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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