• No one knows what goes on in the mind of Nikon, though given other perceived lens design priorities, adding VR to the 24-70 would not be at the top of my list.
• Shorter, lighter lenses are adequately supported by the camera lens mount with the camera attached to the tripod. Tripod mounts on the lens are generally reserved for the longer and heavier zooms and teles.
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Someone (Mansurov?) noted that Canon didn't add VR when they updated their 24-70, if that gives any indication of what the big companies are thinking. Also, people have been wishing for years that Nikon would add VR to the 300mm f/4 without any result, so it doesn't seem Nikon is in a hurry to update successful models.
I have used this lens with a D200 and D700 for over five years under all kinds of conditions and have never felt the need for VR. I believe VR is pretty useless for focal lengths below 100mm, especially for a fast lens and a camera with good high iso performance. The attached was taken at 24mm. 1/50s, f/2.8, iso 2200, hand held
Regarding your concern about undue strain on the lens seat, I believe the Nikon engineers are quite capable to figure this out.
I don't think that VR is coming on that lens, and if it does, there will be a price increase on an already expensive lens. I wouldn't let that doubt hold me back.
As far as stressing the lens mount, I don't think it's an issue. I regularly use a strap that works off a ring threaded into the body's tripod socket and let the camera/lens hang on my hip. I have had no problem on any of my camera bodies with lens mount stress.
That is a great lens for image quality, but I will say that it is bulky and heavy to cart around. It's sure not a lens to use when you want to be incognito.
Congrats on the D600, let us know how it goes. As for the 24-70, I have had it for some time, have never seen the need for VR, cannot speak to using it on a tripod, but I think this is the best all round lens I have ever used (albeit on DX cameras - D7000 -D300).
Hey, Victor, long time no see! I'm liking the D600 a lot so far, but haven't had a chance to really get out with it yet for a long shoot. Probably will get the 24-70 eventually. Hope to see you at a meetup soon. Cheers!