AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II
Words barely do it justice...
It would be impossible for me to compare the 200 VRII to lenses I have never used, but suffice it to say, you would be hard pressed to find a better piece of glass to put in your arsenal, regardless of manufacturer or price. I had recently purchased the legacy AF85 1.4, and never having owned the lens previously, was truly impressed by the image rendition for portrait work. Since the 200VRII, I now only use the 85 for portraits if there's not enough working distance for the 200. Nano-coat, Super ED glass, VRII... all come together to create a masterpiece. The VR is amazing, as is the AF speed and accuracy. Bokeh- everything you could ever ask for and then some. Sharpness and contrast wide open- beyond belief. If you buy this lens with the intention of shooting everything stopped down two stops to maximize sharpness, you're just wasting your money. F/2.0-4.0 is where the magic happens. At the same time, diffraction at the other end of the F-stop scale is not worth mentioning- a feat in itself. As if all this weren't enough, the real secret stunner is color rendition. Colors are vibrant and saturated, and flesh tones are simply perfect; like no other 35mm lens I've ever used. This lens, the 200 2.0 VRII, is a statement to the world. That statement is this- "Nikon makes great lenses. A few are spectacular. But if you really want to see state of the art....."
December 28, 2011
This lens is very heavy, very expensive . . .and worth every cent. This is the best indoor sports lens on the planet . . . period. Nothing I can write can do this lens justice. Unless you are planning on owning this lens, I would not recommend ever using it. Once you use it, you will never be happy with anything else. Prior to using and purchasing this lens I used the 70-200VRII for 95% of my indoor sports shots. I haven't used that lens in over a year. . . not even once.
June 15, 2011
I am very pleased with this lenses it improved me
I feel so sorry for the time I lost with other lenses now I have the power and the qulity in my hand.
April 15, 2011
Versatile and Amazing images
I do a substancial amount of inside sports photography where focal length is secondary to aperture and speed. This lens is by far the nicest piece of glass I have ever worked with...period. The files produced are amazing to work with and the speed, color and sharpness for high speed indoor action are unmatched! A hefty investment but worth every penny!
April 14, 2011
Although I have heard a lot of praise for this lens nothing can prepare one for the clarity that comes through the first time you see images on the monitor or light box. It simple is a legend in its time.
March 23, 2011
Best glass there is
This lens is probably one of the finest glass you'll find at any price. The quality and optics are superb with a smashing bokeh. One of the best investments I've ever made.
November 14, 2010
Rapid Auto Focus, Amazingly Tack Sharp
I use this with a D800. The speed of this lens makes it terrific for challenging light as in indoor sports and outdoor shade. It feels solid and has excellent ergonomics. Perfect focal length for playing field and gym. The auto focus is quick enough to instantly grab moving subjects and uses camera battery a little faster than one sees for smaller lenses so a second battery is sometimes needed for long shoots. Focus button on lens is handy. Images are astonishingly tack sharp. Despite its heft, it can be used hand-held in the right circumstances. Pleasingly soft background really makes the subject pop. I have encountered no ghosting when shooting toward light source. None of the reviews to date mentioned the superb case it comes with which is an important practical consideration for protecting and toting a large, valuable lens.
June 13, 2015