Pop Photography is not yet updated online as of this instant. Being in Mexico I get the magazine hard copy very late. Keep us posted. (Sorry I had to edit for grammar and spelling, you got me all excited with these news)
There is a photo of it on p.20. The vr les was attached to a N6006 due to a mixup (he should have been given a F100). It is in an article about Herbert Kepplers trip to Mt Fuji in Japan. The photo shows the lens in almost a head-on shot.
That would make more sense. I also reread the article - in it, the gentleman using the VR lens was able to take closer shots of Mt Fuji than the other photographers... leading me to think that it really may be the 80-400 VR.
I just posted the question over at the Pop Photo forum, in the feedback to Pop Photo section.
With a range of 28-200, it *should* have some ED elements to help out image clarity on the telephoto side. I've seen reports that it slides in and out like the old 80-200 push-pull, so AFS may not be in the cards. It should be interesting to see how *closely* this lens will focus, otherwise, it won't take the place of a general use normal lens like a 50 1.4.
It was an error. Mr. Keppler was referring to the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR; a correction will be printed in our May issue. --------------------
Mason Resnick Managing Editor Popular Photography
I guess it will still be interesting to those with cameras capable of using the VR and not having a 2.8 in that range.... I was mostly interested just to find out if it was a typo - since I have that particular distance covered... and my N90s can't use the VR anyway. Now all I have to do is keep the news about the new lens from the N80 guy in our house...
lol. Guess we both posted at the same time! (I type slow!)
Any bets on how many used 80-200s are going to show up after this wonderful piece of glass comes out? I'm thinking even the many people who just bought 80-200s with the rebates (I know, I'm one of them) may be selling to get the VR. I know, I'll hopefully be one of them.
Dan Burns danN80
Advice given to me by Geographic pro Chris Johns: "Just keep putting film through the camera."
Do you think this lense is going to cost more than the 80-200mm F/2.8 AF-S? Is 10 extra mm and VR technology that more expensive? I was going to buy the 80-200 AF-S as my next lense (maybe in a few months), but I may reconsider and simply wait for this to come out.
I'm not so sure others will be willing to give up the older 80-200's.. Reasoning behind this is as follows,
Con's 1 - What is the price of a VR lens going to be? Is VR really necessary for the 200mm focal length? So far I haven't needed it even in low light and pictures are not blurred unless objects are moving and if that is the case the VR won't help either. - anything 300mm and above would see benefits in having a VR system.
2 - No true IF (Internal Focus)- based on the pictures in the pop-photog magazine it is the same design as the 80-400 with the barrel potruding quite a distance from the main body of the lens. Lends for sloppy barrel movements and more likelihood of increasing chances of getting dust in lens. Would this be labelled as a PRO lens?
3 - The optics - will it be that much better than the current run of 80-200mm including the AF-S?
4 - The current AF-S's also have teleconverters to go with it but it doesn't work for VR.