As a registered owner of the 200 micro I received a request from Nikon USA to take a survey. It was quite detailed and fairly long. About half the survey delt with this specific lens; the other half was lenses in general.
the questions were very interesting and many geared toward weight vs. cost vs. F2.8 vs MTF vs. bokeh. My responses were inline with I will pay more money for a higher quality lens and put up with more weight.
So I guess in another decade or so we will see a new 200 micro.
Do not settle for mediocrity. Rather strive for excellence for even in that attempt lies a measure of success.
Indeed -- they sent me a suirvey of the 17-55mm lens, which I found strange because I don't and naver have owned one. I wish they'd survey me concerning rubber coming loose and the hot shoe on the D700. I'd for sure give them an ear full! I wish they'd ask me how I like their strict adherence to MSRP too -- another issue!
My 200 mm f/4 Micro Nikkor is coming up on its 5th year. So I sent it into Nikon thinking a review and tune up would be covered under warranty-IT IS NOT! They told me they did a general look over of the lens and saw nothing wrong; I had told them I didn't think anything was wrong but wanted to be sure it was in spec. Because there is no known problems my request is not covered by the warranty and to proceed they want $315 to check it out further. I have decided, I am just going to have the lens returned to me. A hard lesson learned with the cost of shipping both ways and insurance, money I could have put to a new lens or body. I have only actually had one Nikon item repaired since 1963 and that was a self inflicted thumb through the shutter curtain of my F3HP. So I guess I should stop obsessing about my equipment.
You were surprised by this? If you had a new car with a 5 year warranty, and at 4 years, 10 months you wanted the dealer to run a full diagnostics test, with no reported issue, but just for your own peace of mind, would you expect them to cover the cost of the "check up" under warranty? If you do...they won't. Warranties cover issues/flaws, defects, not maintenance or "check ups".
I got a survey too, for the 70-300 VR. It's just a marketing thing.
As long as we're dreaming, how about a 100-200 f/4 1:1 zoom Macro?