Nikon 14-24 refresh?

Started Nov 29, 2012 | Discussions thread
PatrickP
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Re: Nikon 14-24 refresh?
In reply to anotherMike, Dec 6, 2012

Hi Mike,

I am not NPS but I got the same survey for 24-70 f/2.8 as well.

I think we came across the Nikon 16-35 f/2.8 VR patent a while ago (reported by NR) and now that the "next generation VR" on the 70-200/4 VR has seen the light I think the intention of this new 16-35 is clearer. Now I think it might have a good chance of being released.

If this lens can shoot 1/6s sharp handheld regardless of FL, there will be an audience for the new 16-35, provided the 17-35 era optics is improved from technologies pioneered by 14-24 , there's enough of a differentiation between 14-24, 16-35/2.8, 16-35/4. If Nikon can keep the distortion at 16mm under control and improve the resolution on the wide end, It might well become the preferred the lens among the three.

Indeed with the new VR we might see a new trinity released over the next few years: 16-35/2.8 VR , 24-70/2.8 VR, and 70-200/2.8 VR (fix the breathing).

anotherMike wrote:

Yea, I'm with you. IF things work out fund wise, I'm actually looking at the Zeiss 21/2.8 myself as a replacement, or adjunct for the 14-24 in the 20mm range. I'm not sure whether I'll keep the 14-24 or not, given it's extremely rare for me to shoot at 15mm, where I think the 14-24 is spectacular. (The problem is I really want to take a look at the 135/2 apo sonnar, and getting both in one year may not be possible). I wasn't a Zeiss fan with the lower resolution bodies (and boy, I took a lot of heat in the forums for saying that), but after shooting with the 21 on a higher rez body a few weeks ago, I have a different view now. But if Nikon were to do a 20 that was amazing, I'd have to take a very long look.

BTW, not to nitpick, but the 17-35 was designed in 1999 IIRC; the first wide zoom from Nikon with some concepts of designing for digital bodies actually. Nice lens in it's day, but times have moved on and there are things a bit better now, particularly at the earlier apertures where the 17-35 was never that great.

-m

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