I hope it is just the lull before the storm. Anyone else notice that it is over 6 months since Nikon announced the last new lens? I wonder what is happening to product development at Nikon? NAS can't be fed without product. What do you think will come out next in the lens lineup?
They're short on lenses because they're busy trying to reduce production costs on the D3x!! They've got the sensor up to 22.7 megapixels with 48 bit sensitivity, now they're just trying to build it cheap enough to list for $499 USD.
Hmmm... maybe that's just wishful thinking. I'd love to see a 17-80 f2.8 AFS with the image quality and price of a 17-55. I love that lens, just wish it had a bit more reach...
Interesting lens 17-80 f2.8, it would be huge. I have both the 17-55 and 70-200 f2.8. Both are magic and I don't miss the gap. I did own the 18-70 that I thought was very good on image quality just not quite as fast as the 2.8's.
I don't mind the gap either, it's just that I could use the extra reach on the wider lens since I use it so much. That extra few mm's would be very useful when shooting weddings in particular. I keep the 70-200 on my backup body but in fast shooting situations it's tough to switch back and forth between the main camera around my neck and the backup hanging off my shoulder, both with flashes on them...
Not more Coolpixes. The days of the point and shoot are very limited. The biggest threat to the P&S market are the mobile phone manufacturers. I have a Sony Cybershot 3.2 megapixel camera in my Sony Ericsson phone. There are now 6 megapixel cameras in phones. My phone produces great 6x4 prints which is what 90% of the mass market want. I know for myself that when I go to family functions, it is a lot easier to take my phone for the odd snapshot, as opposed to carrying my pro gear.
I hope so. I am keen to see what they do with the longer zooms. An upgrade of the 80-400 to AFS would be welcome as would a zoom in the 200-500 range with AFS & VRII. I would hope that they are working on DX versions of these lenses to keep the size down. I sold my 80-400 as the focus was too slow for what I shoot. I will probably end up with the 200-400VR, but have put off the purchase to see if a more cost effective solution is forthcomming from Nikon.
What I'd pine for is a newer camera with 8 channels to read off the sensor data and still cost less than USD $2500. Obscenely fast, I know.
(I understand the low-end cameras has only two channels; the high end cameras has four channels. This being why they can dump data to storage so much faster than the low end cameras. In other words, higher fps.)
Hi Len, Long time no talk. Ask me if I am happy with my D2X/D200 combo, we certainly have come a long way in the last few years. I no longer have any film in the refrigerator, that's for sure. The Nikon meeting with the pro's in the UK should yield something. Are you going? I expect we will hear something significant over the next month. I have trips planned to New Zealand (landscapes) and South Africa (wildlife) over the next 12 months. Happy with my lenses for the first (may add a wide angle prime) but need to fill my gap at the long end for South Africa. I am still debating a fast long prime with TC's or the 200-400 with TC's. Or will something new be just around the corner?
1. I played with the Canon Diffraction Optics, 400mm F4 lens with IS, and it is fast, light, and short. One heck of a lens you can shoot hand-holding. This is a technology Nikon should be looking at.
2. I would love the 80-400 VR2 AFS G ED. Even 100-400 AFS, VR2 at F4-5.6 would be better than lugging around the 200-400 F4. The optics have to be good though, and I will pay $2000 US for it. Make it full frame to enlarge the market
3. 50-150mm DX ED VR2 G F2.8, $1200 and I might even sell my 70-200VR to get it. After that, I have a perfect excuse to now save for that 200mm F2. There was not enough incentive for many of us who own the 70-200VR to also get a 200mm F2. 1 f-stop, $3000, just not enough (no offense to some of you who bought this lens, you have more money than I do)
4. 9mm F2 DX $1000, no need to say more
5. 14mm F2 DX $1000, the old 21mm in 35mm
6. 28mm F1.4 DX $1000, why let Sigma own the market with the 30mm f1.4
Lastly, D300, VR built-in, 16 Mpixel, in camera processing, $1800
No need to get a 32mpixel FF professional DX3 for me. I am not a pro. Although, a 32 Mpixel 35mm FF digital camera would mortally wound the upscale mid-format digital 40mp backs for good. Imagine a 35mm camera delivering the medium format image quality. Yes, there is still that argument about noise etc.... but that is what we have electrical engineers to do. They solve those problems with very fancy semiconductor, electronics, firmware, whiz-bang technology. Moore's law lives !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm actually starting to yawn at more megapixels, cause I'm printing absolutely fine 16x20's now with my D200. In fact, more megapixels would mean longer post production processing time. Gads. I've got a $1,000 computer with a dual core processor that takes 4++ hours to crunch 900 RAW wedding images. Enough already
If we must move to even larger image files, and I'm sure everyone but me wants to, then it would be nice to see those larger files dedicated to more latitude.
Although I'd love to see a digital follower to my beloved Nikons V I doubt there will be an entry from Nikon to the digital U/W world. Business-wise it probably would not make much sense either, given Ikelite, Nexus & the rest of the field dominating this market.
eBay index prices are good signs of market anticipation. People are asking (and paying) USD 3000 for a 28mm f/1.4D AF, and the price has risen from USD 1800 to USD 3000 in only 6 months - not much anticipation of fast primes here, eh?
Given the launch of first prosumer bodies, then consumer bodies and consumer lenses I also support the theory of teles being the next step. Then, hopefully, all of us who shoot press/event will be catered with fast primes in the wide range. I would love a DX lens that would give me the same aperture and perspective as my 28mm f/1.4 gives me on 35mm film. The downside is, there aren't too many of my kind.
can be a very nice teles for the amateur, they will be not as heavy as the 500/f4 nor 600/4, due to less opened aperture but logically balanced by the VR system. BTW both did exist at one time as AIS lenses.
I really speak for the amateur, pro would still have the need for large tele, fast speed, as they can afford it.
While it would be nice to see some outrageous zooms with f/2.8 and VR, or some other specialty lens, I'll be a little more practical with my hopes:
I'd like to see an improvement on the wide end of the mid range zoom, say for example a 15-55mm f/2.8 DX, instead of a 17-70 f/2.8 or whatever. Because nine times out of ten, it's FAR easier to take a step closer than it is to take a step back!
Then, while that lens is sort of a hope still, I'm almost POSITIVE that we'll see a 50-135mm f/2.8 DX VR any day now, in response to the new APS-C lenses from Sigma, Tokina, and Pentax. (...and Tamron?)
Other than that, like the rest of the crowd I'd love to see a ~17mm f/1.8 or f/1.4 lens, but that's mostly just a dream at this point...