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Rumor: Nikon 80-400mm AF-S

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The current 80-400mm has a reputation of being a solid performer, but slow focusing. As a popular and extremely versatile lens, it would be a prime candidate to upgrade by adding the faster AF-S autofocusing system, and like all telephotos, a it would also benefit from having the latest VR technology.

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Not Coming?

Date: 11/20/2008
Source: Nikonians (See Post #2)

Rating: 2/5, Votes: 1

According to a post from a Nikonians member that spoke to a Nikon Rep in Norway (see post #2 on the link below), Nikon may not even be considering updating the 80-400mm:

"Today at a show in Norway, a Nikon rep claimed the current AF 80-400mm VR had a revival with the D3 and D700 because of higher ISO-capabilities."

Does this mean Nikon doesn't see a need to update the lens (since it's selling well already?), or would this increased demand move it higher up their priority list?

Source: Nikonians (See Post #2) on 11/20/2008.

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Coming with the D3x?

Date: 11/24/2008
Source: DPReview

Busted Rumor

Rating: 2/5, Votes: 1

From a DPReview posting regarding the December 1st 2008 announcements:

" D3x is what's expected, but also to be announced:

  • 80-400 AF-S version
  • 35mm 1.8 AF-S
  • 135mm 1.8 AF-S

I heard this from a fellow working at a MAJOR NY shop. "

Source: DPReview on 11/24/2008.

Latest Status: Date missed.

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