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AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8G ED VR II

AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8G ED VR II

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Product Number: 2185
Lens Category: Short Tele, Telephoto
Purchase Link: Buy Now at B&H Photo!
List Price (USA): $2,399
In Production: Yes
Year Launched: 2009
Format: FX (Full-Frame)
Optical Construction: 21 elements in 16 groups
Min. Focusing Distance (cm): 140
Max. Magnification (x): 0.25
Coating Type: Nano Crystal
Special Optical Elements: Extra-Low Dispersion Element(s) (ED)
Field of View (deg): 34.2 to 12.2
DX Field of View (deg): 22.5 to 8
Max. Aperture: F2.8
Min. Aperture: F22
Number of Aperture Blades: 9
Aperture Ring: No
Focus Type: AF-S (Silent wave motor)
Focusing Modes: A/M, M/A, M
Full-Time AF Override: Yes
Internal Focusing: Yes
Distance Scale: Yes
Macro: No
Stabilization: Yes
Weather Sealing: Yes
Tripod Collar: Yes
Internal Zooming: Yes
Other Features: Focus Limiter
Filter Size (mm): 77
Max. Barrel Diameter (mm): 87
Collapsed Length (mm): 205.5
Weight (g): 1,540
Hood: HB-48
Case: CL-M2
In the Box: Hood, Soft Case
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3 Reviews

I've had this a couple of years now, taken thousands of photos with it, mainly sport, thougha couple of weddings too. It's a fantastic lens, focusses really fast, very sharp, and easily hand-holdable.


I often use it with the 1.4x TC, image degradation is minimal, focus speed difference is hardly noticeable. With the D7100 I can do a severe crop and still get a great image With the 1.7x it gets a little worse, though I still get many keepers and am happy enough to cover a game with that combo in good light.


The zoom ring rubber has recently decided to loosen off a bit, so I had to get that fixed, but I've used it so much I'm not surprised.

I miss this lens so much I had to sell so I could buy other things. There is no point writing an in depth review of this lens. Simply this is the best zoom lens Nikon make without exception. There are other cheaper pretenders to the thrown form the third party manufacturers I have tried all of them none come close to this lens. 

I use this lens extensively when shooting photos of fast moving horses competing in eventing. I find it a brilliant piece of kit. I''m currently using it with my D4s but have used it previously with both a D200 and a D3s.  Just recently it stopped autofocusing. I sent it for repair and the Silent Wave Motor had to be replaced. I had it back in 4 days and, once again, it works perfectly. I don't go far without this lens.