AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
Is no.t durable
This is the second time the autofocus has stopped working, so dependability is not good. I am so far pleased with customer service, so shall see with the current situation. I really baby my equipment so am concerned this will be an ongoing issue.
August 23, 2011
Love this lens!
I purchased this lens to have for an up-coming wedding. I'm always worried that I won't have enough light in the chapel or church. The lens comes with a very nice lens case with shoulder strap. This is good because the lens is heavy. I immediately took a few test shots and the results were amazing. The bokeh on this lens is superb. I've attached a photo of Astro, my Westie. He was my first outside test shot. I have been testing in low light as well, and the lens is perfect for me. I would highly recommend this lens to anyone who needs a faster lens.
August 18, 2011
Whoa amazing lens
The best glass, I have ever bought! Here are a few pictures of what it can do. "Pictures are worth a thousand words" :)
I used the AF-S Teleconverter TC-17E II to increase focal lens.
August 14, 2011
I got this lens 5 days ago and it has hardly been off my camera since then. The pictures turn out clear and sharp and the range on the lens makes it capable of photographing almost anything. I like to use it for wildlife photography. This is a must have lens and in my opinion is the best lens Nikon makes.
August 10, 2011
I recently upgraded from the 80-200 AF-D to this lens, and can't sing its praises loudly enough! The ability to slow down 4 stops is incredible (1/13 @ 200mm handheld), though for weddings and portraits I won't go below 1/100 (which is the difference between f/2.8 and f/4 for more DoF, or ISO 1600 and ISO 800 for more detail). It's also got rounded diaphragm blades, so the bokeh is a bit smoother.
It's quite heavy when added to my D700/grip + FlexTT5 + SB-900, so I guess it's time to either add the wrist-strap or do some forearm exercises.
Who should buy this lens? Anybody who MUST have clear, crisp images at long focal lengths and can't risk camera-shake.
August 1, 2011
One of the best lenses I have ever used.
This lens is simply one of the best. Quality is outstanding, optics are the highest grade, it's not all that heavy! I expected it to weigh a lot more, but it manages to do very well. In harsh lighting conditions, this lens pulls through for me. Today's ISO standards, F2.8 lenses get you exactly what you want in a photograph without worrying about too much noise and grain. -
Shooting sports, this lens is first to go into my gearbag and stay on my camera. (If i can get court/fieldside) If you were looking for the best zoom lens that brings you the fastest autofocusing, the most crisp picture, this lens is perfect.
Major pro's of this lens : Tripod Collar / Removable foot. Do you have ANY idea how great it is to be able to remove that foot? Go use competitors lenses, if you can't remove it, chances are it's going to drive you crazy.
Dust/Weather sealing is one of the best. I've tried Wild life photography with this lens, and let me tell you, sitting and waiting for an hour and a half, your palms tend to get sweaty, I completely forgot I can damage the lens by letting moisture in. Nothing to worry about! Just wipe it off!
Con: The only downside I can find with this lens, is the coating's on the front element are fairly easy to come off. hard to scratch. I can tell you that much. but if something with sharp enough edges were to brush against the front of the lens, you can lose some of that coating.
Overall, This lens will not disappoint.
August 1, 2011
Excellent Image stability
with the new VRII this lense really does what it portends.. I cannot recomend this too highly..
July 30, 2011
One of the best Nikkor lenses i've always used,
very fast focusing, good vibration reduction!
Before that I owned the AFS 80-200mm f/2.8
that was very good too!
July 25, 2011
I love this lens. So sharp. Rarely off my camera since I got it. Thank you Nikon!
July 23, 2011
Very solid lens to use
As an update from the older 80-200/f2.8D type lens, this is quite a solid lens and is well-built. From the heft, it's going to be able to handle a lot of use and abuse that any photographer might toss at it. It's also quite a fast lens in terms of its focusing. I love how it zips from near to far in almost no time! Great to have in one's arsenal of lenses for general and sports photography! The cost is, in my opinion, well worth it!
July 7, 2011
Meets and Exceeds My Expectations
This was my 1st 2.8 lense and it has met and exceeded my expectations - allows me to take great pictures in variable lighting conditions and I get great action shots which provides exceptional depth of field contrasts.
June 26, 2011
I bought this lens three months ago and it has been my lens of first choice. I have used it to cover two Magicians conventions four weeks with outstanding results. I can some tight shots without having to walk up to the edge of a stage and becoming a distraction.
Next up is a rodeo then an Indy car race.
June 25, 2011
Wow, Wow, Wow. That is all I could say after using this lens. This lens is so sharp and produces unbelievable colors.
June 22, 2011
BEST LENS I'VE EVER USED
I asked the salesman at [my favorite local Nikon dealer; Nikon says I can't say where] what he thought of this lens. He said, "We refer to it as 'God's eye' if that tells you anything."
It did. I bought it. The nickname is well deserved.
All focusing is inside the lens, as it should be, and no moving barrel to get gummed up. If only the 24-70 were as well designed.
June 17, 2011
Excellent choice for all
I am grateful Nikon produced such a wonderful lens and I was in a position to afford the product. I have no complaints--just praises for the quality and optic performance.
June 6, 2011
This is the best lens. Quality and speed like no other. Highly recommended!
June 3, 2011
What a great lens! I had read many good reviews of this lens and it turns out, they're true!
May 31, 2011
Solid build and great results
I was previously using a 55-200mm f4.5-5 Nikon lense which is great general lense b/c of its range for it's size/weight. I just purchased this 70-200mm f/2.8 lense and have to say that the picture quality is probably 3x the clarity, particularly when comparing under indoor zoom situations. My family does karate and in the dojo with fluorescent lights, my other lense would take nice pictures but they tended to be grainy and leave ghosting effects unless I used the flash. I just took 200+ pictures of action in the dojo without the flash and they looked great. White balance was a bit "off" but that is probably more to do with my settings and conditions than anything else (was I under a light or in between light banks).
This is a "beast" to hold, but worth it for the results. Extremely solid build quality.
May 31, 2011
The Ultimate 70-200
I used to have the Nikon AF-S 70-200 VR and it was a good lens, but it felt cumbersome, unbalanced and I had primes that would beat it most of the time, especially at distance. I sold that lens and got a 70-200 VRII.
The 70-200 VRII is a world of difference. Number one is it's very sharp, at any and all focal lengths, even wide-open. Better color, contrast, faster-more accurate focus and the VRII is amazing. It handles much better and is much more well-balanced.
I no longer have any primes that beat this wonder-lens at equal apertures. This is the lens I go to automatically if I need the range of 70-200. Best lens I've ever owned.
The ONLY drawback I've found with this lens is the lens hood. On one hand, it has a better lock than the older version, but on the other hand, the hood seems short and the petal edges are rounded so you can't stand the lens on its hood on standby when you need it fast. I have found a different hood that takes it's place and I now keep the original hood in the box.
May 30, 2011
Nikkor 70-200 f2.8 vr II
I have the D700 with this lens and I am amazed at the results, WOW!! Super sharp glass for shooting weddings, sports, and portraits. Contrast is super, auto focus is spot on, my first vr lens, no need for a tripod, bump up the ISO and go.
May 9, 2011
Best lens I have ever used. It's well worth the price. This lens is fast and very crisp. The only downside is that it's heavy. It's very solid feeling and seems like it will last a very long time.
May 3, 2011
MULTIPLE USES FOR THIS LENS
I find this lens excellent for shooting sporting events, Bicycle races Basketball games etc. One of the better lenses of my nikon assortment.
April 23, 2011
This has proven to be one of the best Nikkor lenses that I have ever owned. It is truly fantastic!
April 22, 2011
This lens does what you want it to do.
This is my new favorite lens. I have takes some great action and landscape shots. What is nice also, is that the physical length stays the same wether you are at 70mm or 200mm.
April 20, 2011
If I could only have two lenses the 70-200 VRII would be the first pick! Though hefty and expensive for an amateur, this lens is the best of the best! I am a hiker and seldom carry a tripod and depend on the VRII for amazing sharp photos. Add the AF-S Teleconverter TC-17E 1.7x and my D300 shoots with a 510mm lens.
April 19, 2011
I tried this lens for about two months, and found it to be way too heavy, poorly balanced and subject to considerable lens flare. I switched to a more recent version of the 80-200mm f2.8 ED Nikkor zoom, and found it to be extremely sharp and well balanced . . . . a much better lens all the way around.
April 18, 2011
This lens has a very fast focus
This lens has a very fast focus and the quality of pictures is very good. I would recommend this lens for anyone. I use it for almost all of my outdoor photos, portraits, landscapes, animals, and general shooting. Its versatility makes it unique and by adding a teleconverter, you can enjoy more zoom with very good results. My advice, BUY IT.
April 18, 2011
My go to lens
The 70-200 VR II lens is definitely my "Go to" lens for most of my wedding and lifestyle portrait work now. I was a big fan of the first version of this lens, but the latest incarnation of this classic is simply awesome! I shoot a lot of weddings in varied conditions including very low light and the ability of this lens to capture sharp contrasty images "wide open" at very slow shutter speeds due to the VR II and excellent optics, and to deliver, fast, accurate focus in low light has helped me to deliver images that my clients simply love when other photographers simply can't even get the shot. When photography is how you support your family, you need the best, most reliable, tools available and this lens delivers, time and time again.
April 18, 2011
Best lens ever used
I am an advanced amateur and have been doing photography for over 30 years. The AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II is clearly the best lens I have ever used. It renders great detail in the subject and the scene. Images are colorful and high in contrast. The lens handles flare very well. Great lens for portraits, weddings, indoor events and low-light photography.
April 18, 2011
Optical perfection + mechanical excellence!
The AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II has become my workhorse lens. Over a wide variety of conditions, and without apparent effort, it gives consistent optical performance that hovers somewhere between perfection and the merely excellent. This extraordinarily piece of glass performs way beyond my previous expectations in all departments: speed, contrast, sharpness corner-to-corner even at f/2.8; no chromatic aberration to speak of. Surprisingly little lens flare if sunlight falls on front element. VR II together with the D700's excellent high-ISO performance yields sharp hand held shots even when it's really too dark to see well. My only issue is minor: the lens hood does not always find its groove first time and I often have to try again to click it into place. My advice: Don't buy another photographic accessory until you've saved up enough money for this lens...it's not cheap, but the results are priceless! It does the job so well, I don't even mind the weight. Congratulations, Nikon, day after day you make my day!!!
April 17, 2011