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
Already own this?
This item is in your gearlist!
“ 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.
|Ergonomics and Handling||
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
Not So Good For
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
nikon 70-200 f2.8 vr II
hi everyone I've just buy a new nikkor 70-200 f2.8 vr II ,,, in my first inspection of the lens it's aperture blades seem a little wierd to me... can anyone who owns this lens upload a photo from this lenses aperture blades from rear aspect of the lens? your upload will be really appreciated... thanks...
http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3576592 Not exactly what you're looking for but might help. Continue Reading
thank you very much romebaby... in fact it was what i was looking for,,,you helped me so much,,,thanks again... sorry but i have one more question,,,the manual focus ring on mine one rotates endlessly without any stops,,is it normal or what? Continue Reading
nikkor 70-200 f2.8 vr II live view focusing
hi everyone... i'm using my 70-200 f2.8 vr II mounted on D5100. when focusing through view finder (phase detect) the AF speed is normal. when focusing in live view (contrast detect) in 70mm end AF speed is not too bad but in 200mm end AF has some erratic and slow movements...it finally catches the right focus but the slow movements of AF in 200mm end in live view sounds weird... has anyone experienced this before? is it normal for this lens or this is only my lens's fault? any experience or opinion will be really appreciated... thenks...
Nikon 70-200 F/2.8 Tripod Foot replacement for Vanguard Ball head.
All, I recently got the Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 and I'm looking for a quicker way to mount it to my monopod. Ideally I'd like to find a replacement lens plate that I could slide directly into my ball head. I have a Vanguard SBH-250 for my tripod that I could use on the monopod. I've seen replacements out there for arca-swiss ones but I don't think the Vanguard is compatible. Also, I need to be able to leave a BlackRapid hook attached at all times, as I wont have time to remove it. (if I did, i'd just screw in my monopod and save myself the trouble!) So, I could get the arca-swiss replacement foot and then find a bracket that I can mount directly to my monopod. I dont need any adjustment on the monopod "head" so even if i found something that was just a mounting bracket with a locking pin that'd work. So, replacement foot: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?sku=586141&Q=&O=&is=REG&A=details [Only problem with that one is it doesnt look like I can attach the BlackRapid hook...] ...
I don't know anything about the Vanguard ballhead but I prefer a tilt head on a monopod. I use this one that is arca compatible. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/892554-REG/Sirui_bsrl10_L_Series_Monopod_Tilt.html I haven't gotten one yet but I intend to get an arca compatible clamp like the ones you listed. I can then screw the Black Rapid fastener to so I can clamp it onto the lens foot and then quickly transfer over to my tilt head. Continue Reading
I don't know if this is an option but I converted all my gear to be Arca Swiss compatible. I use the Kirk foot on my 70-200. I use a Manfrotto monopod head that has a Kirk platform. Just about everything I buy is Arca Swiss compatible these days including 2 tripods, focussing rails, the plate for my PN-11 extension tube and the collar I bought for the 300mm f4. I'll be buying a Fujifilm X-T1 soon and they make a grip that is Arca Swiss compatible too. It's quite a universal system. Continue Reading
Have your own question?
"No registration or "warranty" card is included or needed with a Nikon D-SLR or Coolpix camera. Keep your original, dated proof of purchase from the Authorized Nikon Inc. dealer in case warranty service is ever needed. These products do include either a mail-in form or a paper with a web link to our registration page:
It's advised to register your product with Nikon so that we can send you information about future updates or service issues that may arise.
Nikkor lenses come with a standard one year warranty and Nikon Inc. lenses sold by authorized Nikon Inc. dealers will have a Nikon Inc. Five Year Extension. To register for the five year extension, one copy of the included form must be mailed in as indicated. Keep the Customer copy of the form as well as the original proof of purchase (sales receipt)."
DPReview GearShop is an authorized Nikon dealer in the United States.