razadaz: Perhaps they are taking a leaf out of the Adobe Photoshop philosophy, using software to control and restrict the products use. Ten years from now we might have to rent all our cameras and lenses instead of buying them.
Argh... here we go again, invent a story to find a way of bagging Adobe.Get over it and move on from all those conspiracy theories.
G K: You won't hear a single word out of Nikon on this for sure.
Nikon don't engage their customers anyway so we Nikon users would not expect comment from them.
Rockwallaby: Having just had my Nikkor 70-200 f2.8 VRII repaired at a cost of AU$850 to replace a failed focus motor control PCB and VR mechanism and also having to have my previous Nikkor 70-200 f2.8 VRI repaired for a sticking aperture I can only think that the report is fairly accurate.
My lens is over 3 years old and an early production version of the VRII so now well out of warranty but it was also purchased in the USA so it would not be covered by Nikon Australia. It also had the much reported "metal flakes" syndrome, but the flakey bits were not loose and did not seem to effect image quality so I did not look to have the lens cleaned. I now wonder if the flakes caused the lens to now fail. Based on the number of Nikkor lenses that I have had trouble with I am very disappointed. Just last weekend my 1.4 teleconverter has started to play up, autofocus fails and can only be reset by decoupling from lens and body. It is 6 years old so I will clean the electrical contacts and see if that fixes it before having it looked at.
Bossa, the lens failed all on its own. It has been treated kindly and you would hardly pick it from a new one.
I have also had a Nikkor 28-70 fail, the silent wave motor failed. I replaced it with a Tamron 24-70 VC from a Sydney store back in Dec 2012 and it came with a 2 year warranty. Great lens.
Having just had my Nikkor 70-200 f2.8 VRII repaired at a cost of AU$850 to replace a failed focus motor control PCB and VR mechanism and also having to have my previous Nikkor 70-200 f2.8 VRI repaired for a sticking aperture I can only think that the report is fairly accurate.
Should be a piece of cake for Nikon. I get great shots from my 300mmf2.8VR coupled with the new 2xIII converter mounted on a D300s. Thats an equivalent of 900mm in FF language.