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Rumor: Nikonian's Most Wanted Lens Is Coming

Tue Mar 05, 2013 4:12 am

Hi all,

Nikon Rumors is reporting a strong rumor that the 80-400mm replacement will be announced this month and as early as this week:

http://nikonrumors.com/2013/03/04/ni...-to-be-announced-on-march-14.aspx/
http://nikonrumors.com/2013/03/04/nikon-announcement-this-week-2.aspx/

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RE: Rumor: Nikonian's Most Wanted Lens Is Coming

Tue Mar 05, 2013 6:17 am

I'm really looking forward to this! It might be the one lens that could force me to get rid of my Tamron. Can't wait for the samples!
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RE: Rumor: Nikonian's Most Wanted Lens Is Coming

Tue Mar 05, 2013 6:48 am

Sounds like they've released it: http://www.dpreview.com/news/2013/03...r-80-400mm-4p5-5p6G-ED-VR-telezoom

4-stop VR.. Time for Canon to release the 100-400 II with matched IS capability!
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RE: Rumor: Nikonian's Most Wanted Lens Is Coming

Tue Mar 05, 2013 1:01 pm

The lens looks like a very good replacement for the old 80-400mm, but at $2,700 is a little more expensive than I expected (although it does look to be a much more capable lens).

Having only just used my old 80-400 last week (for the first time in a long time), I was reminded how useful it is to have a single lens that covers such a good range. I was only bitten by the S--L--O--W auto-focus on a couple of shots.

If I only had the old 80-400, I'd probably have already put my order in for the new one. However, the quality of the 70-200 f/2.8 and 200-400 f/4 means I'll stick with those and keep the old 80-400 for the odd time when it's more convenient.
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RE: Rumor: Nikonian's Most Wanted Lens Is Coming

Tue Mar 05, 2013 2:35 pm

Well for as long as they took it better knock our socks off, especially for the asking price. I got tired of waiting for it and bought the Bigmos 2 years ago, so I'll be using that for the next 1-2 years as I wait for the price of the Nikkor to come down a bit.

I can't wait to see images taken with this lens(by ordinary people, not Nikon)
 
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RE: Rumor: Nikonian's Most Wanted Lens Is Coming

Tue Mar 05, 2013 3:26 pm

Quoting megatop412 (Reply 5):
bought the Bigmos

That's the second time I've seen you use the term "Bigmos". Are you referring to the Sigma 150-500mm "Bigma"?
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RE: Rumor: Nikonian's Most Wanted Lens Is Coming

Tue Mar 05, 2013 7:24 pm

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 2):
4-stop VR.

Interesting that they didn't use the latest 5-stop VR system from the 70-200 f4. In fact, there was a rumor that the 80-400 replacement was delayed was they were waiting for the latest VR system to be developed.

Quoting scbriml (Reply 4):
but at $2,700 is a little more expensive than I expected

If you take a look at the prices of all the high end lenses that have been released recently by all manufacturers, they have been very expensive compared to the ones they replaced. Just take a look for example at the new Canon 24-70 f/2.8 II, the new Canon tele primes, etc. I was personally expecting the 80-400 to be around $2,500.

Quoting megatop412 (Reply 5):
Well for as long as they took it better knock our socks off, especially for the asking price.

I agree. And the MTF chart for 400mm looks very promising BTW. Additionally, it'd be interesting how it will work with the 1.4x TC, given that now a lot of Nikon bodies can actually autofocus at f/8.

Quoting unattendedbag (Reply 6):
That's the second time I've seen you use the term "Bigmos". Are you referring to the Sigma 150-500mm "Bigma"?

Maybe Bigmos is "Bigma with OS" (i.e., the latest version?).

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RE: Rumor: Nikonian's Most Wanted Lens Is Coming

Thu Mar 07, 2013 2:07 am

Yep, the Bigmos is the 150-500 OS, I think the original 50-500mm is the 'Bigma'
 
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RE: Rumor: Nikonian's Most Wanted Lens Is Coming

Thu Mar 07, 2013 8:19 am

How much do you think it will cost in Europe ?
 
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RE: Rumor: Nikonian's Most Wanted Lens Is Coming

Thu Mar 07, 2013 8:49 am

Starting at 2700€, maybe drops to 2500€ at the end of the year.
 
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RE: Rumor: Nikonian's Most Wanted Lens Is Coming

Thu Mar 07, 2013 9:27 am

will it be available on the 19th March too??
 
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RE: Rumor: Nikonian's Most Wanted Lens Is Coming

Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:45 am

Nikon says "available in the middle of March"...
 
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RE: Rumor: Nikonian's Most Wanted Lens Is Coming

Wed Mar 20, 2013 4:00 am

FYI: the 80-400mm has started shipping in the US:

http://nikonrumors.com/2013/03/19/ni...-shipping-available-in-stock.aspx/

Some full-size samples there if anyone is interested:

http://nikonrumors.com/2013/03/19/ni...-6g-ed-vr-lens-sample-images.aspx/

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RE: Rumor: Nikonian's Most Wanted Lens Is Coming

Wed Mar 20, 2013 8:07 pm

One of my spotter friends up in the NY area just received his, and the images he's getting look really good. Good as in, it makes me want to trade my Bigmos for one.
 
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RE: Rumor: Nikonian's Most Wanted Lens Is Coming

Thu Mar 21, 2013 1:33 am

It's still a little early but from what I'm seeing, it is going to be an impressive lens. I'm still iffy about the price like many seem to be, but looking at the great contrast and how sharp it is @400, the cost may well be justified.
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RE: Rumor: Nikonian's Most Wanted Lens Is Coming

Thu Mar 21, 2013 4:44 am

I suspected this lens would be beyond my price range. I didn't think it would be that far beyond my price range. Ouch.

Oh well. Here's hoping for a VR update and a more modest price increase on the 300mm F/4.

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