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Protest the "G" in the new 70-200 2.8!

adamwelz2

Cape Town, ZA
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adamwelz2 Registered since 18th Apr 2002
Thu 04-Jul-02 11:38 AM

Hi fellow Nikonians

Is anyone out there the least bit concerned that Nikon's newest pro telezoom, the 70-200mm f2.8, is a "G" lens with no aperture ring and hence unusable on any manual and many older AF bodies?

The reason that I'm loyal to Nikon has a lot to do with my FM2 which has never let me down anywhere from Alaska to Madagascar (no kidding). I can use my F90x and have a spotmeter, TTL flash and 1/3 stop shutter speed increments for perfect chromes and my FM2 for B+W and a reliable backup which doesn't need batteries. I sometimes travel for long periods in places where new batteries simply don't exist for love or money - carrying stocks of AA's get exhausting and very un-ecofriendly when you're in remote parts of poor countries for a long time.

AND I can use the same set of lenses on both cameras - Canon doesn't offer me the option of a mechanical body that is compatible with AF lenses - in other words I can use the latest sharpest fastest glass on my FM2 (even if I have to manual-focus it)- A GOOD REASON TO BE A NIKONIAN.

Why is Nikon suddenly making it impossible for me to continue shooting award-winning images in the way that I want to with their latest, best lenses? I will not be suckered into trading my older bodies up for newer ones, not because the new ones aren't any good but because they ALL need (heavy, expensive, un-ecofriendly) batteries! (Another point; anyone who has ever lived in a rainforest for more than a few days knows what electronic bodies can do in that kind of humidity.)

Does anyone know if I'm in the minority of Nikon users here? I'm currently living in Taiwan where the average person is a tech-head and nuts for anything that looks like new technology - but EVERY (I mean it) Taiwanese photog I know has an FM2 - they all use them all the time - not just as backup!

If even the Taiwanese stick with Nikon because of the FM2 then what does that say?

Is there anyone who we can petition to get them to put the aperture ring back on the new lenses?

Ideas, Nikonians, post your ideas!

Cheers

Adam Welz (South Africa, presently in Taiwan)

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