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Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Lens

BH #NI7020028E • MFR #20063
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Lens
Key Features
  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Six Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Fluorite and HRI Elements
Spanning a versatile range of longer-than-normal focal lengths, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR from Nikon is a portrait to telephoto zoom offering a bright f/2.8 constant maximum aperture, intuitive handling controls, and a sophisticated optical construction. This revised layout now includes six extra-low dispersion elements, as well as one fluorite element and one high refractive index element, to reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing for improved clarity and sharpness. Nano Crystal and Super Integrated Coatings further benefit image quality by reducing lens flare for improved contrast and color accuracy and fluorine coatings on the front and rear elements protect against dust, moisture, and smudging.
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Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Overview

Spanning a versatile range of longer-than-normal focal lengths, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR from Nikon is a portrait to telephoto zoom offering a bright f/2.8 constant maximum aperture, intuitive handling controls, and a sophisticated optical construction. This revised layout now includes six extra-low dispersion elements, as well as one fluorite element and one high refractive index element, to reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing for improved clarity and sharpness. Nano Crystal and Super Integrated Coatings further benefit image quality by reducing lens flare for improved contrast and color accuracy and fluorine coatings on the front and rear elements protect against dust, moisture, and smudging.

Balancing the optical attributes, the lens also features a series of robust physical and handling assets, including a four stop-effective Vibration Reduction system to minimize the appearance of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting. A Silent Wave Motor AF system also contributes to sharp imagery with quick, quiet, and smooth focusing performance that is suitable for both stills and video applications. Four focus buttons are featured on the lens barrel for easily activating AF Lock, and full-time manual focus override is also available. Additionally, the lens also sports a weather-sealed magnesium-alloy construction for working in harsh environments, and the removable, rotating tripod collar spins on ball bearings for smooth and quick shifting between vertical and horizontal shooting.

Designed for use with FX image sensors, this 70-200mm lens is also compatible with DX sensors where it will provide a 105-300mm equivalent focal length range.
Constant f/2.8 maximum aperture offers consistent performance throughout the zoom range and also benefits working in difficult lighting conditions and using selective focus techniques.
Six extra-low dispersion elements combine with one fluorite element and a high refractive index element to significantly reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing, as well as increase contrast, clarity, and apparent sharpness for a richer image quality.
Nano Crystal and Super Integrated Coatings have been applied to lens elements to minimize surface and internal reflections for a marked reduction in lens flare and ghosting.
Fluorine coatings on the front and rear elements afford protection to the optical system.
Vibration Reduction image stabilization helps to reduce the appearance of camera shake by up to four shutter speed stops to better enable handheld shooting in low-light situations. Additionally, a dedicated Sports Mode is optimized for photographing when using panning movements and a Tripod Mode suppresses subtle ground vibrations.
Silent Wave Motor affords quick, quiet, and precise autofocus performance along with full-time manual focus override. An internal focusing design is also used, where only the internal lens groups are moved during focusing, to maintain the overall length of the lens during use and to promote faster focusing speeds.
Four focus buttons are positioned on the lens barrel for intuitively engaging autofocus or AF Lock functions.
Specialized electromagnetic aperture mechanism provides greater exposure control stability that is especially beneficial when working with fast continuous shooting rates.

This mechanism limits the compatibility of this lens to the following cameras: D5, D4, D3 series, Df, D850, D810, D810A, D800 series, D750, D700, D610, D600, D500, D300 series, D7500, D7200, D7100, D7000, D5600, D5500, D5300, D5200, D5100, D5000, D3400, D3300, D3200, D3100, Nikon 1 J1, J2, J3, J4 with FT-1, Nikon 1 V1, V2, V3 with FT-1, and Nikon 1 S1, S2 with FT-1.
Weather-sealed design and magnesium-alloy construction is able to withstand dust and moisture for working in harsh environments. Additionally, the zoom and focus rings have been switched compared to previous 70-200mm models, with the focus ring closer to the mount now for more natural handling and control.
Removable, rotating tripod collar spins on ball bearings to permit quick and smooth switching from vertical to horizontal shooting orientations.
UPC: 018208200634

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Specs

Focal Length70 to 200mm
Maximum Aperturef/2.8
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountNikon F
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View34° 20' to 12° 20'
Minimum Focus Distance3.61' / 1.1 m
Maximum Magnification0.21x
Optical Design22 Elements in 18 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationYes
Tripod CollarRemovable and Rotating
Filter Size77 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.48 x 7.97" / 88.5 x 202.5 mm
Length at Maximum Extension7.97" / 202.5 mm
Weight3.15 lb / 1430 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)12.6 x 7.6 x 7.5"

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Reviews

Amazing!

By Steven
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-06

This lens meets the expectations of a top Nikon lens. It focuses quick and is sharp. As far as I can tell the buttons on the lens are a duplicate of back focus button on the camera. It would nice to be able to change focusing points with the buttons. This is my are favorite lens!

Tack sharp bucket list lens

By James
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-09

Gorgeous tack sharp results. Saved up for this and it was very much worth it! I use it with my Wimberley monopod gimbal and it's great. My wife absolutely loves this lens too, so we may need to buy another...

Sharp, Fast, Amazing VR

By Josh
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-08

I waited too long to make this addition to my lenses. The versatility of the 70-200 f2.8 means it has not left my camera body since it arrived. Image quality is sharp, the auto focus is extremely fast, and the VR is surprising. I'm shooting slower shutter speeds and still getting still images where I never thought possible. Great for portraits, wildlife, landscapes, and candid / sports shots. Easily my favorite lens in the bag right now.

One of the sharpest lenses I've ever owned.

By Larry
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-20

In the short time I've had this, and connected to a D850 of only 3 months use I'm really impressed. Here is an over 50% crop of a Goldfinch shot handheld at 1/200 sec, ISO 400, f/11. It has been postprocessed in Lightroom with a relatively strong vignette of the corners.

5 stars, after field trials.

By Bill
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-11

I didn't rush to post a 5 star rating within a day or two of ownership. I put this lens to work in a variety of settings, light conditions and all focal lengths. Also shot some portraiture. All of the results exceeded my expectations. The rendering and colors just pop. My 70-200E VR shoots as sharp as most top primes- it really does. The bokeh at f/2.8 is gorgeous- not f/1.4 gorgeous but awful close, smooth and creamy. I had the 70-200 G and was mostly happy with that, but on my D850 the 70-200E VR hits it out of the park. I have shot many hundreds of very to extremely sharp images, the AF is extremely quick and accurate. I love all my Nikkor glass, but this lens is the best of them all!

Great upgrade

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-18

Upgraded to this version from the old original VR version. An amazing difference! Very sharp, much faster auto-focus, excellent quality. Works great on my D500.

Solid lens

By Darlene
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-23

The one thing that made me hesitant about this lens were the many comments about potential loss of functionality with the switch-up of the focus and zoom rings. My previous 70-200 was my go-to lens probably 90% of the time...it lived a long hard life, served me well, then just kind of rolled over and died. When you use a lens THAT much - pretty much non-stop for 15 years - functionality is critical. All of the comments about motor-memory, awkwardness of the extended reach to zoom, and also the inability to shoot with the lens hood mounted in the hold position on the front of the lens were big concerns. The lens hood thing really bothered me - I know I'm not the only shooter who stores the hood handily on the end of the lens so that I can ditch the bag and carry the bare minimum on location but still have the hood handy. The previous design let you stash it on the end of the lens without blocking the functionality of the zoom, but you can't do that anymore. You have to either shoot with the lens hood mounted or leave it behind if you don't have someplace to stash it, which for me is pretty much always. That said...it is what it is. The lens is beautiful. The edge-to-edge focus is beautiful. The focus distance is about a full foot closer, which I absolutely love. Focus seems really crisp, although I haven't tested it shooting sports yet. I find the motor-memory issue to be minimal - it did slow me down slightly the first couple of uses reaching for the wrong ring, but I don't anticipate it being an issue for long. As for the 'reach' issue, while it is somewhat awkward, I find it helpful to use the tripod foot as a sort of brace to rest the weight of the lens in the palm of your hand and use your fingertips to spin the zoom ring. Leaving the foot loosened or unlocked lets you easily spin from horizontal to vertical without any delay. One commenter solved his reach issue by switching out the nikon foot with the Really Right Stuff the LCF-11 Replacement Foot, which is longer. While I haven't done it yet (pricey), I plan to. A longer foot would pretty much eliminate the reach problem, in my opinion (are u listening, Nikon?). All in all, no regrets. Change happens. It's still a beautiful lens.

Best 70-200mm f2.8 yet

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-14

I've owned many generations of Nikon's 70-200 f2.8 over the decades, this one is my favorite. The focus is instant, silent, and the sharpness on my D850 is spectacular. I read some comments on the zoom being on the outer end, but after a bit of shooting it became a non-issue, at least for me but of course others may feel differently.

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