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NikonAF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Lens
 
4.8

(based on 156 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (119)
  • Lightweight (107)
  • Consistent output (76)
  • Nice bokeh (76)
  • Strong construction (58)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (6)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (95)
  • Wildlife photos (86)
  • Sports/action (73)
  • Weddings (53)
  • Macro photography (18)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (69), Semi-pro photographer (41), Pro photographer (21), Casual photographer (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
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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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5.0

Great lens

By Ted

from San Diego, CA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Nice Bokeh

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      Great lens! Appears well made, much lighter than its big brother.

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      5.0

      Sharp lens all the way thru

      By Alpha Orange

      from Redmond, WA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        I use this lens for outdoor sporting events and portraits. It is very sharp at all focal lengths and focuses very fast. Chromatic shift is minimal to non existent. The VR is really steady when I need it indoors. I look forward to the 2.8 version based on this lens configuration.

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        5.0

        sharp and light

        By FSveltophoto

        from Houston

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          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            as sharp as the 2.8 (I did a quick comparison, I own also the 2.8 VRII) but much lighter and cheaper.

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            5.0

            Wow! Fantastic Lens!

            By Jeff

            from Poway, CA

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

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

              I am using the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4, purchased several weeks ago, on my Nikon Df. I use the Df with a wide selection of manual focus Ai-S lenses. This is only my second purchase of a AF-S series lens. All I can say is WOW! This lens is magnificent! Certainly, I can say more. It is sharp, very sharp at all f-stops. Auto focus with the Df is fast and exact, with beautiful separation of the in-focus subject from the background. Color response is wonderful, scenes look alive, very natural yet they "pop". And the VRII, it works. At 150mm and 1/15th second shutter speed, I can get 2 out of 3 perfectly sharp handheld with the VR switch set to the "active" setting.

              At first, I was a little wary of the size and weight of my Df with the AF-S 70-200mm f4 verses my Micro 4/3 system. But then after seeing the end results, there is no comparison, Nikon FX format wins without question.

              In conclusion, I love this lens! And I love the Nikon Df!

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              5.0

              Sharp and versatile

              By BobH

              from Gaithersburg, MD

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

              Wonderfully sharp, and weight is easy to manage. Terrifically versatile...in the 3 weeks I've owned it, have used it on my D7100 at the lower end of the zoom for portraits in the studio and at max with a TC-14E III (and handheld) for birds in the backyard. Great results in each case. I'm a fan.

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              4.0

              Sharp lens

              By TJ

              from Boston, USA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                Images are very sharp, but has a little distortion when you take architecture, such as close-up windows, doors or buildings.

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                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Killer Lens!

                By Moose Peterson

                from Mammoth Lakes, CA

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

                The 70-200f4 is a spectacular lens. It is often compared to its big brother, the 70-200f2.8. It is just as sharp but lighter, smaller and aperture closes down to f/32. It work beautifully with TC-14eIII & TC-20eIII

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                5.0

                Great lens!

                By Chop

                from Los Angeles

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Bokeh Is Not The Best

                Best Uses

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

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

                You can handhold this lens with super sharp results at low shutter speeds. This lens is light, Only one stop slower than the 2.8 which isn't a problem since I have the ability on my D750 to work with higher ISO's. Once I tested the quality of the image and was very happy then it was a matter or weight, bulk and the VR with this lens. Add this to the legendary 70 to 200mm lenses that Nikon has always built.

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                5.0

                Awesome lens

                By Ted-the-Moose

                from La Plata, Argentina

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                  This zoom is amazing: fast, tack sharp and light. I can take it in one of my vest pockets during my trekkings. My previous zoom was the venerable 80-200 2.8 AFN (two rings), which I still have, and although it was rock solid and very sharp, it was not very portable due to its weight. The 70-200 f2.8 was not an option for me because of the price, the size and the weight. I had to wait and wait, but eventually Nikon released the f4.0 version. It is now one of my most used lenses (along with the 300 f4.0 AFS and the 10-24 AFS (now that I moved to the D810 I have to get a new wide angle zoom, pity!). With this not-so-fast trinity I went everywhere with my D300 (I take mostly landscape and wildlife images). The 70-200 f4 is not as sturdy as a professional lens, but it is rugged enough: once it fell from my vest on the street and stop focussing. The service told me that the problem was with the diafragm mechanism and easy to fix, but the rest of the lens was in perfect conditions!.... With the new high ISO cameras the only reason to get the much expensive f2.8 lens is that you really need the shallower depth of field.

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                  5.0

                  OMG

                  By Tony Hurt

                  from Hopkinsville Ky

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                      I was shocked how well this lens performs.
                      It is absolutely the best lens I've ever used.
                      The photos produced are crystal clear when used at 200mm @f.4 with a 100% crop!
                      The auto focus dead-on and very fast.
                      The VR is amazing. No problem hand holding at 1/30
                      If your on the fence about getting this lens... Well get off and buy it, You will not regret it!
                      Note... B&H is such a pleasure to do business with, no need to shop elsewhere.

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                      5.0

                      Great Lens

                      By Wayne

                      from Boston, MA

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Weddings/Events

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

                        Bought this for graduation ceremony. Never had the 70-200 f/2.8 version, but the photo quality of this lens is already as expected. Great product. I should have waited for the rebates though.

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                        (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        Warning to Manual-Focus Video Shooters

                        By Ryan Douthit

                        from Kirkland, WA

                        About Me Pro Photographer

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                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Poor manual focus

                        Best Uses

                        • Sports/Action

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

                        I bought this lens so I'd have a decent zoom for travel to use for video and stills. The size and build quality are excellent, as are the optics. However, there is one huge issue that caused me to return it: The manual focus ring sticks.

                        I went down to my local camera store and tried several. I also rented one. They all have the same issue: when attempting tiny focus changes manually (shooting video), the ring gives abruptly, ruining the shot.

                        Because of this I canned the idea of having a small 70-200 in my Nikon kit and picked up the 2.8 version instead (which is excellent in every way possible - outside of size, which isn't a deal-killer.)

                        If I just used this for AF stills, I would have no complaints. My other Nikon lenses don't have this issue (16-35, 50mm, etc.)

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                        5.0

                        Nice size and weight zoom

                        By Robert

                        from Seal Beach, CA

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Wildlife Photos

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

                          I really like the size and weight of this 70-200 lens, and because of that I am using much more than my old 80-200f2.8. I find the lens produces good sharp pictures. The loss of one stop of speed over the 2.8 is not a big issue, as this is predominately an outdoor daytime lens for me. Focusses quickly and accurately.

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                          5.0

                          Excellent telephoto lens

                          By Silenteyes

                          from Florida

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                          Pros

                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight
                          • Portable
                          • Razor Sharp Pictures
                          • Sharp

                          Cons

                          • Build Quality

                          Best Uses

                          • Outdoor Telephoto
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Wildlife Photos

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

                          I compared this lens to its sibling and the more revered Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 and finally ended up buying the Nikon 70-200 f/4. I can say without reservations I have not been disappointed with the lens. The pictures are tact sharp and the focusing is pretty fast. I especially like the portability this lens offers. Weighing half as much as its sibling the f/2.8, it seemed to be a better value to me. After all, no use spending all those bucks on a lens that we won't take along on trips because it is just too heavy. I would recommend this lens to anyone in need of a quality portable telephoto. However, if you do take a lot of pictures indoors such as weddings, its worth getting the f/2.8 as the extra stop definitely matters.

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                          2.0

                          Big Disappointment

                          By JAMESc

                          from Atlanta

                          About Me Pro Photographer

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                          Pros

                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Blurry Focus
                          • Poor quality control

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Video

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

                          I have 70-200/2.8 VR II but it's heavy and bulky;so it ain't suitable for all situations. Having read lots of positive reviews of the lens, I decided to order one and it turned out to be quite an unpleasant experience. I tested it against my Nikon 70-300VR that it was supposed to replace. From test charts to real-world scences, my 70-300VR outperforms it at all focal range at all comparable F-stop on my D810. Sent it to Nikon, it came back with a description of some Autofocus adjustments being performed. However, it's worse than before and now its VR at fault. Emailed Nikon and they asked me to send it back in. Do I really have to spend lots of my time and effort to sort this mess out? At best, I can only give it no more than two stars.

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                          5.0

                          Great Product

                          By Bob

                          from Maryland

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                          Pros

                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Rugged

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

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

                            I was considering the 70-200mm f/2.8 but could not justify the cost. I decided on this lenses and am extremely pleased. It is fast and weighs much less that the f/2.8 which comes in handy when caring the setup around all day. I just wish the tripod collar was included with the lens.

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                            5.0

                            The first one was great

                            By Alicat68

                            from Greenville, SC

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                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Macro Photography
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Wildlife Photos

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

                              I just bought this lens to replace the one that was stolen in October. I had had it for a year and used it constantly. I bought it because of the lighter weight, and lighter price and have never run into a problem with the limit of f4.
                              It is my lens of choice for street shooting but has also proved itself in close up work.
                              I'm hoping the new one is as good as the origina.

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                              4.0

                              Good Option

                              By Larry

                              from Vt

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • Heavy

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Wildlife Photos

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

                              This is a great all around lens for shots you can't get into a better position for. Not too bad a price compard to the f2.8 version. Only complaint is that it is a handful-hardly fits in my bag.

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                              5.0

                              Excellent Lens

                              By FredFlavor

                              from Puyallup, WA

                              About Me Casual Photographer

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                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • Poor in Low Light

                              Best Uses

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

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

                              Great optics. Crystal clear through the entire range. My go to lens for everyday use.

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                              5.0

                              Bang for the buck

                              By Sans

                              from Newbury park

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

                              If you are into photography you do know this is not the best money could buy but damn is it good. I sold off the heavier counter part to get the lighter one. I shoot more than f4 most of the time so this is a good.

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