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The bell may be tolling for the Nikon 300mm F/4.0D

cho10

portsmouth, nh, US
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cho10 Silver Member Nikonian since 23rd Jul 2010
Sun 20-Jan-13 01:05 PM

I wanted to buy this lens yesterday as a gift as I like it very much having had one for years as a great alternative to my 300mm F/2.8D.

I went to Amazon and it is now only available through third party sellers and more expensive.

I try to use Amazon Prime for my purchases for numerous reasons.

The Amazon Help Desk answered my query about this as follows:

<ol>I apologize for any inconvenience this causes, but at this time Nikon 300mm f/4 is unavailable to us and we're not sure if we'll be able to obtain it in the future.</ol>

<ol>I'd suggest checking our website from time to time to see if this item is available from us. If it's not available, you might see an "Alert me" link. "Alert me" allows you to sign up so we can e-mail you when Amazon has copies available for purchase.</ol>

<ol>We make "Alert me" option available only when we believe we'll be able to obtain the item in the future. If we're not sure whether the item will be available, you'll see the message "Currently unavailable. We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock."</ol>

There is no "Alert me" option for when this lens will be in stock again.

Amazon uses J&R as one of its fulfillment centers and J&R no longer offers the 300mm F/4.0D on its site.

B&H and Adorama both listed this lens earlier today as "in stock", however.

In August 2012 Nikon Rumors published the following:

http://nikonrumors.com/2012/08/04/the-latest-nikon-lens-patents.aspx/

which describes a Nikon patent for a 300mm F/4 with VR.

I guess caution would dictate that I wait and see at this point.

The new lens is described to apparently be shorter being 7.5in (190 mm) long as opposed to 8.8in. (222.5 mm).

I suppose it will be a G lens very likely with Nano coating. It would also seem reasonable to speculate that VR will probably be the new VRIII available in the new Nikon 70-200 F/4.0 VR. The lens may be lighter too.

I wonder whether Nikon will try to ask a lot more money for this or just replace the current one at the same price of $1,500 or so?

I love the current version so this is a real dilemma. Should I wait as the new lens release may be imminent or just buy the old version?


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