I see why Nikon would update these from a business perpective but it's still disappointing there are no new fast primes.Maybe Nikon are strapped for cash? I know we'd all rather see an AF-S 85mm f1.4 or an AF-S 80-400mm VR2, but it's great that Nikon are updating popular lenses. Sure, someone who already has the 70-200 on a DX body wouldn't be interested in the new one, but I'm sure the FX gang would love one that maintains sharpness and contrast across the whole frame. It would be brilliant if the 70-200 turns out to be as much of a legend as the venerable 14-24.
This should be interesting.
I'm wondering if this new 70-200/2.8 will satisfy the brick wall and empty blue sky shooters? Those corners better be razor sharp for that price!!
Where the heck are the focus lock buttons on the new 70-200 VR?
I am inclined to agree with all of this.How about this?
My guess, it takes Nikkor about a year and a half to get from a lens concept to production shipment. Anybody has a better idea about this, please chime in.
We get the 14-24 Aug/07. It's better than the previous WA king, the 17-35.
We get the 24-70 Aug/07. I haven't tried the beast, but I've tried the 24-70, and it's very, very good. Anecdotally, a better overall normal zoom than the beast.
Nikkor OKs a new 70-200, designed to be significantly better than the current tele zoom king. The OK comes around June last year, after the D3 is out, before the D3X release, but in time to try the current 70-200 on pre-production samples of the D3X.
I see a pattern here. Maybe where none exists, but hey, that's what forums are for.
I believe that the new 70-200 will be significantly better than the old one. Similar in perceived improvement over the WA zoom and the normal zoom progression.