Are new lenses getting too: heavy, wide and long?

Started Apr 13, 2013 | Discussions thread
PHXAZCRAIG Forum Pro • Posts: 13,836
Re: Are new lenses getting too: heavy, wide and long?

If there is a growing popularity, it must be because the old lenses are selling cheaper on the used market than the new ones.

The lenses I've seen change (AF to G versions, basically), have mostly changed from using more metal to using more plastic.  Weight so far seems about the same, even though some of the lenses I've updated have gained VR.   I'd say it's basically a wash between saving weight from plastics and adding weight with VR.

No doubt that the lenses with VR and AF-S are physically bigger in diameter than their older counterparts.

I'm basing that on my 85F1.8AF versus 85F1.8g, my 50F1.8 AF and 50F1.4g (I know, 1.4 is bigger), and my 80-400AF versus 80-400g.    My 70-200F2.8 is about as heavy as my 80-200 push-pull, but actually longer and skinnier.   Both are heavy, and I've not noticed which feels heavier.

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