Nikon Lens Rumors

by on January 11, 2009

in Nikon,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 Alain January 11, 2009 at 7:13 pm

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 Eric January 11, 2009 at 8:53 pm

@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 Ryan Holloway January 11, 2009 at 9:41 pm

I’m still totally happy with my 70-200 on my D700, bring on the primes though!


4 Warren January 11, 2009 at 11:37 pm

These rumors are so fake, and none of these lenses will be replaced for years still

5 Robb Mann January 12, 2009 at 7:01 am

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

6 Michael Warf January 12, 2009 at 4:08 pm

If there is any truth to these rumors – I’d hate to see the associated price tag.

7 Buck Rivard January 24, 2009 at 9:47 pm

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.

8 nikonfan January 27, 2009 at 7:11 pm

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

9 Ted February 8, 2009 at 2:03 pm

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

10 Cynthia February 12, 2009 at 5:16 pm

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

11 Dean March 6, 2009 at 2:28 pm

I did not see any Nikon releases at PMA2009. Is the new 70-200 dead?

12 Jan March 21, 2009 at 4:40 am

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.

13 Richard May 6, 2009 at 12:28 am

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!!!!!!!!

14 gurbally June 13, 2009 at 2:52 pm

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.

15 Joe June 24, 2009 at 12:52 am


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

Have money

Hurry up…………please!!!!

16 Eric August 10, 2009 at 1:06 pm

I wish the techies at Nikon could make a 200mm f/1.8 VRII with the nano coat.

17 LoToMo February 24, 2010 at 12:02 pm

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!

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