Reviews and Problems with Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR
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Finally! f/4 Excellence!
The Mad Prophet, OneCall
31 July 2013
Summary: After owning a complete f/4 L series lineup from Canon, I had anticipated owning the same from Nikon. It's taken a few years, but Nikon has come through with flying colors. Adding this fine lens to my D7K and 24-120/4 VR gives me an excellent lineup of pro f/4 options. Yes, I'm still looking for that 10-24 pro f/4 to complete the lineup, but right now, I'm very happy. The 70-200/4 VR is a well built, pro lens with superb IQ and fantastic vibration reduction.
Pros: Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Rugged, Strong Construction
Summary: This lens is outstanding. Much sharper than my 70-200 2.8 vr1. I was really surprised by how much smaller and lighter it is compared to the 2.8 as well. Only downside is compared to the 2.8 it really is not quite as fast. It won't replace my 2.8 for freezing action and that is a shame. Looks like I will have to keep both.
Summary: Overall a great lens. It is a nice step up from the standard kit lenses and provides really nice image capabilities. The one downside is indoors or low light level performance. In bright sun and outdoors the lens is fast and accurate. F4 makes indoors shooting a little more difficult without external strobe or strong light source. On the plus side it is significantly lighter that the 70-200 f2.8 lens.
Summary: As a professional photojournalist I have used the 2.8 version of this lens from Nikon and Canon for years. This is a very nice, more affordable alternative. The lens is very sharp, the image stabilization works very well, and it focuses at about 3.5 feet, which is amazing for a 200mm lens. It is also much lighter and smaller than the 2.8 version. The downsides are the f4 aperture, which makes the viewfinder dark, especially if you are used to using very fast pro glass.
Great medium zoom lens that doesn't break the bank
11 April 2013
Summary: I bought this lens to go with my D800 as a medium zoom. I did not want the weight or the cost of the 2.8 lens, and this lens gives me everything I want. You only loose 1stop from the 2.8 lens, and with the quality of the D800 sensor, you can always adjust the ISO to maintain a fast shutter, without giving into any noise problems.
Summary: At first I was concerned that I did not hold out for the 2.8, but after using this model, I am very happy with this lens. Somewhat smaller and lighter and still gives very clear shots with good bokeh.
Summary: I've been lusting after the 70-200 f/2.8 for a while, but it's just too expensive! When Nikon announced the f/4 version, I initially didn't even bother looking into it. I already had the 70-300 f/4.5-5.6, but I was getting disappointing results, even with plenty of light. After reading a bunch of reviews, I decided to pull the trigger on the 70-200 f/4.
Pros: Same great focal range, lighter and less expensive than 2.8
Cons: stupid Nikon- include the tripod foot already