I can tell you that black does get very hot in the sun, so grey might be practical that way. I doubt Canon's marketing team had that in mind when they created their white lenses. Just a by product of clever marketing. I think black looks classier. But if you shoot mostly in the hot sun, I would go for it and not be concerned about the Canon look-alike issue. Besides, it's grey.
Sports photographers don't want to get beaten up by their Cannon using competitors so they have to disguise themselves. Using grey lenses and taping over the Nikon name on the camera is usually enough to achieve that.
any size is fullframe for a given definition of frame
>Actually, in Japan, many of the NIKON lenses come in two >choices of colures, BLACK or GREY. > >No extra charge for grey either. > >I am travelling now, and dont have my NIKON JAPAN catalogs >and price list with me, so, cant give you all the details. > >I do know, that most of the prime lenses come in two >colours.
Yeah but according to the US catalog (Volume 12), the grey color is special order (product #s 2140, 2126, 2128, 2132, and 2134).
Well, that's for USA, as I would presume that NIKON USA doesnt want to carry both in stock.
However,in Japan ( where I lived for 5 years ), the camera stores such as YODOBASHI would often have both on the shelf. I have seen the 300 , 400 mm lenses on display in grey colour, and that was last year when I was in Japan.
Actually,the lighter colour is a good idea, even if though I am not a CANON fan!
Back in 1990,I was photographing the SUZUKA 8 hour Motor Bike race, and,in July, Japan is stifling.
It was about 100C there, and I was shooting with my 800mm F5.6 manual lens...The lens body got so hot, I had to put a towell over it to try to cool it down.
I can copy the prices off YODOBASHI, and save it a a .pdf file and check which bodies are manufactured in grey as standard if you like.
>Well, that's for USA, as I would presume that NIKON USA >doesnt want to carry both in stock. > >However,in Japan ( where I lived for 5 years ), the camera >stores such as YODOBASHI would often have both on the shelf. >I have seen the 300 , 400 mm lenses on display in grey >colour, and that was last year when I was in Japan.
funny, i was just at yodobashi for the first time! i did see one or two grey lenses, but they were almost all inexpensive consumer grade lenses... probably to go with the grey version of the d50!
ditto at the other big camera shops i visited in akihabara and shinjuku - 95% black and the grey were a few inexpensive zooms and the really giant teles.
You may have misunderstood my response to the question, "Why would one buy a gray version?" I was saying that buyers (not the manufacturer) may want to color code their personal lens inventory by buying black prime lenses and gray zoom lenses.
You guys might also have forgotten that sometimes when you have to have a lens and the only one you can find in town is a grey colour, well, cue the canon wannabe jokes but my grey coloured 70-200mm is better than no lens.