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Lenses Nikon should make - end of 2009 posting

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ZoneV Silver Member Nikonian since 08th Jan 2005
Sat 12-Dec-09 05:10 PM | edited Sun 13-Dec-09 07:47 PM by ZoneV

Every so often I write up a post with suggestions on Nikon lenses Nikon should make. Here I go again. I have two lists. The first is the bare-bones list, the very minimum I and others think they should make over the next couple of years. The second is a long-term wishlist that would take a decade and would put Nikon at the top of the heap. All VR lenses have VR II of course. Why AF-S in so many lenses? because some cameras don't support the screw-drive. Good opportunity to tweak the optics or redesign them, too. Why not replace the mechinical aperture stopdown lever with the electromagnetic mechanism used on the current' PC-E lenses, too?

Note: these are not full lineups. I left off current lenses that are fine as they are (but which would remain in the lineup for many years to come).




Bare-bones FX lens list: by mid 2011:

24/1.4 AF-S (new lens)
35/1.4 AF-S (replace AIS lens)
85/1.4 AF-S VR (replace 85/1.4 D)
180/2.8 AF-S VR (replace 180/2.8 D)
200/4 AF-S VR micro (replace 200/4 D micro)
300/4 AF-S VR (replace 300/4 AF-S)

16-35/4 AF-S (replaces 18-35/3.5-4.5 D AND 17-35)
24-105/4 AF-S VR (replace 24-85/2.8-4 D AND 24-120 VR)
70-200/4 AF-S VR (new lens)
100-500/4-5.6 AF-S VR (replace 80-400 VR)




Dream (or next decade) list: all the above lenses PLUS the following:

FX primes:

14/2.8 AF-S (replace)
16/2.8 AF-S fish eye (replace)
17/2 AF-S (new lens fills gap)
20/2 AF-S (replace 2.8 D lens)
24/2.8 AF-S (replace)
28/2 AF-S (replace f/2.8 lens)
35/2 AF-S (replace)
50/1.8 AF-S (replace)
50/1.2 AF-S (replace AIS lens)
85/1.8 AF-S (replace)
105/1.8 DC AF-S VR (replace f/2 DC 105mm D)
135/2 DC AF-S VR (replace f/2 DC 135mm D)
200/2 AF-S VR II (minor upgrade to VR II)
400/4.5 AF-S VR (new lens)
600/5.6 AF-S VR (new lens)
800/5.6 AF-S VR (new lens)

FX zooms: all the above zooms plus:

24-70/2.8 AF-S VR (VR lens similar to current one)
35-60/2 AF-S VR (awesome new super fast zoom)
28-200/2.8-4 AF-S VR (new lens)
28-300/4-5.6 AF-S VR (new lens)
60-105/2 AF-S VR (awesome new super fast zoom)
70-180/4-5.6 AF-S VR micro (bring back the micro zoom!)
70-300/4-5.6 AF-S (replace current non-VR lens for D3000 AF use)
200-400/4 AF-S VR (minor update to VR II)
300-700/5.6 AF-S VR (new lens)

DX lenses:

10.5/2.8 AF-S DX (make it AF on D3000, etc)
16/2 AF-S DX (fast wide DX prime)
18/2 AF-S DX
24/2 AF-S DX
17-55/2.8 AF-S VR DX (replace with VR version)
50-135/2.8 AF-S VR DX (new lens)

PC-E II lenses with full adjustment in both directions:

18/3.5 PC-E II
24/3.5 PC-E II
45/2.8 PC-E II
85/2.8 PC-E II

Updated Teleconverters:

TC-14 E III
TC-17 E III
TC-15 E VR (provides VR to non-VR lenses)

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