AF 80-200 f/2.8D IF-ED Discontinued?


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Jed

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Something I read in the December issue of Nikon Pro:

"(The AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8G IF-ED) will replace the best-selling AF 80-200 f/2.8D IF-ED."
- from an article about the new lens

Not meaning to put the cat among the pigeons, and I cannot confirm that this is definitely the case (or that it isn't a typo), but this is as close as it gets to an official Nikon publication (it's not however).

It's not as outlandish as it sounds. By keeping the AF-S 80-200 and the 70-200 (as opposed to the older AF-n) the only thing Nikon surrenders is compatibility with bodies at least 5 years old. The drop of the "budget" option is not something which has really affected Canon users.

At any rate, it's just a possible heads up for anyone looking to get the AF-n version; hurry up!
 

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let's hope that the price of AFS version will drop much to below S$2k.
 

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CK,
I think is another way round. The AFS G VR is going be like the current AFS price, and the current AFS price will drop to around S$2k.

Just my guess...or hope.
 

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Originally posted by ckiang
Hmm... which means the AF-S G will probably go for the same price as the AFn-D ~$16xx. Which means the AFnD's used price is going to depreciate like hell.... :(

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I dun think it will depreciate much.. Look at some of the MF lens. they are more expensive than the AF version...

There is still a large group of poeple not using the newer bodies that could use the "G" lens.

ANyone know the weight of the new "G" lens?
 

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Originally posted by Kho King
CK,
I think is another way round. The AFS G VR is going be like the current AFS price, and the current AFS price will drop to around S$2k.

Just my guess...or hope.
Well, if it replaces the AFnD, then obviously the AFnD will drop in price, not the current AFS. Right?

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The price of the new VR lens is 10% cheaper than the Canon IS lens over here.

Suggests that if this is true, the AF-S price will drop slightly, but I doubt it will drop by too much. After all the AF-n was always a blip in the market, Canon never offered a "budget" telephoto f2.8 zoom.
 

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Originally posted by Jed
Canon never offered a "budget" telephoto f2.8 zoom.
Hmm...actually the old Canon 80-200 f2.8L (AFD drive) can be considered Canon's budget f2.8 pro zoom in this range. Surprisingly I don't see much of them floating around the 2nd hand market here in Singapore.
 

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We had a discussion on this when it was announced. Grays provide excellent service but are not exactly cheap. As I discussed earlier as well, my dealer of choice is retailing the lens at 10% less than the Canon IS equivalent.
 

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