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NikonNIKKOR AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Telephoto Zoom Lens
 
4.8

(based on 123 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (95)
  • Lightweight (86)
  • Consistent output (61)
  • Nice bokeh (60)
  • Strong construction (46)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (5)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (78)
  • Wildlife photos (70)
  • Sports/action (59)
  • Weddings (46)
  • Macro photography (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

More then met my expectations

As an amateur photographer making occasional images of friends performing in theatrical settings, I purchased this lens for a game safari trip over the holiday. I searched for a lens that would not be...Read complete review

As an amateur photographer making occasional images of friends performing in theatrical settings, I purchased this lens for a game safari trip over the holiday. I searched for a lens that would not be too heavy to carry a long distance, provide adequate focal length from a vehicle, with vibration reduction built in, allow sharp captures in low light (outdoors at dusk and twilight) and be compatible with my D90. After comparing various Nikkor focal lengths for several months against an f/2.8 lower priced third party lens, to my surprise and delight I stumbled across this sturdy, lightweight AF-S 70-200mm f/4 telephoto 15 days before departure. Not only did this lense perform better then expected, but in my small hands the size and weight was as comfortable as shooting with the 18-105mm kit lense and at half the cost of the Nikkor f/2.8 with the same focal length. B&H delivered on time during their busiest holiday season. I returned home with stunning, sharp images that I am proud to share.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Does not replace the 70-200 f/2.8

I had great hopes for this lens to cut weight for hiking relative to the f/2.8, the greater capability of the VRIII, and the lack of focus breathing at close distances. There...Read complete review

I had great hopes for this lens to cut weight for hiking relative to the f/2.8, the greater capability of the VRIII, and the lack of focus breathing at close distances. There is much to like about this lens. It feels great on a D800, and encourages one to pick up and just shoot. The VRIII is quite impressive. An added bonus is that with VRIII on a Nikon V1, it is a spectacular lens (a combination I also tested). Taking closeups is a joy with the lack of focus breathing and close focus. Zoom and focus controls feel quite nice.

But the image quality is distinctly different than that of the 70-200 f/2.8. I did extensive testing, from brick walls (orthogonal and at an angle to measure symmetry), and many distant shots (I mainly do landscapes). I tried two samples from B&H, as well as a rental, after finding some significant sample variations; such variations expressed themselves as asymmetric sharpness in different corners at different zoom lengths. I concluded that on a D800 sensor, 1) the micro-contrast was significantly better with my f/2.8 lens (at equivalent f-stop, of course), and 2) the image quality consistency across the frame and corner-to-corner sharpness and presence was just not a match for the f/2.8. One very surprising handling issue was how difficult it was to focus (LV, manual) the f/4 at long zoom at long distances, relative to the f/2.8, due to the short throw of the focus.

The final thing that convinced me to keep my f/2.8 and not purchase the f/4 lens was the build quality. The f/2.8 lens is built like a tank and I think will last far longer and, critically, stay in alignment better over the years of packing it around in places and bouncing in 4WD vehicles. Yes, my aging back would have loved to choose the f/4, but the quality of images from the f/2.8, across the frame and at all zoom settings is clearly stronger. I have had my f/2.8 in the rain and snow, and never had an issue. I will find something else to omit form my pack to drop the weight.

This is not to say the f/4 is not a great lens - it is clearly superior to the 70-300 VR (which I also have and tested), but the f/4 is not magic and you do get what you pay for. One item of advice for f/4 purchasers - the tripod collar is not really needed (the lens balances just like the 70-300 VR), and, in fact, the balance point is too far forward for anything but a very light DSLR body. The collar would seem to be a very poor balance for a D4/D3X, etc. I was surprised by this.

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4.0

As good as 70-200 f2.8

By doug

from Kansas

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Pros

  • Lighter

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Nikon NIKKOR AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Telephoto Zoom Lens:

      Much lighter in bag and on camera.
      Unless need f2.8, no need for bigger, heavier lens.

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      5.0

      Tough to Beat

      By joer

      from Northern Illinois

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • No tripod collar

      Best Uses

      • General photography
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Nikon NIKKOR AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Telephoto Zoom Lens:

      General purpose lens.

      Small and Light compared to the f/2.8 version with similar performance at about $1K less. The one stop difference is easily compensated with an ISO increase. This lens is sharp, focuses fast and handles well.

      Not supplied with a tripod collar (shame on Nikon)

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      5.0

      Love This Lens

      By ajsb

      from Scottsdale AZ

      About Me Casual 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
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Nikon NIKKOR AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Telephoto Zoom Lens:

        I tried the f/2.8 and just found it too heavy to carry around on a walk-around basis. I switched to this f/4. OMG - lighter, smaller and every bit as sharp as to image quality. You the trade-off is weight vs faster f/2.8. In my mind - not a contest. How often must one go to 2.8 vs always lugging around a lens that weights 2 to 3 times as heavy as this f/4. This is a terrific lens.

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        5.0

        Good Lens

        By Vince

        from Dallas, TX

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Nikon NIKKOR AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Telephoto Zoom Lens:

          The lens is sharp, focuses fast and quiet. It's light enough to carry around. The images are every bit as crisp and clear as any image I've gotten with the f/2.8 version; It performs great wide open at f/4.

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          5.0

          Great lens

          By LuisValizas

          from Montevideo, Uruguay

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Nikon NIKKOR AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Telephoto Zoom Lens:

            Great lenses, a perfect alternative to the heavy 70 200 2.8

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            5.0

            Good lens

            By Ron in NYC

            from NYC

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            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Nikon NIKKOR AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Telephoto Zoom Lens:

              My copy had no quality control problems that I could detect. It focused accurately at 100 inches at all focal lengths on a D800 with no autofocus correction. The exception was at 200mm where there was back focus of about 1/4 inch at 100 inches, which is within my personal tolerances. My copy was equally sharp in the center and corners at 30 feet at all focal lengths within my ability to use test charts. The above remarks merely confirm that a copy without defects conforms to the test results one finds on the web. Microcontrast is good by Nikon standards but certainly not up to Zeiss standards. Up to now I've taken few pictures with it due to a month's business travel to Europe within a week of receipt for which I use a D7100 with a 18-200mm Nikon lens. It's not weight and bulk but the risk of theft that deters me from taking the D800 with my complement of lenses: 21mm Zeiss, 35mm Zeiss, 50mm f/1.8 Nikon, and the 70-200 f/4 Nikon under review. The best review of this lens that I have found is Ming Thein's in connection with a photo expedition to Havana. I agree with everything he says.

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              5.0

              Great lens

              By Jim

              from Hudson, Ma

              About Me Pro Photographer

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              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Nikon NIKKOR AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                The lens is sharp, focuses fast and quiet. It's light enough to carry around....no need for a tripod.

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                5.0

                Excellent lens

                By AK Joe

                from Fairbanks, AK

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Nikon NIKKOR AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                  I'm planning a long-distance hike on which I plan to take a D800E and a 24-120 F/4 VR. I have a 70-200 f/2.8 VRII which I like a lot but it is big and heavy, so I bought the 70-200 f/4.0 VR for the trip. I expected it might not be quite as good as the f/2.8 but would be good enough for the trip and I could sell it afterward. Having received the f/4.0 and tested it for a while now, I'm happy to say it is as sharp, focuses as well, VR works as well as the f/2.8. The f/4 is better about vignetting and it focuses closer than the f/2.8. The only advantages I see to the f/2.8 are the extra stop and the bomb-proof construction. I expect I'll be keeping the f/4.0 after all.

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                  5.0

                  Amazing

                  By Amudgarden

                  from Phoenix, MD

                  About Me Pro Photographer

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Sports/Action
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Nikon NIKKOR AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                    I was pleasantly surprised at how will this lens performs. Images are every bit as crisp and clear as any image I've gotten with the f/2.8 version, and this lens is so much lighter than the f/2.8 model, it is actually a pleasure to carry around. It performs like a champ wide open at f/4, regardless of the shooting conditions and/or available light. Auto focus is speedy and sharp.

                    For the money, this is one of the two finest lenses Nikon currently makes...in a tie with the 200mm f/2.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent lens

                    By Louie

                    from Slo ca

                    Comments about Nikon NIKKOR AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                    The lens works great. I had a vr1 2.8. But it's optical quality was a joke once I got a d800. I went back to my 80-200 2,8 and was very happy. I decided to shrink my bag size with this lens and it worked great. Super sharp and the vr is quite good.

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                    5.0

                    Don't go without this lens!

                    By TomF

                    from Columbia, MD

                    Comments about Nikon NIKKOR AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                    Wanted this lens for some time. Superb optics, matching or exceeding the 70-200 f2.8, and it weighs much less. A must have for any serious photographer.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent Lens

                    By Mike

                    from Downers Grove, IL>

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                    Pros

                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Portrait

                      Comments about Nikon NIKKOR AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                      Love the weight of this lens and the results are spectacular as well. Was wary before purchase, but this lens is tack sharp and the difference in weight between this and the 2.8 is substantial. Would absolutely recommend this lens and it's results.

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                      5.0

                      Extremely good

                      By Joe

                      from Seattle, WA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Great colors
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nano coating
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Sharp

                      Cons

                      • No tripod collar included

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Nikon NIKKOR AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                      This is a tremendous lens, especially given the price and the size. The main drawback, as others have noted, is the lack of a tripod collar included with the lens. However, the lens makes up for this by being an extremely solid performer at all focal lengths, even at f/4. Colors and sharpness are top notch. The VR implementation is the best I've used so far on a Nikon lens, and noticeably superior to the older technology on the 16-35mm f/4, which I also own.

                      I also appreciate that the lens stays 200mm even when focusing very close, unlike it's more expensive, older f/2.8 brother.

                      As a light, sharp, clear lens this quickly became one of my favorites to use with the D800E. It's not necessarily the right lens for the demanding professional photojournalist who needs f/2.8, but for many other uses - including landscape, my primary use - where f/2.8 isn't necessary, it's perfect.

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                      5.0

                      AWESOME !

                      By Hump7

                      from Newburyport, MA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • None so far

                      Best Uses

                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Nikon NIKKOR AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                      Have not been able to use it a lot, but so far it has proved to be an outstanding lens. Wicked sharp, and the VR is off the charts solid.
                      Now a friend is looking to get one.

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                      5.0

                      Great alternative to my 10 ton f2.8

                      By Andy

                      from Alamogordo NM

                      Comments about Nikon NIKKOR AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                      I do a lot of 4wheeling in the mountains and this lens works for me.
                      Yes I would recommend it to a friend.

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                      5.0

                      Amazing Lens

                      By stevespassion

                      from eastern PA

                      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
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Nikon NIKKOR AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                        I am putting together a Nikon constant f/4 lens kit. I already have the 24-120mm f/4 which is dynamite! The clarity and fast focus is superb. I added this 70-200mm f/4 and I am so pleased with it. I have a Nikon D610 now, previously a D600 & before a D700. I love FX and this new lens is sensational. It's a 10 on performance and it is light (compared to the 2.8 version) with only 1 stop difference. I absolutely recommend this lens to the serious enthusiast.

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                        5.0

                        Excellent lens for D610

                        By The McKenzie Kid

                        from Eugene OR

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Great Manual Focus Feel
                        • Lightweight
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Nikon NIKKOR AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                          I recently took the plunge and upgraded to full frame with the D610. After much study and debate I chose this lens and the 16-35mm f/4 to add to the 35-70mm f/2.8D I already owned. So far, my results from this lens have been everything I had hoped for. The combination of the D610 and this lens produces great pictures. The low light performance of this combination beats my D7000 with a 50mm f/1.4G attached. The sharpness, detail, contrast and color are all excellent. I am very happy with this lens on the D610 and I look forward to taking many more pictures.

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                          5.0

                          I would buy it again and again

                          By Ianmck425

                          from Northampton,PA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Poor in Low Light

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Nikon NIKKOR AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                          I got this lens for an alternative to the 70-200 F2.8 and man and I pleased with my decision! The lens is fast focusing, extremely sharp and doesn't even weigh all the much! So worth the price!

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                          5.0

                          Exceptional elegance

                          By Ronindog

                          from Minneapolis, MN

                          About Me Pro Photographer

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery

                            Comments about Nikon NIKKOR AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                            Absolutely one of Nikon's best! Sharp at all focal lengths, with brilliant colors. I have had nearly every version of the 80-200 f/2.8 and the 70-200 f/2.8, including the most recent VR II version; all are exceptional, but heavy! Shooting with the Nikon Df this lens is perfect, and the need for 2.8 is very, very, rare. The weight is nicely distributed on the Df as well. The build quality is better than I expected. This is wonderful telephoto lens that will not disappoint. Great for travel and landscape work!

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                            5.0

                            Great action lens

                            By robras

                            from NYC

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight
                            • Nice Bokeh

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife Photos

                              Comments about Nikon NIKKOR AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                              It is lightweight, the upgraded VR really works. Click it on and off in video mode to see it work. I have two sons and it is amazing for capturing them from the sidelines in baseball and soccer. Nice bokah. Very natural colors especially skin. It is long though.

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