Dream Nikon Lens Lineup

Let's take my Missing Lenses and have some fun...

Original 9/28/04
Updated 10/3/04: voting now closed

I've always tried to provoke thinking about Nikon products by imagining what the next models should be like, providing what I've called a "wish list." Elsewhere on the site (see above link) you'll find my Missing Lens list. I've taken that list and added a few new ones to produce another wish list for you to vote on (see also Dream DSLRs). Voting is now closed. I arbitrarily closed the voting after one week so that I would have time to digest the data before my upcoming Nikon DSLR Report newsletter, where I'll publish my findings and observations. If I had had all these lenses in stock and your votes were accurate, I would have sold US$650,000 worth of Nikkor glass in less than a week. No surprise, the biggest vote getter was the 70-300mm VR AF-S, with 20% of the votes! Indeed, many of the voters appended comments, saying that Nikon's consumer telephoto zoom options were weak and needed serious bolstering, whether it be a 70-300mm update or a 70-200mm f/4, or any other consumer telezoom Nikon has previously produced, updated with AF-S and VR. Let's hope Nikon is reading this, as I, too, believe this is a serious gap in the Nikkor lineup and would purchase said lens in a heartbeat (assuming I could beat all the rest of you waiting for it to the dealer!). Plenty of other surprises lurk in the results, but the other general thing I'd say is that Nikon needs to step up their lens production, regardless of what the specifications are. Great demand for new glass is all over the board.

Focal Length Aperture Big Traits Price Comments
10-18mm f/4-5.6 G DX $899 A smaller, wider, more consumer-oriented DX zoom. Note: not AF-S.
12mm f/2.8 G DX $499 An 18mm for the APS sensor crowd.
14mm f/2.8 G DX $499 A 20mm for the APS sensor crowd.
16mm f/2.8 G DX $399 A 24mm for the APS sensor crowd.
18mm f/4 AI-P DX PC $1499 A wide angle perspective control lens for APS sensor crowd.
24mm f/2 G $499 A classic returns.
35-105mm f/3.5-4.5 G AF-S $899 The "portrait zoom" for APS, a mid-range zoom for full frame.
58mm f/1.2 G NOCT $$$$ Who cares the price, it's fast and well corrected.
70-300mm f/4-5.6 G AF-S VR EDIF $899 An upgrade in performance for a light telezoom.
85mm f/1.4 G AF-S EDIF $1999 All the classic needs is faster focusing.
105mm f/2 G AF-S EDIF $899 Forget the DC stuff, just give us a sharp, fast, short zoom.
180mm f/2.8 G AF-S EDIF $1499 Faster focus is all it needs.
200mm f/4 G AF-S VR Macro EDIF $1799 Make the close up world happy.
300mm f/2 G AF-S VR EDIF $$$$ The 200mm f/2 is back, so why not the 300mm?
300-600mm f/5.6 G AF-S VR EDIF $$$$ For those who think the 200-400mm isn't enough.
400mm f/2.8 G AF-S VR EDIF $$$$ Keep extending the VR line into the teleexotics.
400mm f/5.6 G AF-S ED $1999 This focal length needs a modestly priced fixed focal length.
500mm f/4 G AF-S VR EDIF $$$$ Keep extending the VR line into the teleexotics.


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