Reviews and Problems with Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF VR AF-S
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Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S VR Lens
The Digital Picture
18 September 2009
Excerpt: While I hope to create a full Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S VR Lens evaluation, my first priority is to include results from this lens in the lens comparison tools. This page currently exists because it is required by the database and content management systems for the posting of those standard test results.
REVIEW: Nikon AF-S VR-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 G (IF)
28 June 2009
Conclusion: In the competitive arena of mid-range zooms, this is the Michael Schumacher. Others come close in some areas, but this is the complete package, coming out top in the fields of optical quality, handling and stabilisation. If you have a camera that this lens will fit, this is the lens to have.
Pros: Optical quality superb, Vibration Reduction system, Good handling
Cons: Balance on smaller bodies (minor), Low profile tripod mount may not clear some QR systems., Price, although well discounted in the ePHOTOzine shop.
Conclusion: The Nikon AF-S VR 70-200mm F2.8G is a lens which would, were it designated 'DX', be fully deserving of the highest accolades. On the smaller sensor format, results are nothing short of spectacular - resolution is excellent even wide open, chromatic aberration and geometric distortion are low, and falloff negligible.
Pros: Superb build quality with dust and moisture sealing, Excellent image quality on DX format, Effective optical image stabilization, Excellent autofocus with manual override and AF stop buttons
Cons: Less impressive performance on FX format - marred by soft corners and vignetting, Somewhat susceptible to flare with direct light sources in or close to the frame, Average close-up performance, especially at wide apertures
Excerpt: Nikkor AF-S VR 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens takes advantage of the VR II vibration reduction technology. Is it a staggeringly different beast though? The What Digital Camera Nikkor AF-S VR 70-200mm...
Conclusion: Although the Nikkor 70-200 VR is a very well-made lens and you really can’t be displeased with it, we still feel a bit unsatisfied. If you buy a professional lens for as much as 1700 $ you should expect perfect results in all categories. A bit better achievements for the combination of 130 mm focal length and f/2.8, a slightly lower vignetting at 200 mm and we would deal here with a perfect instrument.
Cons: the image quality at the maximum relative aperture in the middle of the focal lengths range should have been better,, weak performance against bright light,, a bit too high vignetting at 200 mm focal length,, not very good performance with the converter attached.
Excerpt: In terms of style, build quality and features, lenses don't come much better than the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR. It offers a constant maximum aperture of f/2.8 along with built-in VR (Vibration Reduction) technology that allows you to hand-hold with slower shutter speeds. Remarkably, the overall size of the lens is kept to a minimum and looks fairly small compared to the older Nikon 80-200mm or the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS lens it competes against.
Excerpt: 21.09.09 Dette objektivet er i skrivende stund erstattet med en ny utgave. Den nye har forbedret bildestabilisator (VRII). Det har også fått en spesiell "nano coating" som blant annet gjør det bedre i motlys. Ifølge grafer så skal det også bli skarpere på tele siden. Det er blitt 6 mm kortere, og lagt på seg 70g. Prisen er i skrivende stund 5000,- dyrere enn utgaven som er til en liten test her. Den nye har fått en pris på 22000,-. Leveringstid er ubekreftet.
Summary: This is an expensive lens from which you might expect something. However, we can be very short about the qualities: this is an absolute winner. It is a mechanically very solid lens, meeting the highest optical standards at all focal lengths and apertures, with good autofocus and ditto vibration reduction.
Pros: Excellent image quality, Effective image stabilization, Ruggedly built, Fast and accurate autofocus, Internal zoom and autofocus
Cons: Large and heavy, Pricy, Distortion at 70 mm and 200 mm
Summary: Our conclusion is almost equal to that of our previous Nikon 70-200 2.8 VR II review, carried out with the full-frame Nikon D800E. This lens is an absolute winner, whether you'll use it on a camera with a FX or DX sensor. It is a mechanically very solid lens, which meets the highest optical standards at all focal lengths and apertures, with good autofocus and effective Vibration Reduction.
Pros: Excellent image quality, Ruggedly built, Effective image stabilization, Fast and accurate autofocus, Internal zoom and autofocus