Rumor Alert – Nikon AF-S 100-500mm f/4-5.6 ED-IF VR III

by on May 31, 2007

in Gear,Nikon,Rumors

Is this for real?

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There are a couple more pictures here.

It showed up in a Thai-based Nikon forum yesterday. Anyone care to translate the forum postings and tell me what it says?

The specs read as follows:

  • VR III system offers the equivalent of using a shutter speed 5.5 stops faster (when used with compatible camera bodies incorporated with Nikon’s O.B. VR technology), or 4 stops faster when used with conventional camera bodies
  • Two VR Modes: Normal mode or Active Mode for when taking pictures with extreme movement
  • Automatically detects when photographer is panning and compensates
  • 5 Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements minimizes chromatic aberration and provides higher resolution and superior contrast
  • Lightweight Magnesium die-cast construction (approx. 5.2lbs) with tripod mounting foot
  • Internal Focusing (IF) design for smoother focusing and great body balance
  • Nikon’s exclusive Silent Wave Motor enables ultra-high speed autofocusing with exceptional accuracy and super-quiet operation
  • High-performance Nikon Super Integrated Coating offers superior color reproduction and minimizes ghost and flare
  • Rounded diaphragm (9 blades) for natural blur
  • New tripod mounting foot design, compatible with Arca style quick-release system
  • Compatible with Nikon TC-14E, TC-17E II, and TC-20E II Teleconverters, AF operation only with TC14E II

Seems a little too good to be true and some of the grammar seems a little too broken for such an official looking Nikon ad/press sheet. It certainly got me excited though. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. The rumors sure do seem to be picking up here lately. The Nikon 50 f/1.2 has been getting some buzz of late too.

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1 Zach June 1, 2007 at 4:18 pm

Like you, I\'m skeptical. That\'s an awfully big range to cram into even that big a lens. I suspect there will be wicked complex distortion to boot. Now, personally, I can live with a little distortion, and I am definitely going to be in the market for a telecannon by the time this thing hits, so let\'s just say I hope it is somewhat true and I hope it comes in under $1500. I\'ll be very interested if that\'s the case. As that photographer in Yellowstone just proved, you don\'t want to be too close to some subjects.

By the way, I just wanted to say I think you are doing a very nice job here, Eric. I will be checking this a lot more frequently.

Zach

2 Zach June 1, 2007 at 9:18 pm

Like you, I’m skeptical. That’s an awfully big range to cram into even that big a lens. I suspect there will be wicked complex distortion to boot. Now, personally, I can live with a little distortion, and I am definitely going to be in the market for a telecannon by the time this thing hits, so let’s just say I hope it is somewhat true and I hope it comes in under $1500. I’ll be very interested if that’s the case. As that photographer in Yellowstone just proved, you don’t want to be too close to some subjects.

By the way, I just wanted to say I think you are doing a very nice job here, Eric. I will be checking this a lot more frequently.

Zach

3 Kyle January 22, 2009 at 2:18 am

This lens would be great if it came out with the next few years would be great.

4 studio460 June 2, 2010 at 6:25 am

If real, that thing looks EXPENSIVE. I’m thinking . . . $3,900 USD. I only JUST bought a mint-condition, AF VR Nikkor 80-400mm f4.5-5.6 refurb for $1,099, and when I noticed this rumor on another site, I was like, “Oh-oh.” Now, I’m a bit relieved, since I don;t think I would be able to afford this lens anyway, although the extra 100mm and half-stop of added speed at the short end sure would be nice. Not to mention the AF-S. The “specs,” quoted above, seem “real.” An f/4.0-5.6 at 100-500mm sounds “right.” Unfortunately, I don’t think the price is going to be anywhere near $1,500.

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