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| p.2 #14 · p.2 #14 · Official: Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR released! |
Thanks for the heads up, Fred! Wow.... I've been wanting and waiting for this lens for so long that it's hard to believe that it's finally happened. Of course, the price is rather out of line, as expected, at about $1k more than they are selling the current version, which is way overpriced.... But, a pleasant surprise is that it comes with the tripod collar. I'd not have been surprised to see them sell it separately, as they do with the 70-200 f/4. So, this price isn't hugely out of line.
Unfortunately, I really needed this lens 3 or 4 years ago. Today, not so much, especially without a d400. So, I'll probably not be buying this lens for a while. Maybe next year, after the d400 comes out.
Don't get me wrong. I'm very happy that they have finally produced this lens. At first blush, it looks very good and I'm sure that it will make a lot of folks happy. At least I hope that it will. I really hope that the AF-S motor allows for very fast AF on most any body and that the VR really works well at 400mm. If so, it will be a real boon to the amateur wildlife crowd.
So, Kudos to Nikon. Better late than never, I guess.