Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/4 G ED VR Lens

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Key Features

  • 70-200mm focal length
  • 105-300mm equivalent focal length on DX cameras
  • Ultrasonic-type AF motor with full-time manual focusing
  • Image stabilization, VR, 5 stops
  • Nikon F mount for FX and DX DSLRs

Product Description

The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm F4G ED VR is a relatively lightweight telephoto zoom lens with a constant maximum aperture of F4, designed for use on Nikon's FX (full-frame) and DX (APS-C) DSLRs. On a cropped sensor, this lens covers an effective focal range of 105-300m. The 70-200mm F4 includes Nikon's 'third generation' vibration reduction, which allows for sharp hand-held images at shutter speeds up to five stops slower than would otherwise be possible. Optical construction comprises 20 elements in 14 groups, including three ED (extra low-dispersion) glass elements, one HRI (high refractive index) element. We like this lens for its portability, excellent image quality, and effective image stabilization.


Principal specifications
Lens type Zoom lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 70–200 mm
Image stabilisation Yes (VR, 5 stops)
Lens mount Nikon F (FX)
Maximum aperture F4.0
Minimum aperture F32.0
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Aperture notes Rounded diaphragm
Elements 20
Groups 14
Special elements / coatings 3 ED lens elements, 1 HRI lens element
Minimum focus 1.00 m (39.37)
Maximum magnification 0.27×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Ring-type ultrasonic
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Distance scale Yes
DoF scale No
Weight 850 g (1.87 lb)
Diameter 78 mm (3.07)
Length 179 mm (7.05)
Sealing No
Colour Black
Zoom method Rotary (internal)
Filter thread 67 mm
Hood supplied Yes
Optional accessories Optional RT-1 tripod collar


User Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
  • cendrowski, Jan 28, 2013 GMT:

    best rating !! replace please my previous post!!

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  • cendrowski, Jan 28, 2013 GMT:

    I bought this lens in Nov.2012. The second lens (after micro 60mm) I'm using, which has sufficient resolution for D800, It is incredibly sharp and the VR works great! The upgrade from 80-200 f/2,8D ED is very visible. Problems: none

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  • NorCalAl, Jan 5, 2013 GMT:
    Superb (and long overdue) Dark Side tele-zoom

    Would get five stars if the collar came with it. Wonderful addition to the pro-level (without designation) f4 VR lineup. Like the 24-120/4 VR, this lens fills a gap that Canon has had solutions for for years. I personally, except from a financial standpoint, don't understand why Canon chose to have four variations of the 70-200 focal length, but I've always been impressed that they do. I've owned all of them, some twice. When I moved to the Dark Side in 2008, I immediately missed my f4 L ...

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  • xelarox, Apr 26, 2013 GMT:

    excellent in every way:-P-- xelarox

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Questions & Answers


Yet another help me choose my next lens (for hiking in woods) post

I'm non-pro, obviously, and have a D800E which I'm slowly growing into - I come from having fallen for photography with the GF1 and M43rds. Once I started to bump up against the (then) limits of the system I then took the somewhat nuts step of going hardcore FF with the D800E... Right now, I have the Nikon 50mm 1.8, Nikon 85mm 1.8 and Sigma 35mm. I chose primes partly to not overwhelm myself with all the options at once, partly for weight, partly for quality/cost. I've tended to concentrate on pictures that suit those lenses - interior design, street scenes, portraits. Now I'm thinking about where to go next lenswise and I'm thoroughly confused... I realised last year that I love to hike with my D800 in the summer - I have it attached to my rucksack's shoulder straps using reporter straps so it's always to hand. I hike fast though - photography is something that happens on the way rather than being the sole purpose - so lens changes tend to happen pretty irregularly. I'm hiking in ...

zoej asked
3 months ago


To the OP:  First, you need to consider if you want to change lenses at all.  If you purchase any of the 70-200/300 opitions you definitely need a second lens, be it 35, another WA, or a UWA-WA zoom. Otherwise, you are left with the 28-300 Nikkor, the new Tamron 28-300 (no track record),  the 24-120's (old 3.5-5.6, poorly regarded; 24-120 f4 more highly regarded), or perhaps the film era 28-200 Nikkor (D or the sharper G version, $120 (D) - $375 (G) used).  If you just want one lens, then you need to decide what FL range you prefer. IMO the Nikon all-in-one zooms (FX 28-300, DX 18-200 and 18-300) are way underrated.  The pixel-peepers deride them but the print magazines credit those lenses with numerous shots every month by a variety of photographers. Note on Galen Rowell:  In the film era, he carried only compact FM body, 24 f2.8 Nikkor, and the plastic consumer 75-150 E Nikkor zoom in small waistpack.  So it CAN be done! Continue Reading

PSCL1 answered
3 months ago

Read about Galen Rowell, was a fast hiker (runner) photographer with a tremendous power of vision.  He used lenses that most digital shooters would sneer at, his abilities transcended the pedigree of the machinery! Continue Reading

luxor2 answered
3 months ago

Some ideas for long end: (1) Your D800E and 70-200/4G + teleconvertor would be weight effective FX kit with great image quality. (2) 70-300/4.5-5.6vr is also good choice, but it does not accept teleconvertors well and it is not great match with D800E resolution. (3) Both 80-400 are too much to carry for trips that are not dedicated to photography, I would avoid them. For shorter end: (1) Take your 35 or buy lightweight Nikon A for occasional wide shots. But you may have issues with keeping another set of batteries charged. On the other hand it fits in pocket and you would avoid changing lenses in possibly dust conditions. There are also high quality small enough ... Continue Reading

jtra answered
3 months ago


What would you do - 80-400 AF-S vs. 300/4 VR

I know, the 300/4 VR doesn't exist yet, but there has been a lot of discussion about it and I think there is a good chance it will eventually be introduced.  VR would be a great addition just as AF-S was on the 80-400. Background: I use a D800E; for telephotos I have a 70-200/2.8 VR I (good for sports but not landscapes), a 70-200/4 VR (great at many things and smaller/lighter), and a 300/4 AF-S (great quality, near-macro focusing, 400/5.6 with a TC). My typical "heavier" travel kit includes both the 70-200/4 and 300/4 with 1.4 TC.  It's a very capable kit, but I definitely miss VR on the 300. Since the 80-400 is on sale now, I could get it and wind up with a lighter weight two-zoom kit (24-70 plus 80-400), but lose close focusing and magnification from focus breathing at the long end. I usually use the 300 for wildlife.  I could sit back and accept that what I have works pretty well, and wait for the 300/4 VR; or I could pull the trigger now on the 80-400. What would you do?

7 months ago


Better than the Nikkor --- based on what? Continue Reading

stevef1961 answered
7 months ago

I would take a good look at the Tamron 150-600mm VC USD. Better than the Nikkor 80-400mm, and much more affordable. Continue Reading

brightcolours answered
7 months ago

I seriously doubt your "view". Concerning MTF at 400mm: "The bottom line, though, is at 400mm the Tamron 150-600 VC and Canon 100-400 IS are virtually identical" "One note for Nikon shooters: I’m sorry I won’t have time to run the same tests on Nikon cameras when the Nikon mount is released. However, the new Nikon 80-400 AF-S zoom is, as near as we can tell, equivalent to the Canon 100-400 IS as far as resolution goes, so you should be able to extrapolate pretty easily." Yeah right. You are comparing Tamron 600mm f6.3 with Nikkor 400mm f 5.6 there. How about comparing Tamron 400mm f5.6 with Nikkor 400mm f5.6? And by the way, your idea of what a stop is is a bit out of wack too (f5.6 to f8 is 1 stop). You have no idea, do you? Both have negligible distortion figures... One will not be able to tell them apart. Nonsense. In reality both lenses have very low CA, very comparable. ... Continue Reading

brightcolours answered
7 months ago


Nikon 70-200 f4. tc2 and Nikon D610

Hello, has anybody experience how much the 2x Nikon teleconverter will reduce the sharpness of the Nikon 70-200 f4? As I only rarely need 400+mm, I am a little bit reluctant to invest in the Nikon 80-400mm or Tamron 150-600mm. Also as this just additional weight to be carried around on hikes etc. and probably it's only used once in a while. Kind regards Borg

Sparhawk4242 asked
3 months ago


What might have been without the TC is: less subject detail being recorded. In the case of a 2X TC I'd be open to considering a 26% loss instead of the 50% loss due to insufficient focal length leading to cropping. A more powerful lens is a solid 2nd-best choice. But when that's not within reach, other alternatives would be favored. The 1st choice where possible could be to get closer. But you might scare the subject (squirrel), it might eat you (tiger), or there might be an insurmountable barrier (outer space). That's an incomplete analysis. There was no consideration of the idea that a particular size of the subject in the final presentation is usually the desired result. Part of the task is to get sufficient pixels on the target. Sometimes you need to call on some help. Here are four options I explored with a 300mm f/2.8 VR-II and a D800. The TC stacking was possible after I removed the blocking tab from the flange. The first three versions were upscaled to match the subject size ... Continue Reading

just Tony answered
3 months ago

2. AF-S 70-200mm f4 VR: The addition of the TC-20EIII teleconverter turns this lens into a 140-400 f8 zoom lens. Now here's a pleasant and unexpected surprise - pair the TC-20EIII teleconverter with the "new" (in early 2013) 70-200mm f4 VR zoom and you get results that SURPASS that when you pair the TC with the f2.8 VRII version of the lens! How is it better? At f8 (which is a "wide open" aperture with the f4 lens and 2x TC) the results are SHARPER than when the TC is paired with the f2.8 VRII version of the lens (at f8). By f11 the two 70-200mm zooms (plus 2x TC) perform almost equally. Examine this shot of a squirrel at f8 and this sample shot of a squirrel at f11 . How is focus-tracking when using the 70-200mm f4 VR plus TC-20EIII? Simply excellent. When shooting images of one of my Portuguese Dogs running straight at me (over multiple trials) I got in excess of a 90% "in sharp focus" hit ratio. Check out this sample image showing pretty acceptable focus-tracking... My Usability ... Continue Reading

FranLopez answered
3 months ago

A lot of this depends on the person's tolerance for IQ loss. IMHO the Nikon 2.0x TC wrecks the IQ of the 70-200 f/4. The 1.4x TC does ok. I'm of the opinion that very few of the zooms deal well with the 2.0x TC. Some say the newer 70-200 f/2.8 works ok with the 2.0x TC. I can't comment on the 1.7x since it's not in my kit. Continue Reading

nuke12 answered
3 months ago

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