Reviews and Problems with Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
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Perfect for Low Light Indoor Sports
20 March 2014
Summary: First of all, I'm a guy that loves taking photographs. While not a professional, I'm becoming much more critical of my work and demanding higher quality. As a result, I'm finding myself looking at prosumer equipment to feed the need. Now that I've gotten the fact that I'm a wannabe photographer out of the way let's get on with the review, one that won't repeat the technical specifications that can be found under the, wait for it, technical specifications section of this...
Summary: I shoot a lot of high school football games at night and have tried all the latest 70-200mm F/2.8 lenses. All of them are great when the light is good and the F stop is F/4 or higher. The real difference is the performance when the lenses are wide open at F/2.8 and you are shooting at 200mm in low light. There is no comparison between this lens and all the rest. This lens is simply amazing and all the stories you here about how good it is are true.
Summary: I initially purchased the Tamron 70-200 for less than less than 1/2 the price, hoping to save some money. However, I returned it immediately because of the unreasonably slow focus. I bit the bullet and purchased this. When I initially received it, I was a bit worried about the size and weight of the lens. However, when I started taking pictures, I could tell even on my D800 screen, zoom in, that this lens is incredibly sharp!
Summary: Just received this lens this morning. Shooting hand-held instead of a tripod, mirror lockup and remote shutter release this lens is much better than the Sigma 70-200mm I got last week. I did use a tripod, mirror lockup and remote shutter release for the Sigma lens. Don't even think I will bother with a tripod for any further testing. Lens is sharp wide open at F/2.8 and at all F-stops edge sharpness is great. I just decide to suck it up and buy this lens.
Summary: Please check out my reviews of the 14-24mm and the 24-70mm lenses for context. I bought this lens after buying my dream lens (300mm, F2.8) and finding it was too heavy for an old guy like me...that was a sad day. However I checked out the 70-200mm VRII and found it better suited to my capabilities. Years ago this would not have been a discussion. Regardless I added a Nikon 1.4x teleconverter and a Nikon 2.0x teleconverter.
Summary: I have owned the f/2.8G ED VR for 5 years and loved the lens so much I have chosen to keep it even tho I purchased this newer version. I'm very happy with the clarity of my sports shots, even using it with a teleconverter by Nikon. The VR II really makes a difference! However, I'm a little disappointed by the mechanics of the zoom ring. Not as fluid as the 2.8 VR. All in all these lenses by Nikon never stop amazing me how well they work.
Summary: I got this after I tried out the F/4. I must say this is a better lens but only because it has better low light performance that I am looking for and better blur at the wider aperture and I can use the 1.4x teleconvertor and still be at F/4. At a price point of over $1000 higher than the F/4, it is only worth it if you think you can get out of what you need. This is similar conversation when people compared the 85mm f1.8 vs 85mm f/1.4.
Summary: First, the Nikkor deserves 10 stars "out of 5"!! The VRII stabilization is superb, the colors (without flash, or much of available light) are vivid and bright, as if taken in good light, the build quality is evident the minute you lay your eyes on it. Second, I had a small issue with the 1st lens I received, but the great customer service people at Crutchfield didn't even blink an eye before THEY suggested sending me a replacement lens, which I received in no time.
Pros: Great VR (II), Great color, excellent sharpness.
Amazing lens, wonderful detail and clarity, too much zoom for an APS-C (DX) sensor for indoor work
1 March 2013
Summary: I can't rave about this lens enough. Nothing's perfect, but you certainly know where your money's going with this lens. Build quality is excellent. Metal all around with solid and reliable controls, including focus and zoom rings. VR II works really well, so you can get some really sharp hand-held shots, even at maximum zoom. The vibration reduction is so good that you can easily see it working when panning. This is one of only a few VR II lenses available from Nikon.