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Lens review

2013-05-04
 

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/4.0G ED VR

11. Summary


Pros:
  • excellent image quality in the frame centre,
  • good image quality on the edge of the frame,
  • very good control of chromatic aberration,
  • slight distortion on the APS-C/DX detector,
  • zero coma problems,
  • negligible astigmatism,
  • moderate vignetting,
  • silent and accurate autofocus,
  • excellent optical stabilization.

Cons:

  • slight spherical aberration at 200 mm,
  • work against bright light could have been better.

If you only compare the list of pros and cons you can already say that the Nikkor AF-S 70–200 mm f/4.0G ED VR is a very well-made lens indeed. The only thing that we don’t like is its price. Recently it’s dropped to a level below 5000 PLN but still it remains more than a dozen percent higher than the price of the rival, stabilized Canon; although the Nikkor is optically a bit better (those several years of difference between the launch of the first and the second device make themselves felt after all), mechanically the Canon prevails. What’s more the Canon is produced in Japan and the Nikkor – in Thailand. The fact that Nikon decided to produce that lens in a country where the work force is several times cheaper than in Japan should have been reflected in its retail price – and it isn’t. When the price of the Nikkor falls near 4000 PLN or a bit lower the arguments presented in this summary will lose their strength and we will recommend the lens to everybody interested in an optical device with such parameters.

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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/4.0G ED VR - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/4.0G ED VR - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/4.0G ED VR - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 145 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/320 s, ISO 400
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 7.85 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 200 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/250 s, ISO 400
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 6.99 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 175 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/320 s, ISO 400
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 7.47 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/4.0G ED VR - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/4.0G ED VR - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/4.0G ED VR - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 86 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/250 s, ISO 400
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 6.77 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 200 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/200 s, ISO 400
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 7.94 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 130 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/250 s, ISO 400
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 6.77 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/4.0G ED VR - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/4.0G ED VR - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/4.0G ED VR - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 200 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/500 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 6.64 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 135 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/2000 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 6.26 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 86 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/500 s, ISO 400
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 8.16 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/4.0G ED VR - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/4.0G ED VR - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/4.0G ED VR - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 70 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/1600 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 7.58 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 95 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/2500 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 8.07 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 135 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/125 s, ISO 400
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 8.82 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/4.0G ED VR - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/4.0G ED VR - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/4.0G ED VR - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 70 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/1000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 7.05 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 102 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/3200 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 8.04 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 200 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/3200 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 8.02 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/4.0G ED VR - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/4.0G ED VR - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/4.0G ED VR - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 70 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/125 s, ISO 400
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 11.07 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 70 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/1000 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 9.75 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 200 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/1000 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 12.51 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/4.0G ED VR - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/4.0G ED VR - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/4.0G ED VR - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 70 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/1000 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 10.12 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 200 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/1600 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 10.29 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 105 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/1250 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 10.07 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/4.0G ED VR - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/4.0G ED VR - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/4.0G ED VR - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 70 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/2000 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 10.76 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 135 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/640 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 6.44 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 102 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/160 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 8.4 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/4.0G ED VR - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/4.0G ED VR - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/4.0G ED VR - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 135 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/320 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 12.68 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 135 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/320 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 9.36 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 70 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/400 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 10.23 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/4.0G ED VR - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/4.0G ED VR - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/4.0G ED VR - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 200 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/320 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 10.27 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 160 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/160 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 11.8 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 135 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/400 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 12.58 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/4.0G ED VR - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/4.0G ED VR - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/4.0G ED VR - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 102 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/400 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 10.32 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 200 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/160 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 11.57 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 70 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/1000 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 11.44 MB

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