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Rumor: Nikon 70-200 f2.8 Update

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The current Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VR lens was announced in February 2002 at PMA, and instantly became a legend. Nikon typically updates its pro zoom lenses around every 6 years, give or take, meaning PMA 2008 would have been about the right time for an update. But PMA 2008 came and went and no update.

The current 70-200mm f2.8 is an outstanding performer on both film and DX digital sensors. However when the Nikon D3 came out in 2007, some D3 users started complaining of softness near the edges - for most users this is not a problem, but for some, like landscape photographers, it could be. The introduction of the Nikon D700 saw a large increase in number of Nikon Full Frame users, and with the Nikon D3x aimed squarely at studio and landscape photographers, perhaps the need to update this lens is more pressing.

Below are a list of rumors regarding the Nikon 70-200 f2.8 Update, newest first. Please rate how credible you believe these to be, and feel free to add your own comments/thoughts. If you have any more information, please email us at or click Rumors Wanted. We'll continue to add new rumors to this page as we come across them.

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Coming in 2009

Date: 9/26/2008
Source: NikonRumors

Rating: 3/5, Votes: 1

NikonRumors reports that someone contacted them saying the 70-200 update was being worked on, but may not be out in 2008.

Source: NikonRumors on 9/26/2008.

Latest Status: Not out in 2008

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f2.5 not f2.8?

Date: 1/9/2008
Source: Google Groups

Rating: 1/5, Votes: 1

Posted on Google Groups:

"This news deserves a thread by itself! It comes to me from a Nikon insider I have known for ten years.

This is kind of hard to swallow, and I cannot claim to understand Nikon's priorities. But it seems that the next few Nikkors to be released (all FX of course, DX is dead except for a few token bits of glass crumbs that may be thrown to pre-D3 Nikon DSLR users) are

  • Nikkor AF-S VR-II 200mm f1.8D
  • Nikkor AF-S VR-II 300mm f2D
  • Nikkor AF-S VR-II 400mm f2.5D
  • Nikkor AF-S VR-II 70-200mm f2.5D

Each of the four sets new standards for speed in its focal range. "

Despite the claims of a "10 year Nikon insider" we think this highly unlikely, given the extra expense and bulk required to facilitate the speed increases, especially given the current economic climate.

The current 400mm f2.8 VR was announced in August 2007 at the same time as the D3, so replacing that lens so soon makes little sense either.

Source: Google Groups on 1/9/2008.

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JR Show Discontinued

Date: 1/23/2009
Source: J&R

Busted Rumor

Rating: 1/5, Votes: 1, Comments: 2

Typo? or do they know something? J&R are showing the existing Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VR as a clearance item/limited availability:

Lens Rumor

Does this mean the update is coming soon? Or are they just going to stop carrying this lens? Or is it just a typo?

Source: J&R on 1/23/2009.

Latest Status: Clearance Notice Removed 1/24/9

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Due at Photokina 2008

Date: 9/2/2008
Source: NikonRumors

Busted Rumor

Rating: 1/5, Votes: 1

From NikonRumors:

"Today I got a confirmation on at least 3 lenses (released at Photokina):

  • AF-S 50mm 1.4 G - replacement is coming (confirmed)
  • AF-S 85mm 1.4 G - replacement is coming (confirmed)
  • AF-S 70-200mm 2,8 VRII - replacement is coming (confirmed)

Source: NikonRumors on 9/2/2008.

Latest Status: Busted

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