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#1 Jeff

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Posted 14 July 2018 - 08:00 PM

Nikon rumors has a couple of pics of this lens. It was spotted at the World Cup. It looks about the size of the 300 2.8. Jeff
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Posted 14 July 2018 - 09:49 PM

Wonder if the price will be less than the 200-500 f5.6? Or will its compact size cost a premium price? I would gather if you have the zoom this will be less enticing, but if you do not have a long range lens this could really be attractive if the price is right.

 

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Posted 15 July 2018 - 12:06 AM

I saw one price estimate (I forget where) that was 3500.00 to 4000.00
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Posted 15 July 2018 - 12:20 AM

I saw one price estimate (I forget where) that was 3500.00 to 4000.00

At that price I would be getting the 200-500 zoom since they are both 5.6 at 500mm. I am sure the size and image quality of the prime will be better than the zoom but is is 2500 more dollars better.

 

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Posted 15 July 2018 - 01:30 AM

I would like to have one, but will wait until it has been out for awhile and I can read some reviews, etc on it. My 200-500 works just fine for now. If the reviews and pics from the new lens look like it’s worth getting, I probably will get it. Jeff
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Posted 15 July 2018 - 03:43 AM

Yeah, a wait and see. Pricing is key. Nikon is not going to make it as low as the 200-500. Thats a different market. But, then, will they make it within reach.

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Posted 15 July 2018 - 07:58 AM

Here are my thoughts.....

 

- this is potentially, a killer product, but at f5.6, this isn't going to replace the top of the line 500mm.

- so, that means they are either going after a market, or trying to save a market, based on what the competition is doing

- Sigma has a $6K 500mm f4 lens for the Nikon mount.... the Nikon 500mm is $10K!! and the Sigma weights more! 7.3 lbs total.  Big brutish lens.

 

My bet, it will under $5K.  My hunch, they are going to kick Sigma in the teeth just like they did Tamron with the 200-500mm lens. 

 

I am going to wager Nikon is protecting its lens market, by introducing product that has appeal to those who are not pro's and who are not rich.  Most likely, the logic is.... if they want 500mm and they only  have "X" amount of money, we should have a product in that category or lose the business to Sigma or Tamron. This makes sense to me and I think the success of the 200-500 has opened their eyes to expanding the line and bringing in more customers.  

 

At under $5K, this lens will sell big as there are tons of Nikon enthusiasts who would love nothing more than to have a Nikon made 500mm lens.

 

I think, if the optics are good and the price is right, this will be a very good selling product.  Looking forward to hearing more about this.


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Posted 15 July 2018 - 09:47 AM

Nikon 300/2.8 $5500 (US rounded)
Nikon 300/4 PF $2000

Nikon 500/4 with VR II $10.3k VR I is $4.3k

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Posted 15 July 2018 - 01:17 PM

If Nikon can make a lens such as the 200-500 that is relatively affordable, why not make some prime lenses that are affordable. Anywhere form 3000 to 4000 for a 5.6 lens seems ridiculous. Now I am a stickler for sharp and focused images and I sometimes feel even my 200-500 is not sharp ( it is sharp considering what they charge) If the new 300 PF was $2000 I might have traded in my 200-500. But they are $2600 here in Canada.  Everything is a trade off. But at the end of the day I dont have a money tree to get some  really great lenses ( such as the 200-400, even used there are expensive).


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Posted 15 July 2018 - 05:32 PM

I just read another article on this lens on www.fstoppers.com and they are estimating the price at 4300.00
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Posted 16 July 2018 - 10:46 AM

Taking into account how expensive the Nikon prime lenses have become, I would imagine this lens costing +/- USD 4500,00 / Euro 4500,00.

 

Reckon the price as mentioned by Jeff sound very realistic.

 

Me? I'll hang on to my "heavy" Nikkor 500VRII f/4G lens...( hopefully for years to come)! Besides, I tend to use the 200-500 far more anyway.

 

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Posted 16 July 2018 - 11:48 AM

Taking into account how expensive the Nikon prime lenses have become, I would imagine this lens costing +/- USD 4500,00 / Euro 4500,00.

 

Reckon the price as mentioned by Jeff sound very realistic.

 

Me? I'll hang on to my "heavy" Nikkor 500VRII f/4G lens...( hopefully for years to come)! Besides, I tend to use the 200-500 far more anyway.

 

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Agree.  I'll hang on to my 200-500 and my MacBook.  :)


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Posted 07 September 2018 - 09:15 AM

Here is a hidden promo Vid on the 500 on Nikon's site; https://www.nikonusa...th-ladzinski.bc


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Posted 07 September 2018 - 04:48 PM

It’s a good video, thanks for the link.
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Posted 07 September 2018 - 08:08 PM

It's a remarkably functional lens at  reasonable price.

 

The size is not much bigger than my 70-200, which makes it easy to handhold and use for travel.  Optics are reported to be great.  While I have a 200-500, this one is definitely sharper.  I might drop my 200-400 and use the 70-200, a 1.4 teleconverter, and the 500 f/5.6 for the longer things when mobility or travel is important.  The 600 f/4 would still get the not when weight is not an issue.


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Posted 07 September 2018 - 08:22 PM

Yeah, I wish it came out earlier. It will be hard to drop the 200-500 for this lens.

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Posted 09 September 2018 - 12:27 AM

I am in love with my 200-400.  I am really troubled as to what to do.

 

The new 500mm is amazing, fell in love with it when I played with it at the Nikon roll out last week.  It is light, small and really an amazing lens.  I would like to try it first in the field for a day before making the big decision.

 

May sell off some other things I have to collect the few thousand more I need to what I already have saved.  I have been saving up to get a 70-200, but may go with the 500mm PF instead.  When you hold it, it feels the same as my 300mm f4 lens.  Not much heavier.  Can't sing its praises enough.


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Posted 09 September 2018 - 01:28 PM

I am in love with my 200-400.  I am really troubled as to what to do.

 

The new 500mm is amazing, fell in love with it when I played with it at the Nikon roll out last week.  It is light, small and really an amazing lens.  I would like to try it first in the field for a day before making the big decision.

 

May sell off some other things I have to collect the few thousand more I need to what I already have saved.  I have been saving up to get a 70-200, but may go with the 500mm PF instead.  When you hold it, it feels the same as my 300mm f4 lens.  Not much heavier.  Can't sing its praises enough.

 

My only issue is with the price, not the build quality or image quality. While I'm really pleased that people who love it won't have to rob banks in order to buy it, $3,597 USD (at B & H) is still a good chunk of change.  Given my current interests, I don't think that the improved image quality is enough to justify that kind of expense.  Right now, the 200-500 ably meets my requirements.  :)


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Posted 09 September 2018 - 01:35 PM

No sooner had I posted the above, than I read today's Nikon Rumours post.

 

https://nikonrumors....px/#more-126755

 

While $3,597 USD might be a fair chunk of change for me, it sounds like anyone who buys it will be getting good value for money on a prime lens.  :)


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Posted 09 September 2018 - 04:39 PM

No sooner had I posted the above, than I read today's Nikon Rumours post.
 
https://nikonrumors....px/#more-126755
 
While $3,597 USD might be a fair chunk of change for me, it sounds like anyone who buys it will be getting good value for money on a prime lens.  :)

I read this article too. Sounds like a lens I’ll add the my bag as son as I get the money.
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Posted 09 September 2018 - 07:01 PM

Considering the current 500 is 10k plus, it is a good price.

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