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

19 January 2011
Arkadiusz Olech

11. Summary

Pros:
  • very high build quality,
  • splendid image quality in the frame centre,
  • very good image quality on the edge of the frame,
  • low chromatic aberration,
  • slight distortion,
  • well-corrected coma,
  • very low astigmatism,
  • negligible vignetting in the 70-130 mm range,
  • excellent autofocus work,
  • quite efficient stabilization (but you would want 4 EV in this class),
  • rich selection of accessories included in box (tripod adapter, petal-type lens hood and a case).

Cons:

  • the image quality at the maximum relative aperture in the middle of the focal lengths range should have been better,
  • weak performance against bright light,
  • a bit too high vignetting at 200 mm focal length,
  • not very good performance with the converter attached.

Although the Nikkor 70-200 VR is a very well-made lens and you really can’t be displeased with it, we still feel a bit unsatisfied. If you buy a professional lens for as much as 1700 $ you should expect perfect results in all categories. A bit better achievements for the combination of 130 mm focal length and f/2.8, a slightly lower vignetting at 200 mm and we would deal here with a perfect instrument. You can handle weak work against bright light using the lens hood, included in the product bundle so we can turn a blind eye to this one.


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These flaws don’t lower a very good overall mark of this lens. If you have a Nikon reflex camera and if you don’t want any compromise you simply have no choice – currently this is the best 70-200 mm class device in this system.


Sample shots:

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR - Summary
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 70 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/750 s, ISO 125
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 4.4 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 120 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/500 s, ISO 125
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 4.3 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 200 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/640 s, ISO 125
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 4.4 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR - Summary
Camera:Nikon D200
Parameters: 200 mm, f/3.5, exp. 1/2000 s, ISO 125
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 3.4 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 70 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/200 s, ISO 320
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 4.2 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 125 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/350 s, ISO 320
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 3.9 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR - Summary
Camera:Nikon D200
Parameters: 200 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/250 s, ISO 320
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 3.8 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 70 mm, f/3.5, exp. 1/250 s, ISO 320
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 4.0 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 200 mm, f/4.5, exp. 1/180 s, ISO 640
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 4.2 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR - Summary
Camera:Nikon D200
Parameters: 130 mm, f/3.2, exp. 1/200 s, ISO 640
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 4.6 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 70 mm, f/6.3, exp. 1/45 s, ISO 200
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 6.0 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 130 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/125 s, ISO 320
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 3.8 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200 mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR - Summary
Camera:Nikon D200 + TC 1.4x
Parameters: 280 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/320 s, ISO 200
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 4.1 MB
Camera: Nikon D200 + TC 1.4x
Parameters: 280 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/180 s, ISO 200
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 3.4 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 200 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/400 s, ISO 100
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 4.0 MB




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