Charlene_S: I wish topaz Labs would take all their wonderful plug ins and create a stand alone application then I would say "bye- byeAdobe" or Corel cmon and make Paintshop Pro Mac compatible.
Topaz has that application. It is called photoFXLab.
"Adobe is clearly concerned about alienating existing users ... "
Huh? What? Where do you get that idea?
luxborealis: My initial reaction was "What a rip-off" $224 more for the tripod collar/mount - that make the total package over $1600. To compare it to the $2100 ƒ2.8 - the extra $400-500 is worth it.
If they were to just make the tripod collar included in the lens, economies of scale would drop the price well below $200. It tells you that in this case, Nikon is more about marketing and price points than photography. I know they are in competition with Canon, but really, this is petty.
HOWEVER - The lack of a collar is also a general comment on photography. Fewer photographers these days are willing to go the extra mile by using a tripod. By far, most who buy this lens will never use a tripod or monopod. Are VR and higher really that good that a tripod is no longer needed? For some work, yes. For most, photography is a weekend hobby that doesn't warrant the additional quality possible with a tripod - so why bother including a tripod collar when most won't really need it.
None of the Canon 70-200mm f/4.0 L zooms has ever included the tripod collar. That includes the first version (which did not have IS), introduced in 1999. The raison d'etre for these f/4.0 zooms is the same pro quality as the f/2.8 zooms but with a lot less weight & bulk. Photographers that do serious hiking and climbing really appreciate such a lens, especially because they often still need to carry a tripod.
Nikon has needed a zoom in this category for a very long time, and I, for one, am very glad to see it!
Just because Canon is struggling to make headway with mirrorless, doesn't mean the consumer is.
What version of ACR was used in this review, really? The RAW review page 13 says, "ACR - Adobe Camera Raw 6.7 Beta" was used - but I have that version installed (just double checked and I have the absolute latest) and it will not open the ORF files provided for download on the RAW pages of the review! Neither is it shown on the list of supported cameras. http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/cameraraw6-7/
Is Beta 6.7 not the same as Release Candidate 6.7?
openskyline: Chuck is great, Dan Chung is not so great, I don't see the point of his questions!
It's called restraint.
This dog don't hunt.
If I wanted the ISO increased, I'd increase it myself.
It's butt ugly.
NEWS FLASH FOR NIKON: if you are afraid of being your own best competition SOMEONE ELSE will be your best competition.