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NikonAF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens
 
4.9

(based on 1085 reviews)

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    (64)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (542)
  • Durable (416)
  • Easy to use (393)
  • Strong construction (301)
  • Consistent output (255)

Cons

  • Heavy (328)
  • Heavy / bulky (65)
  • Pricey / poor value (20)
  • Heavy bulky (17)
  • Weight (16)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (518)
  • Weddings (375)
  • Low light (361)
  • Landscape/scenery (269)
  • Wildlife photos (236)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (794), Yes (32)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (263), Semi-pro photographer (218), Pro photographer (172), Enthusiast (78), Tech savvy (67)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Amazing Lens! Amazing Customer Service!

I use my gear mainly for professional work, but I also still have fun with personal photography projects too. This Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VRII lens when attached to my Nikon D600 is...Read complete review

I use my gear mainly for professional work, but I also still have fun with personal photography projects too. This Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VRII lens when attached to my Nikon D600 is an excellent combination for capturing everything from the action at a sporting event to beautiful images of a family against the sunset or a young couple in love! The versatility of the f/2.8 aperture in low light situations, like at a High School Football game, allows for excellent results with sharpness and clarity that I was not able to achieve with my other zoom lenses (70-300 f/3.5-5.6) on this camera! I also ordered the Nikon D750 and received a substantial discount that made the purchase of these two amazing pieces of equipment that much sweeter! The staff at B&H were excellent to work with - knowledgeable and service oriented! The fast and free delivery was an extra bonus that I was not expecting! So, thank you B&H for helping to make my transaction excellent while helping me to save a substantial amount of money!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

The three stars are a warning. This is the most agonizing lens I have ever owned. First, the good news. The image quality is superb. The autofocus on my D700 is dead...Read complete review

The three stars are a warning. This is the most agonizing lens I have ever owned. First, the good news. The image quality is superb. The autofocus on my D700 is dead on perfect. Color, contrast, and bokeh are all outstanding, with good sharpness at 2.8. The lens is a joy to use, quick and responsive, and the updated VR is excellent. I've made great shots handheld at 1/15 sec. which I never thought would be possible. This is a great improvement over the older version. Now the bad news. If you want tight head shots, forget it. Nikon has played a clever trick on us. At a working distance of 6 feet with the lens set at 200mm, the actual focal length is shortened to about 140mm. At 10 feet, its about 160mm. You can look it up, this information is all over the internet. You have to set focus over 35 feet away to get a true focal length of 200mm. By contrast, the older version of this lens only shortens to about 198mm. You have to decide for yourself whether or not this is a deal breaker for you. More importantly, my current copy is the third one I tried. I had to return two others to get one that worked right. The others produced images with noticeable blur along the right edge, and had a hot spot in the center (thank Lloyd Chambers for bringing this to everyone's attention). [...] In the end, I decided to keep the lens for its versatile zoom range. Besides, Nikon users just don't have any other options without going to third party lenses. I suggest that anyone considering this lens test it rigorously before accepting it.

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5.0

Fantastically Versatile Lens

By R S Tesch

from Chicago Suburbs, IL

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Improves Picture Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens:

      I just received this lens last week. I belong to two very active MeetUp photography groups in the Chicago area. Each group often plans multiply photography events each week of the year. I received recommendations from members on the versatility and outstanding performance of this lens. After reading much about it, I added this lens to my collection. Below is one of the first photographs (a self portrait) I took with this lens while becoming familiar with my new Bowens Gemini 500Pro 2-Light Studio Kit I also purchased from B&H the same week. These are two images of the same photograph; the first shows the entire, downsized image while the other is a crop section of the same photograph showing the detail this lens delivers.

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      5.0

      Worth every penny

      By Bob

      from Maine

      About Me Professional photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Dependable
      • Easy To Use
      • Fast
      • Fast focus
      • Good Balance
      • Improves Picture Quality
      • Sharp

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Commercial
        • Fashion
        • Landscape
        • Panoramic Filming
        • Portrait
        • Shooting Indoors
        • Shooting Outdoors
        • Upgrade
        • Wedding

        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens:

        Quality, durable and reliable. This is a fantastic lens to work with. Beautiful clear sharp images. Personally i like the weight and balance. VRII does a great job. One important thing to note - only at your closest focus setting 4.6' (1.40 m) you will get wider than 200mm coverage. In close quarter fast action shooting this proves to a asset for me. You have to be the judge. Focas is alway fast and accurate on the D810, Df, D4s and D750.

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        5.0

        Great Lens

        By epacheco29

        from Maracaibo, Venezuela

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Use
        • Improves Picture Quality
        • Interfaces Well With Camcorder

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Close Up Filming
        • Shooting Indoors
        • Shooting Outdoors

        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens:

        Great Lens, Heavy, Very Sharp, 2.8 so it helps me to work better in sports and low light conditions.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Awesome Lens!

        By Robert R.

        from San Juan, PR

        About Me Parent

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Improves Picture Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Shooting Indoors
          • Shooting Outdoors

          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens:

          After reviewing several lenses for in and outdoor sports I got the one I wanted. This is an awesome lens, a most have lens. Getting used to it's weight is easy when you realize how sharp and quite fast it is, it's an extraordinary lens in terms of performance and build quality. As said image quality is exceptionally sharp and the bokeh is very smooth. Pricy but well worth it.

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          4.0

          Great lens

          By Harpstr

          from Oklahoma

          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens:

          Beautiful lens

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          5.0

          Great Addition

          By Siggy

          from Lutcher, La.

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Easy To Use
          • Improves Picture Quality

          Cons

          • Heavy But Doesn't Matter

          Best Uses

          • Shooting Indoors
          • Shooting Outdoors
          • Upgrade

          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens:

          Haven't had this gem very long, and not used it a lot, yet ... read the reviews and all of them said this is "God's lens" ... I already had a 70-300mm, but looking for super clarity and sharpness, and that is evident, even after just a short time. So satisfied that I already sold the 70-300mm ... Looking forward to granddaughter's softball season to use it often and I'll review again when I get some "time" using it more ... I'm using on a Nikon D7100 (APS-C sensor ... NOT full-frame) ...

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          5.0

          Simply Amazing

          By DJA14

          from Park City

          About Me Semi-Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Beautiful bokeh
          • Fast focus
          • Low Light Performance
          • Very sharp

          Cons

          • Heavy
          • Long

          Best Uses

          • Low Light
          • Sports

          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens:

          Simply the most amazing lens I have every used. Lightening fast focus. Beautiful bokeh. Ridiculous sharpness. Having f2.8 really helps in low light. You will wish you had bought it sooner once you have it. Save up for it. Worth every penny. Weighs a metric ton and is LONG. Like they said in Jaws..."you're going to need a bigger" bag. Had to move up to the Slingshot 302 from the 202. These cons are a small price to pay for perfection though. Combo'd with D750 you will get truly stunning results.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Powerful of color

          By Rebar Kurdi

          from Kansas City, MO

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Amazing Contrast
          • Compact Design
          • Easy To Use
          • Fast Auto-focus
          • Improves Picture Quality
          • Interfaces Well With Camcorder

          Cons

          • Drop Down Megapixels
          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Landscape
          • Low Light
          • Portrait
          • Sport
          • Wedding

          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens:

          It is one of the best nikon lens that I have ever used. I am calling it PKT, I had a good expectation before getting this lens. I am so excited to have this gun on my gear D810.

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          5.0

          Could this be the perfect lens?

          By McHoogilan

          from California

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate focus
          • Fast focus
          • Good contrast
          • Minimal Vignette
          • Sharp

          Cons

          • A bit heavy

          Best Uses

          • Fast-moving Objects
          • Nature
          • Sports

          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens:

          This is a rare case where superlative specs translate into consistently high real-world results. Nearly every shot is bright, sharp, clear and in focus, with great contrast and minimal lens artifacts.

          Some difficult tasks this lens has handled with ease:

          Hummingbirds in low light. No problem. Focus is not always accurate due to the erratic nature of their motion, but a very high percentage of in-focus shots is possible (see attached image).

          Fast-moving aircraft. No problem. Every shot is as sharp as can be (see attached image). The VR locks the image solid while panning.

          Butterflies. Hardly anything is more difficult to photograph. You have about one second after one lands on a flower to compose, focus and shoot before it flitters away. Prior this lens, there was never a success, but now that once-in-lifetime shot is a reality.

          While not a challenge and not the lens' forte, landscapes are rendered with unexpected clarity. Colors are bright, with full contrast, even at full zoom.

          The only negative is that the tripod ring cannot be completely removed. There is always a knob and a square nub sticking out. No matter which way it is turned and locked down it always wants to snag on the camera bag.

          Despite that one little thing, thus far, experiences with this lens have been overwhelmingly positive. It is highly recommended.

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          5.0

          I would buy this product again and again

          By Eduardo Leschek

          from Brasil

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens:

                without doubt the best buy I ever made, great quality!I use for all ...weddings, couple, fashion, and animals...I have nothing to complain !!

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                5.0

                the best lens ever!

                By Godiver

                from Houston, Texas

                About Me Parent, Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Improves Picture Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Close Up Filming
                  • Shooting Indoors
                  • Shooting Outdoors

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens:

                  -I use this for portraits, landscaping and 3D
                  -The bokeh is the best
                  -heavy and big. Always on the guard when walking around for any kinds of banging to walls, trees or kids running around

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Love it!

                  By Jen

                  from Louisiana

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens:

                  This lens is amazing! I have other photographers asking me what I am doing differently now. It is a bit on the heavy side, but hey I get in an arm workout too!

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                  5.0

                  Don't Judge Until You Have Used It.

                  By Thomas

                  from Corbin,Ky

                  About Me Technically Challenged

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • Bulky Design

                  Best Uses

                  • Shooting Outdoors

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens:

                  Great For Shooting Out Doors Or Basket Ball Games.Be Careful When Using It It's A Little Heavy.

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                  • No

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                  (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Amazing Lens! Amazing Customer Service!

                  By J. Ray Sanduski

                  from Nashville, TN

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Excellent bokeh
                  • Excellent Low Light Perfo
                  • Sharp images

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens:

                      I use my gear mainly for professional work, but I also still have fun with personal photography projects too. This Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VRII lens when attached to my Nikon D600 is an excellent combination for capturing everything from the action at a sporting event to beautiful images of a family against the sunset or a young couple in love! The versatility of the f/2.8 aperture in low light situations, like at a High School Football game, allows for excellent results with sharpness and clarity that I was not able to achieve with my other zoom lenses (70-300 f/3.5-5.6) on this camera! I also ordered the Nikon D750 and received a substantial discount that made the purchase of these two amazing pieces of equipment that much sweeter! The staff at B&H were excellent to work with - knowledgeable and service oriented! The fast and free delivery was an extra bonus that I was not expecting! So, thank you B&H for helping to make my transaction excellent while helping me to save a substantial amount of money!

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great for Everything

                      By Pete

                      from Austin, Tx

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Improves Picture Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Portraits
                        • Shooting Outdoors

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens:

                        I purchased this for many reason. I haven't had anything with a decent reach for a while. I borrowed a 70-200 from a friend to shoot my sons football games this year and feel in love. I found this lens is fast and sharp as a prime. If you attach the teleconverter you can have some serious length. Taking this lens to a 140-400 and 210-600 if I switch to DX mode. This lens feels at home on my D800.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Nikon is it.

                        By Coffeelover

                        from Long Beach, CA

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Improves Picture Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Shooting Outdoors

                          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens:

                          I went to White Point Beach in San Pedro, CA
                          And took the Sunset, It came out Beautiful.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          LOOOOVE this lens!

                          By Anna

                          from Atlanta, GA

                          About Me Film Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Amazing clarity
                          • Amazing Clarityquality
                          • Fast focusing
                          • Improves Picture Quality

                          Cons

                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Shooting Indoors
                          • Shooting Outdoors
                          • Upgrade

                          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens:

                          Upgraded to this lens from the 70-200 f/2.8 VR, to complement my full-frame camera. Gorgeous clarity, fast focusing, smooth as butter. It was a great purchase--worth the $$.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Amazing!

                          By Ray Light

                          from San Francisco, CA

                          About Me Photography enthusiast, Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Amazing pictures
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Improves Picture Quality
                          • Solidly built

                          Cons

                          • VERY big
                          • Very heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Portraits
                          • Shooting Outdoors

                          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens:

                          I am not a professional, just someone who has been taking pictures as a hobby for a long time. Not too long ago, I decided that I would stop getting cheap gear and upgrading every couple of years, and made the decision to get some "real" glass. Wow, what a difference! I absolutely love the pictures I get out of this lens. I have it paired with my D750 and this just makes me feel good about shooting (and the results are fantastic, too!). I only have two extremely minor complaints about this lens: (1) It is very heavy. I like the flexibility of the zoom, though. If I didn't have need for the zoom, then perhaps a fixed focal length would be better. (2) This thing is BIG. I have to get a new camera bag because this one won't fit in my current one :)

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                          5.0

                          Just As I Expected

                          By Puget Sounder

                          from State of Washington

                          About Me Advanced amateur

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Super Sharp Images

                          Cons

                          • It's Heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Low light situations
                          • Portraits And Weddings
                          • Wildlife and sports

                          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens:

                          I'm not sure what could be said that hasn't already. This is an amazing lens. Tack sharp, super fast focus, great in low light situations, solidly built, expectedly heavy, and worth every dollar. I'm still in the early stages of using it (with my D300), but I know I'm going to get years of satisfaction from this lens. Yes, it's expensive, but you get what you pay for - quality.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Love it

                          By Bobh

                          from Florida

                          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens:

                          So glad I bought this lens Well worth the money. Yes it is a bit heavy but you get used to it. No buyers remorse here.

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