Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor

Last updated (25 March’12):
– Review by SLRGear

The Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor features 70-200mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/2.8. The lens construction has 21 elements in 15 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 34 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 5ft.(1.5m) and has a filter size of 77mm. The Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor lens weighs 51.9 oz. (1470g) and it measures 3.4 inches in diameter and 8.5 inches long.

Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor
Overall Rating: ★★★★★ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor Reviews

SLRGear reviews the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor and writes;
“CA is most evident when the lens is used at ƒ/2.8, showing up in the corners, in areas of high-contrast as a red-cyan color shift. It certainly isn’t the worst performance we’ve seen. Interestingly, the drop in sharpness at 200mm actually serves to mask any CA that might be evident. On the D700, automatic CA reduction aids the lens greatly, to the point where CA is slight indeed.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Ephotozine reviews the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor and writes;
“Various tests, both by myself and others, have consistently found this lens to be one of the top performing lenses available today. This is true, not just for similar zooms but across the whole spectrum of optics on the market. All forms of aberration, astigmatism and the like are so well controlled that it would be futile for me to try and pick holes in it! Oh, and it’s pin sharp! “
rating: N/A

Photozone reviews the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor and writes;
“Performance-wise the results are excellent and slightly superior to the old AF 80-200mm f/2.8ED. Vignetting, distortions as well as CAs are well controlled and not really field relevant. The mechanical quality of the lens is exceptionally high and it’s a joy to use this lens.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Kenrockwell reviews the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor and writes;
“On film, DX and FX digital, this is a very, very sharp lens from edge-to-edge on full-frame, even at f/2.8. Focus is fast and sure. Manual focus is easy: simply move the focus ring at any time. It just works. Tap the shutter button again for AF..”
Rating: ★★★★★

Bythom reviews the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor and writes;
“To me, however, the most striking performance factor of this lens is the bokeh (visual quality of out of focus areas). Even with VR off this lens renders out of focus areas in a very pleasing manner, with no touch of harshness or edge artifacts. With VR on, this lens may rank right up there with the classic bokeh champions (such as the Nikkor 85mm f/1.4). If you’re looking for a portrait lens that captures your subject sharply and produces no distractions in an out-of-focus background, look no further.”
Rating: ★★★★★

User Opinions

Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor User Reviews

DX – Sensational; FX – Not my choice | Rating: ★★★★★
“I am content to use the D90 for my distance shots. My advice to full frame shooters who need a telephoto is to check out the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8. The Sigma was very good on the D90, but the Nikon lens stole the contest for sharpness, and that is what I need..” – by NewEnglandScene

Beyond my expectations | Rating: ★★★★★
“The VR was amazing. I was shooting 125@f2.8, ISO 800, with the floor flexing below me and people bumping into me and getting great shots. I was instantly sold on the quality of the VR and its benefits.” – by R. F. Haick

Pro lens for all users | Rating: ★★★★★
“Fantastic lens which are used by pro’s and amateurs alike. Razor sharp and gives you fantastic Bokeh when you want it. VR function is a bit noisy but works. Focus is very sharp. Quality? time will tell… Some people complain about outer area beeing a bit darker, but on DX format you will not notice this… “ – by Svein Haakon Olaisen

“If your goal is take crystal sharp shots – this is your lens. As in anything pertaining to photography, you have to work with it. This is a sophisticated piece of equipment – it’s not intended to be a “take out of the box and get a perfect shot” piece of equipment…” – by C. Avante

Worth the price tag | Rating: ★★★★★
“I have used this on a couple of shoots already and am delighted with the results. The images are the clearest I have seen out of any lens that I have used. The 2.8 aperture at the 200mm focal length has made a difference for me in low light conditions where I am not allowed to use a flash. I also love that the lens itself does not acutally move outward or inward when focusing. The focus lock buttons at the end of the barrel are a very useful feature also. “ – by D. Murtagh

Fantastic AND gives your arms a workout | Rating: ★★★★☆
“This lens is great, great, great. Solid build, great optics, silent fast focusing and just perfect. It is heavy, and will give you a workout, but will be worth it for the quality of the pics. “ – by Andrew Finnestad

You get what you pay for | Rating: ★★★★★
“I own this lens, and I love it. Looks great on DX and full frame film. Great on the D3. How many of you shoot a D3x? Exactly. Unless you own or plan to own a D3x, this lens is for you. It has great optical quality and the difference in price between this and the new version can buy you a body or several other more useful lenses. Heck, you could even get a TC extender for the difference in price. .” – by Micah

You get what you pay for | Rating: ★★★★★
“I’ve had this lens for about 4 months now and am amazed at the quality of the images from it. Coupled with my D300s, it produces sharp images at f/2.8.. I recently shot some high school basketball games and was very impressed with the results. As many may know, lighting in high school gymnasiums is not the best. Yet, with this lens, I was able to get excellent images. Focusing is fast and quiet. The build quality is excellent–no compromises here. It is a hefty lens, but with the D300s + grip, it balances out reasonabley well.” – by Jehan Ghouse

Must have lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is a must have lens for anyone serious about their photography. I take pictures of my daughters softball team and as their games start at 5:00 they end as dusk is settling. With this lens i can go 3 shutter stops faster and have little or no blur. Its worth every penny i spent on it.” – by James D. Hensley

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Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor Specifications

Lens-making is an art–Nikon artisans craft Nikkor optics from the finest materials, taking pride in adding their intellect and technique to bring the world’s finest lenses to life. They push the leading edge of lens-making in their effort to provide the “glass” that makes the world’s greatest pictures.

AF Nikkor lenses work with Nikon SLRs for optimal performance, even the very latest. The Nikon 70-200mm f2.8G IF-ED AF-S VR is a compact, lightweight G-type fast telephoto zoom with Vibration Reduction. VR operation offers the equivalent of using a shutter speed three stops (eight times) faster. In addition, active vibration mode selection is possible, for use in an active situation such as in a car, boat, or plane. VR On/Off mode available.

The lens holds a fast and constant f2.8 maximum aperture through the entire focal range. The built-in Single Wave Motor provides ultra-fast, ultra-quiet AF operation. Five ED glass elements offer higher optical performance, and is protected by a dust and waterproof rubber sealing mount.

Internal-focusing design smooths focusing and has great body balance, and the filter attachment does not rotate with focusing. It also features an M/A mode that enables instant switching from autofocus to manual with virtually no lag time even during AF servo operation, no power consumption during manual focus operation, rounded diaphragm (9 blades) for natural blur, and focuses as close as 4.9 feet in autofocus and 4.6 feet in manual focus. High-performance Nikon Super Integrated Coating offers superior color reproduction and minimizes ghost and flare. Detachable tripod mounting collar provided.

The new G design enables apertures to be selected from select Nikon AF SLR camera bodies, incorporating distance information for flash and ambient light exposure processes. Fully compatible with Nikon TC-14E II, TC-17E II, and TC-20E II teleconverters and D1X, D2H, D1H, D100, D70, F6, F5, F100, N80, N75, and N65 cameras.

ED glass: An essential element of Nikkor telephoto lenses
Nikon developed ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass to enable the production of lenses that offer superior sharpness and color correction by minimizing chromatic aberration. Put simply, chromatic aberration is a type of image and color dispersion that occurs when light rays of varying wavelengths pass through optical glass. In the past, correcting this problem for telephoto lenses required special optical elements that offer anomalous dispersion characteristics–specifically calcium fluoride crystals. However, fluorite easily cracks and is sensitive to temperature changes that can adversely affect focusing by altering the lens’ refractive index. So Nikon designers and engineers put their heads together and came up with ED glass, which offers all the benefits and none of the drawbacks of calcium fluorite-based glass. With this innovation, Nikon developed several types of ED glass suitable for various lenses. They deliver stunning sharpness and contrast even at their largest apertures. In this way, Nikkor’s ED-series lenses exemplify Nikon’s preeminence in lens innovation and performance.

Nikon Super Integrated Coating ensures exceptional performance
To enhance the performance of its optical lens elements, Nikon employs an exclusive multilayer lens coating that helps reduce ghost and flare to a negligible level. Nikon Super Integrated Coating achieves a number of objectives, including minimized reflection in the wider wavelength range and superior color balance and reproduction. Nikon Super Integrated Coating is especially effective for lenses with a large number of elements, like our Zoom-Nikkors. Also, Nikon’s multilayer coating process is tailored to the design of each particular lens. The number of coatings applied to each lens element is carefully calculated to match the lens type and glass used, and also to assure the uniform color balance that characterizes Nikkor lenses. This results in lenses that meet much higher standards than the rest of the industry.

Internal Focusing
Imagine being able to focus a lens without it changing in size. Nikon’s IF technology enables just that. All internal optical movement is limited to the interior of the non-extending lens barrel. This allows for a more compact, lightweight construction as well as a closer focusing distance. In addition, a smaller and lighter focusing lens group is employed to ensure faster focusing. The IF system is featured in most Nikkor telephoto and selected Nikkor zoom lenses.

Distance information
D-type and G-type Nikkors relay subject-to-camera distance information to AF Nikon camera bodies. This then makes possible advances like 3D Matrix Metering and 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash. Note: D-type and G-type Nikkors provide distance information to the following cameras: Auto exposure; F6, F5, F100, F90X, F80, F75, F70, F65, F60, F55, F50, Pronea S, Pronea 600i, D2 series, D1 series, D100, and D70s/D70. Flash control; F6, F5, F100, F90X, F80, F75, F70, D2 series, D1 series, D100, and D70s/D70 cameras.

G-type Nikkor lens
The G-type Nikkor has no aperture ring; aperture should be selected from camera body.

Silent Wave Motor
Nikon’s AF-S technology is yet another reason professional photographers like Nikkor telephoto lenses. AF-S Nikkors feature Nikon’s SWM which converts “traveling waves” into rotational energy to focus the optics. This enables high-speed autofocusing that’s extremely accurate and super quiet.

M/A mode
AF-S Nikkors feature Nikon’s exclusive M/A mode, that allows switching from autofocus to manual operation with virtually no time lag–even during AF servo operation and regardless of AF mode in use.

Vibration Reduction (VR)
This innovative VR system minimizes image blur caused by camera shake, and offers the equivalent of shooting at a shutter speed three stops (eight times) faster. It allows handheld shooting at dusk, at night, and even in poorly lit interiors. The lens’ VR system also detects automatically when the photographer pans–no special mode is required.

VR operation works with the Nikon F6, F5, F100, F80, F75, F65, D2-series, D1-series, D100, D70-series, and D50 cameras.

What’s in the Box:
Lens, 77mm snap-on front lens cap, rear lens cap LF-1, bayonet hood HB-29, soft pouch CL-M2.

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