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

(based on 1049 reviews)

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    (62)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

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    (1)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (539)
  • Durable (416)
  • Easy to use (382)
  • Strong construction (301)
  • Consistent output (255)

Cons

  • Heavy (322)
  • Heavy / bulky (64)
  • Pricey / poor value (20)
  • Heavy bulky (17)
  • Weight (15)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (518)
  • Weddings (373)
  • Low light (357)
  • Landscape/scenery (267)
  • Wildlife photos (236)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (767), Yes (32)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (263), Semi-pro photographer (218), Pro photographer (172), Enthusiast (78), Tech savvy (61)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fantastic!!!

I already had high expectations for this lens based upon all the other reviews I read so I would have expected to maybe be a little disapointed by reality vs. what I'd built up...Read complete review

I already had high expectations for this lens based upon all the other reviews I read so I would have expected to maybe be a little disapointed by reality vs. what I'd built up in my mind. I wasn't! I used it for the first time to photograph my son's baseball game and found that I couldn't take a bad picture with it; everything was sharp and captured the action beautifully. The bokeh is pleasing as well.My arm got tired quickly trying to carry the bulk of the lens around, it's a beast, but I'm not complaining. I expected it to be big and heavy and I'm perfectly willing to carry it around in exchange for the complete awesomeness that it produces.I've never been able to get so close to the action before, so intimate with the subjects, or been able to capture the candid moments (that would have required me to be closer) therby ruining the moment).LOVE LOVE LOVE this lens.

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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

I Love this Lens

By DaZerVin

from Monmouth County, NJ

About Me Tech Savvy

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

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 can't begin to describe how great this lens functions. Its beautiful crisp pictures. The build quality is great. Only thing i can say is the price... wish it was a little cheaper but def worth every penny imop...

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    5.0

    I would buy this product again.

    By Tony

    from Lake Elsinore, ca

    About Me Film Professional, Parent, Retired Private Investiga, Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Easy To Use
    • Improves Picture Quality
    • Very Good Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Shooting Outdoors
    • Upgrade

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

    I am a retired P. I. who now takes photos for fun of family and friends on vacations in Ireland, mountains and the beach. Great quality, durable, fast, and great photos. A bit heavy for distance, and price but well worth it.

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    5.0

    Heaven

    By Lee

    from Cross Roads, TEXAS

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Easy To Use
    • Improves Picture Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Shooting Indoors
      • Shooting Outdoors
      • Upgrade

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

      I took my Nikon 70-200 f2.8 vr2 and attached it to my D7000 and looked through the viewfinder and
      I SAW HEAVEN at f 2.8

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      5.0

      Worth Every Penny

      By Terry

      from Texas

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Improves Picture Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Shooting Indoors
        • Shooting Outdoors
        • Upgrade

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

        I got this lens after being on the fence for a very long time because of the price. But when I decided to move up to FX with Nikon 810 I took the shot and am so glad I did this is my favorite go to lens it might be a bit heavy for some but the advantages far exceed the weight. Wish I had got this long ago.

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        5.0

        Awesome Lens

        By Jensen B.

        from Amelia Island, FL

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        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:

          This lens is outstanding!!!! So sharp, fast, and clean! The only thing I could say negative about this lens is the weight..... but other than that, this is a must have lens!!!

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          5.0

          I found my new favorite lens

          By Jensen B.

          from Amelia Island, FL

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Improves Picture Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              I have been waiting all year to purchase this lens, and a Nikon D4s. I got the D4s a couple months before this lens...... but I feel like a have an outstanding setup with this combo. Before getting the D4s I had a 24-70 2.8 on a D700. Once the D4s arrived the 24-70 has been on the D4s. When I got the 70-200 I put it on the D700 and thought I was good to go?..... I noticed that at 200mm 2.8, I was tack sharp on almost anything I shot, but that was not the case at other focal lengths. This seriously had me scratching my head..... I was wondering if I got a bad lens? I put the lens on the D4s and it is spot on almost every shot. It is ridiculous how sharp, fast and awesome this combo is. As for the D700, my mother is waiting to get her D700 back from Nikon and once we do we are going to compare images with the lens and two cameras.... I have been looking online to see if anyone else has had soft images with a D700 and 70-200 but haven't found too much information. I think at this point it is just the camera in general? We will see. All in all I love this lens!

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              5.0

              Best FX 70-200 for Nikon

              By Ralph

              from Steilacoom, WA

              About Me Photo Bug

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast focus

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

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

                I can't improve on other reviews but it produces fine pix on a D610.

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                5.0

                Must have!

                By H4D

                from Birmingham, AL

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • 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:

                This lens is perfect for portrait photography. I can't believe I've gone this long without it.

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                • Yes

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                5.0

                Worthy upgrade

                By docjfw

                from Hartford, CT

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                Pros

                • Improves Picture Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Shooting Indoors
                  • Shooting Outdoors
                  • Upgrade

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

                  I upgraded from the Nikkor 70-200 mm VR to this VR II two weeks ago because using the former in my D800 full frame sensor revealed vignetting that was not previously visible in the cropped sensor of my D300. Many reviews I read mention many other advantages of the VR II over its predecessor---such as faster focusing, four-stop VR vs. two-stop---but I have yet to have personal experience to make a testament to these.

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                  5.0

                  Two Words - "BEAST" & "WORKHORSE!" -WOW!

                  By Matthew Marchese Photography

                  from Staten Island, NY

                  Pros

                  • Color rendition
                  • Fast auto focus
                  • Tack sharp

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Event Photography
                  • Wedding Photography

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

                  My #1 go-to lens - PERIOD! 100% of the time, if I don't require a wide-angle lens, this BEAST is on my D800! SHARP is an understatement! A MUST-HAVE for wedding photography & all event photography. The auto-focus in low-light is AMAZING! This lens takes a backseat to none other! Who cares if its a bit heavy? This lens is built like a TANK and performs like one, too! I've shot corporate head shots with this lens & as long as I have 5+ feet between my subject and my tripod, IM USING THIS LENS! Sure the price can be a bit cheaper, but if you're looking to be a professional, this is one of the BEST investments you can make! Wish EVERY Nikon lens performed the way this does! ------------------------ - Most of my photography is captured with this lens!!

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                  5.0

                  Fast, Excelenmt low light performance

                  By KPM

                  from Pleasanton,CA

                  About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Improves Picture Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Close Up Filming
                    • Panoramic Filming
                    • Shooting Indoors
                    • Shooting Outdoors

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

                    Professional lens with superb build quality.
                    Super fast & silent focus that is able to focus lock quickly even with a 1.7 TC.

                    VR replaces the need for a tripod on this lens for most applications.

                    Love this lens & would highly recommend this lens.

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                    5.0

                    Dependable

                    By Curt

                    from Dillsburg, Pa

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Improves Picture Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Shooting Indoors

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

                      Indoor sports, such as basketball and volleyball.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      just right

                      By vince

                      from woodford,va

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Close Up Filming
                        • Shooting Outdoors

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

                        light weight
                        easy to use
                        fast focus

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Exceptional lens

                        By Nicolas

                        from Boulder, CO

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Improves Picture Quality
                        • Sharpness
                        • Vibration reduction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Shooting Outdoors
                          • Sport
                          • Streets

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

                          This lens is very sharp and just great to shoot with. Of course it is a bit heavy and its f/4 equivalent might be a better choice for your needs.

                          The VR is also really working.

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                          5.0

                          Awesome, awesome, awesome!

                          By atphoto

                          from Miami Texas.

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

                          I cannot take a bad picture with this lens!!! It is a must for wedding photography. Love it.

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                          5.0

                          Worth the Cost

                          By Jkpritchard

                          from Columbus, OH

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

                          I finally pulled the trigger on the lens, and it has been well worth the investment. While it is heavy and awkward, I can see a noticeable difference between this and other fixed Nikkor lenses I own. Well worth the initial guilt I felt!

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                          5.0

                          Exceptional but bulky

                          By Photo Enthusiast

                          from Los Angeles, CA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast, Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Improves Picture Quality

                          Cons

                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Shooting Indoors
                          • Shooting Outdoors

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

                          This is a truly extraordinary lens in terms of performance and build quality. Image quality is exceptionally sharp and the bokeh is very smooth and pleasant. The lens is well balanced and the construction is robust. It should be noted; however, that the lens is quite heavy by virtue of the quality of the optics and robust build quality to withstand the demands of professional photographers in the field. As such, it would be appropriate to consider this a specialist lens as opposed to a general purpose lens. I would not recommend carrying the lens casually due to its weight and size, but would highly recommend utilizing the lens for specific photo shoots.

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                          5.0

                          Awesome zoom

                          By MiataStyle

                          from Utah

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

                          Fast accurate focus. Great images on the new D810 as well. I tried to go all primes but this one lens that you just have to have. Yeah the fact that it won't give you the full 200mm at shorter distances can be annoying but the pros out this issue.

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                          5.0

                          Great Lens

                          By Photog33

                          from Massachusetts

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

                          Professional lens does a great job

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                          5.0

                          Nikon 70-200

                          By Ray

                          from Kansas City

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

                          Other reviewers have described this lens so I'll just say it is way sharper than I expected and the focus is faster than expected. It's also just as heavy as warned. Fun note -- I took this lens to a Royals game and they stopped me at the gate and said detachable lenses cannot be over 12 inches so I removed the lens hood and screwed it on in the store position and they waived me through. Family and friends were awestruck with photos.

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