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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.
Most Liked Negative Review
This lens has been nothing but problematic
The Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED is a workhorse ... when it works. Unfortunately for me, I bought a lemon. Since shortly after purchase the VR assembly failed....Read complete review
The Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED is a workhorse ... when it works. Unfortunately for me, I bought a lemon. Since shortly after purchase the VR assembly failed. It has since been to the shop three times, none of the visits has solved the problem. From what I understand it now falls under CA Lemon Law protection. For this reason I cannot recommend this lens. If you are looking to buy the 70-200, go with the VRII.
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The Standard of the Industry
from San Diego, California
Comments about Nikon AF-S Fx NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Camera Lens:
This lens is consistently excellent in terms of sharpness, contrast, and color. I use it extensively for indoor events with nothing more than available light. It elevates routine snap shots to fantastic images. The photo below was shot at 1/200 of a second, an aperture of f/2.8, a focal length of 200mm, an ISO of 2000, center weighted metering, auto white balance, and manual exposure mode on a Nikon D4 camera body.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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This one excellent Tac sharp lens, never leave home without it
from Staten Island, NY, USA
I have been using this lens for years, and will never part with it. It's fantastic for portraits to action sports, to wild life, it's an all around lens, I never leave home without it.
Fantstik with a K because it's worth it - this lens is my absolute favorite. The bokeh is stellar, the focus acquisition is intensely quick, the durability is comforting, and the clarity is stunning. I've done shoots in the rain many times; I've taken this lens through the snow of a harsh Montana winter, I've shot beautiful weddings with it, as well as grimy and dirty scenes. It's my favorite.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
The world's best 70-200 f/2.8
from Washington, DC, USA
Very sharp even wide open at F/2.8 and very fast auto-focus. Hopefully Nikon will apply its new technologies to make the future version of this lens lighter
What an awesome lens!
from Wheeling, IL
About Me Tech Savvy
I use it on a Nikon D750. I take many pictures of indoor basketball / volleyball games. Typical high school gyms very very poor lighting. This lens is such an improvement over my 70-300 Nikon 4.5-5.6 or my 24-120 F4 nikon lens.
(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)
Sharp edge to edge
The day I received this I used it for a VERY large group photo on a D800. The clarity all the way to the edge of the frame was ASTOUNDING. Happy to have a lens that keeps pace with the high resolution images current cameras capture. This purchase replaced the previous generation of this lens. I always enjoyed it...but this lens brings it to a whole new level.
Best Lens I've Ever Purchased
from Chattanooga, TN
About Me Technically Challenged
Better than buying from Nikon. No sales tax, free shipping.
This lens was recommended to me by several people. I rented one earlier this year for a trip to the Monterey coast. I finally bought a refurbished unit from Nikon a month ago. It is sharp, no doubt. The autofocus is sometimes tricky and I need to spend more time to get accustomed to it.
from Houston, TX, USA
This lens has traveled from the northernmost tip of Norway (except Svalbard) to the Antarctic Peninsula. The only 'mid-range' zoom lens I have needed, Sharp, fast-focusing, and, in the grand scheme of things, light enough to be handheld. Yes, there is the new VR II, but I have not seen the need for that with this old reliable. The photo below taken handheld from a hot air balloon over Masai Mara in Kenya proves my point.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Great performance in suboptimal conditions
from Chicago, IL, USA
Perfect light, perfect setting, and perfect subject composition usually leads to a great photo. Even simple equipment can acquire a special photo in those conditions. However, how photo equipment performs under "stress" when light, subject matter and setting do not cooperate separates high quality from the rest. This lens is just that: an exceptional zoom lens is true to form when everything is just rights, and works hard for you when everything is not. It is fast to zoom and focus, easy to use hand held (nice balance/weight distribution), produces high quality photos at high ISO and is rugged. The attached photos are not my best by no means, but they were taken at an ISO of 1600, 15 rows up from the ice through the glass for one and protective netting for the other at f 2.8 and 4.0 respectively. It's a work horse lens covering a very useful range (70-200mm) for sports and just out and about.
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