- Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 7.8 x 7.8 cm ; 848 g
- Boxed-product Weight: 1.3 Kg
- Batteries 1 AA batteries required.
- Item Model Number: 2202
- ASIN: B009VZOK0Q
- Date first available at Amazon.com.au: 1 September 2017
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
Amazon Bestsellers Rank:
- #267 in Camcorder & Camera Lenses
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f4G ED VR Lens, Black (JAA815DA)
- The AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR extends Nikon's range of high-performance f/4 NIKKOR lenses.
- It is the first NIKKOR to be equipped with Nikon's next-generation Vibration Reduction system that allows for up to 5-stop compensation.
- Well suited to events, travel, wildlife and sports.
- Maximum reproduction ratio: Approx. 0.274x
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Whether you’re shooting low-light sports, wildlife, fashion, portraits or everyday subjects, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II will beautifully capture bright, razor-sharp images and HD videos. This lens is lauded by pros and serious hobbyists for its quick and responsive autofocus, super steady Vibration Reduction, accurate color rendition, contrast and gorgeous bokeh. With an f/2.8 fixed maximum aperture and Nikon’s advanced lens technologies, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II could very well be the best lens investment you could make.
Catch the shots that matter
Fast f/2.8 maximum aperture and VR II
An update to Nikon’s legendary f/2.8 fixed aperture telephoto zoom lens, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II captures stunning full-frame images with remarkable speed. Nikon VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization provides 3.5 stops* of blur free handheld shooting, assuring dramatically sharper still images and HD video capture. Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables ultra-fast, ultra-quiet autofocusing with seamless manual focus override. No matter what you’re shooting, you’ll capture it with uncompromising speed and precision—at any focal length.
AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II photo of an elderly couple on a park bench
Images in a class of their own
Renowned NIKKOR optics and advanced Nikon lens technologies
Photos and HD videos captured with the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II are second to none. The lens draws peak performance from advanced D-SLRs for exceptional sharpness, contrast and color rendering. From its enhanced autofocusing (SWM), VR II image stabilization, Nano Crystal Coat (N), Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass and more, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II will broaden your shooting potential and inspire some of your most impressive shots yet.
The Main Event
Versatility of Expression
Nothing says versatility more than when shooting events. The AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR is able to take close shots at 70mm but its also perfect for zooming in to capture shots from a farther - unobtrusive distance.
Covering all the bases
Stunning portraiture from many angles
The 70-200mm covers all of the most useful portrait ranges; 85mm, 105mm and 200mm. Its 4.6 feet close focus capability also makes this the go to tele-zoom when shooting formal or environmental portraits.
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1. First, the obvious, this lens is $1,000 less expensive and 1-stop slower. If you are shooting film, that 1 stop will probably be important. With today's better digital cameras, that extra stop is largely irrelevant, the ISO setting can be adjusted well above film speeds with no discernible noise.
2. This lens only weighs about half of its f/2.8 counterpart. It's also a bit shorter and because of that, the controls fit a bit nicer in hand. The weight reduction is in part to a reduction in the amount of glass in the lens, both the number of elements and the diameter of the elements but also an increased use of plastic in this lens. I'm not being critical of the use of plastic, just pointing it out.
3. The filter size is 67mm, down from 77mm on the f/2.8. This is a much more common filter size and also more economical.
4. This new lens has a reduced close focusing distance; 3.3 feet as compared to 4.6 feet. If you shoot primarily sports, no big deal, but if you use the lens for nature/people photography it is very much a big deal.
5. Performance. In a nutshell, I don't think you'll be able to tell them apart. That's a big statement because the f/2.8 has always been known as a stellar performer in terms of sharpness and distortion. I made a couple of quick comparisons with the lenses on a tripod and VR off. The center sharpness was superb on both lenses - this new f/4 even outperformed my f/2.8 at certain apertures! Edge sharpness was very comparable on both with the f/2.8 very marginally outperforming this lens at most f-stops. Corner sharpness was a give and take by both -- it just depended on the aperture. In summary, I don't think you'll see the difference. At most working f-stops, f/5.6 to f/11, this lens is superb. At f/4 there's a little softness in the corners but it's hardly worth mentioning. Beyond f/11 or f/16, diffraction is becoming an issue -- but again, it's not a major issue. As far as distortion goes, there's some pincushion and some barrel where you'd expect it but, unless you're shooting brick walls straight on, it's just not an issue. This lens certainly has less distortion than many other zooms out there.
In summary, I'm delighted with this lens! It's performance is superb and I'm very picky about sharpness. I really appreciate the reduction in weight and the lens simply feels better in hand than the longer f/2.8. I'm not about to give up my f/2.8 yet because I also shoot film, but I'll be using this on my digital Nikons from now on. Highly recommended.
The f/2.8 version is obviously much more expensive (about a grand), and also much heavier. For that, you get one extra stop of performance...which, if you shoot indoor action and print to larger dimensions (bigger than 8X10), or enjoy playing with shallow DOF, will prove to be beneficial. With the f/4 version, you can bump up ISO one stop at f/4, and get the same shutter speed you'd enjoy had you been able to shoot at f/2.8...the only difference being a marginal decrease in image quality due to the increase in ISO. Unless you shoot very large prints (i.e. a 30 X 20 inch poster off a D4 or D810), a one stop increase in ISO is virtually unnoticeable in modern Nikon DSLRs.
An f/2.8 aperture will also afford one the ability to garner a more shallow depth of field, which can prove useful for artistic purposes.
The f/2.8 version comes with a tripod collar and foot...given it's twice the weight of the f/4, it is more often relegated to tripod use. The f/4 version, with its relatively light weight, is a joy to hand-hold. It can easily be carried around an amusement park all day while you follow the kids from ride to ride. The 2.8 is significantly more cumbersome due to its heft and weight. If you prefer to drop the f/4 on a tripod, you can find a matching collar and tripod foot at most reputable photo shops online (i.e. Really Right Stuff makes a collar designed specifically for the f/4 version).
For me, VR is useful and productive in low light situations when ISO can no longer be raised without suffering significant noise issues. I can't say for sure that VR gives me the ability to gain the advertised 5 stops of speed when shooting with it, but it is a valuable and handy trait to have on the lens. It helps mitigate motion blur at slower shutter speeds.
Image quality is obviously exceptional...if you're so interested in this lens that you're reading this review, then you already know how well this lens handles clarity, contrast, and color distribution. There isn't another zoom lens in this focal range which can compete with Nikon's two 70-200s. Between the f/4 or f/2.8, I can't say which lens delivers better overall picture quality. The main point is that, they are both so good, it doesn't really matter if one of them might be a little better. And, if one of them is a little better, I can't tell.
The way color and contrast is distributed across the image is very life-like...and will be rendered with a "looking through a window" type of realism. Rarely have I been able to detect any color fringing, even in higher contrast, brightly lit situations (i.e. under mid-day sunlight). There is very slight vignetting wide open at f/4, but this dissipates very quickly as you stop down...it's basically unnoticeable at 5.6.
If you enjoy focusing manually, you will be treated to typical Nikon quality. The focus ring turns like you're wading through warm butter...very smooth and precise. When used with zoom in live view, finding your focal point couldn't be easier. When using autofocus, you're treated to a quiet, fast, and precise mechanism. No complaints with the autofocus.
This lens takes 67mm filters (as opposed to the 77mm size its bigger brother requires). I simply use a step-up ring from 67-77, so that I only need to purchase one size of 77mm filters for both lenses.
For practically any casual use I can think of, I would be very comfortable recommending the f/4 version over the 2.8 version all of the time. Unless your needs are very specific (of the kind I mention before at the beginning of this review), the f/4 version, and its much more forgiving price tag and weight, is all you need to deliver excellent photos in this zoom range.