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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
- Focal Length Range : 70 -200 mm, Minimum Focus Distance : 3.28 ft.
- 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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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Mountings||Nikon F (FX)|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Image Stabilization||VR, 5 stops|
|Item Dimensions||3.07 x 3.07 x 7.05 inches|
|Item Display Weight||850 grams|
|Item Weight||1.87 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Macro Focus Range||1.00 m|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F4.0|
|Maximum Focal Length||200 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||70 mm|
|Minimum Focal Range||70 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||9|
|Number of Elements||20|
|Number of Groups||14|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||67 mm|
|Shipping Weight||2.9 pounds|
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Nikon F (FX)||Niko (DX), Nikon (FX)||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (FX), Nikon F (DX)||Nikon F (FX)|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic||Auto/Manual||Ultrasonic||Ultrasonic||Screw drive from camera||Ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||3.07 x 7.05 x 3.07 in||3.43 x 8.23 x 3.43 in||3.15 x 2.87 x 3.15 in||3.86 x 5.2 x 3.86 in||3.43 x 7.36 x 3.43 in||3.27 x 4.92 x 3.27 in|
|Item Weight||1.87 lbs||3.4 lbs||0.77 lb||2.14 lbs||2.87 lbs||1.5 lbs|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens||Zoom lens||Prime lens||Zoom lens||Zoom lens||Zoom lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||200 millimeters||200 millimeters||85 millimeters||24 millimeters||200 millimeters||35 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||70 millimeters||70 millimeters||85 millimeters||14 millimeters||80 millimeters||16 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||67 millimeters||77 millimeters||67 millimeters||—||77 millimeters||77 millimeters|
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.
From the Manufacturer
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.
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.
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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.
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.
- LC-67 Snap-on Front Lens Cap 67mm
- HB-60 Bayonet Hood
- LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
- CL-1225 Semi-Soft Case
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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/2.8 very marginally outperforming this lens at most f-stops. Corner sharpness was a give and take by both -- it just depended on the aperture. In summary, I don't think you'll see the difference. At most working f-stops, f/5.6 to f/11, this lens is superb. At f/4 there's a little softness in the corners but it's hardly worth mentioning. Beyond f/11 or f/16, diffraction is becoming an issue -- but again, it's not a major issue. As far as distortion goes, there's some pincushion and some barrel where you'd expect it but, unless you're shooting brick walls straight on, it's just not an issue. This lens certainly has less distortion than many other zooms out there.
In summary, I'm delighted with this lens! It's performance is superb and I'm very picky about sharpness. I really appreciate the reduction in weight and the lens simply feels better in hand than the longer f/2.8. I'm not about to give up my f/2.8 yet because I also shoot film, but I'll be using this on my digital Nikons from now on. Highly recommended.
I use this mostly for travel and landscape. Portaits of my younger Grandkids when I'm able to keep them reasonably still. Or when I'm in crowds such as a parade or at county fairs, Old Home Days. Right now anyways, I'm flying to Texas every couple months, and throw this setup in my travel bag with an X100t and a RX100M3 for my pocket. Though when I'm out and about, I'll only carry one camera or the other. Richard.
The background blur (bokeh) on this lens is awesome! The bokeh is the biggest downfall of the Nikon 70-300 and nature photography if you have harsh lighting.
This lens is very sharp! It is a tiny bit less sharp all the way at 200mm but it isn't soft. I did a test at 200mm with this lens and the sigma 50-150 with the tele-converter to get it to 200mm and the Nikon was sharper hands down. That probably isn't much of a surprise but the Sigma 50-150 OS has outstanding optics so I point to the tele-converter for the softness there.
The filter size is 67mm but I put on a step up ring to make it 77mm and guess what!? You can still put on the lens hood on and off without having to remove the step up ring or filter!
The autofocus is much faster than the Sigma or Tamron lenses I tried which surprised me just how fast it is! I didn't expect it to be so fast!
The VR is fantastic! It has Nikon's latest iteration of VR and it shines for sure.
The only thing Nikon should have done better is the price. $1,400 is in my opinion a lot for a non-F2.8 lens. At the least they could have included the tripod collar. I feel like this lens should have been priced at about $1000. Tamron and Sigma both have full frame F2.8 lenses for the same price or less and they come with tripod collars too.
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very sharp starting at f5.6 on a d810
on less MP camera it will probably be sharp enough at f4