AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
I am totally blown away by Nikon's newest VR II version. The VR II really does seem to be 'magical,' and will certainly help your low-light or tougher shots where extra support is unavailable.
It's a beast to carry around, so the higher end bodies (or a grip) is very helpful, but the astounding image, build, and general quality is more than worth it.
May 19, 2012
The 70-200mm f/2.8 is as sharp as any lens that I have used .. I'm trying to find a difference in my 85mm f/1.4 and this lens but can't .. It is heavy, but a joy to shoot with .. Shooting portraits is giving me better results than I expected .. The reach is nice, but it is certainly not a long zoom .. Overall, very sharp, with great auto focus times .. A nice addition to my arsenal ...
May 3, 2012
They say 'good things comes in small packages'
This lens is one of a kind lens, with the 2.8 aperture you can do a lot of good work.
I'd personaly recommend this lens, on the other side it is a little expensive not everybody can afford it but still it's a great lens.
January 7, 2012
i have no idea what type of photographer you are, nor do i know of and/or appreciate your abilities. suffice it to say, if you're considering this lens buy it. no other need for discussion, nor listening to the opinions of others (including mine) buy it, period end of sentence. it's worth it
December 31, 2011
I bought this lens a few months back. At the time I placed the order it was back ordered. The lens arrived when I was traveling and I did not have a chance to try it. By the time I used it, it was past 30 days. The lens had focusing issues when set on auto focus. The images manually focused were soft for certain distances. I had to send it to Nikon to get it fixed. Although they fixed it for free, I had to pay $60 for one way shipping.I was in disbelief that I paid $2300 for the piece of gear that was defective and wondered if nikon does a quality check on its products at all especially on their so called pro gear that they sell at steep prices.
December 20, 2011
An excellent upgrade from the VR1
I received the lens last week so have not given it a thorough test but my initial range of shots have been impressive. What I hoped for when buying the lens was to match the contrast and full-frame sharpness of Nikon's other new professional zooms, the 14-24 and the 24-70, and I have not been disappointed. I have not tried it out with portraits or events but am confident the focal lengths of the lens will satisfy my needs in these areas. Strong build quality gives me confidence that the lens will hold up.
October 24, 2011
Performs as advertised
I received the AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 ED VRII refurbished lens on 10/12/2011 from the Nikon Store and immediately put it to work with my D200.The conditions were a typical Fall Western PA late afternoon, that being gloomy and gray. The lens performed as advertised. The colors of the remaining flowers were vibrant and and the VR system works great with a lens weighing more than three pounds.
October 13, 2011
it,s very sturdy
Haven't used it much yet, since I only had it for a couple of weeks, but hope to try it a lot in the near future. It seems very well built and have not noticed any thing as yet. Very proud to own one.
September 26, 2011
Sharper than my kitchen knife!
I bought this lens along with the D700 and have to say it is FANTASTIC! The image is tack sharp even at the widest aperture. It focuses right on the subject and hardly have the focus hunting issue. The VR system serves well in low light situation but it drains a lot of battery. Its weight is also another con - definitely not a lens for travelling unless you are in need of image quality or don't mind carrying. However, there is a breathing problem issue with this lens. There is a very small amount of dust that make its way into the lens over time - it does not affect image quality though. Overall, this lens is amazing. If you have enough bucks for this fantastic glass then I see no reason to pass it.
September 21, 2011
One of Nikon's sharpest lenses
Performance typically boils down to two things: autofocus speed and sharpness. So let's just cut to the chase: this is one of Nikon's sharpest lenses, and the AF-S system works just as fast and as quietly on this lens as it does on any other.
Beautiful bokeh. Gorgeous out-of-focus rendering, perhaps as good as any existing Nikkor.
September 19, 2011
A must for night football
For dark nights at high school fields, this lens has proven to be a reliable asset for sports shooting. The VR feature does make a big difference in getting fast action shots during a pan as players move through the frame.
September 15, 2011
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