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| Re: Nikkor 18-140mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR announced! |
A consumer lens like the Nikkor 18-140mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR follow by a consumer Speedlight like the SB300 will be follow by a Consumer or Advance Enthusiast DX camera like a D7200, since the D3200 and D5200 are out.
What I think they are doing is clearing their liability with their suppliers that have contracts signed and their in house parts inventories.
It is easy to re-design a 18-200mm lens to a 18-140mm lens by minimizing the cam movement to shorten the zoom range and remove the lower performing range normally at the long end. This will add another lens to their line up and also a good kit lens for whatever model that is to come.
As for a Pro DX model will not happen because there are only 2 Pro DX series and they are the D1 and D2. The D200, D300 and D300s are only classified as Prosumers and never a Pro, even for the D700 and D800. Since time and technology have changed, I really do not see there is even a slim chance that we will ever have another Pro or even Prosumer DX model other than an Advance Enthusiast model like the D7000 or the D7100 replacement with a 24 MP (or higher as a test bed for future FF) sensor and larger buffer that every one are asking for.
For those who really enjoy their D300 and D300s, this is a nice time to pick up another D300s new while they are still available or even pick up a used D300 for as little as $400-$500.