Nikon will launch two new versions of an existing lens: one with built-in vibration reduction technology and one without such feature. The lens that will be replaced by two units is said to be the AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF VR zoom.
At the beginning of 2016, Nikon introduced two versions of the same lens. The company was probably testing the waters for bigger things, as the rumor mill is claiming that another optic will get the same treatment sometime in the future.
The AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G lens is available in two models. One of them has integrated image stabilization technology, obviously called Vibration Reduction, while the other one does not employ this mechanism.
Trusted sources are now reporting that another lens will be unveiled in a couple of versions. The existing 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G zoom will show up with and without VR, albeit the release date remains unknown for the time being.
Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 II VR lens rumored to be announced alongside non-VR model
Nikon appears to believe that the lower-end sector is a great place to test new waters. The introduction of its first lens with a stepping motor aimed at DSLRs has coincided with the first lens that comes in two versions.
As stated above, the AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G zoom is the company’s first optic to be launched with and without Vibration Reduction technology. However, the replacement to the 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G will follow the same pattern.
This is another fairly cheap lens, as it currently costs around $500. The formula may prove to be successful on the long run, but it is too early to say whether more expensive lenses will become available in two versions, too.
Until then, sources believe that we will see the Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 II VR lens being introduced along with a Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 II non-VR optic. Unfortunately, there are no words regarding the AF-P drive, albeit we, at Camyx, believe that it is a strong chance of the drive making an appearance in these lenses.
It appears that the products might become official this year. Since the new 18-55mm units were launched at CES 2016, we might as well see the new 70-300mm pair at another major event: Photokina 2016. The existing model was introduced in late 2006.
The world’s largest imaging trade fair takes places this September in Cologne, Germany and many interesting products will be unveiled in anticipation of this event. You must stay tuned to our website for the latest Photokina 2016 rumors. As always, take everything with a grain of salt!