AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
Best Lens I've Ever Owned
The speed and precision on this lens are top notch! I cannot say enough for it's image quality, color, even the weight. I like a nice heavy lens, it makes you feel powerful and when I see my images, I feel that power and passion. This alongside the 24-70mm are the only match a photographer needs... and of course the little sister 50mm 1.8... it's the Corvette of lenses... which makes the 70-200 the Viper!
April 14, 2011
Fast and Accurate
I have this lens on a Nikon D300s with an MD-D10 battery pack, and I use it mainly for photographing sports with our four children, in everything from dimly lit gymnasiums to sunny outdoor stadiums. Beyond its low-light capabilities, a remarkable quality of this lens is its autofocus speed under all conditions. When used in continuous focus mode it is lightning quick, and always very sharp. It is much faster at focusing than my Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm f4.5-5.6G IF-ED, my other outdoor sports telephoto (and not a bad lens). The 70-200m 2.8 is heavy and difficult to handhold for several hours, but it can be done when you don't want to carry extra gear. This lens makes it easy to isolate a player in tack-sharp focus from the action in front of and behind the subject. A great lens, price appropriately for its level of performance.
April 14, 2011
This is by far the best telephoto zoom lens I have ever owned. Very sharp, fast auto focus, and an excellent VR system. This lens is an excellent choice for shooting action in low light. My only complaint is the price. It's VERY expensive so you'll want to take good care of this lens.
April 14, 2011
great lens. sharp and the lower aperature makes it great. the bokeh you can get off it, the added speed for sports and nature, is fantastic. the only thing i hate about it is the weight, but that's what you pay for, when you want the speed. not a big deal if you drive to your locations, but it's a pain to lug around...
April 14, 2011
At first I was a bit hesitant to buy this lens due to the price. I was thinking of getting the sigma OS version mainly due to the fact that it's available in my country and was cheaper. I tried it but decided to take the jump into the nikon one and bought it online. I must say that when I received I found it to be relatively heavy on my D300s but after several use I completely forgot about the weight and find it well balanced with a MB D10 attached. The colour, contrast and the bokeh are simply awesome compared to the sigma. The VR II allows me to shoot at 1/20 and still get fantastic shots. It is very durable and well weather sealed. It sometimes got wet in the rain but after a quick dry I could shoot again. I really like the versatility of the zoom even thougth on a DX DSLR it narrows the field of view but I like it as I am more into the wildlife photography. For this instance I bought the Nikon TC-20E III 2x Teleconverter for this beast to shoot birds. The output is fantastic and the focus is dead on. The lens now remains on my D300s most of the time and I carry it often to school. The only downside is the fact that the focal length change. It's not a big problem for me as my subjects are mostly far away but for the pros out there who use it for portraits, they seem to be put off. Overall I love this lens and I think it is good for nearly everything.
April 13, 2011
Wonderfully fast and sharp tele-zoom
I borrowed this lens for a recent wedding shoot and couldn't have been happier with it. Super sharp and the AF was lightning fast. Highly recommended.
March 28, 2011
New 70-200mm VR II is impressive
It focuses twice as fast as the older 70-200mm and SHARP!! I didn’t think the new 70-200mm could get any sharper, but it does. If you’re a Pro, it’s worth the addition expense. Whether your doing portrait or sports with a wide open lens, you will be impressed.
March 16, 2011
AFS-70-200MM F/2.8 VR ll
Nikon really stepped up their game with this one.
This is a very expensive tool for an amature photographer / collector. The lens is packaged very nicely with a nice soft case, and a soft cover instruction manual. The lens is heavy but very well balanced, and the new tripod foot is perfect for me. I hold the tripod foot when shooting. With the vr and fast F/2.8 I do not need a tripod. The lens is very sharp wide open, and the boken is beautiful. This lens handles much better than the 80-200mm F/2.8 that it replaces in my collection, and the new soft case is easy to transport, so I will use this lens a lot more. I am hoping that Nikon will produce a 35-150mm focal length just like this one, but a little cheaper. If there is any negative with this lens it is not a close focusing lens. It is best used at medium to far distances. This lens is new to me ,so I am just so excited by this lens.
March 10, 2011
This is one sweet lens!
This lens is great. I use it mainly for shooting Portraits, Wildlife, Sports, Concerts, but will also use it for many other types of Photography.
The color and contrast are beautiful. It has extremely sharp and lightning-fast focus. The VR II enables this lens to perform extremely well in some very difficult situations. The SWM makes it great for Nature but also during weddings and in situations where noise is a negative.
It will go everywhere with me.
Nikon held nothing back when developing this one... BAM, right on target!
March 8, 2011
This lens is very sharp and creates creamy bokeh, just the way I like it. Get it, you would not regret your purchase. I use mine on my D90 & D7K.
March 2, 2011
Preaching to the Choir
I know I am just another of the big fans of this lens, but I wanted to add my voice to the chorus of believers. The price of this lens kept me from getting it for a good while, so I wasted a lot of money getting other lenses that emulated this beauty. It is, hands down, the best in this range. It is fast, sharp, accurate and down right fun to use.
Nikon got it right on this one!
January 23, 2011
One of the best lenses I have ever used. Extremely sharp and very fast focus.
January 13, 2011
The lighting conditions typically necessary for shooting a telephoto lens can be a real obstacle, but this unbelievably fast lens is up to the challenge. It excels at creating crisp, vivid images where I would not have thought it possible. Thus far I have been shooting without a tripod and am simply amazed at what I can get away with. It allows incredible portraits and sports/action shots. The vibration reduction is clearly very effective. Quiet, smooth operation, which is completely unobtrusive. Heavy and perhaps costly, yes, but this is the price for stellar performance. I have no reservation recommending this lens- you will not be disappointed!
December 27, 2010
An exceptional but heavy lens
I have had this lens for a while now. I still quiver when I see how sharp and steady it is even in my unsteady hand.
It's low light capabilities are unreal but it's portrait range is as unreal. From 70mm to 200mm it is a distinct lens producing exceptional images.
Pricey? Yes, but does it produce? Absolutely and beyond expectations even up close.
I love it!
November 8, 2010
Superb Lens - Great Investment
This is the best lens I've ever been lucky enough to own. The focus is super-fast and spot-on every time. Sharpness is superb at every aperture zoomed to 200mm, and is even very good wide open at 70mm. I use this lens with an APS-C sensor (D300S). Hopefully soon I will be able to step up to a full-frame sensor and take full advantage of this lens.
I tried the Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 and was severely disappointed. Even though the Tamron ran less than half the price, you really get what you pay for. The lens had terrible focus problems, was loud, and had questionable build quality compared to the Nikkor IMHO.
The only two lenses you need are the 70-200 f/2.8 VRII and the 50mm f/1.4G for everyday shooting or portraits.
October 25, 2010
Every Nikon photographer needs to own this lens. It is very sharp and focuses almost faster than I can press the button.
My only real complaint isn't a real complaint at all; its just not tight enough for my daily use on my D700. I need it to get closer for sports.
October 20, 2010
I love the lens. I know it says that it weighs more than my 80-200, but it just doesn't seem like it. I believe it is better balanced. Sharpness is great, but I would not say its better than the 80-200. Then again I'm still using a three year old D300. So your results may vary. It is very sharp however and the corners are way better than the 80-200. The lens focuses way faster of course. The VR works great, just remember if your subject is moving, this is not the cure for that. A great purchase, although expensive, it was worth it! All images are un- edited, straight from camera. Set on neutral color mode, and +1 saturation.
September 28, 2010
Simply The Best
I love this lens. Great build, super performance, image quality is fantastic, and of course focus is fast and accurate. In my many years using Nikon products, this is easily one of the best. Worth every penny, and I am sure will pay for itself.
As much as I love and need this lens, you have to be honest with yourself if it's right for you. I make my income with imaging, so for me it's a perfect fit. However, even if you are a serious hobbyist, it may be overkill. It costs a king's ransom, and is significantly heavier than the consumer grade lenses out there. Simply put, you will not be taking this lens out on vacation. Way too big and heavy.
I would also recommend using a Rapid R strap, or a similar strap system for a camera with this lens. It will certainly help during your work day.
September 28, 2010
Must Have For Sports Photography
If you're going to be doing a lot of sports photography this is must lens. The fast auto focus is tremendous!! So far I've used it for an IRL race, NHRA, and MotoGP and have come away with very sharp pictures. It's also good for portrait use with it's excellent Bokeh. You won't be disappointed with this purchase.
September 17, 2010
Great lens, except for a front focus issue
This is my first "pro" Nikkor lens, and after reading all the stellar reviews, I was expecting perfection. The build quality is obviously a step up from the other consumer-grade Nikkors I've bought, and in most respects it's a terrific product, but unfortunately a significant percentage of my images were not sharp - certainly much less consistent than my 300mm f/4 Nikkor.
I eventually downloaded a focus test chart and discovered the lens has a severe front-focus problem. I had to use a +18 autofocus fine tune setting on my D300 to correct the problem. My backup camera body lacks the focus correction feature, so I can' t use it on that camera.
I'm wondering if Nikon will replace this lens with one that focuses correctly.
September 17, 2010
Outstanding pro lens
I bought this lens for nature, event and portrait photography and couldn't be happier. Amazingly sharp at f/2.8 (even at the image edges) it is ideal for portrait and low light photography. VR II is extremely effective - I've shot handheld as slow as 1/8 sec with tack sharp results and It balances well on my D700. Bokeh is absolutely beautiful. I recommend this lens without reservation. If you can afford it, get it.
September 14, 2010
Excellent High Performance Lens
A great addition to my Nikon lens collection (24-70mm 2.8 and 14-24mm 2.8). This one lives up to the others in terms of performance. It feels like it will last forever, a bit on the heavy side but expected with this caliber of lens.
September 1, 2010
VR is invaluable
I shoot 95% available light. You don't know what you are missing (VR) until you try a VR lens. I did low light comparison tests (no VR and VR on) at 200mm, and VR makes a huge difference. I have a very steady hand, but VR gave me at least 2 extra stops of shutter speed.
August 24, 2010
Heavy, but WOW!
This lens is a heavy one...weighs more than the camera and needs a hardy arm to handle. But "holy cow!" at the ability of this lens to get your moment in low light. Beautiful output.
August 14, 2010
Absolutely love this lens. It is perferct for outdoor or indoor sports.
August 11, 2010
I've owned 3 different generations of this same lens and they each have been excellent. If I could only have 2 lenses, this would be one of them.
August 10, 2010
This lens replaced the original 70-200mm 2.8 VR lens which had issues with the FX format, This lens is FANTASTIC, I would put it in the same class as a prime lens as it has sharpness I have never seen in a zoom lens. We use this lens mostly to shoot Celebrity Children. I would not hesitate to suggest this lens to anyone. Great job NIKON
August 8, 2010
Portraits and sporting events but always on the other body no matter what the shoot is, its absolutely wonderful. Has become my favorite lens for sporting events. Wonderful balance and tack sharp, a typical NIKON high quality lens. You will absolutely be more than pleased with this lens.
August 7, 2010
It's unbelievable that anyone could handhold a 200mm lens and it still be sharp but with this lens it is. I absolutely love this lens. In my opinion it's the best zoom lens on the market. It's a little heavy but the picture quality makes it worth it. Buy it.
August 4, 2010
The absolute best!
Matched up with my D300 results in a sweet combo that does not disappoint on any front. Very fast focus for taking eagle photos along the Mississippi.
August 4, 2010