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NikonAF-S VR NIKKOR 200mm f/2.0 G AF-S IF-ED Lens
 
5.0

(based on 39 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (37)
  • Strong construction (25)
  • Durable (21)
  • Consistent output (20)
  • Rugged (18)

Cons

  • Heavy (19)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (27)
  • Night photography (12)
  • Portraits (11)
  • Low light (8)
  • Weddings (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (8), Professional (6), Photo enthusiast (5), Enthusiast (4), Pro photographer (3)
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5.0

Voila !

By akaflash

from Canaan Valley, WV

About Me Pro Photographer

Pros

  • Excellent bokeh
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Nikon AF-S VR NIKKOR 200mm f/2.0 G AF-S IF-ED Lens:

    The results: absolutely fantastic.
    Mounted on my d3s, this thing rocks. Played around with my 1.7x for the first time ever - the lens doesn't even know it's there... focus & go.
    At 2.0, it's sharper than my 80-200mm nikon.
    At 2.8 - it makes circles around the above lens - with razor sharpness.
    At 3.3 (with the converter above) it performs without flaw.
    They didn't do a great job with the tripod mount, but while it didn't affect the photo, they could have made a little effort to balance it better.
    There isn't much more I could add - it just works.
    Note: I found mine to overexpose a little on the d3s - but that's great - now I just have a faster shutter.

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    4.0

    Excellent lens - good technique essentia

    By Andrew

    from South Africa

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Nikon AF-S VR NIKKOR 200mm f/2.0 G AF-S IF-ED Lens:

      Very sharp, but had to adjust the focus on my D300 to get it spot on. The depth of field is very small, so the focus must be spot on. When you get it right - WOW! But there is a lower ratio of keepers compared to more mundane lenses. I find the VR to only be average - the VR on my 18-200 and 55-300 are better.
      The bokeh is excellent, and I find it to work very well with a 1.7X teleconverter.
      This is not a lightweight lens and a monopod is essential for longer shoots.

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      5.0

      Dreamy

      By arab_ninja

      from Dubai

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

      • Difficult to Clean
      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Night Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Nikon AF-S VR NIKKOR 200mm f/2.0 G AF-S IF-ED Lens:

      This is a photographers wet dream! Paired with the D3s, I can photograph in virtual darkness. Razor sharp. Actually I find I don't need ps sharpening of images. My only comment is it's got small nikon feet, which does not help balance the lense. When you buy this, you need to buy replacement feet with it. On the D3s, the weight will be leaning towards the photographer.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Favorite Lens

      By Tundracamper

      from Southeast, US

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Nikon AF-S VR NIKKOR 200mm f/2.0 G AF-S IF-ED Lens:

        I purchased this over the more expensive VR2 version. The only problem I have is that I don't want to take it off my camera. The bokeh is about as good as you can get (even at f/11!). I find shooting at f/2 really fun. The lens is heavy, but I find I can handhold for up to an hour or so. Focus is very fast. Yes, it's expensive - but well worth it in my opinion.

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        5.0

        Nothing like Long, Fast Glass for Sports

        By Karl

        from Naperville, IL

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • 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 VR NIKKOR 200mm f/2.0 G AF-S IF-ED Lens:

        Everything that has been said about this lens is true. It is sharp, wide-open; beautiful bokeh. Subject pops off from the background. Be sure to fine-tune the autofocus of this lens with your camera (newer Nikon cameras support this). At f/2 the depth of focus is so thin, you need to make sure that it is set exactly where it ought to be. [My lens front-focused a bit on my D700 until I fine-tuned it (using LensAlign calibration device). Now it focuses perfectly.] Great lens for indoor sports with low-light and no flash.

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        5.0

        wonderful lens

        By andrea pietroboni

        from roma , italia

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Nikon AF-S VR NIKKOR 200mm f/2.0 G AF-S IF-ED Lens:

          I bought the lens because it has a great brightness.
          I use this lens to take pictures especially in safari in South Africa.
          only drawback is heavy

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          5.0

          For my work, a 'must have' lens.

          By Mike Mc

          from Annapolis, MD

          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
            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Nikon AF-S VR NIKKOR 200mm f/2.0 G AF-S IF-ED Lens:

            I shoot motorsports, and this lens focuses quickly, tracks focus accurately and provides subject isolation like no other lens. For product, portrait, or 'wildlife' photography, the 200 f/2 is incredibly sharp, agile, and renders 'bokeh' like few other lenses. Coupled with a TC14 or TC17, it provides decent reach while still operating with a large aperture.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Very Sharp

            By LES

            from Chicago area

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Nikon AF-S VR NIKKOR 200mm f/2.0 G AF-S IF-ED Lens:

            Have only used this lens a few times and am astounded at its sharpness. Have used with a tripod. It is a bit heavy with a D300 and battery grip. Works well with the 1.4 teleconverter. Very glad that I bit the bullet and bought it - first class build and optics shine on this.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Amazing piece of glass!

            By Photoist

            from Hartford CT

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Instant 'wow' factor
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged

            Cons

            • Can't hand hold for long
            • Heavy

            Best Uses

              Comments about Nikon AF-S VR NIKKOR 200mm f/2.0 G AF-S IF-ED Lens:

              OMG!!! Incredible. Thought my 300mm was good. This lens laps it. No focus searching with this glass. Your 'dead on' instantly. Period. Produces clear/crisp images. Using it for sports and portraits. Capturing good night sports images at is no longer a problem, especially football. Also, the admiration from seasoned pro's is fun.

              However its not a little heavy. Its alot heavy! Need a monopod, bad.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Look at these "amateur" results:

              By RBFresno

              from Fresno, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Nikon AF-S VR NIKKOR 200mm f/2.0 G AF-S IF-ED Lens:

                I can't add much to the existing comments; it's a superb lens. I'm an amateur, but enjoy the 200VR immensely.Here are some examples. Not all are "winners", however, note the variety of types of shots and conditions, as well as the quality using a TC:[@]

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                5.0

                Serious Photographers Only

                By wasabiwinny

                from Hanalei, Kauai

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Nikon AF-S VR NIKKOR 200mm f/2.0 G AF-S IF-ED Lens:

                OK so it's big and heavy, but the speed, build and output of this lens is worthy. If you are willing to carry and support some serious glass you'll get amazing results from this lens. Big bokah. Super sharp focus. It's a hassle to deal with the hood and storage, plus you can't even put a protective filter on the lens (too big). I'm totally into it and frequently leave other lenses in the bag. A truly great prime from Nikon. Did I mention that it's big and heavy?

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                5.0

                Awesome!

                By Nikon Fan

                from Los Angeles

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Nikon AF-S VR NIKKOR 200mm f/2.0 G AF-S IF-ED Lens:

                Never imagined my 70-200 f/2.8 VR would ever be relegated to the status of back-up lens but that's what happened when I got my hands on this 200 f/2. Worth every penny! Works very well with Nikon teleconverters. It's heavy but not so heavy that it can't be hand-held.

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                5.0

                Lives up to the hype

                By Frozentoast

                from San Francisco

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Portraits
                  • Sports/Action

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S VR NIKKOR 200mm f/2.0 G AF-S IF-ED Lens:

                  Sharp, sharp with beautiful rendering of out of focus area. Best portrait lens period. If you can afford it get it.

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                  5.0

                  Best for low light

                  By Dan

                  from Washington DC

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Quick Focus
                  • Rugged
                  • Sharp Focus
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Night Photography
                  • Portraits
                  • Sports/Action

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S VR NIKKOR 200mm f/2.0 G AF-S IF-ED Lens:

                  This lens has been the workhorse for me for sports and indoor performances without a flash. I currently use it on the D700 and D3. In most cases for theater I use the 50/1.4(on 1.6 or 1.8) and the 200/2.0 wide open with the D3 or D700 on 3200 or 6400 and get incredibly sharp images. The lens also tracks very well for dragging the shutter/pan shots of cyclists. For examples, take a look at vigorotaku.com under Nation's Triathlon to see what I mean.

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                  5.0

                  Yes it is

                  By MANDD

                  from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Quick Focus
                  • Rugged
                  • Sharp Focus
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Portraits
                  • Sports/Action

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S VR NIKKOR 200mm f/2.0 G AF-S IF-ED Lens:

                  Just the perfect lens for portrait (bokeh, sharpness and colors). And if you don't do fitness, it helps you to keep fit because of its huge weight. I think you the minimum DSLR to go with is a D3(S) or D3X.

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                  5.0

                  Just Awesome!

                  By Socalsam

                  from Los Angeles

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Quick Focus
                  • Sharp Focus
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Night Photography
                  • Portraits
                  • Sports/Action

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S VR NIKKOR 200mm f/2.0 G AF-S IF-ED Lens:

                  Great all around lens. We took it to the mountains and got photos of the kids skiing and playing in the snow. The quality was amazing. Its expensive but well worth the money. I will be adding a TCE 20 teleconvertor to get 400mm f4.

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                  5.0

                  It doesn't get any better than this!

                  By Form

                  from South Florida

                  About Me Semi-Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Quick Focus
                  • Sharp Focus
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S VR NIKKOR 200mm f/2.0 G AF-S IF-ED Lens:

                      I use this lens for portraits and event photography. It produces sharp images in low light on my D700. It has quickly become my favorite lens.

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                      5.0

                      Rent this once, you will be buying it!

                      By KJ Doyle

                      from Andover, MA

                      About Me Professional

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Bokeh like nothing else
                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Quick Focus
                      • Rugged
                      • Sharp Focus
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Live theatre events
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S VR NIKKOR 200mm f/2.0 G AF-S IF-ED Lens:

                      It is funny...photography even after 35 years is still a passionate thing. You find yourself, mid-workflow, pausing to admire a shot that just got everything right...this is a feeling I have known since my first print appeared in the tray as a kid. It is why we do what we do, it is the sweet treat amid the noise of all the thousands of shots that were good, salable, but imminently forgettable.

                      What I am telling you is this lens delivers a lot more of those moments to you. This thing just kills, period. Sharpness, contrast and saturation like 3D, bokeh of all lenses should be defined by this one...fast and quiet AF, has a memory recall setting, superb VR, internal filters, and a really great case. It can focus in nearly total darkness, I am not kidding.

                      It is big and thick and heavy, and not something you can handhold for long, and I am a big guy with large hands. All of 10 lbs+ with the body, so at least a monopod is needed, I added a big RRS plate to the tripod foot for greater stability.

                      Anyway I had rented this a few times, experienced more workflow pauses admiring the results, and found myself jonesing for these results on other shoots. Wide open, shooting a face full frame, the difference between the liquid crystal clear eyes and the bokeh melted and so even and smooth near the nape of the neck, hair and shoulders is wonderful... definitely a money shot.

                      I honestly have gotten more client comments on the drama and impact of the images this amazing lense delivers than in any other single piece of gear I have owned in 35 years. It is not cheap, and Nikon does not make many of them, so they are tough to get... just rent one, and you will find yourself lining up to buy one before you know it.

                        • Similar:
                        • Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VR

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                        5.0

                        One of the Best Primes to Get

                        By Shoei

                        from San Francisco

                        About Me Casual user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Fast focus
                        • Rugged
                        • Sharp Focus

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Portrait
                          • Sports/Action

                          Comments about Nikon AF-S VR NIKKOR 200mm f/2.0 G AF-S IF-ED Lens:

                          Great lens for indoor and out. It also looks cool on the D3. I call it the Fatboy. Some may call me a Fanboy, but the low stock of this lens can speak for itself. I always see Canon's 200mm F2 in stock even though it's cheaper with the rebate. Cloudsrester can't rest now.

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                          5.0

                          Best lens I've ever shot with

                          By trenchmonkey

                          from Peralta, NM

                          About Me Professional

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Gorgeous Bokeh
                          • Quick Focus
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • None hit the gym

                          Best Uses

                          • Candids
                          • Landscape Photography
                          • Portraits
                          • Special Effects
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about Nikon AF-S VR NIKKOR 200mm f/2.0 G AF-S IF-ED Lens:

                          Instant, accurate AF
                          This lens attracts a lot of attention...not for the meek.

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