Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Nikkor Lens Review

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Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Nikkor Lens Review
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When paired with the popular Nikon DX F-mount format, the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G zoom lens is a powerful workhorse for the professional and amateur alike. The 70-200mm focal length range is becoming a standard for versatility in the photography world. With its range, fast maximum aperture and valuable features, the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G brings ease to creating excellent images across a variety of photo applications.

While a fast maximum aperture is already attractive for low light work, Nikon added a very functional image stabilizing system to this lens, allowing the lens to work up to three stops lower than normal while still producing distortion and shake free images. Additionally, Nikon’s silent wave focusing motor powers the lens’ automatic focusing system that is reliable and capable of operating in full manual mode for tricky focusing situations.

The Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G  is a staple in the Nikon lens line-up. It has enhanced the photographic potential of many amateurs and consistently provides useful versatility to professionals. Overall, this lens is a great choice for photographers who require a versatile package that covers the very popular 70-200mm range. It is highly recommended for those that have smaller DX image sensor camera bodies, as the 70-200mm f/2.8 was designed to work with DX image sensors. While fully functional with the larger FX sensor, some image quality is lost.

Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Lens Features
  • Mount Type: Nikon F Mount
  • Focal Length: 70-200mm
  • Maximum Aperture: f/2.8
  • Minimum Aperture: f/22]
  • Optics: 21 Elements, 15 Groups
  • Compatible Format(s): FX, DX, FX in DX Crop Mode, 35mm Film
What Users Like About This Lens

When paired with a DX sensor equipped camera body, the image quality delivered by the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G is near perfect. Resolution is great wide open, and spotless at f/5.6 and f/8. The lens exhibits very low chromatic aberration, little light fall off (it is unnoticeable in images), and virtually no image distortion. Users also praise the build quality of this lens. It is moisture and dust sealed, a feature which prolongs the life of the lens and protects it against unexpected weather events. Additionally, the autofocus system is reliable and effective and the image stabilizer works very well. As a final note, the build quality of this lens is excellent.

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What Users Don’t Like About This Lens

This lens does not produce excellent results when used with FX format cameras. The Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G was designed to work with the DX image sensor, and as a result it works best when paired with it. Some photographers have experienced flare issues with this lens, with light sources near the lens cause noticeable light streaks across images. As a final note, this lens is not ideal for macro work and close-ups. If anything close-up performance is average at best.

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