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D7200 & Nikkor F/1.8 Zoom Lens Coming Soon? Nikon Rumor Roundup

By Anthony Thurston on January 30th 2014

Being that Nikon is still largely one of the largest camera and lens manufacturers in the world, there are constantly new rumors coming in regarding possible new products. The guys over at Nikon Rumors recently put together a great overview of what rumors they think are coming down the pipe for Nikon.

You can checkout that full post over at Nikon Rumors, but I wanted to highlight few that I think are significant.


Nikon D7200 Rumor

I feel as if Nikon just released the D7100, but according to NR, they expect a new D7200 to be released sometime this year. Most likely after the summer, possibly at Photokina in September.

If you ask me, I feel like this is more proof that Nikon just does not get it. The quick succession from the 3xxx, 5xxx, and now 7xxx are not what people want. People want a solid camera that will last them for years, not a camera that is replaced in the lineup (with mediocre feature upgrades)  just a short time after being released. I feel like it’s better to release a camera, than release firmware updates (even if you charge for them) to improve small features.

Nikon F/1.8 Zoom Rumor

NR also says that it is likely that Nikon will release some sort of F/1.8 DX zoom lens to compete with the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 that is getting so much praise. I would love to see this. Not only because 1.8 zooms are awesome, but because up to this point, neither Canon or Nikon has really responded to ANY of the amazing releases that Sigma has debuted lately.



It would be interesting, in my opinion, to see what sort of performance and price point Nikon would come in at here. Given that for once, they are the ones coming out with a lens to compete with the third party lens that came out first (usually the other way around). It will be interesting to see how Nikon chooses to price their own offering.

Nikon 1 V3 Rumor


Nikon has said they are still committed to their mirrorless line, and this means a new mirrorless body is likely coming out this year as well. It is entirely possible that Nikon only releases this camera in Asia, like Canon did with the EOS M2, but that is pure speculation.

I would personally love to see Nikon release a new mirrorless body that actually competes well against the other mirrorless offerings, something to go up against the Fuji X-Series and Sony NEX (or whatever designation they will start having) systems. If Nikon is serious about their mirrorless line, then that is the direction they need to go, in my opinion.

You can see a whole lot more in regards to what Nikon possibly has coming down the pipe this year over on Nikon Rumors.

I am curious, which of the rumors that I featured above interests you more? Which one would you like to see most and why? Leave a comment below to join the discussion!

[via Nikon Rumors]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Bryan Stephens

    Ok… a year later and we’re still talking about a D7200 or whatever. Nikon’s DX support so far is ridiculous It makes one wonder how they’re still in business. So what can we expect from Nikon who recently said ” We haven’t forgotten DX” … you know, a little proactive PR might help Nikon unless of course their answer is the new D5500!

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  2. Wayne

    Love my D300 and been waiting awhile now for the 300f4 lens upgrade. I am out of patience and going for the Tamron 150/600 instead. Cant wait for it to come to The local camera shop. I luv BIF. Tamron VR and extra reach along with new lens coating , weather sealed , and great price is just what I been waiting for from Nikon . I have Tamron lenses and they are very good lenses . the Tamron will be a good light lens for sure but I have no problem with that. The photos I am seeing from the Big Tamron are excellent . Nikon executives are disconnected from there users and that won’t be good for there bottom line .

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  3. Stephen

    We are never satisfied and most of us want things we don’t need for our photography. I would like a 24 MP Full Frame Pro body camera call the D710 with 51 autofocus points. That will be the ultimate wedding camera. From a businesses standpoint the consumer market for DSLR exceeds professional needs by far. Nikon has about 12 consumer camera’s compared to their 5 pro bodies. I’ll have to say 3 because the d610/d800 blows the D3X out the water for practical use. The D7100 has better resolution and better weather sealing than a d300s. To be honest Nikon isn’t creative with their camera’s our their lenses now. We know every camera they come out with will be 24MP and a few minor tweaks that won’t improve your photography. They messed up with the D600 and the DF is just an overpriced nice looking camera with some knobs and dials. Nikon is like a third-party manufacture right now. Sigma and Tamron are doing a great job though, even better that the Nikons and Canon’s. I wouldn’t get a Nikon overpriced variant of the 18-35mm f/1.8 lens.

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  4. garth

    Nikon has not been heeding the ”demand cries” of its loyal customers. They are either too ignorant or just simply blindsided by whatever fault of their own. As a company or a business, aren’t you suppose to supply whenever there is a demand for something? why don’t they simply just do an online survey regarding the D400 / D7200?

    Whether it’s the D400 or the D7200 (couldn’t care less about the model number), as long as it performs like an updated D300(s) with a 51 point AF system, 24 MP sensor, no OLPF, 20-30 RAW shots in it’s buffer, a little better ISO performance than the D7100, 8 FPS, all magnesium alloy body, then I’ll consider it a successor to the D300(s).

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  5. charanjeet mahendru

    Ilikid dis camera D7200

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  6. Rafael Steffen

    I like this article a lot! What Nikon shooters really want is to be able to buy a solid new Nikon D400 with a bigger buffer, Native ISO 100-12800, 8-10fps at 24MP and a solid body that will last 5 years! An upgrade is always nice, but the D7200 will only bring few updates like 1080p video at 60p, Wifi and maybe a better buffer for RAW shooters.

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    • Chuck Eggen

      I would say a segment of Nikon shooters want a D400. I don’t know what that percentile is but I think it’s pretty small. I like the trend toward developing full frame sensors with better low light, low noise capability.

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  7. Matt Andrew

    I agree with your thoughts on the D400 but I disagree with you about re doing the 24-70 and putting VR in it, I just don’t think that this lens needs VR. I personally would love to see Nikon replace the D700 with a serious camera and one that competes with Canons 5d mk3. There are a lot people around the world that want a good D700 replacement. I think a lot of Nikon shooters have got fed up of waiting for the D700 replacement and have jumped ship and are now enjoying the Canon 5d Mk2.

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    • Jerrit Pruyn

      You don’t think the D800 blows the mk3 out of the water? I feel like with hard drive prices falling, it is the best deal out there. For a pure photographer it is one of the best cameras.

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  8. Peter

    Nikon’s development team aren’t photographers who understand what photographers want. It’s really that simple.

    There’s the D3100/3200/3300 and D5100/D5200/D5300 and D7000/7100… no need for a D7200 unless it’s the D300 DX replacement with a huge buffer. But they might as well call that the D400 and try to cram in as many pro features as possible if they do that (1/8000 shutter, 51 AF, EXPEED4, dual CF, good, fast and accurate multiCAM focusing, big enough buffer to shoot 30-40 photos on RAW). That would be Nikon’s best bet for their next DSLR.

    As for zooms, instead of doing a DX f/1.8 zoom, if they can get a f/1.8-2 FX zoom or redo the 24-70 with VR, that would be the best idea. By the time Nikon comes out with a f/1.8 zoom for DX, all the people who would want it would likely have the Sigma already.

    Just saying.

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    • Valentin

      I don’t think this year we will have D7200 and i tell you why. Until now Nikon comes with new body from 2 to 2 years, maybe 3 . Ok we had D610 in just few months but that was an exception for a big mistake for D600 . So, in my opinion until the summer of 2015 there will be no new D7200.

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