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The Ultimate 70-200
I used to have the Nikon AF-S 70-200 VR and it was a good lens, but it felt cumbersome, unbalanced and I had primes that would beat it most of the time,...Read complete review
I used to have the Nikon AF-S 70-200 VR and it was a good lens, but it felt cumbersome, unbalanced and I had primes that would beat it most of the time, especially at distance. I sold that lens and got a 70-200 VRII. The 70-200 VRII is a world of difference. Number one is it's very sharp, at any and all focal lengths, even wide-open. Better color, contrast, faster-more accurate focus and the VRII is amazing. It handles much better and is much more well-balanced. I no longer have any primes that beat this wonder-lens at equal apertures. This is the lens I go to automatically if I need the range of 70-200. Best lens I've ever owned. The ONLY drawback I've found with this lens is the lens hood. On one hand, it has a better lock than the older version, but on the other hand, the hood seems short and the petal edges are rounded so you can't stand the lens on its hood on standby when you need it fast. I have found a different hood that takes it's place and I now keep the original hood in the box.
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Unknown to me this was a gray market lens. The VR motor broke in less than a year and I am unable to repair the lens. It was a gift and when I registered...Read complete review
Unknown to me this was a gray market lens. The VR motor broke in less than a year and I am unable to repair the lens. It was a gift and when I registered the lens, there was no alert that it was gray market or I would have returned it. A very expensive paper weight.
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Expensive for a Hobbyist but no Regrets
from Austin, TX, USA
Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens:
As an amateur photographer, with an 80-400mm zoom lens already in my bag, this lens was a purchase of the heart, not the head. Any regrets? None. This lens is superb. While it may be a similar weight and length to the 80-400mm zoom, it is thinner, making it a little less obtrusive. The f2.8 aperture and fast auto-focus are wonderful. The image quality is 2nd to none. The negative, for me, weight and size. I travel almost weekly, and admit hauling a D610, plus a couple of lenses, can get tiring. On those weeks I want to travel light I take a 28 - 300mm lens. It does the job and fits in my carry on bags. Yes it is expensive for a non-professional, but if you are looking to purchase a lens that will give years of service, and thrill you with the quality of the pictures, the 70 - 200mm f2.8 has to be on the list.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Fast focus, great IQ
from New England
This lens was purchased when I owned a D700 and like my other Nikon lenses, was permanently mounted until I switched to D800 bodies. Still my fastest focusing lens, with great sharpness, color and contrast; the vibration reduction feature works very well to reduce motion blur while photographing from my kayak.
My most used lens!
This is my favourite and most used lens. It's super sharp and the AF is amazingly fast (Compared to my older D lenses). This thing focuses like lightening on both my beginner D90 and Pro D700. Excellent lens for portraits and a must have for weddings!
My GoTo lens for anything that moves, especially grand children.
from Florida, USA
I have owned this lens for 7 years and would say it is a must have for me judging by the number of pictures taken with it. For action especially large flying birds in a rookery situation it is excellent. I have used it mostly on the D300, but now find that it is awesome on the 1V1 where without the TC17 the reach is 540mm @f/2.8 and with it 918mm @f/5.....Auto focus is good but limited to a single center point. Photographic quality is excellent. You can't go wrong with this lens and I suspect the newer version, though I have not used it.
Great Low Light lens. Sharp, vibration control excellent
from Staten Island, NY, USA
OK. I finally bought the lens that I needed and my photos of my daughter in her high school play were what I had always hoped I could capture.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
This is probably the Sports Nikon lens (Period) I recommend this lens for anyone that is serious about photography. Always get good shots with this one using a D4.
Best Lens I Own!!!
Super sharp! The VR works great! No complaints about the design or function! If it ain't broke, why fix it? That's why I bought the old version (used, but like new) instead of the new (70-200mm, really??).
(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Sharp when it doesn't back focus
Pro caliber lens. Built like a tank. Fine optics. Much better lens collar mount than my 300 f/4 Nikkor, but the 300 f/4 is sharper than this lens - and is a great lens by the way... On my D7000 it back focuses between 70-110mm unfortunately - really don't want to dial in any auto fine tune as that will just mess up the long end of the lens. On my D200 it does not seem to back focus as much. Overall this is a very good lens and would recommend.
The Go To lens in my bag.
from San Diego, CA, USA
I have owned this lens for the past 2 years and have absolutely amazed at it's clarity. I wouldn't think for one second a reason to upgrade to the VR II. It focuses really fast and the shots you get with it are incredible. There isn't much else to say about this lens that all of the sample photos and previous reviews haven't already said. I will be honest and tell you that I don't know who rated this lens as a 1, but I can assure you that they were too weak to hold it or just didn't know how to use it. The picture below is one I took on the USS George Washington and I couldn't believe that I was able to capture some of what I was able to on that deployment.
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