70-200 f/2.8 and 50 f/1.4 Nikon lenses are back in stock

I don't know if this is a good or bad news:

Nikon 50mm f/1.4D and Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8D are again in stock in B&H.

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  • Pablov

    I’ve been watching reviews on the 50 f1.4 and didn’t find it a big deal (if any) for the price it is:

    – Expensive (almost twice the 50 f1.8)
    – Too soft images at wide open
    – extreme vignetting at wide open too.

    So, to use it with good results you have to close it down to 2.8 or more.

    Then, I would buy the 50mm f1.8 instead, and save money 🙂

    I think new primes should be made.
    That “50mm f1.4” is not a “prime” for me, only a “big aperture” lens.. 🙁

    Can not say anything about the 70-200 though (didn’t test it, nor check it)

  • kaki

    I think,it is good for someones and bad for most of us. I sent e-mail to nikon head quater in japan last june and I have back their email last early August. It said that they heard the demand of updated 70-200 but they do not know when it will be realized. That is why I was waiting. I am sure it is coming but the problem is it just take too long for us. I do not like Canon’s frequent updating equipment theme. However, I definetely consider switch to Canon at this time. Their products are available anytime everywhere even in the Neweggs. Nikon really need to hear about what their users voice is. Fanboy club is not valid any longer. sorry for my english since it is not my native language.

  • I just ordered 70-200mm after waiting about 2 months!!! Can’t wait.

  • Steven Sow

    Very true, you’re happy for the Nikonians that really needed the lenses at this time, but it’s bad for those of us who got caught up in the expectation that we might see something for Photokina. If Canon could get their quality control in hand they might win most of the DSLR market. We’re all here for Nikon’s commitment to quality, but we all wish they would be a little more aggressive with product updates sometimes, particularly lenses.

  • kaki

    I ordered mine with 1.4X converter. After all, I still love Nikon.

  • chrisx

    I’m really upset with Nikon for the lack of a professional line of wide to normal AF lenses. I don’t really want to make the switch, but when I see on the other side a 24mm and 35mm f1.4 L, a 50mm f1.2 L it’s hard not to be tempted.
    Nikon it’s time to fill the gap on this side of your business. Me and many other professional I know, won’t be waiting for too long.

  • kaki

    I am with you, brother. Unfortunately, Nikon seems that it does not have anything left in its sleeves. Do you remember the rumor also? They are done pretty much in this year,Iguess.

  • Steven Sow

    It’s not just the professionals, but also the semi-pros trying to make it a full time gig. Yes the 14-24 and 24-70 are great lenses, but not everyone wants to shoot with zooms, and even if you have a zoom, it’s not like you can’t compliment it with a fast prime or two. I still say that Nikon’s 35 1.4 AIS lens should have been updated with an AFS version more than 10 years ago.

  • i don’t know about the 50mm lens, but a few months ago i was looking at the 70-200 on b&h, and it was already back-ordered… and then back in stock. [this happened several times] since the lens is such a good one, and in such demand, i assume it just means that they are waiting for a new shipment.

  • sz

    Nikon’s 70-200 lens is worse than tamron’s ($600) on FX cameras ;-/
    When I bought the lens I was shooting with D200, but I paid the premium so I could use it on a full frame camera eventually.
    I am extremely disappointed with its performance on D700.
    Nikon is really lagging behind canon as far as full frame digital goes.
    I hope they update their pro line lenses very soon.
    As much as I invested in Nikon gear, I’m pretty much ready to go the canon road now that they’ve released 5D Mark II (which is cheaper than D700!).
    They also have amazing lenses to go with it…

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