Tue 01-Jan-13 12:04 AM | edited Tue 01-Jan-13 01:35 AM by laddad
I have always felt that camera bodies come and go but a good lens should be mine forever. I sold my Nikon FM, Nikon FTN, Nikon D70s and D200 but I still own a sweet Nikon Macro AIS 55mm f/2.8, and an ever sweeter Nikon 8mm f/2.8 fisheye. They are immaculate and work as well as they did 30 years ago. I worry that the SW motors and the coils of the VR mechanisms today will never stand the test of time. I doubt that many of the VR coils will be working even 15 years from now. How long will Nikon support older lenses? It is my understanding that Nikon does not repair many of the earlier AF-I lenses from less than 20 years ago. I like VR but I would prefer a faster lens even if it does not have VR. Maybe I'm nuts but I question the hardiness of the VR mechanisms over time.
As far wide angle and VR goes, I very pleased with my non-VR Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8. It has excellent IQ, fast aperture and seems to be more solidly built that the Nikon VR 16-35 f/4.