Thursday, July 30, 2009

Nikon updates

We are finally seeing some updates from Nikon, the most exiting one being the new Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II. The updated version includes no less then 21-elements, with 7 ED glass elements(up from 5 from the last version). The lens is expected to ship in November 2009 at an expected street price of US$2399.95. Ouch, Nikon needs to think twice about these price increases in my opinion. For more info on the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II

Other news from Nikon was less interesting in my opinion, which includes: Nikon D300S, Nikon D3000 and an updated version of the 18-200mm VR

But wait, there is of course so many other products Nikon should update, and or should introduce. It is long overdue that they release an updated version of the PB-6 bellows, which as you might know you can't mount the Nikon D3 on, without an extension ring. It might be a wise move to also make the new bellows with full cpu support so you could even controll Nikons AF-S lenses with full AF on the bellows. Pretty easy task to do if you ask me.

Other then that there is quite a few gaps that could and should be filled in the lens lineup. Nikon used to come up with quite interesting lenses back in the days. Probaly their last atempt to really think out of the box was the Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 70-180mm f/4.5-5.6D ED

I'm not saying that they haven't produced good lenses the last few years- they have. Like the AF-S 14-24mm and the AF-S 24-70mm which are just amazing. What I'm trying to get to here is an alternative to some of the most expensive lenses out there like the, 400mm, 500mm,  and the 600mm lenses. Why not make a 500mm f/5.6? atleast a 200-400mm f/5.6, I mean Tamron did that a loooong time ago.  I'm sure Nikon could outperform and match the price of that lens. But will we see it? Don't hold your breath.
As it seems for the moment Nikon is more than busy introducing cameras when they should focus more on lenses.  There is no doubt that the DX format is going to stick around for a long time. There's nothing wrong with that, but maybe they finally should make a pro wide angle for the DX format?. 

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