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Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II AF-S Nikkor Zoom Lens For Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

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  • Fast f/2.8 Zoom-Nikkor lens
  • Nikon VR II (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization
  • 7 Extra-low Dispersion (ED) elements
  • Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC); exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
  • Focuses to 4.6 feet. Focus Mode: Auto, Manual, Auto/Manual

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Nikon Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm 1:2.8G ED VR II: In-depth review by dpreview.com
Read the full Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm 1:2.8G ED VR II review at dpreview.com
Our lens review featuring Nikon's re-mastered version of its professional workhorse fast telezoom, the AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8 G ED VR II. When we reviewed its predecessor a couple of years ago we were mightily impressed by its performance on DX cameras, but rather less so on the then-new FX format. On its release Nikon claimed the new version was designed to address such concerns, and give 'excellent edge to corner quality on today’s FX format cameras' - so does the lens live up to its billing?

Read the full Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm 1:2.8G ED VR II review at dpreview.com


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 50 x 109.8 x 50 inches ; 3.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002JCSV8U
  • Item model number: 2185
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (227 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 29, 2009

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

This fast f/2.8 Zoom-Nikkor lens is perfect for sports, photojournalism and wildlife photography.

Nikon VR II (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization
Vibration Reduction, engineered specifically for each VR Nikkor lens, enables handheld shooting at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper images.

7 Extra-low Dispersion (ED) elements
Offers superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration, even at the widest aperture settings.

Nikon lens highlights

Nano Crystal Coat
Further reduces ghosting and flare for even greater image clarity.

Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC)
Enhances light transmission and offers superior color consistency and reduced flare.

Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
Enables fast, accurate, and quiet autofocus.

Rounded 9-blade diaphragm
Renders more natural appearance of out-of-focus image elements.

Internal Focus (IF)
Provides fast and quiet autofocus without changing the length of the lens, retaining subjectworking distance through the focus range.

Focuses to 4.6 feet
Close focusing provided throughout the entire zoom range for extended versatility.

M/A focus mode switch
Enables quick response to changing situations between manual and autofocus operation.

Flower-shaped lens hood
Included HB-48 lens hood--shades the objective from unwanted, image-degrading light.

Product Description

An already legendary fast-aperture Zoom-NIKKOR has been skillfully reengineered to meet the needs of higher resolution D-SLRs and more discriminating photographers. The new AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II incorporates seven ED glass elements in a newly developed optical system and now features Nikon's exclusive Nano Crystal Coat to virtually eliminate internal reflections, enhancing saturation and overall image quality. Vibration Reduction II image stabilization allows photographers to shoot remarkably crisp images hand-held at as many as four shutter speeds slower than would be otherwise possible. As with its predecessor, the new AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II will be a must-have for every serious Nikon shooter's bag. Rounded 9-blade diaphragm Focuses to 4.6 feet - Close focusing provided throughout the entire zoom range for extended versatility. Flower-shaped lens hood - Included HB-48 lens hood, shades the objective from unwanted, image-degrading light. Takes 77mm filters

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Very sharp images and very fast focusing.
Vijay Iyer
Typical Nikon "Pro" lens quality, construction, and performance.
Photo Dave
The weight and size of this lens is quite substantial.
Earl E. A. Dopter

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

619 of 636 people found the following review helpful By LGO on December 3, 2009
I am writing this review from the perspective of someone who also owns the earlier version of the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras. This new lens will be referred to as "VR2" in this review while the earlier version of this lens will be referred to as the "VR1".

Here are my initial impressions after using this lens and comparing it with the earlier version of this lens, the VR1.

This professional-grade telephoto zoom lens is very well-made. Its focus is lightning fast and it produces very sharp photos with very good contrast and dynamic colors even when shot wide-open at f/2.8. The increased sharpness at the corner is easily noticeable even at f/2.8 and now makes this lens suitable for landscape shots. I find this increased sharpness at the corner beneficial even for portrait shots when I shoot off-center rule-of-thirds portrait shots. The improved color and contrast is easily noticeable in certain shots in back-to-back comparison against the VR1.

The VR mechanism is very effective and helpful in keeping the photos sharp even when shooting at low shutter speeds in low-light conditions. The 1-stop improvement over the earlier version, the VR1, makes a very big difference, specially when shooting this lens from extended to maximum focal length with no monopod or tripod support. Being able to shoot handheld at 1/10th at 200mm is no easy task but it is possible with this new version.

The tripod leg support is nothing less than excellent ... slim yet very sturdy, with provision for two-screws mounting support.
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245 of 263 people found the following review helpful By dilemnia on December 20, 2009
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Speaking as a professional photographer - I have been using the original 70-200mm VR 2.8 for a while now and loved every moment of it. It doesn't matter how familiar I am with this lens, it still feels magical at times to be able to separate subject and background while pulling the background in as smooth bokeh. As most pros will tell you, the 70-200mm VR 2.8 "is" the bread and butter wedding portrait lens and more. That was then. This is now - as soon as I saw the announcement of this "new version", I pre-ordered it. While reading colleague Cliff Mautner's blog, I simply couldn't wait!! It finally arrived early this month(12/2009), I did some quick in-home test and was extremely impressed!! Not to reiterate on the amazing optical quality, the new version VR allows me to get a sharp image down to 1/5th!! and consistently at 1/15th. (The best $2400 I've ever spent!!). I packed up the original version and was getting ready to eBay it the following week!

I then took the lens for a real-world test few days later on my last wedding of the year. To give you some background - I always use this lens during ceremonies and in churches while knowing my movements are limited. I usually capture journalistic ceremonial actions as well as the reactions at either end of the pews at about 10-20 feet distance to produce intimate images. Something struck me as odd this day. I initially felt the reach was somehow inadequate, especially at 200mm, but, knowing that I should just love this lens, I quickly attributed this to the large church I was shooting in. However, after reading some reviews and complaints, I reluctantly compared this new version to my original 70-200mm VR 2.8 and then the 70-300mm 4.5-5.6 ED (as a second opinion) and found out that at 200mm, this lens indeed comes in shorter.
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96 of 104 people found the following review helpful By Capt RB on January 22, 2010
The original 70-200 AF-S VRI is a legendary optic that continues to be among Nikon's most popular professional zooms. We had all hoped, at least in professional circles, that the new version would eclipse the old in every respect. Sadly, this is not the case. The new lens is optically superior over the same focal lengths, but this new lens exhibits the strongest focal breathing effect ever seen in a pro lens of this type. No other 70-200 or 80-200 will be stunted in reach as this new one is. It's quite unique in that respect and this issue will be a deal breaker for some event, wedding and portrait shooters. It is not a small issue and it cannot be corrected. Stranger still is the voices of several prominent online reviewers who seem bent on masking or underplaying this significance of a 70-200mm zoom that falls 72mm short at close focus. It's hard for many of us to believe that they are not protecting a relationship with Nikon. Typically, when shooting a wedding, we found that the new lens was too short and images required cropping. At a children's party the same issue presented itself. At 10 feet away it was not possible to frame a face as the original lens could do. And yet this lens is absolutely state of the art in every other respect. Likely, this will be one of Nikon's most debated lenses, though those who shoot over typically longer distances will find this lens ideal. Still, Nikon has a clear error on their website. They claim that the 70-200 maintains it's full zoom range at minimum focus. And it most certainly does not. Any honest shooter should not debate this issue. It WILL effect some professional applications.

So let's have a look at this beauty!

Handling:
The new lens is actually quite close to the size and weight of the original.
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