Manufactures all over the world discontinue products over time and the reasons vary such as low sales, bad designs, or in Nikon's case better quality replacement products. Nikon re-invented its camera line with the introduction of the Z camera system, a larger flange, shorter distance to the sensor, and better optics across the board. It would stand to reason financially to cease production on lenses and cameras where sales are down and a replacement is available in the Z line. To this end, we have the continuation of discontinuing production for some DSLR cameras and lenses. So, if you are a collector of vintage Nikon lenses you may wish to buy any of these items for your collection.
Nikon continues to discontinue F mount lenses and DSLR cameras.
As of January 1st, 2022 Nikon has discontinued the following camera products, does not include point and shoot.
Nikon 60mm f/2.8 AF Micro (Macro) - This is a wonderfully sharp and versatile lens. Not only does it excel at close up but can be used as a daily carry lens. Well, make and well respected Nikon lens.
Nikon 60mm f/2.8 AF-S Micro (Macro) - No this is the updated macro and is highly sought after by macro enthusiasts.
Nikon 70-300mm F4.0-5.6 AF G lens - This lens has a popular following and makes a good lens for travel.
Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5 - 5.6 AF-S G VR - An even better travel lens with good VR. With its wide to telephoto characteristics, it was loved and is still loved by many.
Nikon 16-80mm f/2.8 - 40 AF-S DX E VR lens a DX lens with an equivalent focal length of 24 - 120.
Nikon PC-E 24mm f/3.5 ED Tilt-Shift Lens - a workhorse lens for real estate and architecture photographers. This lens keeps straight lines straight.
Nikon PC-E 85mm Micro- 85mm f/2.8D - a workhorse lens for real estate and architecture photographers. The Nikon 85mm PC-E was also used as a portrait lens.