The AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II is a completely revised version of the company’s fast professional telephoto zoom, offering better performance on full frame cameras than its predecessor. Overall it’s a superb lens, with excellent optics, autofocus and image stabilization, plus weather-sealed construction. It's an equally accomplished performer on both DX and FX bodies that will satisfy the most demanding of photographers.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 G ED VR II Lens
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“ Overall this lens simply delivers the shot with the minimum of fuss, time after time after time - exactly what you need from a professional workhorse.”
- 70-200mm focal length
- 105-300mm equivalent focal length on DX cameras
- F2.8 constant maximum aperture; F22 minimum
- Ultrasonic-type AF motor with full-time manual focusing
- Image stabilization, VR II, up to 4 stops claimed
- 77mm filters
- 1.40m/55.12" minimum focus
- Nikon F mount for FX and DX DSLRs
|Lens type||Zoom lens|
|Max Format size||35mm FF|
|Focal length||70–200 mm|
|Image stabilisation||Yes (VR II, up to 4 stops claimed)|
|Lens mount||Nikon F (FX)|
|Number of diaphragm blades||9|
|Aperture notes||rounded blades|
|Special elements / coatings||7 ED glass elements Nano Crystal Coating|
|Minimum focus||1.40 m (55.12″)|
|Full time manual||Yes|
|Weight||1540 g (3.40 lb)|
|Diameter||87 mm (3.43″)|
|Length||209 mm (8.23″)|
|Materials||Magnesium alloy barrel, metal mount|
|Zoom method||Rotary (internal)|
|Filter thread||77 mm|
|Hood product code||HB-48|
Scoring is relative only to the other lenses in the same category at the time of review.
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Nikon's 'Mark II' 70-200mm telezoom fixes the problems suffered by the previous version on full frame bodies, while updating to the latest and greatest VR system. It's an equally accomplished performer on both DX and FX that will satisfy the most demanding of photographers.
Professional shooters and advanced amateurs demanding the finest optical performance available in a telephoto zoom
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Anyone who values portability and convenience over all-out image quality
Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8 G VR II
I thought long and hard about getting this lens. I was looking at the VR 1 version and the 80-200mm but the Superb optics, almost instant AF, incredible modern build quality and VR, and it takes the Teleconverter, plus the whole thang looks almost beautiful. I'm so pleased I finally took the plunge and bought it - It has a fabulous weight and balance to it that reminds you that it is a quality piece of kit. VR II lets you take handheld shots at quite amazing low shutter speeds - I managed ...
The definition of awesome!
My Nikon 180mmF2,8 was stolen a year an a half ago, and I had nothing in the 100-300mm range So while looking around the internet for a replacement, I was staggered at the prices for lenses in this range at the time, even second hand. Then I happened on a very good price for a new 70-200mm VRII, which made the second hand stuff out there suddenly seem expensive, jumped on it before anyone else did. Well, despite still being an expensive item, it has got to be the best purchase I have made in ...
A phenomenal telezoom!
My very best and (DX) mostly used lens. I love it - especially at 200 mm!
What Gabbo says in his/her review sums it up perfectly. A superb lens that really has no faults. Problems: None whatsoever
70-200mm zoom ring
Hi, The zoom ring in this picture looks slightly out of place, and I wonder if anyone might have seen this before or know if its likely to cause a problem in use? Thanks :)
Hi Tc Yes, have seen it quite often. not only with my own lenses, but also that of others. Not only with the 70-200mm F/2.8G but also with the 24-70mm F/2.8G (I'm on my third ring now.) I photograph a lot in (extreme) humid conditions, strong sunlight and temperature differences this in combination with somewhat sweaty hands is not the best thing for rubber. I'ts geting worn out, that is what you see now. The rubber ring on the older 70-200mm F/2.8 VR-I was of an slightly harder (mixture) rubber, I'm still on my first ring. and have this lens almost 10 years now. Michel Continue Reading
Hi Michel, Thank you for taking the time to reply, I appreciate it. I haven't received the lens yet shim not sure how severe it might b, is it expensive/difficult to replace the ring? Tracy Continue Reading
Nikon 28-300 f3.5-5.6G versus 70-200 2.8 VRII
I have a Nikon 28-300 f3.5-5.6G lens and was looking to purchase the Nikon 70-200 2.8 VRII lens. My question is, will my current lens set at 200mm be the same quality as the faster 2.8 lens, which cost twice as much if both are set to F22? I know the speed will be faster on the 2.8 lens, but if I have plenty of light and there is no motion issues, is the Nikon 70-200 2.8 that much better overall?
You should never need to set either lens to f22. It would be an awful setting for either. About about f8 or f16 ( depending on whether you have a full frame (FX) or crop frame (DX) body ), an effect called diffraction will result in reduced resolution from any lens you mount. It is the primary reason to get the 70-200, so if you do not need that wide aperture then you should not get the 70-200. If you need better resolution at the long end of the zoom, then get the cheaper and lighter 70-300. Not for your needs. Continue Reading
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED AF-S VR II Nikkor Lens Image Quality Continue Reading
To add slightly to darklamp's reply, the wider aperture is also useful for providing subject separation. Say you are taking a photo of someone at bat in baseball. With F2.8 shooting wide open, you can make that player stand out from the people or things behind them, and provide a much more interesting photo. Same with birds or any photo where you want to draw emphasis to one subject, and blur out the rest. Continue Reading
Slingbag for Nikon DSLR w/70-200mm VR II ?
will understand if this gets moved to 'Accessories' forum area, but am looking for feedback from those that specifically use any type of sling bag for Nikon DSLR with the newer 70-200mm mounted. From the quick searches I've done so far this morning, there aren't many sling-type bags that will properly fit, and give quick access to a DSLR with the 70-200 VR II mounted. The one I am most seriously looking at is the Lowepro SlingShot 302 AW. I also like the Lowepro Toploader Pro 75 AW(not a sling-bag, but a more modest looking bag that looks like it can handle the dimension required.) Anyone have personal experience with these or other recommended bags with the 70-200 mounted for quick access?
Dismayed, I agree. I've played around with those type bags. I'm sold on the ability to grab my camera and then slide it back. I'm considering the 75 model because it would fit the lens, with camera mounted, in a vertical(perpendicular to the ground), or optionally diagonal fit. I don't want something on my hip all the time that is long enough to fit a 70-200 with body mounted, in an orientation 'parallel' to the ground. Phathom, Thank you though for taking the time to so descriptivly share your thoughts. Though I may not go with a like-model as you described, others looking for a solution with differing needs will certainly benefit from your words. Continue Reading
I ise them with D4 & Sigma 50-500 OS. The sling can hold the lens fitted on camera WITH tripod mount also on lens. One disadvantage is that it's heavy. I cal also put another lens, extension tubes and other accessories. 75aw is good enough for just camera and lens. It won't hold the combo with tripod mount mounted. In the small side pouch, I can carry 24-85 vr lens too. I think 70-200 is smaller than 50-500. If you are using a body without grip look into 200 series sling too.. Hope this helps. -- Thanks Jemini Joseph http://wildbirdimages.com/favorites.aspx Continue Reading
Thank you for your comment on my images :-). I'm trying to get some not so ordinary images from wild. Behavioural or distinct lighting. I totally understand what you are trying to do. I too tried finding a sling bag that's same size as 75. It should be very useful for walk around shooting or shooting during hiking. Now I use both in different situations. I'd love to have a lighter version of 302. I even thought about converting 75 into sling myself. Still looking.. Let's know what you end up doing. -- Thanks Jemini Joseph http://wildbirdimages.com/favorites.aspx Continue Reading
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