Nikon AF-S 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Discontinued

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For years Nikon has lacked a worthy mid-range zoom outside of the $1,700 AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G.  The current Nikon AF-S 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G VR is a mediocre lens at best, and it was priced accordingly.  However I know many people including myself who would be willing to pay more for better optical quality.  According to Nikon's Japanese website, the Nikon AF-S  24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G VR has been discontinued in Japan.

The Nikon USA website does not list the product as discontinued, however this is a clear indication to me that this lens will be replaced.

My Photoshop Mock-Up of the upcoming Nikon 24-120mm f/4G VR II

In my Nikon Rumor Round-Up I mentioned that there have been rumors floating around for a long time about a Nikon 24-120mm f/4G N VR II lens.  Canon's EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens has been a great seller and was a perfect kit lens for the 5D Mark II.  Personally, I don't know anyone who purchased a D700 kit with the 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G VR.  Someone buying a serious camera like the D700, isn't looking to compromise their photography with a budget lens.

I am sure the new f/4 mid-range zoom will be a proper Nano coated lens with Nikon's  VRII system, just like the excellent AF-S 16-35mm f/4G VR.  It will also be in the same price range, around $1,250.  Exciting things are on the horizon.  Stay tuned!