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

(based on 1212 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (1130)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (69)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (543)
  • Durable (416)
  • Easy to use (414)
  • Strong construction (301)
  • Consistent output (255)

Cons

  • Heavy (337)
  • Heavy / bulky (71)
  • Pricey / poor value (21)
  • Heavy bulky (17)
  • Weight (16)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (518)
  • Weddings (378)
  • Low light (362)
  • Landscape/scenery (269)
  • Wildlife photos (236)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (264), Semi-pro photographer (219), Pro photographer (175), Tech savvy (87), Enthusiast (79)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (854), Yes (33)

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

Highly recommended

By Grace

from Undisclosed

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

I'm glad I bought this lense.

 
5.0

AMAZINGLY SHARP!

By Pixie

from New Jersey

Verified Buyer

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

I absolutely love this lens and will find reasons to keep it on all the time!

 
5.0

Super sharp

By Steven

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is so sharp it is scary! At 2.8 you better be spot on with your focus point otherwise you'll get a blur where you didn't want it. It is also built like a tank but also weighs almost as much. If you want super sharp and a zoom built to last this is your lens.

 
5.0

I wouldn't definitely by this lens again. My favorite!

By Carla

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Love this lens! I use it for everything... portraits, sports, etc.

 
5.0

Amazing clarity

By Geoffrey

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

After renting a couple of times, I purchased this wonderful lens from B&H in advance of a trip to Hawaii to photograph the active volcano. The resulting images were superb and the lens is finding it's way into more and more shooting situations. I can't say enough good things about it. Buy one!

 
5.0

Worth the money!

By Steven

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Lens produces very sharp photographs even at slower shutter speeds and in lower light. Great for covering theatre shows and concerts as well as indoor and night time sports.

 
5.0

Awesome Lens!

By catman

from Rapid River, Michigan

Verified Buyer

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

I couldn't be more happy with this lens. It does everything I hoped it would. I shoot a lot of pictures at race tracks and the large aperture really allows me to use a fast shutter speed. Shot the photos included at Shawano Speedway practice on 4-14-17.

 
5.0

Excellent portrait lens

By Burak Imir

from New York / Ankara

Verified Buyer

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

I had the previous version of this lens. Sold it to a friend. She is happily using it. Then I bought this one. Oh man this is one of the sharpest lens I have. Actually all are sharp :) But when it comes to portrait photography this is the best!!!

 
5.0

Amazing Lens

By Dan

from Utah

Verified Buyer

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

I've now used this lens shooting scenery and people. It's fast, is easy to handhold with the VRII and the photos come out crisp and clear.

 
5.0

Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8

By rickey23

from Concord, ca

Verified Buyer

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

Great lens with fixed aperture for much better pictures.

 
5.0

Simply the best option

By Patrick

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

If only it were lighter, it would be perfection. VR works great Low light focusing is flawless. I am a pro shooter and I earn money with this lens shooting events - lots of speakers on stages, PJ shots of event guests interacting without needing to be obtrusive or crop-heavy in post.

It is worth every penny when a contract is on the line!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A must!

By Joanne

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is my dream lens. Finally got it!! I'm super excited to use it this spring.

 
5.0

Very nice

By RB

from Boston

Verified Buyer

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

A little heavy but a solid lens. Fast and versatile. I opted to buy this over the E version to save $700. Have not been disappointed at all.

 
5.0

I recommend

By Jose

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Very good if you can pay for it buy it

 
5.0

Such a beauty!

By Beth

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Love! I got this lens to shoot a large wedding and have been playing around with it in the mean time. The quality is top notch and makes gorgeous photos. I'm so glad I spent the extra money to get the f2.8, because that short DOF makes everything pop. This is now one of my go-to lenses.

 
5.0

Best Glass I Own

By Cristian

from Undisclosed

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

This must be one of the best glass made by Nikon. Besides its outstanding optical performance, this lens nails focus every time (even when I use AF-C) and is built like a tank (it once fell from a tripod and it had not a single scratch). Btw, the IS is a saver for most handheld shots. What can I say more? It's a little heavy but worth every penny. Perfect lens when you need a longer focal distance.

 
5.0

I would buy this again and again ...

By Cipanton

from New York

Verified Buyer

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

It's a day by day lens on your camera...especially if you are shooting portraits, wedding and why not live events (concerts) photograpy from far. Very bright, spectacular colors...

 
5.0

Excellant lense.

By Ray

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

My best lense it is very shape and fast

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would definitely purchase it again.

By Chris

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This lens focuses very fast. I had previously purchased a Tamron 70-200mm to save money. The Tamron focused very slowly.

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wish I onwed more.

By Gilbert

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great all-around lens. Are use her for sports portraits and events

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