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

(based on 1180 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (1100)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (67)

  • 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

It makes my shots look like professional

By Alex

from Undisclosed

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

I am not even close to be professional, just like to shoot pictures of my dogs.  Following them running in dog park needs fast, accurate and long distance lens and this 70-200 f2.8 is perfect.  It is effortless to get great shots and receive praise like "how did you get these pictures".  I debated for a long time between f2.8 and f4 over weight and price difference, and no regret for the decision.  Own the lens for over a year now and still love it.  It is a very heavy for a senior small guy like me so I use a monopod to ease the hand shaking for holding it too long.

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5.0

Brilliant Lens

By MillerTerry

from Souther CA

Verified Buyer

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

Beautiful lens, construction and overall feel. Very impressive...a long-awaited replacement for my vintage 80-210 2.8 where the motor ( early auto focus was noisy) ...This is silent and stunning in every way.
Tack sharp for photojournalism.

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5.0

AWESOME LENS!

By DRPhoto

from Florida

Verified Buyer

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

This lens takes pictures with superb details, and color. See the attached picture of a black crowned night heron that was taken 10 minutes after sunset with F2.8. This lens is a cut above other lenses, and well worth the price. I also attached a picture of a bird (I believe an osprey) landing on a tree. This was cropped from a large sunset landscape picture. Simply amazing! I highly recommend this lens.

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5.0

As advertised

By Joe

from Poconos

Verified Buyer

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

Solid build, fast accurate focus, clear as a bell! Couldn't ask for a better lens

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5.0

Fantastic, worth every penny.

By SERKAN

from Undisclosed

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

Fast and great sharpnes.

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5.0

Awesome lens!!!

By bgrapes

from NYC

Verified Buyer

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

This lens gives you that Wow factor!!!!

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5.0

Fast Focus

By Marty

from Minnesota

Verified Buyer

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

This is a super lens that focuses very fast and yields sharp images.

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5.0

Fantastic Lens

By photography lover

from Douglasville, GA

Verified Buyer

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

I have the original 70-200 lens and have carried it all across Europe. The new lens is lighter but takes extremely sharp pictures. It focuses on items that are a lot closer than the older lens did. I would recommend everyone get this lens.

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5.0

Outstanding

By Diane

from Enola Pennsylvania.

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

For years I had and loved the 1997 80-200 2.8 Nikon lens. I finally decided to trade it in and get the latest issue of the Nikon 70-200 2.8 lens thinking it would be more appropriate for my Nikon D3s. It works beautifully...great sharpness in all levels of light.

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(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good, but not great

By Ashley

from Richardson, TX

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

I rented this lens for one purpose, shooting racing late at night under the lights. The fast aperture made it a joy to shoot in the dark, rather than a pain. The autofocus is very fast, quiet, and accurate. However, I have found that my Nikkor 70-300 is just as sharp, focuses nearly as fast, and actually exceeds it in contrast, all while weighing far less and being a fraction of the cost. That was not at all what I expected, and while the 70-200 makes some nice bokeh and does well in less than optimal lighting, it isn't one I'd use 24/7.

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5.0

The best!

By Cdh

from San Diego

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

I borrowed this lens for a wedding and was so amazed with it I bought one. Highly recommended. It's expensive but worth it.

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5.0

Great Lens

By Brendan Wiltse

from Saranac Lake, NY

Verified Buyer

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

This lens is heavy and built like a tank but as a result will certainly hold up to years worth of us. The lens is very sharp with fast autofocus. The VR works well enough that you will be more concerned with blur from subject movement than you will from camera shake. As part of the "trinity" series of lenses it is a must have for anyone serious about photography.

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5.0

Awesome Lens

By Bimmerusa

from San Doego

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

This monster is awesome for lens, do not hesitate and second guess. It will give you better shots and photos you won't need much processing...

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Lens I have ever used!

By Chuck R

from Guilford, CT

Verified Buyer

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

I have owned and rented many lenses over my lifetime but the quality and workmanship of this lens far exceeds anything else I have ever used. Some say, in the published reviews, that this is the best lens that Nikon has ever made. And I agree!

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5.0

It's as good as you've heard it is.

By Capt. Jim

from Los Angeles

Verified Buyer

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

I have been hearing great things about this lens for years now, but when I upgraded to the full frame D750 recently I initially paired it with the 28-300mm VR lens. At first I was happy with the results I was getting thanks to the low light capability of the D750, but I quickly came to see the limitations of a "Do everything lens", particularly at longer focal lengths and in low light, so I decided to give the 70-200 a try.

I can tell you that I was impressed with the lens from the very first shot I took, it focuses Lightning quick and the images are amazingly sharp. While it is perfect for subjects at long distance in low light, what really impressed me is how useful it is for portraits, stand back, zoom all the way into 200mm at f2.8 and watch your subjects pop out.

i was concerned that I might miss the extra reach the 28-300 gave me vs the 200mm on this, but I really don't miss it and for those few occasions where I might need it, I think I'd be better off enlarging and cropping the sharper images I get with the 70-200 anyway. Also, another nice feature of the 70-200VR is that it pairs nicely with the Nikon TC-20 E III teleconverter which, for $499, will give you a sharp 400mm f5.6 lens.

The only downside I can see with this lens is that due to the fact that it is built like a tank, it also weighs as much as one. Some photographers may find this lens a little initimidating, but if you can get past its size and weight you will be well rewarded with a solid investment that pays dividends in great images.

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5.0

AMAZING, SHARP, BEAUTIFUL IMAGES

By Aidan

from NJ

Verified Buyer

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

I've been wanting this glass for quite some time, and i'm glad i didn't wait any longer.. Totally worth it, my new favorite lens for every scenario

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5.0

Who doesn't love this beast?

By AnGelo

from Auckland, New Zealand

Verified Buyer

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

Just buy it already!

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent

By Nick

from Cleveland, OH

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

This is the best 70-200 yet. Maybe not worth upgrading from the version I if you already have it, but if you need a 70-200, this is the best you can get. Major focus breathing; 200mm at close focus is actually shorter than 200, but this isn't really a problem when shooting portraiture or shooting distant objects. Just something to be aware of. Still the best so far. Definitely worth it.

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5.0

I would recommedn this lens

By Gerbear

from Ormond Beach florida

Verified Buyer

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

did sun rises on the beach, turned out great!

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5.0

My new favorite lens

By Amateur Mike

from Pennsylvania

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

Fast, sharp, and quick focus. I'm loving this lens for action, portraits and wildlife alike. So glad I picked this up.

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