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Nikon 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Nikkor Zoom Lens

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  • Lightweight and portable at just 29.3 oz and a mere 7.0-in. long
  • Optimized for capturing high-quality stills and HD videos on both FX- and DX-format cameras
  • Nikon's high-performance f/4 fixed aperture zoom lens
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Lens Type Zoom lens Zoom lens Prime lens Zoom lens
Maximum Format Size 35mm FF 35mm FF 35mm FF 35mm FF
Maximum Aperture Range F4.0 F3.5 - F5.6 F1.4 F2.8
Minimum Aperture 32 38 16 22
Photo Filter Thread Size 67 millimeters 77 millimeters 58 millimeters 77 millimeters
Minimum Operating Distance 1 meters 0.5 meters 0.45 meters 1.4 meters
Weight 1.9 pounds 1.8 pounds 0.6 pounds 3.4 pounds
Dimension 4.0 x 7.0 x 4.0 inches 3.3 x 4.5 x 3.3 inches 2.1 x 2.9 x 2.1 inches 50.0 x 109.8 x 50.0 inches
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4 x 4 inches ; 1.9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B009VZOK0Q
  • Item model number: 2202
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 24, 2012

Product Description

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Compact high-performance 2.9x FX-format telephoto zoom lens with an f/4 fixed aperture and Nikon's third-generation Vibration Reduction (VR). Capture high performance stills and HD videos with a classic 70-200mm angle of view (105-300mm on DX-format cameras). An essential lens for low light or fast action sequences.


photo of the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR lens

The essential telephoto zoom, more nimble than ever and with up to 5 stops of image stabilization.

Introducing the newest addition to Nikon's compact high-performance f/4 fixed aperture zoom lenses, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR. Inspired by today's versatile HD-SLR shooters, it strikes an ideal balance between exceptional optics, advanced lens technologies—including our game-changing third generation of Vibration Reduction with up to 5 stops of image stabilization—and a remarkably compact, lightweight design. Whether you shoot with an FX- or DX-format camera, handheld or tripod-mounted, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR delivers the serious telephoto zoom performance you've been seeking.

photos of a kayaker and butterfly shot using the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR lens

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Lightweight, portable and highly versatile

At just 30.0 oz and a mere 7.0-in. long, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR is well balanced and comfortable, even on long outings. Its f/4 fixed maximum aperture excels in low light and lets you maintain a consistent exposure while zooming, especially useful when shooting HD videos. The 70-200mm focal length range (105-300mm on DX-format cameras) has been the choice of pros for years, but for greater reach, add any of Nikon's teleconverters and achieve 1.4X, 1.7X or 2X magnification. The AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR even focuses as close as 3.28-ft with a maximum magnification of 0.274x, so you can capture the smallest of subjects while maintaining a comfortable working distance.

photo of a city street at night, shot with the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR lens

Dazzling photos and HD videos

Advanced features for exceptional results

Optimized for capturing high-quality stills and HD videos on both FX- and DX-format cameras, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR incorporates Nikon advancements in lens technology and optical design. It's our first third generation Vibration Reduction lens, which enables hand-held shooting at shutter speeds up to an unheard of 5 stops slower than would otherwise be possible. Nano Crystal Coat (N) reduces ghosting and lens flare; three Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements provide maximum sharpness and minimum chromatic aberration, even at f/4; and the Silent Wave Motor (SWM) provides ultra-fast, ultra-quiet autofocusing with seamless manual focus override.



Supplied Accessories

  • LC-67 Snap-on Front Lens Cap 67mm
  • HB-60 Bayonet Hood
  • LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
  • CL-1225 Semi-Soft Case

Product Description

The essential telephoto zoom, more nimble than ever and with up to 5 stops of image stabilization: Introducing the newest addition to Nikon's compact high-performance f/4 fixed aperture zoom lenses, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR. Inspired by today's versatile HD-SLR shooters, it strikes an ideal balance between exceptional optics, advanced lens technologies—including our game-changing third generation of Vibration Reduction —and a remarkably compact, lightweight design. Whether you shoot with an FX- or DX-format camera, handheld or tripod-mounted, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR delivers the serious telephoto zoom performance you've been seeking.

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Much much lighter than the f 2.8 though.
Randall Riley
The photos were all very sharp and the bokeh was beautiful.
Barbara
Very impressive performance for a zoom lens.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

218 of 227 people found the following review helpful By givpilot VINE VOICE on December 16, 2012
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I own both this new f/4 lens and its f/2.8 VRII counterpart, as well as the older non-VR AFS version. For those of you considering this over the f/2.8 version, I'll compare my experience with the two and point out what I feel are the relevant characteristics:

1. First, the obvious, this lens is $1,000 less expensive and 1-stop slower. If you are shooting film, that 1 stop will probably be important. With today's better digital cameras, that extra stop is largely irrelevant, the ISO setting can be adjusted well above film speeds with no discernible noise.

2. This lens only weighs about half of its f/2.8 counterpart. It's also a bit shorter and because of that, the controls fit a bit nicer in hand. The weight reduction is in part to a reduction in the amount of glass in the lens, both the number of elements and the diameter of the elements but also an increased use of plastic in this lens. I'm not being critical of the use of plastic, just pointing it out.

3. The filter size is 67mm, down from 77mm on the f/2.8. This is a much more common filter size and also more economical.

4. This new lens has a reduced close focusing distance; 3.3 feet as compared to 4.6 feet. If you shoot primarily sports, no big deal, but if you use the lens for nature/people photography it is very much a big deal.

5. Performance. In a nutshell, I don't think you'll be able to tell them apart. That's a big statement because the f/2.8 has always been known as a stellar performer in terms of sharpness and distortion. I made a couple of quick comparisons with the lenses on a tripod and VR off. The center sharpness was superb on both lenses - this new f/4 even outperformed my f/2.8 at certain apertures! Edge sharpness was very comparable on both with the f/2.
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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Ed Schlotzhauer on December 9, 2012
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I know it can't be, but this new 70-200 f/4 is about as close as I have seen. I have only shot with it for a couple of days now, but I am very impressed. It is scary sharp -- at least as good as my 70-200 f/2.8. It has less distortion and vignetting. The focus and zoom are perfectly placed and they have a smooth, beautiful feel. Best of all, it is light and short enough to be a "walk about" lens that I can carry all day without feeling like it's a burden. The image stabilization works great. I have been testing it almost purely hand held and I have gotten some amazing sharp shots down to 1/20 sec. The only thing I miss so far is the collar to let me rotate horizontal to vertical more easily (if I'm on a tripod). I will have to get a new 67mm polarizer, because I did not have great quality filters in that size, but given the benefits, that is minor. This is a great lens!
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By kingcbe on March 17, 2013
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I am not going to repeat what is already stated in most of the reviews here ..but wanted give my subjective review based on my ownership experience with 70-200 VR1, 70-200 VRII and currently this 70-200 f4 VR3.

70-200 VR1 - It is history. Period. It performed well on DX bodies and focus was good. But the length of the lens and older design was not ergonomically the best and makes it less compelling.

70-200 VR2 - An amazing lens with extremely fast focus. My copy was extremely sharp and focus was almost instantaneous in every lighting situation. However, the weight of the lens forced me to leave it back home on my longer hikes and landscape photoshoots.. there have been occasions where I missed the 120-200 range because this beauty was sitting back at home..all these weight issues despite owning one of the best backpacks available today (fstop)..once this lens is out the bag..you still need to hold with hand, balance it for handheld landscapes and lengthy portrait shoots ..it becomes a tiresome activity after a while.
I was skeptical about moving to 70-200 VR3 f4 ..but wanted to give a try anyways..
My review on 70-200 f4 VR3?
Extremely sharp center to corner, even wide open
Some Chromatic Aberration - which goes away with one click on lens profile using Lightroom 4.
Sharpness doesn't drop with a 1.4x tele converter (1.4x TC) ..recently shot soccer games at 280mm, f5.6 and couldn't tell the difference in sharpness with and without 1.4x TC.
Focus is extremely good ..it is almost on par with 70-200 f2.8..still..I would say 70-200 f4 is only about 95% compared to 70-200 2.8 VR2. If you are shooting in low light all the time ..you might want to do some testing with both the versions and decide which one suits your needs better.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By PaulBritPhoto on February 11, 2013
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Best photo I ever took was a black and white of Elton John in concert, from edge of the stage w/press pass, in 1987. I got it with a borrowed Canon 200/2.8 .. and I wanted one ever since. I switched to digital 7 years ago and it was one of those "I'll get it later" lenses. I was finally ABLE to afford a Nikon 70-200 2.8 VR II ... but just couldn't justify $2500 for a piece of glass (yes, I know, it's awesome).

Well HERE comes the f/4. And frankly I'm tired of the sacrisanct "ya gotta have a 2.8." Umm ... when you can push ISO to 3200 on a D7000 ... and you only need ONE f-stop ... this'll do fine thanks. I bought THIS ONE. And it's incredible. Tack sharp, not nearly as heavy / lunky as I thought it would be, and while I will miss the tripod collar, the whole idea of this lens is hand held available light, low light, with VR as a "backup" if I need it. I don't photograph charts of paper with squares on it all day and test chromatic aberration at 5.6 whilst surrounded by nuclear penguins at dusk on a mountain. I take REAL photographs, and they've been published :-)

This is a hell of a lens and $1000 less .. my other considerations were "other companies'" 70-200s, and I just couldn't justify the risk of "non-Nikon" since I'd waited so long. This is the perfect hybrid of saving money and quality and I'm really happy. Again .. sharpness is terrific, and I really think more than half the time you wouldn't be at 2.8 anyway unless you want nose in focus and ears out of focus. You'd be LIKELY to shoot a 2.8 at 4 or 5.6 anyway. So get this one ... and if you need ISO400 or 640 .. with or without VR .. so what? THANK YOU NIKON for providing a "middleground."
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