Nikon 19mm f/4E ED and 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR lenses available for pre-order

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The pre-orders for the new Nikon lenses are now live:

The 19mm TS lens will start shipping on October 27th, the new 70-200mm will be available on November 10th.

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  • Neogene

    Nice prices! Two of both for me thanks 🙂

    • Mikycoud

      Indeed! I could sell my 24, 45 and 85 pce second hand right now and still not have enough to buy the 19mm. That’s tough pricing Nikon. …
      Dont count me in until it retails at 30% cheaper… Shame, I really was interested….

      • Jirka

        Price of 19mm in middle europe is 4000 USD ! Wtf :O

  • Spy Black

    The success of the 70-200 will depend on what Sigma releases in the same zoom range and aperture.

    • fanboy fagz

      why? the worlds not waiting on sigma.

      but I do hope theyre able to make a competent 70-200 because every single 70-200 they made was not a performer wide open at all. lacked the micro contrast/sharpness of competitors. id take a 70-150 if it meant better IQ

      • Zenettii

        LOL, muppet!
        You take the entirety of the market population that buys camera lenses. Break this down and you’ll have the minority on one side who look to buy Nikon only products because they are looking for quality and weather sealing etc, you’ll have the largest population on the other side who’ll buy the cheaper version (in this case Sigma/tamron etc). The largest population of any market today is the general consumer, not the professional or in-the-know enthusiast. It’s people who have excess money to spend and ‘just want a big lens’ or ‘heard the 70-200mm is best’ so they buy it, these are the people camera manufactures actually make profits on. Was speaking to the photographer at a wedding I went to couple of weeks ago, he and his assist owned 2 nikon lenses between them. Said the price just wasn’t on par with the difference in image quality, especially when the largest section of his clients are people who couldn’t spot the difference between an image taken with two different brands.
        Sigma are not cheap and nasty, they last well, and if announced soon enough will make Nikon regret spending time and money on updating their 70-200mm.

        • Sawyerspadre

          Nikon knows Sigma is in the market, and that if they release a new lens, it may be lower priced than a Nikkor. Keep in mind that only the pre-orders end up paying MSRP. Also there will be lots of enthusiasts buying VR2 lenses used, which will also be an option if you don’t want to wait for Sigma.

          • ZoetMB

            It’s not quite true that only preorders pay the full price. Prices don’t go down until Nikon lowers them officially or has a sale or rebate. They’ve been enforcing minimum selling prices for several years now. That’s why most of B&H’s prices are just $3-$4 below list. Only about 25% of Nikon’s lenses are priced lower than original list and in most cases, it’s not much lower.

            Every Nikon lens released with a 5-digit designation, which they started using two years ago, is selling within $4 of the list price with the exception of the 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II. For some reason, the 55-200 (20050) is selling for just $147. List was $350. A refurbished one is only $100.

            I would have loved a new 70-200. I’m still using the 2003 model. But $2800? No, thank you. I paid $1450 12 years ago for that lens. Even with inflation, that would only be $1849 in today’s dollars.

            • Sawyerspadre

              You are right, but soon after the preorders ship, the first sale or rebate often hits.

            • fanboy fagz

              ” Even with inflation, that would only be $1849 in today’s dollars.” bravo. thats what im saying. the price is way over reasonable. some bullshit nikon pr folks and salesmen here with their “reasonable” price comment nonsense

        • CBJ

          “Sigma are not cheap and nasty, they last well”. You are a lucky photographer!

        • ITN

          Nikon has sold a million 70-200/2.8’s so far. In my experience the Sigma/Tamron lenses of this type are far from being as common as Nikon and Canon versions, but there may be regional differences for sure.

        • Aldo

          He likes sigma… don’t think you have seen other posts. I have to agree about the sigma 70-200mm. I had it and sold it for the same reasons he mentioned… but a new sigma 70-200mm (considering the success with art lenses) will reallly make some people think if they need to spend almost 3k for this new nikon lens.

        • HF

          I prefer Nikons over Tamron and Sigma in the meantime, as I want lenses working all day in good and bad light. I didn’t buy all at once, started with 3rd party lenses, too. But replaced many with Nikon counterparts as I found them much more reliable esp. wrt to focus consistency in dim light. The ones I didn’t replace are the 35 and 24 1.4 Art.
          If I were shooting only for fun or landscape, I wouldn’t care. But for weddings I want/need the lenses to work.

        • fanboy fagz

          youre arguing with an allie shmuck. im all for ”
          sigma and Im in awe at nikons thieving prices.

          I dont think people are waiting on sigmas move though. although many were waiting for the 85 art including me but not at $1200. when it comes down a bit, ill bite and since wedding season is out im waiting.

          I hope they can deliver a proper 70-200. ever single 70-200 sigma has made is a bad poerformer and not on the level of the tamron or nikon.

          “Sigma are not cheap and nasty, they last well, and if announced soon enough will make Nikon regret spending time and money on updating their 70-200mm.”

          I hope so. the art lenses show nikon skimping on quality. cheap plastic with slow af and cheap hood. plastic filter threads. if anyone hasnt used or even held an art lens, it really is a treat. beautiful finish lens hood clicks properly. its about fuckin time though. where the hell were they till now?

      • Spy Black

        Why? Because Sigma has been making one great lens after another, and their 70-200 is up for a refresh. Let’s face it, this new Nikkor is expensive. If Sigma makes a killer 70-200 for half the price, it will greatly affect the sales of this lens.

        I believe Tamron has a new 70-200 as well, although I’m not sure what aperture it is. Of they upped their ante with their lens, that’s more competition the Nikkor is going to have to justify it’s price against.

        • HF

          I have Sigma Art lenses. I like them as along as the light is good, since in dim light focus accuracy is lacking in my experience. Even worse with the Tamron 70-200, which was terrible at weddings in churches. Lets see whether they introduce a new version with improved focussing.The Nikon vrii is extremely good and reliable, at least my copy is stellar. It will be interesting to see how the new version really performs.

          • koenshaku

            No one ever mentions this, they are not good buys for lower end bodies you need cameras with better focusing systems to get performance out of them. My 24-70 VC tamron did not become a good lens until I paired it with my D750 it still occasionally hunts in low light situations, but fine in most other scenarios. If you need a lens professionally, in my opinion you are better off with nikkor every time.

            • HF

              Yes, the D750 is better. Newer camera bodies have focus-shift compensation introduced (I think I read since 2014). My D810 is clearly worse esp. with flash when compared to the D750 in terms of focussing third-party lenses in dim light.

            • fanboy fagz

              yes, they shine wiht the single digit bodies but continuos tracking is very bad.

        • Bob Thane

          For this lens, focusing speed and accuracy is the key. If Nikon brings the same speed as the 24-70 VR into the new 70-200, Sigma will have to have something seriously impressive up their sleeves. And I own several Sigma lenses, which are great lenses, I’m not just a Nikon supremacist here.

          • Spy Black

            Sure, the Sigma will have to perform. We’ll simply have to wait and see. However, I’m curious about this comment:

            “If Nikon brings the same speed as the 24-70 VR into the new 70-200…”

            So are you implying the present 70-200 Nikkor does not?

            • Bob Thane

              Nope, the 24-70 VR has a much faster focusing system than the 70-200 VR II. The 70-200’s still fast, but the 24-70 VR is unbelievable.

        • fanboy fagz

          I hope youre right. fingers crossed. someone needs to bring nikon down from space cause theyre fuckin smokin. $2800?

          ill even take a 70-150 f/2.8 and a killer performer with nice closeup for $1300 and im sold. it doesnt need to beat the nikon E, just be on par with the vr2. cmon sigma!

      • sickheadache

        U knew here? Art…dem puppies called Art. They all gets mighty high scores.

        • fanboy fagz

          you speak da engrish?

          • sickheadache

            I do not speak engrish when typing on the net. Do you? Check the high scores of Sigma’s Art Line. fanboy fagz…how long have you been out?

            • fanboy fagz

              theres no arguing the art lenses. im with you on that. my point is the 70-200 theyve had to date. they all suck ass. every 70-200 version. im hoping the art will be a new standard. but no one is waiting on sigma. I do hope theyre 70-200 art delivers that can steal from nikons sales. although many are waiting for the 135 and now the released 85, including me. but when it goes down a bit

  • Melbar

    …..the price for the TS lens is just nuts…

    nikon makes the excellent canon lenses, who are not cheap either, look like a bargain.

    the very good canon 70-200mm f2.8 II can be bought for $1,899.

    • MB

      Nikon does not make Canon lenses for some time …
      If you are reffering to this:
      http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/companies/nikon/nikkoresources/RF-Nikkor/Canon_RF/FotoArsenal_Hansa/Hansa_noengraving1.jpg
      It is first Canon RF made in 1938 …

      • Sawyerspadre

        I think they meant equivalent, not that they produce them for Canon.

      • Jeffry De Meyer

        What nikon is doing, is making the excellent lenses canon makes look like a bargain.

        • MB

          I see … my bad …

          • ZoetMB

            I thought you were just trying to be funny.

            • MB

              I was a bit funny after all 🙂

    • chrisgull

      The 19mm really is a medium format lens with something like 60mm image circle. Look at pricing for Schenider-Kreuznach glass for Phase One as a comparison.

  • Ian Hart

    U.K. Prices absolutely ridiculous, I would hope that no one will buy them at these prices but that’ll never happen.

    • Melbar

      well UK maybe worse but the new 70-200mm is even in the USA nearly 900$ more expensive than the canon 70-200mm f2.8 II.
      nikon is on the wrong path with these prices…..

      • Eric Calabros

        Its more expensive than an old lens, obviously. But you really think if Canon release a new 70-200 tomorrow, will price it $2k?

        • Zenettii

          Difference is, Canon produce better lenses than Nikon (Nikon do better bodies). Yet I bet Canon would release their lens cheaper than Nikon!

          • Eric Calabros

            1-its a myth. Debunked by many optical bench tests, and also real world results in the field.
            2- they wont. Their new 24-70 and 35mm prime are clear examples.

            • Melbar

              source?
              the old nikon 70-200mm for example was a bad performer.
              the new EF 35mm f1.4 is an outstanding lens that cost 1699$.. and it´s well worth the price.
              the 2799 for the nikon 70-200mm is a joke.

            • Eric Calabros

              Why its joke only when Nikon does it? Sony A mount 70-200 is $3000 right now, their new FE mount 70-200 is $2600, and they dont even have FL elements.

            • Melbar

              sonys GM pricing is a joke too.. but this is a topic about nikon in case you did not notice. 🙂

            • Eric Calabros

              No its not. Sony users are happy that now they have a very capable native tele zoom. Thats the real world.

            • Thom Hogan

              I think that’s the thing most people are missing. The days of camera companies trying to price low are (mostly) gone. They’re trying to recover R&D costs on lower volume now. Guess what, that will mean higher prices.

              You can see evidence of this all over the place, and the Sony GM series is one example, recent Canon L releases, another.

              For every fan boy here shouting about how overpriced something new is, there are two accountants in Japanese camera companies doing regression analysis on volume versus price and trying to maximize ROI. Who do you think is more right? The trained accountants or the fan boys?

            • Henri De Vreese

              Lol, look at the 28 1.8, beats any Canon close to that focal lenght and costs a lot less. The Canon 200mm is not even close to the Nikon 200 2.0 and costs more. The Nikon 85 1.8 is better than any other 85 1.8 on the market. And we didn’t even talk about the 58 and 105 that Canon doesn’t even have an equivalent for.

              BTW why would you buy a Canon 35 1.4 if there is the Sigma 35 1.4 for half the price?

              Canon and Nikon are getting priced pretty similarly with their new releases. The only way is up it seems.

            • Bob Thane

              The better lenses are always more expensive. For a while Canon had better supertele lenses than Nikon, and they cost more. Now Nikon has better superteles, and they cost more. Nikon had the fantastic 14-24, now Canon has the much more expensive 11-24. It’s simply a game of leapfrog.

            • ITN

              The 11-24 is an f/4 lens vs. the 14-24 is f/2.8. The Nikkor is particularly good for astrophotography and the wider aperture has other applications as well. 11mm focal length is unusual but in many cases it would be difficult to use it without causing exaggerated perspective. These two lenses have some overlap but also different applications. The 14-24 still holds its exceptional quality status even though there are newer lenses.

            • Bob Thane

              Of course, but we also have the 15-30mm f2.8, multiple 14mm f2.8 lenses, and a 15mm f2.4. While the 14-24 is a great lens, I’d argue that most people good get by alright without it.

            • Spy Black

              “the old nikon 70-200mm for example was a bad performer compared to the canon.”

              But you’re complaring the “OLD” lens to tthe newer Canon. Compare the present lens to the present Canon.

          • Jeffry De Meyer

            you go for nikon for the prime lenses, canon for zoom lenses.

          • ITN

            Hardly. Canon users buy adapters to be able to use 14-24 Nikkor since they have nothing like it on their own system.

            • Bob Thane

              With the Tamron 15-30 f2.8, Canon 11-24 f4, Sigma 12-24 f4, and Canon/Samyang 14mm f2.8 all giving excellent options in that range, much fewer Canon users are adapting the 14-24. Not to say it’s a bad lens, but it’s no longer the only option. As I mentioned earlier, the lenses are always leapfrogging each other. Perhaps soon we’ll see a new 14-24 that blows all the other lenses out of the water.

            • ITN

              The Samyang is cheap, unrepairable and most copies seem to be decentered. It has exceptionally annoying shape of distortion. It is not comparable to the Nikkor unless you hold high value on the lowest price.

            • Spy Black

              “The Samyang is cheap, unrepairable and most copies seem to be decentered. It has exceptionally annoying shape of distortion.”

              Source?

    • br0xibear

      Just to annoy people even more, places like WEX have increased the price of the old 70-200mm. A few days ago it was £1799, it’s now £1999.
      Nikon Europe BV supply all Nikon products across Europe, they’ve increased the prices to retailers.

      • Plug

        £2649 for the new 70-200 at Grays of Westminster…. Brexit Britain, don’t ya just love it.

        • Zenettii

          Nothing to do with Brexit, Grays of Wesminster has always been expensive and anyone who shops there is a mug!

          • Plug

            Probably not, although the weakness in the pound is a direct result. It is interesting that you think Grays is expensive. They often sell items more cheaply than, for example, Wex and it is worth shopping around. Recently, for example, the 500f4E has been sharply cheaper than at Wex. However, in the general course of things you may be correct.

            • Plug

              I’ve just checked: in stock at both, Grays £7990+pp, Wex £8449. But I’d be a mug to shop at Grays.

          • ITN

            They have the best selection of second hand Nikkors anywhere in Europe and offer long warranties as standard. It is a good shop.

        • br0xibear

          Voting to leave the EU has nothing to do with any price increase.

          • Adam Fo

            Of course it does. Sterling’s trade weighted index is down 18%.

            • br0xibear

              The price increase is from the supplier (Nikon Europe BV) to all of Europe.
              I contacted WEX to ask them about their price increase of the D5 CF version…ask them yourself.
              If it was to do with just Sterling then all equipment by every manufacturer would be going up by the same amount…but it isn’t.
              The currency market is rigged, just as the libor index was.

            • Adam Fo

              That’s because official distributors use forward pricing. Clearly they cannot increase or decrease pricing due to short term currency fluctuations. They have a yearly or half-yearly price list.
              The larger ones will have hedged the currency as an insurance against movements. When those positions expire and the new price list is due there will be price rises.

            • br0xibear

              “They have a yearly or half-yearly price list.”
              That’s not true.
              You don’t have believe what I say, ask them yourself…that’s what I did. All I can go by is what a Nikon pro dealer told me.

            • Thom Hogan

              “Rigged” is probably the wrong word. “Manipulated” is the more correct word, though a lot of those trying to manipulate currencies get burned by it in the long run.

          • Sawyerspadre

            That’s true, if you think the drop in the pound is not related to Brexit….;-)

        • br0xibear

          £2649 is the price at all the Nikon pro dealers as far as I can find out…not including the lens hood, not sure how much that is.

          • Bob Thane

            What kind of rubbish dealer doesn’t supply a lens hood with a 70-200?

            • br0xibear

              Nikon doesn’t supply it with the lens, they did with the old 70-200mm.

            • Bob Thane

              That’s ridiculous. Hopefully they change things around with that then, the lens hood is necessary for these lenses.

            • br0xibear

              Nikon site says it doesn’t come with a hood, DP Review say it does…I don’t know ?.

            • Bob Thane

              Freaky. Guess we’ll see once it ships. But if they don’t include a hood and then charge $100 to add one, that would be quite annoying.

            • Thom Hogan

              It would be unusual if different markets did different things with this. AFAIK, the lens hood and the ballistic case are included in the price.

      • Adam Fo

        Hdewcameras in London were selling the Nikon 70-200mm AF-S Nikkor f2.8G ED VR for £1259 inc.Vat at Xmas. Now it’s £1500.
        These are Gray prices and change seemingly weekly depending on the HK $ exchange rate.
        I bought a Nikon 14-24 f2.8 there for £909 8 months ago and now their price is £1189

        • br0xibear

          Sorry, I don’t follow, or know anything, about Gray market prices.

    • Roberto Solari

      They’ll turn up on ebay a lot cheaper within a few months!

  • br0xibear

    I’m afraid these prices are just the start.
    I know that Nikon products in Europe are going up already, the UK price of the D5 has gone up by £200. (some stock at the older price is available)…I’d expect the rest of the world to follow early next year.
    Let’s be honest, if you needed a 70-200mm you probably already have one, and you’re unlikely to switch to the new one unless your old one has problems.
    Each to their own and all that, but personally I think you’d be mad to buy this new lens if you already have the older one.

    • Melbar

      looks like camera makers try to compensate with high prices their dwindling sales numbers.
      that´s a downwards spiral to be sure.

      • br0xibear

        All enthusiast/professional equipment will go up in price.
        There’s less people buying them, companies like Nikon, will shrink, resulting in even higher prices.

    • ITN

      The hood is included with the zoom. Lots of people complained about the focal length loss at close focus in the previous lens. If they were serious, surely they will buy the new lens.

      • br0xibear

        “Lots of people complained about the focal length loss at close focus in
        the previous lens. If they were serious, surely they will buy the new
        lens.”
        Only they themselves will know if that warrants the extra cost, and the switch of focus/zoom rings.
        The Nikon UK site doesn’t have the hood listed as part of the Supplied accessories. It only lists LF-4 rear lens cap, LC-77 77mm snap-on front lens cap, CL-M2 semi-soft lenscase as included. The HB-78 lens hood is listed under the “accesories” tab…It could be just a mistake on the Nikon UK site.

  • Eric Calabros

    19mm price is reasonable for what it is and what it does and for people who need it (considering the image circle it covers, its like a medium format lens. I even think its potential buyers are not much more than MF shooters. very low volume product with very hard to polish glass elements).
    But the root of all these whinnings is Nikon failed to complete DX lineup for limited-budget customers. If DX had a 12mm PC-E (whatever aperture) priced at $1-1.5k ninety percent of people would be happy and the remaining ten percent would spend $3400 they already earned in their last architecture shoot and get the new beast. Peace for everyone. At the moment its like “buy the Porsche Cayenne, or just walk”.

    • I think people who are looking g for quality dx lenses have already or started to make the move to Fuji. People are whining because they look at Canon and ask why is it 1k more?

      The funny thing is, with this shrinking market and sky high prices the dx format might gain traction again. Cheaper, lighter and almost the same dof – especially Fuji’s f1.2 primes.

  • FountainHead

    Any hope the 19mm dips in price or is such a specialized tool it never will?

    • MonkeySpanner

      From what I have seen, these specialized lenses usually don’t drop much. But they are nice because you can get back most of your investment in the used market.

  • LALAWYER2016

    When canon 70-200 2.8 v2 came out it was $2299.99 and that was several years ago. Adjust for inflation and I guarantee if Canon released the same lens today it would be same $2800. Sonys charging $2700 for its fe version today. Give Nikon a few months and the price will go down by rebates. The main question is did Nikon catch a stellar canon 70/200 version 2 that is phenomenally sharp wide open at any focal length and does not have focus breathing issues

  • localmile

    The number of people purchasing higher end photography gear is shrinking quite a bit. For many, even serious amateurs, there are good options where they can get 95% of what they want for 20% of the cost. People who once had to jump up to higher end gear to meet their needs no longer do.

    In order to cover the costs of R&D, manufacturing setup, and marketing Nikon need to charge more for each product since sunk costs must be covered by many fewer sales. Not so great for those of us who want or need the higher end stuff but that’s life.

    There’s always the possibility that an Elon Musk type will come in and shake up the market though.

    • Bob Thane

      >There’s always the possibility that an Elon Musk type will come in and shake up the market though.

      That was Steve Jobs. 😉

      • harvey

        if Jobs produced a 70-200, he would call it special and price it at $4k … but it would actually be made from the same parts as a Tamron but would come with a nice box.

      • localmile

        Nah, I’ll take Elon. Jobs did some great stuff but Elon turns stodgy industries upside down and forces the old guard to work their tails off to catch up. 😉 Elon is also a technologist, Jobs was a marketer.

        I can imagine Elon looking at all of the separate passive lenses and saying that all you need to do is apply a bit of voltage on the edges of this special new Tesla glass and you can easily create an 11-800 / f1.2 zoom that weighs 1 lb and has no CA. Vary the voltage amplitude to control DoF at any aperture.

      • Thom Hogan

        You mean like RED did in video? Price a RED lately? ;~)

        • Bob Thane

          Haha, sure beats the old $200k cinema cameras though. But my point is that it’s the smartphone that’s shaken up the camera industry. I don’t expect that we’ll see amazing 5-2000mm f1.2 0.2kg lenses ever, the market’s simply non existent at this point.

  • john

    I would rather get Schneider 28mm PC-TS which has front filter thread to be used with 150mm square filters. Also the controls are easier and faster than this stupid Nikon.

    • Alan

      1. If you need a 28mm, great!
      2. It costs $7000
      3. Schneider controls are more cumbersome

  • Bloomer

    Too expensive… madness. Ignoring the UK prices and just looking at the US price, it’s waay too much. Yes, if you want the ‘very best’, pepople will buy it no matter the price. But with this price increase, that leaves someone like Sigma to come in with a $2000 70-200 which will perform brilliantly.

    Perhaps Nikon couldn’t make a better lens than the VRII for the same price. Perhaps they are greedy. Perhaps the management are idiots. Perhaps Nikon is backed into a corner. Perhaps it’s actually great business afterall and there are people all out to buy the latest lens that is only incrementally better than the other 70-200 options, no matter the cost

  • waterengineer

    The real question is why did Nikon deem it necessary to reverse the positions of the zoom and focus rings on the 70-200? That decision definitely goes against Nikkor tradition.

    • br0xibear

      It does seem odd, especially since they brought out a new 24-70mm relatively recently and it didn’t have the reversed positions…You’d have thought the design would be the same across their three main zooms ?

      Dirk Jasper, Product Marketing Manager, Nikon Europe, says: “The new NIKKOR 70–200mm f/2.8E offers an incredible jump in image quality and a faster, smoother shooting experience all round. SPORT VR, and ergonomics inherited from Nikon’s recent 400 mm, 500 mm, and 600 mm telephoto lenses will make a real difference to photographers shooting fast, unpredictable action with a professional DSLR like the D5.”

    • nwcs

      As Thom said it’s probably because Nikon thinks people zoom more than focus change. Perhaps that’s true but they should either keep with the old consistency or indicate this is where things are going in the future.

      • Thom Hogan

        Just to be clear, I did say that. However I believe this design change was a mistake. Hand forward is not optimal for monopod nor handheld work.

        • Allan

          Has Nikon explained the reason(s) for changing the ring positions?

        • Allan

          Quite the mistake.

        • nwcs

          Right, I was just reporting your speculation. I think if Nikon was to go this direction they should be clear and consistent. It’s not my personal preference but it’s just me. 🙂

        • ITN

          I agree.

        • a.almeida

          You guys aren´t considering the fact that there are focus buttons on the lens and I personally feel that manually helping autofocus is, maybe, more important than the zoom position in a lens like this.

    • Plug

      Against Nikon tradition, but I think it goes against ergonomics too. We’ll see.

      • Bob Thane

        I’m conflicted on this. On the one hand, I prefer holding the lens near the camera. On the other, with the tripod foot this is difficult, and it makes zooming awkward, so moving the ring out actually helps in that respect. So I suppose if I zoomed much I’d prefer the new design, if not the old one’s better.

      • Nikos Skartsilas

        A bit better for video I think.

    • I am a person who literally damages 70-200 every 4-5 years from using it so much that AF breaks on me, zooming rubber is loose and ha to be replaced regularly, so I ma curios to see what this change does. I prefer zoom ring closer to the body and tripod collar since I have better sturdy support of the hands and elbows tucked into my body while holding an zooming during fast shooting sequences. With zoom ring further my hands will be more stretched so without using any monopods which I can not due to my line of shooting this will drain my muscles faster I assume… I will not damage the bloody rubber though so quickly haha… but not buying this 70-200 anytime soon so let’s see 🙂 cheers

      • waterengineer

        That is a fascinating comment. If you can what is your line of shooting that you wear out the AF motor so quickly?

  • Marco

    Still, it seems to be a 157mm at MFD…kind of annoying.

    • ITN

      But the minimum focus distance is much shorter than the previous version’s. At the MFD of the VR II, this lens will have a longer focal length.

  • milkod2001

    Would love to have Nikon coming with 70-200/2.8 NON VR version, same optics just no VR, at more affordable price: around $1200-1500, something like Canon offers.

    • TwoStrayCats

      Here, here! I have my own VR: its called Bogen.

      • 24×36

        Mine’s called Gitzo. 😉 Before that I had VR called Benbo. Beats any shake reduction tech.

    • jec6613

      They already sell the 80-200 f/2.8 … you really need that extra 10mm?

    • 24×36

      Yes, and with the controls in their proper positions, too. I don’t need VR, but I do want lenses that have consistent controls.

  • Tom Taubert

    Professional photographers in the US that file a schedule C can probably write off the cost, depreciated over several years, from their taxes. Further the IRS would not be aware that capital equipment may have been sold on ebay. So tax planning may be part of the decision and not price alone.

  • BenHDisqus

    I was waiting on Adorama to list the 70-200 on their site since they’ll often throw in a freebie filter or whatever but I guess there’s a holiday or something and everyone’s busy on their yachts. Anyways, it’s a little bit of a price jump from the last 70-200. Hopefully, it’s worth the price increase and Admin will get a nice commission from B&H.

    • Neopulse

      Those freebie stuff negate the 4-5% you’d get as a reward though.

      • BenHDisqus

        Ooh, good point. 4% of $2800 is enough for a pretty good “freebie” of my choosing.

        • Neopulse

          Exactly, but I tend to accumulate the codes from stuff I buy for clients and then get a discount in one of my own personal purchases in the end. The codes tend to last like a year at least until they expire.

  • br0xibear

    “You cannot have a situation where the (Pre-tax) price is significantly different in the single market countries”
    As far as I understand it that’s exactly what Nikon do. Nikon Europe BV, which is owned by Nikon Japan, sell at different prices to Nikon UK, Nikon Italy, Nikon Germany etc. Living in the UK if I buy from Nikon Germany it would be considered gray market and Nikon UK may not fix/service it because I bought it outside the UK and would involve other taxes.

    Complicated, anyway…The answer is probably a combination of what we’re both saying.

    • Adam Fo

      The EU single market is just that, a single market with unified rules. So for example, I’m a VAT registered business and claim the VAT back wherever the purchase is made in the EU.
      Buy in Germany and Nikon UK will honour the guarantee by law.

      The Gray market is a form of arbitrage. Traders buy from somewhere like Hong Kong or markets that are cheap and then sell into the EU. In that case the warrenty is with the place you made the purchase. Any problems and the trader would need to send it back to the Nikon distributor in the country of origin. Once out of warranty Nikon UK wont care either way. They will charge to fix it.

      BTW. I don’t believe the base wholesale price is different from Nikon Europe. It would be in breach of EU competition rules and also be considered a restraint of trade.

  • DSP~

    No, thanks Nikon. I will be keeping my excellent Tamron 70-200 VC.

    • koenshaku

      Yeah it is a good deal for the price, if I were to buy it I would get the international version. I don’t think it supports teleconverters and the lacking low light focusing can be an issue..

  • David Peterson

    Ouch! That price. Over $1K more than the Canon 17mm TS :-/ 😮

  • Doug Laurent

    Current german street prices:
    Nikon TS19: 3950,- EUR
    Canon TS17: 1980,- EUR
    Nikon 70-200/2.8 III: 3180,- EUR
    Canon 70-200/2.8 II: 1690,- EUR

    These are 2 Nikon lenses I would have bought for sure, and will not buy them because these ridiculous prices are clearly 40% too high for the TS and 20% for the 70-200.

    Nikon: just charging #1 prices for sure will not bring you back from #3 to the top of the brands. You will not expand your user base, and will lose loyal customers.

  • Kriztoper

    silent wave motor on the 70-200…drool…

  • taildraggin

    FWIW: I needed a 70-200/2.8 for indoor sports (D3S body). Compared to the Canon 70-200, I wasn’t too happy with the VRII (performance/$) and considered the 3rd party makers, as well as cutting over to Canon. Found a 80-200/2.8D for $600 ex+ @ KEH (returnable) and it’s a wonderful machine. Performance is with the 3rd party lenses, while still serviceable by Nikon (nearby). They’re $1220 new – near $1600 cheaper than this E model.

  • br0xibear
    • hje

      I got the feeling that he doesn’t like nikon pricing either. 😉
      For the part being worried about changing the focus accidentally while zooming : just switch from m/a to a/m setting on the lens.

    • catinhat

      Thanks for that. Not that I was ever going to buy it for anything close to $2800, no matter how sharp (maybe there is such a thing as sharp enough after all, like the old one), but the more I think about it the more he seems to be right about the zoom and focus ring placement. Why in the world did they make a switch, it does seem awfully awkward to hold and zoom this new beauty.

      • br0xibear

        I’m starting to think there was a technical design reason for switching the focus/zoom rings…maybe those extra buttons they added caused a problem ?
        On the face of it, it doesn’t make much sense, and as Mr Fro points out, it makes it more difficult to use.
        Leave it to those who buy it to figure out I guess.

        • Spy Black

          Yeah, that looks like a major fűck-up on Nikon’s part. It will probably be a real problem with sports guys and journalists who need to shoot quickly and are used to shooting with the existing lenses for a long time. They may bypass it altogether and stick with their existing gear. Sigma take note!

          • 24×36

            Yes, Sigma take note – two notes actually.

            1. Put the zoom ring and focusing ring back where they belong on your next 70-200 f2.8.

            2. Make it turn the Nikon way (clockwise turn = zoom IN), since this new Nikon lens will not be all that popular given its ergonomic stupidity. And Canon users have a lot more options in this range so little use trying to make them happy.

      • A-Sign

        He is right. When you shoot fast action and your subject changes distance you need to adjust quickly the zoom range to get your composition right. It is harder when the zoom ring is on the front and now you can even move the focus by accident. Not good.

  • T.I.M

    What about a nice AF-S 14mm f/2.8G E ?

  • br0xibear

    Interesting answer “sundeeeeeeeeep” got from Nikon US about where the 70-200mm is made…
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/003a4057a615be7e90e9d2ae833cf6cd7e35da18efb920d293c5a66bfdf33b56.jpg

    • Aldo

      Maybe Trump’s son works at nikon…

  • MonkeySpanner

    Man, Nikon is adrift with no rudder. Or maybe they are geniuses and are just conceding the consumer market to Sony, Fuji, etc. Either way, I can’t afford expensive pro gear (or at least I can’t justify the expense). So I guess Nikon is saying – if you can’t afford pro gear just go buy a Fuji and stop your bitchin.

    • What does Fuji have that compares to these lenses at a lower price?

      • MonkeySpanner

        Its not so much about what Fuji has that is equivalent to these exact lenses – but more about Fuji making a smaller cheaper set of primes and quality zooms sized for crop sensor. Fuji has a nice set of crop lenses. I strongly dislike that if I want a nice lens for my Nikon DX bodies I have to purchased large expensive lenses designed for fx bodies.

        • You should have said that in the first place. I don’t disagree that Nikon needs to get off their ass and offer more primes for DX. I gave up on them and went FX. I don’t regret my decision. Besides the lens availability, the ability to separate my subject from the background when I want to is easier. And the files are just better all the way round. And, with the Df I can use older manual focus lenses without seeing the optical shortcomings like I would on a camera with a higher pixel density. Having said that, I would defend the expense of this 70-200 as being realistic. Fluorite is an extremely expensive material. My guess is the performance of this lens will be improved.

  • Carlo

    Is it a real 200 at close focus or again just a 140 mm ? Switching focus and zoom seems also a bit strange. Regarding the price I guess we will soon have a drop (after Xmas)

  • Bloomer

    I just saw the 70-200 advertised for £2,650. I laughed out loud. It’s just a joke. I know some people will buy it but it’s just ridiculous. It’s not far off getting the VII and the new 300mm PF and not whinge about focus breathing. You certainly could if you buy second hand.

  • Daniel D

    When I saw the prices I thought Nikon has been bought by Canon – I have to read twice to believe the huge price. I think I’m gone change to Sony, even the bodies very soon – I often heard from my colleagues ”this price is an insult to my intelligence” – and now I just start to believe it.

  • So, how many people are WAY more excited about the 19mm than the new 70-200? 😛

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