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Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Lens

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Product Highlights

  • F Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to 22
  • Three ED & One Super ED Elements
  • Nano Crystal & Super Integrated Coating
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System
  • Nikon VR II Image Stabilization
  • Internal Focus; Manual Focus Override
  • Weather-Sealed; Meniscus Front Lens
  • Detachable, Rotating Tripod Collar
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
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The AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Lens from Nikon is an extremely fast telephoto lens, capable of capturing powerful images in a variety of situations. Its superior light-gathering capabilities and 200mm focal length make it a great option for shooting in the field. A rotating tripod collar with a detachable shoe is present, providing superior balance when shooting with a tripod or monopod.

Professionals covering weddings, sporting events, and fashion shows will appreciate its reach, image quality, and fast aperture. The lens features Nikon's Vibration Reduction (VR) II system, which can deliver up to three stops of correction -- allowing you to shoot in dimly-lit environments, without sacrificing image sharpness.

The lens features a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for quick, quiet, and accurate autofocus. Its Internal Focusing (IF) system allows for the movement of the optical elements internally, eliminating the need for the barrel to extend or retract during focusing. Three focus modes are available -- A/M, M/A, and M. A/M mode ensures that autofocus is always active, even when the focus ring is moved manually. M/A mode allows you to override the autofocus system by moving the focus ring, and M mode provides good ol' fashioned manual focus.

The lens features both focus memory and limitation settings. You'll be able to lock focus on a specific item and save the focus point in your camera's memory by pressing the "Memory Set" button on the lens. Simply press "Memory Recall" at any time to set the lens back to that focus setting. This is a great choice for sports photographers who are in a stationary position but would like to quickly return focus to a point of frequent action -- such as a basketball hoop or home plate. The focus limitation function allows you limit the distance at which the lens has to hunt for focus, speeding autofocus operation.

A nine blade aperture smoothes the out of focus background of an image, delivering bokeh that is extremely pleasing to the eye and dramatically separating your subject from the background. The lens also boasts Nikon's Tripod Detection Mode, which allows you to leave VR on when shooting on a tripod. The minute vibrations associated with tripod use are compensated for, further increasing image sharpness.

You needn't be an optics expert to appreciate the care that Nikon has taken in designing this lens. It is constructed of 13 optical elements arranged in 9 groups. These include 3 Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements and one Super ED glass element, which work to minimize chromatic aberration -- even at f/2. The lens features Nikon's exclusive Nano-Crystal Coat, which minimizes flare -- even in backlit situations. It is also coated with Nikon's Super Integrated Coating (SIC), which further aids flare reduction and improves color consistency.

The lens can be used on Nikon FX and DX DSLRs. It is a "G" series, which means that there is no physical aperture ring -- the aperture must be controlled by the camera. When used on a DX camera, the lens provides the equivalent field of view of a 300mm lens in the 35mm format, which is a boon to nature and sports photographers looking for a little extra reach and increased depth of field.

Fast, Prime Telephoto Lens
Upgraded, fast, f/2 prime telephoto lens with Nikon VR II image stabilization and Nano Crystal Coat produces razor sharp images under the most demanding conditions including indoor sports, wildlife or portraiture.
Rugged Construction
Featuring enhanced dust and moisture-resistance, magnesium die-cast barrel construction and a protective meniscus front lens.
Nikon VR II (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization
Vibration Reduction, engineered specifically for each VR NIKKOR lens, enables handheld shooting at up to 3 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper still images and video capture.
Super ED Glass Element
Super ED glass excels at eliminating secondary spectrum and correcting chromatic aberration and offers low refractive index and lower dispersion. Also Super ED Glass is more resilient to rapid temperature changes.
Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
Enables fast, accurate and quiet autofocus.
Three Focus Modes
A/M mode joins the familiar M/A and M modes, enhancing AF control versatility with fast, secure switching between auto and manual focus to accommodate personal shooting techniques.
Internal Focus (IF)
Provides fast and quiet autofocus without changing the length of the lens, retaining working distance throughout the focus range.
3 Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) Elements
Offers superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration, even at the widest aperture settings.
Nano Crystal Coat
Further reduces ghosting and internal lens flare across a wide range of wavelengths for even greater image clarity.
Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC)
Enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and reduced flare.
Automatic Tripod Detection Mode
Engages VR image stabilization when mounted on a tripod to minimize camera shake that occurs at shutter release.
Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
Renders more natural appearance of out-of-focus image areas.
Fully Compatible with Nikon Teleconverters
Full functionality with Nikon Teleconverters for extended telephoto reach.
Performance
Focal Length 200mm
Comparable 35mm Equivalent on DX Format Focal Length: 300 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of View 12° 20'
DX Picture Angle: 8°
Minimum Focus Distance 6.2' (2 m)
Magnification 0.12x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:8
Elements/Groups 13/9
Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar Yes Removable - rotating
Physical
Filter Thread Drop-in:52 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 4.9 x 8.0" (12.45 x 20.32 cm)
Weight 6.46 lb (2.93 kg)
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Lens
  • LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
  • HK-31 Slip-On Lens Hood for AF-S VR Nikkor 200mm f/2.0 Lens
  • 52mm Clear NC Glass Filter
  • LN-1 Lens Strap
  • Dedicated Slip-On Front Lens Cap
  • Dedicated Slip-In Filter Holder
  • CL-L1 Ballistic Nylon Semi-Soft Lens Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Limited 4-Year USA Extension upon Registration
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    NikonAF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Lens
     
    4.9

    (based on 31 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Nice bokeh (23)
    • Strong construction (22)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (20)
    • Consistent output (15)
    • Durable (11)

    Cons

    • Heavy (16)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (22)
    • Sports/action (19)
    • Weddings (14)
    • Wildlife photos (12)
    • Landscape/scenery (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (13), Pro photographer (8), Semi-pro photographer (8)
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    5.0

    Vale la pena lo que se paga

    By watchao

    from Republica Dominicana

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Lens:

      Retrato

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      5.0

      Simply the Best

      By Amudgarden

      from Phoenix, MD

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Night Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Lens:

      I don't see how I can pay any higher compliment to a lens than to say I will go out of my way to find ways to use this amazing chunk of metal and glass. Part of what makes this lens so amazing is hard to describe...images come out with a sort of natural color distribution that is pleasing to the eye. It's not overly contrasty or supersaturated with popping colors. It just renders images exactly how you want them to look, and without much work on the photographers end. It's a great match for the D800 or D810, as the sheer resolving power of those cameras is well suited to pulling all of the detail and texture this lens can capture.

      This lens shines if you shoot it wide open at f/2. I love how it brings out the subject and melts the background away. There is hardly any noticeable color fringing or vignetting at f/2, and distortion is imperceptible.

      It's not light...but I typically use it hand held and have gotten used to its heft. It's a short lens, so that makes it somewhat easier to handle as that tends to mitigate it from being too "front-heavy". Autofocus is very quick and quiet.

      I don't shoot weddings, but I'd love the opportunity to see what this lens can do photographing newlyweds under a twilight sun.

      This lens really shines when you do portraiture...as I said before, it will really pull the subject out of a dreamy bokeh. It's also great for indoor sports, as you can shoot all day long at f/2 and experience little to no image degradation due to chromatic aberration or distortion. I've used it countless times in hideously lit gyms, and a simple adjust of the white balance in post and the image looks naturally well illuminated.

      Yeah, you have to pay a premium for this lens, but in this case, it's more than worth the investment. Obviously, this lens is tank-like in its construction, and I'm quite confident I'll be leaving it to one of my sons as it will outlast me.

      I'd recommend this lens to anyone who is willing to drop the significant initial investment to buy it. You will not regret it.

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      5.0

      This lens is a game changer...Period!

      By Golf007sd

      from La Jolla, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Lens:

      For those of you that are truly considering getting this amazing piece of glass, then you, my dear friend, are about to change everything you have ever done in taking a picture. Should you press the buy button, you will be joining a very rare club of photographers that demand far more than just a nice image. Their is nothing like this lens on the planet...not even the Zeiss Otus's can touch this lens in relation of over all performance. In short, it is a game changer.Before purchasing this lens, it was a toss up between it and the 300 2.8 VR II. I went with that lens first and it truly shines on all levels. I do not have any reservation in recommending the path I took to anyone. The 300 2.8 VR II has it advantages over this lens, and will allow you to do things that make it an outstanding partner to this lens. Hence, if you think getting this lens will some how make the 300 2.8 VR II mute, you are fooling yourself. Both of these lens are made to live together.The performance of this lens will leave you speech less (much like the 300 2.8). If you make the purchase, I would like to welcome you to the club and by all means, don't ever forget your other lenses. They do serve a purpose, even though each time you will think to yourself: "why can I not just have shoot with the 200 f/2?"A few additional items I highly recommend getting: replace the foot, with one that has is Arca Swiss (RRS make the best); get the Lenscoat protector for it; the Don Zeck Lens Cap, and lastly, the CPL from Nikon.

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      5.0

      Heavyweight Champion of the World!!!

      By Brian

      from Queens, NY

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Sports/Action

      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Lens:

      This lens is the "Mohammad Ali" of portraits. I can shoot with it in the middle of NYC Times Square and the background just blurs into a liquid swirl. Your photos will be so sharp they might cut you. The lens is indeed HEAVY and very LARGE! It is definitely not a lens to buy if you want to be inconspicuous.

      From what I have experienced so far shooting with this lens I can safely say that it will remain in my possession until the great asteroid hits the Earth and destroys every camera lens on the entire planet.

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      5.0

      "I would buy this product again and agai

      By M.E.Gant

      from Sarasota, FL

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Lens:

      how sharp it is

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      5.0

      Stellar Lens!!!

      By Kristopher Gerner

      from Wilmington, NC

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Lens:

        This is the most amazing lens I have ever used. Yes it is [$]K but if you can afford it buy it. .......

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        5.0

        Best glass I ever owned.

        By Pieria

        from Oceanside ny

        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Lens:

        I have owned almost most of the pro glass that nikon offers. From the holly trinity, 300 2.8 vr , 400 2.8 vr, and this lens is just amazing. Not to heavy for me , I currently own the 400 2.8 vr also, is just out of this world. The focal length for what I used it for is just perfect , and that is for portraits of my 2 year old, to football at high school games. Bokeh is just buttery smooth, the lens wide open is razor sharp, and it takes converters with no problem. Autofocus is on par with my 400 even a bit faster. This lens is a gem. Expensive for most yes ,but worth every penny.

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        5.0

        200 2

        By Nam

        from Johns Creek Georgia

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action

          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Lens:

          Bought the 200 2 to take pictures of my son's fencing tournament.
          As usual, the tournaments are located in high school gymn and/or cafeteria and the lighting is horrible.

          The 200 2 comes through beautifully.
          Focus is fast, very sharp.
          Th lens handles sport better than the 85 1.4.

          A bit on the heavy side so you need a tripod for extended use.

          I am used to shooting with the 70-200 2.8, the 80-400 VR, the Sigma 150-500 hand holding. But I cannot handhold the 200 2 for more than 15 minutes.

          Bokeh is incredible.

          I wish the lens comes with a lens cap.

          The soft pouch is a little bit flimsy for my taste.

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          5.0

          Nikon's Best

          By Gman

          from Midwest

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography
            • Night Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Lens:

            I have many of the Best Primes Nikon makes but for whatever reason I thought the 200/2 would fall into that category of lens that spend too much time on the shelf, the uses were too limited.

            I was wrong, this has quickly become my favorite lens. So much so that it will be my main lens w/800e
            on a trip to see the gorillas next month.

            Great lens even with the weight and stubby attitude. I should have bought this one years ago.

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            5.0

            unbelievable....

            By dp

            from MA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Night Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Lens:

            I'm not saying anything new when I say this lens is just a phenomenal piece of glass...my god, you read about speed, AF accuracy, btu until you try it, you have no idea what they are talking about. This is in a whole different category than the 14-24 f2.8, and the rest of it. It's everything you heard about and then some. My only cons are the potential for scratches on the front element, you have to leave to hood on, which takes up a lot of space, and the weight. It is a heavy lens, but with the VR II you can shoot hand held no problem. It's the carrying all day that tires you. But it's doable. Once back home and you see the IQ at f2, you realize it was worth it!

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            5.0

            Emperor of Bokeh

            By OC Mike

            from Orange County, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Portraits

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Portraits

              Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Lens:

              Emperor of Bokeh: Nikon 200mm f2. King of Bokeh: Nikon 85mm f1.4 (Either Old or New Versions, new version has less creamy edges but more sharp edges) The Nikon 200mm f2 shots need to be seen so that you can make your own judgements. The focus point is on his nose but his left eye (on rt) is sharpest. The subject just POPS!

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              5.0

              Astounding lens

              By Jabberwocke

              from Maryland

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Sports/Action

              Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Lens:

              I was happy with the 70-200mm f/2.8 until I bought this lens. It is outstanding in sharpness and bokeh, works well with teleconverters. Get a monopod and it is a photographic tool you won't believe.

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              5.0

              One picture= 1000 words

              By OC Mike

              from Orange County, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Lens:

                    The chaise lounge sits at the edge of the pool. The background is the pool water's reflection. No other Nikon lens can produce this image.

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                    5.0

                    BEAUTIFUL WORK OF ART & CRAFTSMANSHIP !

                    By Walt@waltsphotography

                    from Coburg Oregon

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Pros

                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Lens:

                      If you think this magnificent lens is expensive," Let's Talk."I have spent a lifetime, married to the NIKON family. and well continue to do so until I cannot hold up a camera anymore. If you sit down and researched the advantages of owning this lens, you well save BIG $$$. Why? . This lens takes the away the need to purchase a 400mm lens. Just place a 2X extender on this baby and you have yourself a magnificent 400 mm F/ 3.5 lens. Wow I just saved $. I also sold my 200~400 lens (no longer needed) and bought a new D4 body. Not a bad deal for me. All I ask you" reviewers " is do the math. It does not take a rocket science degree. Get yourself a really good monopod, you well need one. And enjoy.You well see for yourself after your first images with this magnificent glass.

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                      5.0

                      Bokeh, bokeh, bokeh...

                      By TDNeumann

                      from Columbus, OH

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Portrait work
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Lens:

                        This lens has long been on my list of must haves, and now that I have it and have used it, I am not disappointed in any way.

                        Typically thought of as a indoor sports lens, there are many more uses for which this lens can be applied. As expected it shoots amazing sports shots, and if you have positioned yourself in the correct location, the bokeh is outstanding. Tack sharp focus on your subject, and creamy highlighted blurs for the background.

                        I have also found that I use this lens more and more for portrait work. Again the bokeh just adds that certain something into the final image. It is a little extra work, but I find if you use it on a good monopod, it works like a charm.

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                        5.0

                        Fantástica

                        By Bira

                        from Porto Alegre, Brasil

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Weak Casing

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Sports/Action

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Lens:

                        A unique lens.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

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                        5.0

                        As expected, very usefull lens.

                        By Alex

                        from Florida

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Sports/Action

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Lens:

                        This is an expensive and heavy lens, but it can't be replace by any other.
                        The bokeh is fantastic, the autofocus is instant and track subject easily.
                        Works very well with the TC-20E III teleconverter (400mm f/4 FX format).
                        I use it with the D800 and I'm very happy with the results.

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                        5.0

                        Extremely versatile prime lens

                        By akaflash

                        from Canaan Valley, West Virginia

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Rugged
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Tough To Attach

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Lens:

                        First off, I am really picky and will be sharing constructive critics in hopes of helping you reach a decision. Razor Sharp Optics:This lens is primarily used on my D3s; it really sets new standards for clarity. I can only compare its clarity to my 14-24mm f2.8 lens. The following lenses do not even come close to the beauty this lens produces: 16-35mm f4 / 35-70mm f2.8 / 80-200mm f2.8. Versatile:The 200mm f2 is extremely versatile. I have made it a 340mm using the 1.7x and obviously a 400mm using the 2.0x converter. Being an f2 and being extremely sharp at f2, converters do not seem to deteriorate image quality or its ability for extremely fast focus at all. Other uses:Making this lens more like 3 lenses, I can shoot wildlife, portrait (wow… did I say amazing details?), sports, and even landscape. I really didn't see myself using this beauty as a portrait lens, yet, if details is what you are after, you will just love it!New Standards for VR:VR is very good – excellent really!Can't compare this VR with the one on my 16-35mm, it's really night and day in every aspect. You'll use shutter speeds that you never though possible with more keepers than you could imagine. I'd like to think that I am "that" steady – but this VR is very very good. Focus Limiters:Focus distance has two settings: full distance focus and limited (from 5m to infinity). Make it better: add a limiter from 2 meters to 5 meters. Lens Foot:Lens foot is removable (unlike the Canon 200mm f2) and that's a good thing because you'll want to replace it very quickly. While I have been known to have very strong fingers, carrying the lens & camera using the lens tripod foot is not only ridiculously small and heavy, but it's also totally unbalanced. I haven't made up my mind, but will be getting either of the following for a replacement: RRS or Kirk (LP-5) It's not only a little bit "back heavy" it's ridiculous. Bag:Beautifully crafted bag that is totally useless in the field. Can't even add a camera (where's the extra little efforts?)Lens Cover:It comes with a "beefy" lens cover that is well built and well designed. It works great for shipping / storage. It's a joke in the field though. There are times when I want to just place a lens cover – fast! One isn't even available for purchase. Nikon could use a plastic shield like the very useful lens cover that comes with the 14-24mm f2.8. I am now looking at making my own – instead of making pictures. Lens Strap Fittings:Very limiting are the first two words that come to mind. I am using two separate 6-inch straps and have them ending with a super strong key-chain-ring. Those rings attach to my field pack straps (frontal) via a climbing carabiner. I seriously feel like the camera isn't even there. I highly recommend making those lens strap fittings larger in diameter to accommodate versatility.Manual Focus:Silky smooth, perfectly positioned!As picky as I am, there is nothing I would want modified with the large manual focus ring. It's as smooth as the bokeh; dream-like!Lens Coat:An after market lens cover (several designs from LensCoat actually) are available. Great investment, but be aware that your lens will only be covered by about 60%. As ridiculous as it sounds, I bought one LensCoat for the Nikon 200mm lens and one for Canon 100-400mm and am using bits and pieces to cover 95% of my lens. It's perfect that way… and I feel a little better about protecting my investment. I also feel cheated by LensCoat. Was it a Gift?Ahahah – talk to you banker, get a loan… you'll be keeping this lens for a really long time.

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                        5.0

                        Fast is an understatement.

                        By LSU Fan

                        from Baton Rouge, LA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Lens:

                        All I can say is this an amazing lens. Not for the faint of heart or those photographers on a budget. However, if you are fortunate enough to able to purchase one, you will never regret it, I promise. It is a big step for a big lens. The lens size goes hand in hand with the results.

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                        5.0

                        Fast and bokehlicious...

                        By SoftLiteStudios

                        from Ohio

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Rugged
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Portrait
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Lens:

                          For indoor sports this lens is the bomb. The light that this lens lets in allows for much lower lighting shooting. The bokeh is outstanding and leaves a totally isolated subject against a creamy, colored saturated background. At wide aperture depth of field can be a little challenging, but when you get it nailed the results are breath taking. The autofocus seems plenty fast enough, and the overall handling of the lens just feels right.As I do with all my big lenses, I have changed out the foot for the [@] foot and use their tripod and monopod series for support. On their monopod, this lens become easy to manage and shoot with.This may seem like a little bit of an odd application for this lens, but I have done some portrait work with this lens, and once you have photographer, subject, and background distances worked out...wow! Not to mention that the distance that you put between you and the model can be a great comfort factor for the model. It sits just inside the typical flash range, so fill light shots, while equipment heavy, can totally pop!

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