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1. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 10y

Just saw on the DPreview website that Nikon is coming out with a 10.2MP replacement for the D70/D70s. It will be interesting what features of the D200 & D2X they bring down to this new model. Also will be interesting to see what/if they come out with a new lens to go with the package. Just thought I'd start the discussion ball rolling with a new thread.

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4938 posts) 10y

Engadget has pictures of this camera, which turns out to be the D80 (pretty much as expected). Digging a bit, the pictures originated on Nikon's website (before hastily being removed from there again - too late to stop the leak), so this appears to be pretty much confirmed.

I don't expect a new lens to go with this camera - I think the basics are pretty well covered now, and if the 18-70 was good enough to go in the kit with the D200, it'll be good enough to go in the kit with this new camera - but some new lenses would still be nice.
What I'm most interested in will be how they'll position this camera price wise. Between the D50 and the D200, obviously, but how much above the D70s (if at all)?

Ken Rockwell claims $899, which - if true - is very good indeed.
Looks like a new lens after all - which I should've seen in the pictures myself.
Thom Hogan speculates at dpreview:

New lens, definitely goes beyond 70mm (3-digit top number at top end). Lens looks ED and AF-S to me (that's an A/M switch you see), but NOT VR, so possibly 18-200mm AF-S. And it looks like it's the D50 kit lens type of AF-S (slower, no manual focus override).

[ Edit: Edited at Jul 27, 2006 4:05 AM by Sander ]

3. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 10y

70mm ?? That's like the 70-300mm ED ?? Without VR, it's not much of a change. Must be something else.

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4938 posts) 10y

No, he's saying that it goes beyond 70mm, so would be something like 18-120 (or something else between the 18-100 and 18-300 range). Might be 24 on the wide end as well, of course. Who can say?

5. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

Hi guys,
You've got me curious over the new Nikon, now i'm a Canon owner/user and always will be, but i've just come across this review Nikon Review of the new Nikon and it does look good.
At $800 it's cheap too

6. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 10y

Say Jase...isn't that the same as Sander's post above ?

Haven't heard any more. Would rather get a D200 if I was really considering it. Those should go down in price as well.

[ Edit: Edited at Aug 3, 2006 1:13 PM by Q. ]

7. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 10y

Ah ha !! I was right !! It is a 70-300mm ED with VR !!


Other info on the D80 and the other new lens 18-135mm on DPreview.

Anybody want to buy a used 70-300mm ED ??

8. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4938 posts) 10y

It is too heavy for a travel lens, I shall not lust after it.
It is too heavy for a travel lens, I shall not lust after it.
It is too heavy for a travel lens, ...

  • if keep repeating that mantra enough times, I might yet convince myself* (Also: non DX; but relatively cheap. Does that mean they're planning affordable full-frame after all, or just that there wasn't much benefit in making it DX and they're instead targetting the non-digital market with it as well, still?)

Also, wow, I wish they'd had that 18-135 as a kit lens when I bought my D70 - could've used those extra 65 mm quite well; ah well, at least the 18-200 VR still is a clear upgrade from that.

9. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 10y

Not as heavy as my 80-200mm f2.8! :-D

Didn't get a chance to compare the weight to the existing 70-300mm ED. But would be interesting to know. It looks like the same lens but with VR. I'm not sure why they didn't make a DX sized lens (the pro bodies are full frame I think). But I'm glad they didn't. Overall, it's exactly what I've been looking for !

Now, all I need is a full frame 12-24mm....;-)

[ Edit: Edited at Aug 10, 2006 5:48 AM by Q_ ]

10. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4938 posts) 10y

70-300 mm G is 468g (16.5 oz)
70-300 mm ED is 516g (18.2 oz)
70-300 mm VR is 725 g (25.6 oz)

Not the same build either - 13 elements in 9 groups (with 1 ED) for the existing lens, versus 17 elements in 12 groups (with 2 ED) for the new VR lens.