New Nikon 80-200mm F2.8?

Just look at the previous post with the new prices in Japan - it says "AI AF Zoom-Nikkor ED 80-200mm F2.8D〈New〉":


What does "New" stand for? A typo? Was there an "old" model?

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  • Greg Tommers

    If it were a new model, why would it have an old price?

  • ben

    I think that is the current 2 touch version, which is always state as at end. The old one is the push-pull as we all know. I don’t know why Nikon still state it as new is mystery.

  • Dylanear

    Talk about a stretch. This is a non rumor. Move along….

  • Dylanear

    Obviously as in not a used lens. NOT a new model.

  • calvin_gsc

    It’s definitely referring to the two ring 80-200mm f/2.8. definitely not a rumor.

  • T.A

    “old” type exists.
    The biggest difference between an “old” type and a “new” type is the methods of zooming.
    “new” type is “Rotating zoom ring for precise zoom operation”
    “old” type is “forcus ring is forword or back for zoom operation”

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  • Anonymous

    Its called new because the last one was still AF-D, with ED glass, the name would be the same without that reference at the end to it being the new version.

  • HDZ

    New is just improved M/A ring and back focus issue.

    • Is there any truth to this at all? Source?

      If this is true, this actually IS quite big news, as the back focus issue is the one big problem with this lens.

      Though my guess is also that the “(new)” is their way to differentiate the two-touch from the older version.

      • HDZ

        Dealer in my country but I still not believe that propaganda and will not try ‘new’ version.

  • Anonymous

    wake up and smell coffee.

    read the lens name… very carefully.

    it have a big capitalized “D”, which means this lens is NOT new and it is a typo.

    thought admin would have read that clearly.

  • Anonymous

    According to the 80-200 2,8D has been banned in the EU countries , because it wasnt 100 % recycable. I hope this is a new version that takes care of that little problem.

    • Marc W

      Could you get busted for having one?

  • markdphotoguy

    Nikon has always referred to the 80-200 f/2.8 D (new) as the model of the lens that is two touch with tripod collar, its listed in the pricing catalogue that way since it came out. They haven’t bothered to change it because then they would still have to come up with a way to differentiate the old from the new and (new) is the best way to do so.

  • The 80-200/2.8D New is what the Japanese call the ‘two-touch’ version of the 80-200/2.8. This is not a new lens AT ALL.

  • Chris P

    NR Admin, don’t you find it flattering that you have at least six readers/posters who have never, ever made even the smallest mistake in their lives and are therefore entitled to berate you when you make a small error when reading the description of an existing lens in the Japanese language?

    • I didn’t even make a mistake – I just reported what I saw on Nikon’s webpage. I guess my mistake was that I did not know about the old and new version of this lens.

  • Jason

    Probably doesn’t mean a lens we’ve never seen before – I really don’t think Nikon will make a new lens that isn’t AF-S any time soon unless it’s manual focus.

    Another possibility is that it’s a typo and they meant to put
    “AF-S VRII 100-400mm/F3.5-56G” 😉 🙂

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    • Marc W

      i thought it was suppose to read “18-400mm 2.8 AF-S”

  • Joe Boston

    I don’t think the rumour is ridiculous, but the reactions to it are.

    Grow up, people.

  • Anonymous
  • Curzio

    As you can see in one of the largest nikon group on flickr, that is always been the official name of the lens

    it’s a good source of information about nikkor lenses

  • Anonymous

    In a sense it is “new”, however there have been also a “newer” 80-200/2.8 AF-S, and a “newest” 70-200/2.8 AF-S VR released in the last 13 years since the introduction of this “new” lens in 1996.

    As others already commented, it was called “new” because there have been already a lens with AF 80-200/2.8D designation, which was also a “D” lens but with push-pull zoom mechanics, while the “new” lens had two rings for zooming and focusing. Also, the push-pull lens had two version, with the older one was the non-D version, so it was a fairly easy distinction between the two with a single letter “D”.

    This is also not unusual from Nikon, eg. the AF 50/1.8 had two versions, one with plastic focusing ring and one with rubber focusing ring (and a distance scale), both were non-D and the latter was also called AF 50/1.8 “new” or AF 50/1.8 N for short, though there have never been an “N” type lens either. 😉

    Nevertheless, another myth busted, let’s move on. 🙂

  • The reason for the new designation is the fact that the website in question has information still on the previous generation 80-200mm f2.8 lens.

  • I received the same email (living here in Japan) and had caught that, too. However, I didn’t think much of it as the email was regarding the older D versions and their subsequent price increases. Agree w/ the others it’s only a differentiation of an updated version of the AF-S lens (I’ve got a two-ring and it’s fantastic- would really like the AF-S version, tho’).

  • Marc W

    I find it comical that people don’t even read the previous comments and just say the same thing over and over. I understand that a lot of people are typing comments at the same time, but not everyone did.

  • Nikkoryan

    A new lens would not be D type. It would be a G type.

  • Will

    New means not used

  • PJS

    NEW as opposed to USED

  • I believe its saying the item is new and not used. Not a new model.

  • rwbenjey

    New is referring to either the AF-S D model, following the push/pull version, or it’s the AF-S D IF model, following the AF-S D model.

  • jk

    I can’t believe how some of you react.. if you are so superior why not start your own site called “” cause that seems more up your alley.

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