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Nikon - AF-S 70-200mm f2.8G ED-IF VR Zoom Lens
Quick Overview |
* Exclusive Silent Wave Motor enables ultra-high-speed autofocusing with exceptional accuracy and powerful super-quiet operation
* VR operation offers the equivalent of using a shutter speed 3 stops faster. In addition, active vibration mode selection is possible. For using in an active situation such as in a car, boat or plane.
* VR ON/OFF mode available
* New cosmetic design
* 5 ED elements reduce chromatic aberrations providing superior optica performance - even at maximum aperture
* Fully compatible with Nikon TC-14E II and TC-20E II Teleconverters
* Internal Focusing (IF) design for smoother focusing and great body balance
* M/A mode enable instant switching from autofocus to manual with virtually no lag time even during AF servo operation
* No power consumption during manual focus operation
* Rounded diaphragm (9 blades) for natural blur
* Focuses as close as 4.9ft (AF) 4.6ft (MF)
* High-performance Nikon Super Intergrated Coating offers superior color reproduction and minimizes ghost and flare
* Detachable tripod mounting collar provided
* Filter attachment does not rotate with focusing
* New G design enables apertures to be selected from select Nikon AF SLR camera bodies
* New G design incorporates distance informatin for flash and ambient light exposure processes
* Fully compatible with D1X, D1H, D100, F5, F100, N80, N75 and N65

SportsShooter Member Rating | 9.58
List Price | $2099.00
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Kirt Winter Photographer
San Diego | CA | USA
Comments | [09/01/09] I use this lens a lot, particularly for basketball with a D3. My only complaint about it is that at 200mm and f/2.8 it's a bit soft for my tastes.
Rating | 9

Andrew Truong Photographer
Irvine | CA | United States
Comments | [02/09/09] Great lens, the autofocus is fast and great! Almost as good as my 300mm 2.8 AF-S This lens is a must have for sports
Rating | 10

Robby Barthelmess Student/Intern / Photographer
Santa Barbara | CA | United States
Comments | [10/20/08] Coolest lens right next to the 24-70 f/2.8. I upgraded from an 80-200 f/2.8 and it really is worth it.
Rating | 9

John Scarpa Photographer / Student/Intern
Bedminster | NJ | United States
Comments | [09/03/08] One of the best zooms that nikon makes now. Its built like a tank and its just so fast!
Rating | 10

Randy Rimland Photographer
Charlotte | NC | USA
Comments | [10/30/07] as good a zoom as I've ever acts like a prime
Rating | 10

Andrew Klapatiuk Photographer
St. Catharines | ON | Canada
Comments | [08/03/07] Just simply a great lens. Tack sharp and very rugged.
Rating | 10

Martin McNeil Photographer
East Kilbride | South | United Kingdom
Comments | [05/21/07] A stellar lens that is worthy of its repuation; there's not much I can say that hasn't already been mentioned in other reviews. Here's a good tip though: if you're using this lens for regular PJ assignments, you might find that the supplied HB-29 lens hood can become detached by the odd knock or bump. Change this for the metal, screw-in HN-31 lens hood (as sold with the 85mm f/1.4D lens) and you'll have just about the same protection from incident light AND a far more robust solution to protect the front element. Just make sure the hood doesn't batter against your own legs when your walking around ;)
Rating | 10

Andrew Bright Photographer
Auckland | New Z | New Zealand
Comments | [12/16/06] I like this one, but haven't been as impressed by sharpness as others have mentioned. Much better than the 80-200 F/2.8 it replaced though. I know plastic is lighter, but I'd like to see a return to the cast metal bodies which just feel...I don't know...more cared about by the factory and the designers? Plastic is just cheap and tacky.
Rating | 7

Landon Finch Photographer
Colorado Springs | CO | USA
Comments | [10/11/06] Great quality, great color, fast AF, VR is great...I could go on and on. However, the best thing about this lens is the beautiful bokeh, dreamy and it!
Rating | 10

Andrew Hreha Student/Intern
Oxnard | CA | USA
Comments | [10/10/06] This is a fantastic lens, with very quick focusing. I bought mine a few weeks ago after checking it out pretty much everyday for three weeks from school. With (or without) the 1.4x teleconverter it is perfect for most sports. The VR is also very cool, it's amazing how well it works. Seriously consider this lens if you are looking for some longer glass.
Rating | 10

Jack Wacharamai Sykes Photographer
Alexandria | VA | USA
Comments | [04/17/06] Don’t leave home with out it! The lens is one of finest mechanically sound and very dependable while in flight doing air to air, fast moving subject at sport stadium or chase after news subject that is try to get away from you. I am glad to have it and will never leave it behind.
Rating | 10

Gary Payne Photographer
Denton | TX | USA
Comments | [04/15/06] This is a very good lens. I like the balance of holding the lens when on a Nikon D2Hs and that you can take the tripod/monopod mount off. VR is awsome but makes me disy when using. Its just wierd you can see the frame sort of move into place. This is a fast lens. It can be compared to Canon's 70-200mm f2.8. Only draw back is there is no Autofocus only button on lens.
Rating | 10

Jason Kaye Photographer
Tacoma | WA
Comments | [08/30/05] This is a sweet piece of glass. It totally blows away the old 80-200, and the VR works well both in slow shutter speed situations and helicopters. I'd give it a 10 were it not for some issues it had when I got it. NPS fixed them, but I think the product should work out of the box.
Rating | 9

Andrew Sullivan Photographer
Kissimmee | FL | USA
Comments | [06/28/05] Magnificent optics. If you shoot concerts, basketball or anything else indoors from more than ten feet away from subject - get this lens. Focus is smooth, quick and quiet with almost no 'searching' for subject. Lens wide open has great bokeh, and is tack sharp at f5.6 . I have no complaints with this lens whatsoever.
Rating | 10

Hassel Weems Photographer
Locust Grove (Atlanta) | GA | USA
Comments | [05/15/05] I've had ot for a couple of weeks now. Shot a few events with it and can not believe how much better it is than my old one-touch 80-200. The tripod collar is nice, manual focus is excellent, and AF is super quick. I was shocked to see that VR actually works, like sharp at 1/20, 200mm. No joke. I thought VR was a gimmick, and all this 3-stop talk was rubbish, but I was proven wrong.
Rating | 9

Brian Ray Student/Intern / Photographer
Austin | TX | USA
Comments | [01/29/05] Quite possibly the nicest lens I've ever used...DEFINITELY the nicest I've ever owned. Everything about this lens is perfect from its absolutely silent, super fast focusing to its seamless vibration reduction technology. I've only had this lens for a month and the VR has already saved my butt multiple really works as advertised. Slim design makes it easy to hold and the build quality is exceptional. Beats the crap out of all older versions of the lens. Upgrading to this lens should be a no-brainer.
Rating | 10

Brandon VandeCaveye Photographer
Chatham | Ontar | Canada
Comments | [01/28/05] Auto focus is fast & accurate! Amazingly Sharp @ all focal lengths. Have not yet had a chance to use the tc1.4e II with this lens yet but should by the end of the week. Overall an amazing lens! A must have for nikon shooters. I have used both the older 80-200 f2.8's (afs & non afs) and this one surpases both of those lenses with minimal effort! My zoom ring was also sticky for awhile, but with normal use it breaks in and becomes normal!
Rating | 10

Luis Moreira Photographer
Toronto | ON | Canada
Comments | [01/27/05] This is an excellent lens. It's extremely sharp, quick focusing, and the VR feature works very well. It has even taken a few strong bumps and it keeps working flawlessly. I've shot with it on boats, helicopters, and even while running and it has really lived up to the price. It's pretty compact considering the focal length and very easy to hold as well as use. It's one of my favourite lenses.
Rating | 10

Kristian Dowling Photographer
Melbourne | VIC | Australia
Comments | [10/25/04] Sharp lens, well designed and focus is quick. I like everything about it, especially it's handling, although the barrel does seem a bbit small compared to the older AF-S and canon versions - I have small hands. However I don't recommend his lens with the AF-S 1.7x and 2x converters. The 1.4 works ok, but does detract quality. Overall, works well and doesn't flare much especially considering he extra elements required for VR , which works a treat- but does lower image quality a tiny bit. Only use VR if you need it, otherwise turn it off and get sharper images and longer battery life from your camera.
Rating | 9

G.J. McCarthy Photographer
Columbia | MO | USA
Comments | [10/12/04] Number of reviews: three; cups of coffee: five; trips to the bathroom: eleven. There ain't no stoppin' me!!! Anyway, I'd never had an opportunity to use any kind of IS or VR lens before, so being issued this lens was a real treat; my coworkers all seemed a bit jealous, particularly when I started discussing the results I was having ... TAC (and I do mean TAC!!) sharp images at 1/10 ... at 200mm (boo-yah!), and great contrast to boot! The AF is good and snappy, and overall I'd say this is a wonderful lens that satisfies a variety of needs -- from low-light shooting to fast action. Further, it's fairly light and small, which is always a plus for me. Only problem I've had so far is that the "VR ON" button is pretty easy to trigger (fixed with gaff). A lot of times, it got kicked on in my camera bag and I didn't even realize it was on ... until I got so nauseous I vomited all over some football field or basketball court. Uhhhh, TMI ... anyway, this gets 9 out of 10, losing one point because the zoom ring is so tight I can barely use it at fast and erratic-moving sporting events. Looks like I've found my first piece of equipment that's gonna spend time at the Luau Nikon desk.
Rating | 9

Louis Lopez Photographer
Ontario | CA | USA
Comments | [06/10/04] I bought it yesterday afternoon and I shot a high school baseball allstar game that night, images very sharp and the autofocus was so very fast, my old 80-200mm 2.8 I had for over 8 years, what a joy to work with this lens. And the VR works!!
Rating | 10

Walter Calahan Photographer
Silver Spring | MD | USA
Comments | [02/13/04] Great lens, but it is a power hog. While shooting with this lens on a D100, l've lost auto-focus from time to time while the camera is writing to the CF card. None of my other Nikkor lenses have ever done that.
Rating | 9

David Lane Photographer
Harrison | TN | USA
Comments | [02/07/04] The AF is very fast and the VR works. This lens has very good bokeh. The detachable tripod collar works well and it makes handholding and carrying the lens in a bag easier. Very, very sharp with the TC14e and works ok with the TC20e (but not super sharp). An absolute joy to use.
Rating | 10

Nic Hume Photographer / Photo Editor
Victoria | BC | Canada
Comments | [02/03/04] What can I say? I've been using this lens almost since it came out last summer (2003) and I can't count the number of times the VR functions have saved my butt... Nikon has really hyped it's VR system, and by god, it works just as well as all the marketing says it does. If you're still shooting with an old 80-200, sell it and pick this puppy up, aside from the VR, the new auto-to-manual-focus switchover is as slick as can be, and the lens is noticabley lighter than the old 80-200 to boot.
Rating | 10

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