Last updated (20 January’13):
- Review by Bythom
The Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II AF-S NIKKOR features 70-200mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/2.8. The lens construction has 21 elements in 16 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 34°20′. Closest focusing distance at 4.6ft.(1.4m) and has a filter size of 77mm. The Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II AF-S NIKKOR lens weighs 54.3 oz. (1540g) and it measures 3.4 inches in diameter and 8.1 inches long.
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Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II AF-S NIKKOR Reviews
Bythom reviews the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II AF-S NIKKOR and writes;
“Flare: Same. The older lens was pretty good when shooting into the light, and the new lens seems only a tiny bit better. I haven’t shot enough in indoor arenas to see if the Nano coating helps with ghosting, but i suspect that it does from the few examples I’ve looked at so far. Still, the old lens wasn’t bad in this respect, so the new lens is just pushing “very good” into “very good.”..”
Photocrati reviews the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II AF-S NIKKOR and writes;
“Anyone who still doubts that a zoom can match an excellent single-focal length lens should become a convert after trying this one. In terms of sharpness, resolution of intricate details, snappy contrast, freedom from flare and from color fringing, it is definitely an outstanding performer…”
Ephotozine reviews the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II AF-S NIKKOR and writes;
“At 70mm, resolution is already very good in the centre at f/2.8 and improves to excellent levels as it is stopped down. Resolution at the edges of the image also improves dramatically, and is already good by f/4. At small apertures such as f/11 or smaller, diffraction starts to affect the resolution, but not devastatingly so, with the lens still performing well enough right down to f/22. Images produced by this lens have fantastic contrast, which adds to the overall impression of sharpness…”
Photozone reviews the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II AF-S NIKKOR and writes;
“The Nikon AF-S 70-200 VR II is a very good zoom lens that delivers excellent sharpness wide open already, at least in the image center. Vignetting is very well controlled and CAs as well as distortion are typical for a lens in this class. LoCAs are rather low and the bokeh is exceptionally smooth for a zoom lens..”
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Nikon 70-200 VR II | Rating:
“This is my 5th of version of this range in the last 20 years and is probably the best. I’ve had the original 80-200 f/2.8 AFS, the 80-200 f/2.8 two-touch, two of the 70-200 f/2.8 vr lenses (the first was stolen) and now have the 70-200. It’s fast, sharp, works well with the TC-14e teleconverters and has little vignetting. I’ve used it primarily on a tripod and shooting landscapes, but even hand-held the VR keeps the image sharp.” – by L. Angier
It’s not cheap, but it is incredible | Rating:
“Also impressive is the focus. Once focused, this lens will zoom from 70mm all the way to 200mm without ANY change in focus. This is different from my experience with any other zoom lens I’ve used, and it’s VERY impressive…” – by Earl E. A. Dopter
Sweet sweet glass | Rating:
“Incredible glass. I used this lens recently for a dance performance and then a fashion show. Amazing results. Quite a bit heavy on my D700, and my arms got tired after an hour of shooting but the payoff makes it all worth it…” – by TriggerHappy
Worth every penny but ladies try to carry it for two hours before buying | Rating:
“It is a complex lens, enthusiastic amateurs like me, need to take time to learn this beautiful artifact in order to get better results every time. It will not disappoint you; in fact, it will give you a great deal of joy…” – by Marx Lives
BIG. HEAVY. Great sharp lens. Really does get 4 additional fstops. | Rating:
“With the VRII giving me 3-4 extra fstops and the ability to get very good pictures at 1600-6400 ISO with an FX body, I can now shoot at times that were impossible before. I’ve taken photographs at 25th second at 200m and the images were sharp…” – by Sam
I can’t say anything that hasn’t already been said!! Fantastic lens!! | Rating:
“This is probably #2, just behind the 24-70 2.8, or 17-35 2.8, but definitely a must have!! Razor sharp images, even with a moving target. I shot my daughter’s very first basketball game ever last weekend. I wouldn’t have chosen any other lens to catalog this momentous occasion!” – by J. HARRIS
Great lens! | Rating:
“Expensive, but worth it. Quality is top notch. Takes crisp, clear images. Fast lens. It’s large and fairly heavy, but if high quality images mean more to you than the size/weight, this is the lens to get.” – by M. Anderson
Nikon 70-200mm vrII | Rating:
“Typical Nikon “Pro” lens quality, construction, and performance. It is a bit heavy, but not unexpected considering the aperature and VRII capabilities. So far I have only taken a few dozen images, but all were sharp, excellent color, and almost no distortion. I will mainly use this on a D700 with minor use on a D300…” – by Photo Dave
Some things to consider.. | Rating:
“Once I upgraded and bought this lens along with the 70-200 it really opened my eyes. The quality of bokeh and so forth just makes such a huge difference in picture quality. And by quality I mean right out of the hole quality. With the new D5000 there is really nothing more to say..” – by Darren P. Jones
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Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II AF-S NIKKOR User Manual
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Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II AF-S NIKKOR Specifications
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.
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.
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