Nikkor AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 lens could be released next

Several readers asked me about the replacement of the current Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR lens. I searched trough my old emails and I found this list of lenses that was sent to me back in October of 2009. I did not publish this online, but it seems that everything was spot on, except the AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6:

  • AF-S 24mm f/1.4
  • AF-S 35mm f/1.4
  • AF-S 85mm f/1.4
  • AF-S 16-35mm f/4.0
  • AF-S 24-120mm f/4.0
  • AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6
  • AF-S 200-400mm f/4

Based on this list, I can speculate that a new Nikkor AF-S 80-400 f/4.5-5.6 will be the next lens to be announced by Nikon.

Few months ago, Nikon filed for a patent on a new 80-400m f/4.5-5.6 lens:

FYI: Nikon already announced a record number of lenses this year: nine, compared to six lenses per year from 2007- 2009.

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