New 70-200 - A wait and see approach

Feb 2, 2005
Sudbury, Massachusetts
I agree that at first glance there doesn't seem to be much of a upgrade, but my plan is to wait and see. I'm concerned about the increase in size, weight and price. However, if the image quality is demonstrably better, the AF is more crisp (the old lens lumbers) and the new lens doesn't feel much bigger/heavier, I could be persuaded.

The bottom line is the old design wasn't that old, Nikon invested R&D, manufactuing and marketing on this new version and that effort could have been put elsewhere so there must be something here. Just my $.02


the new one is actually shorter. weight increase is 70 grams or 0.15lbs. I'm not sure you can notice that on a lens that used to be heavy to begin with.

I know you can't judge by these drawings but looks like a lot more ED glass was used in addition to what looks like a thicker design. I'm really interested to see what it can do although it is way more than I'm willing to pay. Considering the bar is set pretty high by the 14-24 and 24-70 and it's crazy price, I hope it does well for those that buy it. IIRC Nikon's PR came out claiming it was edge to edge performance for new sensors (presumably FX and D3X).

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