shadows and highlights.

        • scott800

          I use the 45mm pc-e lens for portraits and selective focus for video and short film applications. The 24mm was too wide for my needs, but thanks for the info

      • Mike

        This morning we didn’t think a new 400 2.8 was a Nikon priority.

      • Mike

        This morning we didn’t think a new 400 2.8 was a Nikon priority.

    • Adrian Gopal

      Why?.. he has already shot a ton of beautiful images with his.. I think that’s the reward in itself. And we village people will never be able to keep up with every new lens or body that comes out for a plain and simple fact. Not enough $$$.. I still shoot with the old AF 300 f4 and 400 f5.6 IF-ED (manual) and 500 f5.6 IF-ED (manual)..

      • scott800

        Of course I don’t really feel bad for him, as if every previous model becomes obsolete the moment a new version is announced. (I am curious why a new model is being introduced so soon after the last) I just found it fascinating that he was just featured in a post. I won’t be replacing many of my older lenses either :)

        • Adrian Gopal

          There is one thing I wish Nikon made again.. the Reflex Nikkors..

    • FDF

      Just wait until Samyang makes one for half the price and much more flexible, like they did with the 24mm, which happens to be my favorite and most used lens at the moment.

  • manhattanboy

    Again Nikon leaves the 300 f4 users hanging dry.

    • Rebel

      and again no 400 5.6 VR
      Canon has a version of this lens, it’s a shame that Nikon doesn’t

      • AM I Am

        Switch to Canon if you haven’t already and stop whining.

        • umeshrw

          This response is equally pathetic as the point which raised it. We all know we love nikon so switching is out of question. Only thing we can do is whine(genuine or otherwise).

          • AM I Am

            Your point is even more pathetic.
            Many shoot Nikon and I’m sure they’re not married to Nikon. Switching is always an option.

            • umeshrw

              Not like the divorces that happen for petty reasons nowadays.

        • HotDuckZ

          Canon 400 5.6 not have IS.

          • El Aura

            And was released about 20 years ago (1993). To my knowledge no other manufacturer has released a 400 mm f/5.6 lens for at least 19 years (Sigma 400 mm f/5.6 APO Macro, 1995, though it got an HSM update two years later). Nobody except for Canon is even selling one anymore.

            Zooms have become good enough at 400 mm and f/5.6 such that primes have not much market left. There are no 200 mm f/4 lenses (outside of the macro realm) anymore, because the xx-200 mm f/4 zooms are good enough and more versatile.

            • HotDuckZ

              Rebel manhattanboy • a day ago
              and again no 400 5.6 VR
              Canon has a version of this lens, it’s a shame that Nikon doesn’t

      • watsdamattau

        I seriously doubt there will be a 400mm f/5.6G VR ever released. Nikon wants people to buy the 80-400 f/5.6 variation. At the moment the only Nikon 400mm f/5.6 you can buy is the EDIF AIS manual version.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/kgnixer niXerKG

        No it isn’t. Slap a TC-14E on a 300mm f/4 and you got an awesome 420mm f/5.6

        Of course it’d be great if they’d update the 300mm f/4 but it wasn’t bad on my D7K or D3.

      • snakemeister

        Totally agree with you… would love to see a 400 5.6 lens. Still don’t understand why they cant make this lens… it would be a very good seller if reasonably priced like the competitions is.

        • Mansgame

          Because there is already an 80-400 and it’s great.

      • Mansgame

        Why not get the 80-400 f/4.5-5.6 VR? It’s just as sharp as an f/5.6 prime would be. If your religion is against using zoom lenses, you can just tape it to 400mm.

        • Jim

          Because the new version is bloody expensive and the old version is slow to focus. It’s not only about features, it’s about features at a certain price point.

  • JohnH

    Did we really need a new one of this lens as opposed to many other lenses that sorely need updating? Really Nikon?

    • Jay Pike

      Maybe I’m just sore because I bought this lens last year, but, it already has VR2 and Nano coating… its at the top of the sharpest primes at the super-tele range already… Unless there is some sort of manufacturing defect that plagued the current version of the lens, I see no reason to refresh this one… again, where’s the $$ gain?

      • zoetmb

        The refresh, like so many refreshes recently, is primarily to increase the price without increasing the price. While Nikon knows that this is a lens that nature photographers want, I bet most of the sales are to organizations that cover sports, where they “have to have it” and price isn’t a super large factor.

    • guest

      Why update? So many are zooms with overlapping ranges…it’s like buying Apple in the old days with 17 different Performas. Just clear the cruft and concentrate on a few super zooms. Drop the prices a bit and go for volume.

    • preston

      It’s an easy update! So a no brainer!

    • El Aura

      Did we really need a D4s? Keeping its high-end gear current in regard to technology is important for Nikon. This lens will likely just be like the II updates to the 200 and 300 mm lenses, better coatings, better VR but otherwise a largely unchanged lens.

  • Chris Cheek

    So overpriced…

  • Nikon

    With Nikon’s latest bodies outclassing most others offerings in a lot of areas…it seems they may be starting to focus on their exotic lenses to accomplish a similar path. Started with the 800mm…that beast is nearly perfect when viewing it’s MTF chart. Who knows what Nikon is thinking!!!

    • FredBear

      Nikon is thinking?

      • Psycho

        no, they just think they do – lol

        • FredBear

          Too many late nights in sushi bars? ;-)

          • Psycho

            Wasabi sauce must be a neuron-stimulant ;-)

            • FredBear

              One has to have neurons first ;-)

            • Patrick O’Connor

              Wasabi is a paste…not that it matters.

            • sunny

              when mixed with soy sauce, it becomes a wasabi sauce!

            • Patrick O’Connor

              Hmm… I’ve never seen it used that way before.

          • guest

            Hammering sake with the salary men…

  • Kyle

    I still use the older AF-S non-VR version and find no need of these newer VR versions that cost thousands more and produce the same sharpness.

    • Nikon

      I use the AFi – 14pound version and get amazing sharpness even with the TC-20E-III attached wide open with my D4s. A CF tripod negates the need for VR, but….maybe one in my future when I need lighter…LOL….or….the 800mm….Doh!!!

    • monopodman

      Of course sharpness is the only thing that’s important in these lenses (and absolutely no one cares about VR or weight) lol

  • Vic

    Will this new version be lighter? The newly updated Canon super teles are substantially lighter than the lenses they replaced aren’t they?

    • Lubos

      Well, I wouldn’t buy this lens if it would be light. These lenses need to be build like a tank, and any cheap parts would be disaster. I know the weight is important too, but in this case, not.

      • preston

        That is 20th century logic. Weight does not directly relate to build quality in this age of advanced materials.

        • Nikon

          Especially with multi-layer CF.

          • Coloretric

            CF isn’t ideal as it is quite brittle and can shatter in cold environments.

            • neversink

              That’s funny… I used to take my carbon kayak in the Hudson in the winter among the ice floes and I left it outside, sometimes buried in snow all winter, and guess what – No Cracks!!!!!!!!! And my boats are old.

        • neversink

          Thank you preston. With Carbon-Kevlar and layers of carbon fiber, you are getting incredible strength, but much more lightweight than metal.

  • Yes, Another Tweet

    For $9500 I’ll keep my almost 30-year-old MF version until it dies but it will probably out live me.

    • Neopulse

      They look great btw, like tanks.

      • Yes, Another Tweet

        They are both built like tanks. Not an ounce of plastic in either one.

        • Neopulse

          Yeah I believe you, remember handling an 80-200mm (two ring) lens and I still remember how nice it felt in the hands. Those however look far more reinforced.

  • dgr

    A 400 f/4 would have been nice.

    • FredBear

      More like ‘essential’.
      Apparently Canon has one and it sells well.
      Seems like Nikon is more interested in zooms < 400 mm and primes built from unobtainium at 400 and above :-(

  • Ray

    Peter, what’s so special about a new 400 2.8. Is it just better optics for the new hi-mp camera’s or maybe adding a built in teleconverter?

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

      I do not have any other details. Improved VR for sure.

      • Jay Pike

        Doesn’t the current version already have VR2?

        • Neopulse

          There is already VRIII on the market

      • Tadao_Isogai

        Flourite coatings + SWM update

        • Col Gate

          Can I brush my teeth with it?
          Oh, sorry, I thought you said fluoride.

          • FredBear

            No but you can grill, bake or fry it ;-)
            It should be batter than the previous lens.

    • King of Swaziland

      Nikon needs to obsolete these things, so they can have them go out of service and force people to upgrade. If they keep making the same model, they have to make the repair parts for them.

    • Guest

      If this lens follows the same policy of the GP-1A after the GP-1 (which are completely identical in look and performance, so says Nikon) it also will be identical to the old one but just more expensive.

      Admin, any new on the new fisheye?

    • hje

      It needs to be weight.

      canon 400/2,8 = 3.850 g

      nikon 400/2,8 = 4.620 g

      • Simon Speich

        Canon lenses are so much lighter…

  • Tadao_Isogai

    Available soon NPS :)

  • Voice of Reason

    Should be interesting to see what they’ve changed. Pretty sure Villager Jim will keep doing just fine with the “old” lens.

  • Merv S

    Would be nice if Nikon updated even one of their super wide zooms, particularly for DX. Though even none of the 3rd party manufacturers seem to be on this.

    • Vic

      A new 24-70 2.8 (FX) would be nice. I don’t care if it’s VR or not but the new Canon 2.8 out classes this lens.

      • Merv S

        I’m not a pro but yeah I believe this should have been the top priority

      • Tommy Botello

        I’m not sure what your reasoning is but the Nikon 24-70 AF-S is still a top performer.

        • Vic

          It’s good, but not great. The Canon seems to have less distortion at 24mm and is sharp at 2.8 throughout the zoom range. I’ve owned several copies of the Nikon and none of them have been sharp at 2.8.

        • Tair

          Yeah but it has a hideous construction

      • lord eels

        out classes? only on the test charts. and even there the difference is only for pixel peepers. either way just about any cheap prime smokes both of them. my only gripe is size and weight of the nikkor 24-70. if a new 24-70 was much lighter I’d consider up grading, or perhaps if it was a 24-85. but other than that, who cares it’s a zoom. all zooms are compromises used only when you have to use them. when I want stunners I use primes.

        • d800e_shooter

          I have the 24-70/2.8 and also used the 28/35/50/85 f/1.8Gs and also the 24 f/1.4G. The 24-70 is better than the f/1.8G trios in 28/35/50.

          Only the 24/1.4G or either version of the 85Gs has better IQ.
          Both versions of the 50G is a joke, 35G is so-so, 28G is better but the distortion is unnatural.

          • lord eels

            it is CERTAINLY not “better” at f2.8. and frankly the 24-70 is down right horrible at f2.5 and below.

        • neversink

          That was true in 1980. Zoom lenses were compromises then. They are much less of a compromise today. I love my primes, but I have no problems with many of Nikon’s zooms of today. Love the 14-24, the 17-35 and the 16-35. The 24-70 is good and the 70-200 f/2.8 is stellar, but heavy. The 200-400 (which i don’t own but have used) is also superb. But why are we discussing wide angle zooms on a thread about a new 400mm f/2.8?

          • Coloretric

            I disagree with the 200-400 VR II. It could be much better at distance at f/4. f/4.5 better story. I was not impressed with my time on the lens, particularly with ‘hazy’ performance. Not saying it’s a terrible lens but it did not deliver the results I was expecting for the money paid, especially considering it is priced well above the 300 2.8 prime.

            • neversink

              It did the trick for me, but I only rented it for one shoot, and I really wanted to rent the 400 f/2.8 but the two copies the shop had were out. Since then I have purchased the 500 f/4 as a compromise due to the lesser weight of the 500. It’s a great lens, and not as heavy as the 400 or 600.

          • lord eels

            it will always be true. even the cheapest modern prime smokes any pro zoom. its a fact.

  • Coloretric

    Honestly, I know Nikon well, but this just stumps me a little as to why, one of their top performing lenses needs a replacement. With a bit of luck they will hopefully filter downwards. Perhaps the 300 2.8, 200-400 f/4, 200 f/2 will all get this ‘update’ too. I don’t really see the 300 f/4 VR arriving soon as that would cut into the 80-400 G lens sales. After these pro primes are ‘updated’ you will probably see the newer VR appearing on the consumer grade lenses such as 70-300 VR etc.

    • Jay Pike

      But, the last refresh of these pro-teles put in VR 2 and Nano… What more can be added? Another stop of VR? I love Villager Jim’s work, but, really, for working sports with this lens, everyone uses a monopod so, I’m not sure how much a VR refresh is going to merit as far as sales…

      Again, I have to question Nikon’s logic here unless this is just a simple part swap as I can’t see a return on R&D investment on these lenses by people dumping their current series and “upgrading”…

      • Tadao_Isogai

        The new lens will include flourite coatings and a SWM update

        • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

          Thanks!

        • NikonFanBoy

          have they shred weight off the new lens? Is it with FL ED just like the new 800mm E type?

        • Guest

          I’m confused. Nikon has this to say about fluorite coatings: “…flourite easily cracks and is sensitive to temperature changes…” that’s why they used ED glass.
          See: http://www.imaging.nikon.com/lineup/lens/glossary.htm

          • Guest

            I guess the fluorite processing was improved and perfected since it appears on the 800 mmf/5.6 lens.

        • Joe

          Flourite coatings? Or is it FL glass elements, like in the 800/5.6 E?

          • Dpablo unfiltered

            Yes. I think they probably said fluorite elements. There’s probably no such thing as fluorite coatings…

  • John M

    You must have this wrong. Surely, this is going to be an 18-400mm lens. Soon to be followed by the 18-350, 18-375, 18-390, and at the wide end, the 18-19.

    • Guest

      All FX, VR, G, of course.

      • umeshrw

        In that case 24-xxx.

  • Guest

    For $9,500 ($10,400 w/ tax) it should have a gold body, not just a golden ring – I have it in my wish list, awaiting California Superlotto :-)

  • Snowbird

    Simple Japanese Business 101……Iterate same successful product to lower production costs and increase margins!!!

  • Africa

    I wonder if the total cost of an Africa safari with this new lens rented will be higher or lower than its price

    • neversink

      How many days will you be away. Figure out the rental cost per day and there you have it. Is it worth renting for a safari or buying? The price of the safari remains the same.

      • larryC

        or buy used lenses, use them as long as you want then resell them for about the same as you originally paid for them and it costs you almost nothing.

  • FredBear

    Seems like Nikon is content to offer XX – XXX zooms and low cost DSLRs to the bottom end of the market and high priced cameras and lenses to the upper segment.
    So who will feed the mid market?
    The ‘camera that should not be named’?
    Affordable long primes?
    DX primes?
    Seems there’s a big hole forming in the Nikon line-up and Nikon is slowly sliding into it.

    • Peter

      These were exactly my thoughts, too…

    • JM

      Just like the Gov’mint. Screw the middle class…

  • aria

    I hope Nikon will add fluorite element(s) to further improve the resolution, and make it ready for future sensors.

  • whisky

    so, anyone want to get rid of their now old, outdated, 400mm f2.8 VR — in good working order — for $500? :)

  • Chris Weller

    I own the latest version of this lens. It is absolutely stellar in every regard….except weight. It’s weight is a real problem for me. To the point where I often consider going with less reach or degraded optics just to lighten the load. Unfortunately for my back and neck, this lens wins the battle most of the time.

    If this new lens is in the 8lb range, it would be a HUGE improvement.
    I would also love a 400 f/4 with the same components and a weight in the high 5 lb range. the 2.8 for night sports and the 4.0 for birding….

    • Nikon

      I wish my AFi – 14pounder was even 10pounds. I end up carrying 20pounds of equipment where ever I go to shoot mainly birds. Thats just the lens, camera, tripod and gimbal…LOL

      • Chris Weller

        I use my lens with a monopod 80% of the time. For sport’s I can’t use a tripod and birding I move around too much. My rig with the monopod and the D4 weighs about 15 pounds. I couldn’t imagine trying to carry 27 lbs. In all seriousness I end up having to visit the chiropractor after a long weekend of shooting with this combo. It’s a real bummer, but I can’t give it up for sports.

        For birding, I’d prefer a new 400 f/4 or 500 f/4 with the flourite and good performance with 1.4, 1.7 and 2x converters. The current f/4’s only perform well with the 1.4. the 1.7 and the 2x are not acceptable IMHO. My 400 2.8, however, handles the 2x III very well. I usually end up using this lens as an 800 5.6 (stopped down to f/8) for birding. Excellent quality, but the weight makes me take my D7000 with the 300 f/4 and the 1.4 more often.

        • Nikon

          Yes, my rig is super heavy…but I have gotten use to it. It really only bothers me if I have to walk long distances to get my shots without putting it down to rest a bit…LOL. I use my D4s with the TC-20E-III regularly and at 800mm f5.6 with results that are nearly indistinguishable from the TC-14E-II…but I find I have to stop down to at least f6.3 with my D800 to get good results with the TC-20E-III (even after setting up with Focal software on the D800 but not with D4s yet). I guess it has to do with substantially decreased DOF you get with 36mp compared to 16.2mp. I do use f8 when I want every detail to be in focus depending on how close I am to subject. I do have the 300 AFS F4 also among others but still prefer to use the 400mm due to it’s unmatched bokeh and razor sharp focus. When I compare my shots from the 300 F4 to 400 2.8…I can see the difference right away. The 400 just has that depth and clarity that makes it ‘King of lenses’…LOL. The 300 F4 is no slouch though and holds its own when the moment calls for it…especially when you want to travel light.

          It would be interesting to see Nikon expand to a 400 F4 or even F5.6 like Canon…but I somehow don’t see that becoming a reality any time soon. Rumors of an updated 300 F4 with VR have been floating around for quite some time now…only time will tell if it becomes a reality.

    • Mike

      A gym membership and a monopod will be cheaper than selling and re-buying the same focal length. If I buy a house near the airport, I can’t complain about the noise. 400 2.8 lens is no light-weight.

  • Bob

    WTF is wrong over at Nikon? There are about a dozen lenses that could have been updated (or just made for the first time) instead of this albatross that only rental houses are actually going to buy. Lame indeed.

    • neversink

      What is wrong with you? Perhaps Nikon is working on these lenses, perhaps Nikon isn’t. Read my post above in reply to Jimmy Goodwood’s post. This site is about what is coming out in Nikon’s pipeline, not about what you wish should come out. This nikon 400mm f4 is a very relevant lens and if you are not interested, please just move on.

      • Global

        No, hes right. Nikon has made 2 versions of the Nikon 1 kit zoom in the time that is hasnt come out with a D400 or a 300/f4 VR. And they are raising this ones price by $500 without adding any substantial improvement and not even keeping up with the Joneses considering Canons built in teleextender.

        The execs at Nikon are just flawed human beings and they make bad calls a lot of the time — market feedback is fair. Both in public opinion and in dollars spent.

      • FredBear

        Cool! So they are making a 400 F4 after all?
        Let the masses rejoice!

        • neversink

          Oops – my typo – I meant 2.8…. ;-{

  • Jimmy Goodwood

    Where is the replacement for the 300mm f4? I think that lens will be much more interesting for many more people than this one, just due to the prohibitive cost.

    • neversink

      You may be right or wrong about what is “more interesting for many more people” but this post is about the 400mm lens. If it is not interesting for you, then pass it by, but it is important for some of us who make our living from photography. So your comment is completely irrelevant. Try to think of others before making condescending and irrelevant comments. I don’t go screaming about posts about Dx lenses or cameras that have nothing to with my needs. This site is all about Nikon and what is perhaps in the pipeline. Though you are telling Admin that this is not a relevant post, you are absolutely wrong. It is a relevant post.
      When, or if there is a replacement for the 300mm f4 (which I am not really interested in) then I am sure Admin will post rumors and/or facts about this lens. Until then, be happy with what you have and I promise I won’t scram that it is a boring irrelevant post because I am not interested in it.

  • Kurt

    OK..why is there no built-in extender…1,4X and 2.0 X?

  • Michael

    I think Canon superteles are lighter than Nikon superteles. Maybe one of the reasons Nikon made a new version of the 400/2.8 is to make it lighter.

  • Bavarian

    The currend 2.8/400 is an amazing Lens – if they manage to make it even better – i will have to talk to my bankmanager ;-)

  • canikony

    sports photogs shooting nikon should like the news. the old ED style nikon 400 2.8 weights 4.62kg while the newer canon counterpart weights a lot less at 3.85kg (previews canon 428 weight 5.3kg). light weight is good for people that carry this all day.

  • Global

    The guy who just posted the 400mm article, “NoooooOOooo! Of course! I JUST bought it…” It never fails, Nikon! :-p

    Isnt funny how Flourite and SWM cost an extra $500 in EVERY lens these days… oh? Whats that? It doesnt? Its like $20 bucks max? Hmmm. Hope they are throwing in an extra $10-dollar $500-lens hood then.

  • Eric Duminil

    Great news! The 58 1.4G and 80-400 were a bit too expensive for me. Finally a new affordable Nikkor :D

  • dotslash

    Another vital lens refresh for the masses

  • Danny

    Erm d800 firmware with record button update just happened…helloooooo!?

  • Henrik, Denmark

    I own the 400mm f/2.8 VRII, it’s by far my favorite lens along with the 200mm f/2.0 VRII. It’s a masterpiece of optical performance and just beautiful finish and handling. And the pictures – oh my god!
    Now I just want the D4X to be announced…

  • Ineluki

    What the heck is fluorite coatings?

    • Morris

      if you sniff it you are gonna see turquoise unicorns

    • FredBear

      Fluorite coatings are those materials that react with acid over time forming hydrofluoric acid which eats away at the glass optics – in other words built in ‘best by’ date.

      • Ineluki

        Thank you. Very good and very helpful.

  • Danny

    For anyone interested in updating their d800.
    D800e is on a different page.

    https://nikoneurope-en.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/60442

  • Danny

    This firmware allows the video record button on the D800 to act as an ISO button, aperture/shutter lock or aspect ratio selector with the rear control dial. Nice.
    https://nikoneurope-en.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/60442

  • Mansgame

    Does it have a built in TC?

  • Renato

    The Brazilian thiefs are certainly glad it will be released before the world cup

  • Jim Huang

    I hope Nikon also makes the f5.6 or f4 version.

  • http://inthemistphoto.com/ InTheMist

    Just when we thought nothing was happening!

  • oeriies

    I think this means that similar updates for the 500mm and 600mm are in the works. The Canon versions are superior optically and weigh significantly less. The competition between Nikon and Canon in super telephotos is probably as much about bragging rights and which lenses are seen in the hands of pros at big sporting events than about sales volume for the models themselves. But that said, I do bird and wildlife photography and will be in the market for anything Nikon produces that is lighter, sharper, and has as much reach as my 500mm. For me, this announcement is really good news.

  • I AM GREEDY

    $500 more than the current version?
    No way.
    More like $3k more.

  • Dweeb

    Not that after 14 years anyone wants VR in a 300 f4.

  • Ray

    I will have my order ready when announced….can’t wait

  • Apple

    A lot better than that Canon junk

    • Guest

      Canon’s supertele’s are and have always been better than Nikon’s. Unless they slash a ton of weight from this thing, that will remain true.

      • Apple

        I’ve never had or had a colleague own a Canon that didn’t have some sort of issue, at exactly the wrong time.

  • reductron

    I’d love a refresh of 24-70 with VR I or III

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