Nikon Lens Rumors

Some new Nikon lens rumors have crept up this past week.  Over on a DSLR Google Group, one user has claimed to have a solid Nikon insider source that he’s known for 10 years.  Word is that Nikon is dropping 4 telephoto lenses, which will likely come at PMA 2009 if at all.

The rumored lenses are as follows:

Nikkor AF-S VR-II 200mm f1.8D

Nikkor AF-S VR-II 300mm f2D

Nikkor AF-S VR-II 400mm f2.5D

Nikkor AF-S VR-II 70-200mm f2.5D

I halfway expect an updated 70-200mm f/2.8 VR lens at PMA because there were strong hints of a replacement last year prior to Photokina.  However, the f/2.5 maximum aperture in the specs above gives me a little pause on the legitimacy of this poster’s source. Regardless of this spec, I’m still optimistic that Nikon will produce a replacement to the current 70-200mm VR lens.

Any thoughts?

Stay tuned to Photography Bay as we get closer to PMA 2009 for the latest news and rumors.



  1. says

    I have to agree with you for the 2.5 aperture, but I also doubt the veracity of the rumor on the fact that it would just be “too big” of a release to be announced in at a single time. We are talking big guns here and I dont remember the last time I saw more than 2 (maybe 3) pro level lenses announced at the same time.

    Looking back at the previous post announcing the “incoming revision” of the 70-200 now that it hasnt shown up is quite funny and shows how wrong we can be at predicting what is in the head of manufacturers… I know because I waited for my 5DMrkII for 2 years :-s

  2. says

    @Alain – That’s a good point regarding the release being “too big” – however, it wasn’t that long ago (August 2007) when Nikon released the AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR, AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR, and AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR all at once. Click here for the announcement post.

    Nikon also dropped a 14-24mm f/2.8 and a 24-70mm f/2.8 with the big guns.

    Just a thought.

  3. Robb Mann says

    It’s a fake, created by someone who knows less about physics then photography. Nikon can’t increase the maximum aperture of these lenses without greatly increasing their size. Even the modest 1/2 stop bump on the 70-200 from f2.8 to f2.5 would add close to a pound to the mass of the lens, and push the front element to at least 82mm.

    Also, look at the size of the existing 200 f2.0. It’s huge. To make a 300 f2.0 or a 200 f1.8 would again mean a much larger lens then the current 200 f2.0.

    Oh, I forgot to mention the large cost increase that would also be incurred by increasing the max aperture for these guys – I’d guess around $2500 street for the alleged 70-200 f2.5. FAKE FAKE FAKE

  4. Buck Rivard says

    I was hoping that Nikon would come out with a 70-200mm f/4 VR to compete with Canons 70-200mm f/4 IS. Why would nikon make a perfectly good lens even bigger and more expensive by adding a half stop?? I am genuinely thinking of switching to Canon because of the 70-200 f/4 IS, for its convenience of price and weight. I really hope Nikon will have a 70-200 f/4 in the near future.

  5. nikonfan says

    Who needs these, release those fast primes for dx, the 50mm 1.4 G was a good start but make them wider!

  6. Ted says

    I was told that they would be making a 70-210 with a lower minimal focal length incorporating new things and keep the old 70-200
    just what i heard

  7. Cynthia says

    I’d love to see an AFS version of the 80-400mm vr in an affordable price range meaning under $2K

  8. Jan says

    Switching back from Canon to Nikon, I regret Nikon doesn’t offer glass similar to some of Canon’s: MPE-65 macro (goes from 1:1 to 5:1!), and very portable and stabilised 70-200 f4 and 300mm f4 (I had the current nikon 300mm f4 it’s a gem!) – how long should I still wait for the 300 mm f4 VR – or would this be too much competition with the current, heavy and expensive f2,8 VR?
    Here in Belgium rebates started on the 80-400 (-100 euros), the 70-200 VR (-150 euros) … but also on some of the newest glass.

  9. says

    10-22mm f/2.8 … no I’m not joking, 85mm f/1.2, 50mm f/1.2, 35mm f/1.4 AF-S, Nano coat, FX lenses.
    Come on Nikon!!!!!!!!

  10. gurbally says

    I will wait for the PMA 2009 announcement…if Nikon does not come out with fast primes (24mm/35mm and 85mm) and something like 70-200mm f4 VR, I will switch to Canon.
    Nikon has been very slow in responding to demands from professionals. Probably it is now more geared towards the cunsumer market. Sad.

  11. Joe says


    I want a 24-135 2.8 AFS VR. FX format. I want it now!!!

    Have money

    Hurry up…………please!!!!

  12. LoToMo says

    I hope they can make 16-120mm f/1.4! Yes, it may be big, but not as big as 200mm f/2 and it will be very handy! 80-400mm f/2.8 WOW ..WOW! And VR! well.. dreaming too much here …. hehe … how about micro 50mm f/1!