Nikon to Unveil a 70-200mm f/4 Lens Next Week With Fancy Next-Gen VR

Since it was announced back in 2006, Canon’s 70-200mm f/4L IS lens has been an attractive option for photographers who want a lighter and cheaper alternative to the 70-200mm f/2.8 IS. For the price of one stop, one could get a lens that’s nearly half as heavy (1.7lb vs 3.3lb) and significantly less expensive. Nikon shooters may soon have a similar choice as well: Nikon is planning to fill in this gap in its lens lineup by announcing its own 70-200mm f/4 a week from now.

Nikon Rumors writes that rumors of this lens have been swirling around ever since a patent for it emerged in September of last year.

They report that the new lens will be announced alongside the new Nikon 1 V2 mirrorless camera, and will likely be the first Nikkor lens to feature Nikon’s next-gen Vibration Reduction system.

If you’re wondering how much the lens will lighten your wallet by, it’s estimated to cost in the mid $1,XXXs.

  • Mansgame

    No thanks. Nikon already has an affordable alternative to the f/2.8 VRII, it’s called a used VRI or a new or used 80-200 f/2.8D.

  • karmaportrait

    but this is NEW and has new STUFF!

  • sierrarobba

    Rip off!!!!! Fck yeah!
    Yes! Im going to buy a used lenses.

  • Mansgame

    I know you’re being sarcastic, but I don’t think f/4 is really that useful on a telephoto. They had an argument with keeping the 16-35mm f/4 with the VR, but with telephoto you need every bit of light you can get. I think this is just a case of keeping up with Canon.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Meh, still too expensive. I want my modern 75-150 3.5E with autofocus. f/3.5 is still plenty fast for telephoto and I’ll gladly sacrifice VR if it saves a few hundred bucks.

  • Tim

    You don’t need VR on a wide angle.

  • Mansgame

    If you stop down to take pictures of landscapes, every bit of stability helps. Who made the rule that you don’t need VR on wide angle? I used to be told “you don’t need f/2.8 on wide angle” also but that’s BS as well. You need it when you need it like at a wedding where you want to stop motion AND use wide angle.

  • Carlos Moreno

    I miss my old NIkon manual focus 300 ED IF f/4.5. That was a very handy lens to carry around instead of the bulky 300 f/2.8. I used to make that lens sing, even in low light when I really had to. I’m not sure I’d shell out $1,000-plus for a 70-200 f/4 lens though. It sounds attractive, but I’ll stick with my old 80-200 f/2.8 silent wave for a bit longer.

  • Tim

    I’m sorry but if you’re shooting landscapes you’ll likely be using a tripod and I can shoot at 1/20 hand held with my ultra wide easily, you only need VR at longer focal lengths. VR won’t help you stop motion. And why does everyone use weddings as the benchmark? Do you shoot weddings? If you shoot weddings you’ll probably have a decent camera so you would just bump the ISO! VR is NOT needed on a wide angle, compared to a telephoto where it actually becomes useful

  • Mansgame

    well, thank you for telling me how I should shoot the things i shoot. I’m sure you carry your tripod with you everywhere you go, but believe it or not, it gets dark at night and sometimes you just don’t have your tripod with you so an extra stop of stability or two can come in really handy.

    Really thought, who made you the boss of image stability? Maybe I have Parkinson’s. Maybe I don’t.

  • 4343434

    many canon shooter will not switch becasue nikon had no 70-200mm f4….. believe it or not.

  • Tim

    Are you seriously kidding? F/4 not useful on a telephoto? How about the Canon 400mm f/5.6 – that must be completely useless then. Or the 1200mm f/5.6. May as well just bin them all!

  • Renato Valenzuela

    it’s not so much a rule as it’s something you can get away with easily. 20mm 2.8 prime for example

  • Tom Bryan

    Canon’s 70-200 f4 is USM was one of the best lenses I have ever used, im incredibly excited to see Nikon coming out with a competitor. The 80-200 is FAR too slow and heavy and the used VR1 is really not easy to find and it’s still nearly as expensive.

  • John R

    Slow glass, yawn.
    Oh and VR is always useless. Only one in three is sharp. Repeat after me, “there is no substitute for fast glass”

  • EarleK

    I had to replace a stolen 300 4.5 edif with the original 300 f4af back in the late 80s. A couple years back I bought a pristine 300 4.5 and later sold the AF. By far my favorite lens.

  • EarleK

    Then you’re talking the primes. Or you’re just trying to be cool.

  • prakashji

    I still love my Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 . Fast, razor sharp and inexpensive.

  • Tim

    I wasn’t making a rule. I agree that VR is useful on any lens, but where it matters more is on a telephoto. It’s akin to trying to hold a 10m long stick steady, as opposed to a short stumpy one. And to say that f/4 isn’t useful on a telephoto is just a stupid thing to say. To be honest i’m sick of reading his negative comments, he thinks he knows it all.

  • Paulo Nunes

    Now I know the context… I agree with you, the problem is that we have some wide primes that are light and other options of ultra-wide (and midrange) zoom heavier and longer, that need VR. In the case of this 70-200, I agree with you that we cannot discard a lens like that just because it’s f/4, mainly if you think that its optics, its sharpness are equivalent to the f/2.8 one. I have an 18-200 VR and a 70-200 f/2.8 VR II and know very well that the difference between the two goes far beyond the maximum aperture.

  • Barney Allen

    This is one of the classic photography urban myths, usually cited by people who have no ability to ever comprehend anyone ever being in the slightest bit different to themselves.

    VR is a boon on any focal length lens. Not everyone has the ability to hand hold at lower shutter speeds – people with medical conditions that cause tremors, older photographers, people who want to take a photo during strenuous activity – eg climbers, asthmatic hikers etc..

    Not everyone can or wants to take a tripod with them. Sometimes boosting ISO or opening up the aperture isn’t an option.

    Next you’ll be saying that should never use a wide angle for portraits because they cause distortion.