Summary: Absolutely Awesome Lens with Enormous lens hood, 6 inches in diameter, removable or easy to removed.No Lens Cap.Crutchfield will give when available.Comes with awesome bag. Best Portrait Lens I've ever used.Tack Sharp at all apertures,Great for Sports also. Hand-held shots that I would not attempt with any other lens,VR2 system allows to take Spectacular images. No additional sharpenning is needed.
Summary: I regularly use a wide range of highly-rated lenses to shoot Judo, Swimming, Sailing, Track and Field, and Cross Country with my D4, including the Nikon 24-70mm f2.8, Tamron 24-70mm f2.8, Sigma Art 35mm f1.4, Nikon 85mm f1.4, Nikon 70-200mm f2.8, and Nikon 300mm f2.8. Occasionally I'll throw in some wide angle shots with the Nikon 16mm f2.8 fisheye (ugh!), Nikon 24mm f1.4 (only at f1.4), and Nikon 12-24mm f2.8 (mostly at f5.6).
Excerpt: I have owned almost most of the pro glass that nikon offers. From the holly trinity, 300 2.8 vr , 400 2.8 vr, and this lens is just amazing. Not to heavy for me , I currently own the 400 2.8 vr also, is just out of this world. The focal length for what I used it for is just perfect , and that is for portraits of my 2 year old, to football at high school games. Bokeh is just buttery smooth, the lens wide open is razor sharp, and it takes converters with no problem.
Excerpt: Bought the 200 2 to take pictures of my son's fencing tournament. As usual, the tournaments are located in high school gymn and/or cafeteria and the lighting is horrible. The 200 2 comes through beautifully. Focus is fast, very sharp. Th lens handles sport better than the 85 1.4. A bit on the heavy side so you need a tripod for extended use. I am used to shooting with the 70-200 2.8, the 80-400 VR, the Sigma 150-500 hand holding.
Excerpt: I have many of the Best Primes Nikon makes but for whatever reason I thought the 200/2 would fall into that category of lens that spend too much time on the shelf, the uses were too limited. I was wrong, this has quickly become my favorite lens. So much so that it will be my main lens w/800e on a trip to see the gorillas next month. Great lens even with the weight and stubby attitude. I should have bought this one years ago.
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Nikon 200mm f/2G ED AF-S VR II Nikkor review by azoele
20 July 2013
Summary: One of the best lenses in Nikon's lineup. Sharp wide open, fabulous by 2.8, with an incredibly smooth rendition of out of focus areas. It's one of those very few lenses that "make the picture themselves". The photographer clicks, and customers go "ohhh"... Plus, it has excellent transmissivity making it a true f2 lens: for this reason it is excellent when light is marginal, allowing quite more than the nominal stop of light versus the 70-80/200 2.8 lenses.
Excerpt: I'm not saying anything new when I say this lens is just a phenomenal piece of glass...my god, you read about speed, AF accuracy, btu until you try it, you have no idea what they are talking about. This is in a whole different category than the 14-24 f2.8, and the rest of it. It's everything you heard about and then some. My only cons are the potential for scratches on the front element, you have to leave to hood on, which takes up a lot of space, and the weight.
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Emperor of Bokeh: Nikon 200mm f2. King of Bokeh: Nikon 85mm f1.4 (Either Old or New Versions, new version has less creamy edges but more sharp edges) The Nikon 200mm f2 shots need to be seen so that you can make your own judgements. The focus point is on his nose but his left eye (on rt) is sharpest. The subject just POPS!