AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II
I have drooled over this lens since the very first version but never took the plunge until I reached the point of shooting almost entirely natural light images. I have all the high end zooms which I guess have their place but now I have the beautiful primes, the 24mm f/1.4, the 85mm f/1.4, and now the 200mm f/2.0. I have had the 600mm f/4.0 for a long time but that's really for my wildlife endeavors. Of all the lenses I own or have ever owned if I could only have one lens for ever more it would be this 200mm. The images are unlike anything else. It's so razor sharp at f/2.0 on a D810 that it blows my mind. And I'm a bit of a pixel peeper in that I like to shoot a person and be able to see my reflection in the pupil of their eye. No problem with this lens, even shooting them full length. Of course the backgrounds look like a Rembrandt painting all soft and artsy. And that makes the subject really grab your attention. I thought about buying a refurbished lens of an earlier version but I'm happy I didn't. This thing focuses so fast you can easily keep up with someone dancing around using the back button focus method time after time nailing shot after shot. This is one of those lenses that you'll use for the rest of your life. So the cost while high is not unreasonable when you calculate all the images you will produce with it. Really if you are reading this and giving serious consideration to purchasing it you already know what it is and you're just looking for someone to give you the thumbs up before taking the plunge. So here it is, go ahead and buy it. I guarantee you after shooing with it just once or twice you will forget how much it cost.
April 19, 2015
BIG... VERY BIG! BOLD... VERY BOLD! BEAUTIFUL... AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL!!!
I love shooting portraits... I love my 85mm 1.4... Well, now i love my 200mm F2... Bokeh on this lens is second to none.
March 16, 2013
May b i m d first person in kerala , this lense is using, m so happy with dis sharpness and quality, loved d bokeh, VR 2 is working well, so i can shoot withut tripod, m using it with nikon d3x, realy enjoying d shooting nw, i ve already 135mm f2, 85 mm 1.4 , 50mm 1.4, 105mm 2.8, 180mm, 70-200 , 2.8 ,20mm, 24mm, 16mm fish eye, 24-70, 2.8, etc.....
but no lense can compare with dis lense,
January 22, 2013
A well deserved 'Nikkor legend'
I'm a very passionate and serious photo enthusiast with a great appreciation for quality and fine engineering. I purchased the 200 f2 VRII about 6 months ago, partially as an additional tool for shooting indoor sports, but I have to admit a lot of it had to do with the tremendous reputation this lens
(and the previous 200 f2 VRI) possesses. I have not been disappointed in the least. I own several other high-end Nikkor lenses to include the 300 f2.8 VR and the 500 f4 VRII, and this 200 f2 is fast becoming my 'favorite of favorites'. Image quality is stunning even when shot wide open at f2. I've found the lens to retain a very high quality when shooting with my Nikon teleconverters as well. A simply spectacular lens!
June 24, 2012
If could only have one lens -- This IS that lens
I am not a pro, but rather a passionate 'photo junkie' striving for pro like perfection in my images. Heavy, awkward, expensive, this lens is like medicine -- sometimes bitter or painful to take, but the end results -- priceless. Wide open, there isn't a lens in my cabinet that can compete with this awesome marvel crafted by the Nikon brain thrust. Natural light, low light, moon light -- nothing escapes. And the images -- pro like. At least to my 'unqualified' eyes. :)
I HIGHLY recommend this lens.
February 20, 2012