Summary: Nikon's 'Mark II' 70-200mm telezoom fixes the problems suffered by the previous version on full frame bodies, while updating to the latest and greatest VR system. It's an equally accomplished performer on both DX and FX that will satisfy the most demanding of photographers.
Pros: Excellent image quality on both DX and FX formats, especially at 200mm, Superb build quality with dust and moisture sealing, Excellent optical image stabilization, Excellent autofocus with manual override
Cons: Pronounced focus 'breathing', i.e. widening of the angle of view on focusing closer, Reduced maximum magnification compared to previous version, Somewhat susceptible to flare with direct light sources in or close to the frame, Poorly-designed lens hood - too shallow, and with curved ends, Slightly fiddly AF and VR switches, AF stop buttons removed (and replaced by occasionally-confusing cosmetic grip)
REVIEW: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
16 May 2011
Excerpt: ePz expert Gary Wolstenholme tests Nikon's latest telezoom, the 70-200mm f/2.8 The latest Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 costs £1999 but sports many useful features including Vibration Reduction, Nano Crystal coating and internal focusing.
Pros: Resolution, Low distortion and flare, Fast aperture, Handling throughout
Summary: Thanks to a recent price-drop Nikon's new lens can almost be considered a bargain at the moment, albeit an expensive bargain. Though there is very little to dislike, if I were buying this lens I would get the tripod-mounting pillar modified to improve the way that the zoom sits in my hand.
Excerpt: Nikon has produced more than half a dozen high-speed, tele zooms since the early 1980s. The first with Vibration Reduction— the full-frame 70–200mm f/2.8 VR of 2003—was an instant classic, lauded for its high-speed autofocus, VR, and attractive styling. For its latest update ($2,320, street), Nikon has added two more ED glass elements (for a total of seven), its Nano Crystal coating and VR II shake control.
Nikon’s AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens; A Fast, Constant Aperture Zoom With Vibration Reduction
1 August 2001
Excerpt: Nikon’s entry into past universal 80-200mm f/2.8 lenses started back in 1978 with a manual focus, push-pull lens checking in at 4 lbs. Ten years later the autofocus model arrived sporting ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass; ’92 marked the “D” package. In ’96 the AF-S version came along, followed by the new generation of front motor drive “G” models. Now we...
Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8 G ED VR II (DX) - Review / Lab Test Report
13 August 2013
Conclusion: The Nikon AF-S 70-200 VR II is a very good zoom lens that delivers excellent sharpness wide open already, at least in the image center. Vignetting and distortion are no issues on DX cameras. CAs are very low at 70mm and moderate at longer focal lengths. Bokeh fringing is well under control and the bokeh is exceptionally smooth for a zoom lens.
Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8 G ED VR II (FX) - Review / Test Report
22 July 2012
Conclusion: The Nikon AF-S 70-200 VR II is a very good zoom lens that delivers excellent sharpness wide open already, at least in the image center. Vignetting is very well controlled and CAs as well as distortion are typical for a lens in this class. LoCAs are rather low and the bokeh is exceptionally smooth for a zoom lens.