Weekly Nikon news flash #207


Tamron SP 70-200mm F2.8 Di VC USD Model A009



Auto Nikkor Telephoto-Zoom 8.5-25cm f4-4.5 lens

Grumpy Cat -shot with Nikon

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  • Duncan Dimanche

    I’m exited for the 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM.
    I hope that it will perform in the same line as the 35mm 1.4

  • n11

    Oh baby, that 120-300 F2.8.
    If it wasn’t for the high price, I’d get it. Sigma is really making some decent and good-looking lenses now.

    • anon

      compared to a nikon 300 2.8 though, Sigma’s is a steal even given the $3600 price tag. I returned the first version 120-300 OS, but only due to the fact that it wasn’t handhold-able for my wife (She couldn’t comfortably rotate the zoom ring while trying to balance the lens because the diameter was too large), and it just didn’t perform mechanically well enough to ignore the first issue. But by no means was it bad, but just wasn’t quite there. Optically it was awesome. Neither of us even found it too heavy to hand hold you just need big hands. If Sigma has put as much heart and soul into this one as they did the 35mm 1.4, it should be awesome and may get another look from us. 300mm+ is in the realm of hobby shooting for us, so dropping 6 to 7K + for Nikon super teles is out of the question.

  • jefferylewis
  • AM

    Does anybody know how much the 120-300mm f/2.8 weigh? I cannot find it anywhere, not even on Sigma’s page.


      6.5 LBS.

  • LaurentProulx

    Grumpy cat doesn’t seen to be happy about being film…

    • Shawn Young

      Undoubtedly waiting for the D400.

  • Jon McGuffin

    The Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 says that’s it’s on pre-order until April 30th over at B&H. So I’m not sure it’s really close to shipping just yet unless they fulfilled a bunch of pre-orders already and this is when they expect to get the next shipment.

  • I’ve got a 120-300mm on pre-order here in Canada. It seems to have the same optical formula as the last (2011) version which got great reviews.

  • Ren Kockwell

    I hope Sigma will make a Art series 24mm F1.8 soon. I think DX users could really use a good 35mm equivalent. I’d buy it in a heartbeat! Anyone else want one?

    • gsum

      Not for me. My beautiful 20 year old metal bodied Nikkor 24mm f2.8 out-resolves my D800. Don’t care about AF for such a wide angle lens, or the extra stop.

      Good luck to Sigma though. A bit of competition is healthy.

  • Pete83

    uh the tammy has been out for ages, even in Aus and we get last of everything wtf? Have I missed something

  • John Smith

    I love the current Nikkor lenses in terms of sharpness but I do miss the old depth of field markings that we had so many years ago.
    (I feel old now 😉 )

    • i just compared my nikkor 50mm 1.4G and 50mm 1.4D (with depth of field markings) for sharpness and i can’t tell the difference in sharpness. keep using your D lenses! 🙂

    • Jer


  • twoomy

    If that Sigma 17-70 was an FX lens, it would be on my camera 99% of the time. That would be the ultimate landscaper lens. (Yes, I know that it would have to be bigger than what it is as a DX lens, but still!)

  • GD

    Headline: “New article on nikon.com on how VR works.”

    Article: “Renewed March 2008”

    • Weird – it came up as a new article in their feed.

  • skaarj

    100% Japan Quality. Nothing like to newer made in china and soon Loas junk from Nikon.I picked up the 17-70 C last Tuesday and subsequently traded in my 35 1.8 G, 50 1.8 D, and 85 1.8D. This new Sigma is awesome. Now front or back focus issues and very sharp wide open across the frame. My three above primes needed -15 to -20 autofine tuning on my D7000. The Sigma works perfect without any fine tuning.

  • xjxjxjxjxj

    very interested in the new 120-300/2.8 too. since nikon does not update the 300/4, i will definitely rent one to and give it a try. will not spend 2500 € on something the af-s 80-400/3,5-5,6 vr…

    • xjxjxjxjxj

      something *like* the…

  • Pete Grady

    Sounds like we might be getting closer to a D400.

  • Can’t Believe It

    That 85-250 looks amazing. Why can’t lenses be so awesome nowadays?


    Re Auto Nikkor Telephoto-Zoom 8.5-25cm f/4-4.5
    I have one of these (its a long story) complete with closeup lens , does it have any value as a curiosity? Does anyone want it?
    Should be a museum piece!

    • ithilstone

      according to eBay around $200

  • ithilstone

    $3,599.00 in US and £3599.00 in UK – sorry but i will consider buying this lens in US and save myself over 1k pounds!!! shame on you nikon UK

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