Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VR ED-IF AF-S

Nikon 70-200mm

Exclusive Silent Wave Motor enables ultra-high-speed autofocusing with exceptional accuracy and powerful super-quiet operation. VR operation offers the equivalent of using a shutter speed 3 stops faster. In addition, active vibration mode selection is possible. For using in an active situation such as in a car, boat or plane. VR ON/OFF mode available. 5 ED elements reduce chromatic aberrations providing superior optical performance – even at maximum aperture.


– Fully compatible with Nikon TC-14E II, TC-17E II, and TC-20E II Teleconverters
– Internal Focusing (IF) design for smoother focusing and great body balance
– M/A mode enable 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
– Focuses as close as 4.9ft (AF) 4.6ft (MF)
– High-performance Nikon Super Intergrated Coating offers superior color reproduction and minimizes ghost and flare
– Detachable tripod mounting collar provided
– Filter attachment does not rotate with focusing
– New G design enables apertures to be selected from select Nikon AF SLR camera bodies
– New G design incorporates distance informatin for flash and ambient light exposure processes
– Fully compatible with D1X, D2H, D1H, D100, D70, F6, F5, F100, N80, N75 and N65


SLRgear did some test on Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR and wrote:

“The bottom line for the 70-200mm f/2.8 is that it’s an excellent piece of glass, with Nikon’s VR technology thrown in for good measure. Its bulk and weight make us yearn for more “DX” (reduced image circle) lenses from Nikon, particularly one matching the performance characteristics of the 70-200mm, only in a lighter, more compact package. For now though, if you need superior optical quality and lens speed over this focal length range, the Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR is clearly the way to go.” reviewed the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR and wrote:

“The zoom ring is well done. It’s linear: equal rotation anyplace along the range gives equal percentage change in magnification. (Mathematicians actually call this logarithmic, not linear, but if I told you all it was the correct Log scale then I’d confuse you all.)

The zoom ring is engraved metal with white paint filling in the engraving, jut as it ought to be. It’s not simply painted on as with most other lenses today. Engraving doesn’t wear off.
It’s a little more damped than I’d prefer. This prevents it from creeping. I suspect with continued daily professional use it would loosen up. “

Tom Hogan reviewed the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR and wrote:

“Pros: Sharp. One of Nikon’s sharpest lenses ever. Sharp at every aperture. Sharp with teleconverters. And the VR helps you achieve that sharpness. Beautiful bokeh. Gorgeous out-of-focus rendering, perhaps as good as any existing Nikkor. VR and AF-S in one package. Nikon can finally match Canon in features. VR doesn’t slow the speed of focus of this lens, and AF-S doesn’t keep VR from working. Nicely done.

Cons: Expensive. VR seems to have added about US$400 to the price. At US$1895, this is a pricey lens that you won’t be buying on impulse. Eventually, as demand is met, I suspect we’ll see this lens offered more in the US$1700 range, but that still makes it Nikon’s most expensive optic other than the exotic teles. Ghosts. When you have light sources in the frame, this lens tends to produce ghosts more often than the preceding lenses in this line. You’ll want to always use the supplied hood. Handling issues. This is a lens that absolutely requires that you turn the camera off before removing it or mounting it. If you use internal flash or the AF-On button, you’ll find some more of the little gotchas (see right-column). Minor quibbles, such as the four switches being inidistinguishable by touch and the total lack of depth of field information mar what would otherwise be a world-beater design. “


Nikkor 70-200 VR AFS + TC17EII Sharpness Tests on Nikon D70 by Keegan
Nikkor 70-200 VR AFS with Nikon D70 shots by John


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