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(based on 6 ratings)
Brand: Nikon
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The go-to lens of demanding professionals and serious enthusiasts, the 70-200mm f/2.8 is one of the most useful and sought after high-performance lenses for sports, wildlife, portrait, travel and news photographers. Nikon has further refined the lens, with an enhanced optical formula featuring seven extra low dispersion (ED) glass elements. These elements provide the ultimate in rendering characteristics to capture vibrant, high resolution images with optimal contrast. Image quality is further enhanced by Nikon's Nano Crystal Coat, which reduces instances of lens flare and ghosting, elevating optical performance, even in tricky conditions such as those found in professional sports settings and stage events.

Designed to deliver the pinnacle of image quality in a wide variety of conditions, the new 70-200mm VR II lens also includes a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for fast, quiet autofocusing. The SWM takes full advantage of 3D tracking autofocus (AF) systems, such as those found on the FX-format D3X, D3 and D700 D-SLR cameras. Three focus modes are available - M, A/M and M/A - for automatically focusing, manually focusing or fine tuning AF performance to best suit the photographers' needs. Nine rounded diaphragm blades contribute to a more attractive bokeh, allowing photographers create soft and more naturally separated backgrounds that better highlight the subject.

  • Fast f/2.8 Zoom-NIKKOR lens
    Perfect for sports, photojournalism and wildlife photography.

  • Nikon VR II (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization
    Vibration Reduction, engineered specifically for each VR NIKKOR lens, enables handheld shooting at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper images.

  • 7 Extra-low Dispersion (ED) elements
    Offers superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration, even at the widest aperture settings.

  • Nano Crystal Coat
    Further reduces ghosting and flare for even greater image clarity.

  • Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC)
    Enhances light transmission and offers superior color consistency and reduced flare.

  • Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
    Enables fast, accurate, and quiet autofocus.

  • Rounded 9-blade diaphragm
    Renders more natural appearance of out-of-focus image elements.

  • Internal Focus (IF)
    Provides fast and quiet autofocus without changing the length of the lens, retaining subject-working distance through the focus range.

  • Focuses to 4.6 feet
    Close focusing provided throughout the entire zoom range for extended versatility.

  • M/A focus mode switch
    Enables quick response to changing situations between manual and autofocus operation.

  • Flower-shaped lens hood
    Included HB-48 lens hood?shades the objective from unwanted, image-degrading light.

  • Review Snapshot®
    Avg. Customer Rating:
     
    5 stars
    (based on 6 reviews)
    100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

    Pros:
    Fast / accurate auto-focus(4), Improves picture quality(4)
    Best Uses:
    Shooting indoors(3), Shooting outdoors(4), Upgrade(4)
    Was this a gift?:
    No(3)
     
    "One of Nikon's best"
    By Pop from Canton, Ga. on 4/26/2011
    Pros:
    Improves Picture Quality
    Best Uses:
    Shooting Indoors, Shooting Outdoors, Upgrade
    Was this a gift?:
    No
    Bottom Line:
    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Comments about Nikon Nikon 70-200mm F2.8 G ED VR II Lens:

    Expensive lens, but worth it with superior quality. I am glad I did not settle for one of the other lenses. If you can afford it buy it, you will be glad you did.

     
    "One of Nikon's best"
    By PopVerified Reviewer from Canton, Ga. on 4/26/2011
    Pros:
    Great in low light, Improves Picture Quality
    Best Uses:
    Shooting Indoors, Shooting Outdoors, Upgrade
    Was this a gift?:
    No
    Bottom Line:
    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Comments about Nikon Nikon 70-200mm F2.8 G ED VR II Lens:

    By far the best lens in my bag, and I now own eight NIKON lenses. Very expensive, but you get what you pay for. If you can afford it, BUY IT.

     
    Sharp, at all focal lengths!
    By Photo TeachVerified Reviewer from Salt Lake City on 11/2/2010
    Pros:
    Easy To Use, Great construction, Improves Picture Quality, Pro level lens, Sharp
    Cons:
    Weight
    Best Uses:
    Bokeh, Nature, Portraits, Shooting Indoors, Shooting Outdoors, Upgrade
    Describe Yourself:
    Photography Instructor, Professional, Tech Savvy
    Was this a gift?:
    No
    Bottom Line:
    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Comments about Nikon Nikon 70-200mm F2.8 G ED VR II Lens:

    Buy this lens. You will not be disappointed. It is sharp at all focal lengths, has (literally) no distortion and all movement during zoom is internal. I would purchase this lens again, and possibly a second. Nikon really knows how to make a pro-level lens! Great construction, Great quality.

     
    superb!
    By nate the greatVerified Reviewer from Chicago, IL on 6/14/2010
    Pros:
    Easy To Use, Improves Picture Quality
    Best Uses:
    Shooting Outdoors
    Describe Yourself:
    Tech Savvy
    Bottom Line:
    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Comments about Nikon Nikon 70-200mm F2.8 G ED VR II Lens:

    this lens has amazing image quality and even improved the resolution on my d300s

    [4 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

     
    Solid Performance - Tack Sharp Photos -
    By DavidVerified Reviewer from Buffalo Grove, Illinois on 12/8/2009
    Describe Yourself:
    Semi-pro Photographer
    Pros:
    Consistent Output, Quick Focus, Rugged, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction
    Cons:
    Heavy
    Best Uses:
    Landscape Photography, Night Photography, Sports/Action, Wildlife
    Bottom Line:
    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Comments about Nikon Nikon 70-200mm F2.8 G ED VR II Lens:

    I use this lens to photograph sporting events where speed, sharpness and control are paramount. This lens exceeds expectations by every measure. The new VRII coupled with F2.8 continuous aperture allow for precise shooting in low light situations where sharpness and fast focus are critical. The detail captured in every shot is something you'll have to see to believe. This new lens will see lots of use by me!

    [5 of 6 customers found this review helpful]

     
    A Pro's Bread & Butter Lens
    By JohnRVerified Reviewer from Fairfax, VA on 12/5/2009
    Describe Yourself:
    Semi-Professional
    Pros:
    Consistent Output, Designed better than VR1, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Quick Focus, Rugged, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction
    Best Uses:
    General Use, Landscape Photography, Night Photography, Portraits, Special Effects, Sports/Action, Upgrade, Wildlife
    Bottom Line:
    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Comments about Nikon Nikon 70-200mm F2.8 G ED VR II Lens:

    Version II is designed with more thought on how the lens will fit and feel in your hand than Version I. The zoom ring, focus ring and the rubber grip at the end are placed in a user friendly order, as they should. The rubber grip (ring) at the front of the lens takes alot of the weight off your arm and aids in stabilizing the lens. Focus is blazing fast and accurate, VR is quick to steady and lock the frame as seen thru the viewfinder. The color and sharpness of the photo's I have taken thus far are breath taking. Being a Pro lens the build quality is superb. The higher price you pay over Version I is justified. You are shooting with a lens built to be used on a FX camera, no dark corners.

    I use this on my D700 and it will certainly be used on my D90. Nikon, kudos to you.

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