Nikon kills off more of its APS-C and full-frame F mount lenses

May 13, 2021

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Nikon kills off more of its APS-C and full-frame F mount lenses

May 13, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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I’ve been saying for years that the “Death of DSLRs” will come when the manufacturers give up on them and not before – no matter what people on YouTube or in Facebook groups might say. And, well, the time finally seems to be upon us where that’s happening. Canon is killing off EF mount lenses, Nikon probably isn’t planning to replace its DSLRs and they just killed off more lenses.

With just the AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR APS-C kit lens being killed off a few days ago and the 200mm f/2G ED VR II last month, it now seems Nikon has expanded the list of discontinued lenses. Nikon has said that they’re going to be bringing out more lenses, but they’re all going to be Z mount lenses, not F mount.

To speed that transition along, Nikon appears to have killed off a few more full-frame FX and APS-C DX format lenses, adding them to the discontinued list. For lenses that were until recently still in production, that list of cancelled lenses looks a little something like this…

It won’t be long now until they res die off and Nikon officially announces that they’ve abandoned the F mount. Personally, I’m happy that the DSLR’s demise is finally now upon us. Not because I’m one of those fanatical mirrorless zealots that wishes death upon DSLR technology but because other people are.

As the world switches over, the used market will be flooded with DSLRs and F mount lenses that still do the job just fine for my needs – well, my photographic ones anyway, even if not my video needs – and I’ll be able to grab some bargains.

[via Nikon Rumors]

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26 responses to “Nikon kills off more of its APS-C and full-frame F mount lenses”

  1. Ena Mujanović Avatar
    Ena Mujanović

    Yeah, sure, 18-55 being discontinued is a hell of a sign of DSLRs death… ?

    1. Marco Peixoto Avatar
      Marco Peixoto

      Ena Mujanović Its a sign that for now DX DSLR’s are getting the extinction treatment. Guess who will come next ;)

    2. Ena Mujanović Avatar
      Ena Mujanović

      Marco Peixoto discontinuing 18-55 can only mean death of shitty photos. And if few shitty, cheap lenses won’t be produced again do you really think that Nikon will kill off their best selling products?

      Just deal with the fact that DSLRs are forever ?

    3. Marco Peixoto Avatar
      Marco Peixoto

      Ena Mujanović the 18-55 is actually a very nice Lens. Not for the price, its just a nice Lens… and if you cant make a good photo with one then its not the lens problem ;)

    4. Ena Mujanović Avatar
      Ena Mujanović

      Marco Peixoto Well, of you’re shooting your kids playing, taking photos no one’s gonna see, basically, than yes. But if you wanna sell your photos, if you wanna have amazing composite, perfect shapeness… Darling, quality lenses are extremely expensive, and no people are not buying them because they have money to throw away. Just deal with the fact that 18-55 is shitty lens and don’t try to prove me wrong. Have a great life and get yourself a DSLR and a lens that can actually do it’s job. You might be surprised.

    5. John Aldred Avatar
      John Aldred

      Ena Mujanović If you actually read the article before commenting, you’d see that’s not the only lens. But, to be fair, it is probably the most-sold of Nikon’s lenses since it was released.

      1. Bill McKenzie Avatar
        Bill McKenzie

        It is also the beginning of a what I am sure will be a long list of lenses to be discontinued and consequently unrepairable.

    6. John Aldred Avatar
      John Aldred

      Ena Mujanović How about the 200mm f/2? Is that a cheap shitty lens? :)

    7. Marco Peixoto Avatar
      Marco Peixoto

      Ena Mujanović dude I come for a family of Photgraphers that use Cameras since 1940’s… some of them use whatever they can get their hands on… most of them are Pro High Fashion and Advertisment Photographers, others went to Weddings.

      Sure all have top of the line Material but they also shoot and make Outstanding Imagery with anything that they have on their disposal…. so get off your high horse and pay attention.

    8. Jeff Ridout Avatar
      Jeff Ridout

      Ena Mujanović you know they mean mount systems, right?

  2. Daniel Venter Avatar
    Daniel Venter

    Times are changing, it’s the same route as going from film to digital…DSLR to mirrorless. It makes perfect sense to put time and efforts into newer evolved technology rather than trying to keep alive that which is now being left in the past. That said it creates the opportunity to pick up old legendary gear for cheaper prices :-) Remember we’re the creators of our work and we get to pick what we shoot with. Sometimes mixing old and new creates amazing combinations

    1. Venu Gopal Avatar
      Venu Gopal

      Daniel Venter 200 mm f2 being discontinued?

    2. Daniel Venter Avatar
      Daniel Venter

      Venu Gopal I heard so but I’m not really concerned – There’s so many options :-)

    3. Patrick Mayon Avatar
      Patrick Mayon

      From film to DSLR, it was a huge change of technology but now from DSLR to mirrorless, it’s more and less the same. It’s just business.

    4. Daniel Venter Avatar
      Daniel Venter

      Patrick Mayon There’s actually a substantial difference between how one shoots DSLR and Mirrorless – the same differences between film and digital :-)

    5. Patrick Mayon Avatar
      Patrick Mayon

      the only difference is the way the light travel through the camera. Both are digital cameras producing raw or jpeg files.

  3. Craig Skinner Photography Avatar
    Craig Skinner Photography

    Jesus… Who actually cares? Times change; it’s like the transition from film to digital… Only less of a big deal.
    Why is such a fuss being made of all this? At the end of the day DSLR or mirrorless, they’re digital cameras; nothing much is changing.

    1. John Aldred Avatar
      John Aldred

      Craig Skinner Photography Well, apparently, you do. I mean, you cared enough to take time out of your life to comment on a topic you claim you don’t care about and have no interest in.

      1. Bill McKenzie Avatar
        Bill McKenzie

        It also means Nikon won’t be fixing 10 year old stuff and their purge of DSLRs will be complete.

    2. Craig Skinner Photography Avatar
      Craig Skinner Photography

      Just sick of seeing articles over and over again saying the same thing and declaring DSLRs dead… as if it matters…

    3. John Aldred Avatar
      John Aldred

      It declared that Nikon had discontinued lenses. It discussed DSLRs being dead. I’ve been fighting the phrase ever since the Sony fanboys thought it up. But when the manufacturers stop making it… It is dead.

      If you’d bothered to read the article properly, I see it as a good thing. It means the used market will be flooded and I’ll be able to get a bunch of ’em cheap. I like my DSLRs. I haven’t used a camera with an EVF that didn’t give me a headache within 15-30 minutes of using it. :)

  4. John Wojciechowski Avatar
    John Wojciechowski

    They are creating the death.

  5. James Flynn Avatar
    James Flynn

    they say never say never, I say never mirrorless, when you understand 32bit raw lossless edit

  6. Jasper Shadloo Avatar
    Jasper Shadloo

    If they want to send me one of those 200mm F2’s I’ll be happy.

  7. Billy Nicholls Avatar
    Billy Nicholls

    Should be a few bargains coming so.?

  8. Mirco Paolo Taliercio Avatar
    Mirco Paolo Taliercio

    Makes sense. Z is better, so thats the future