Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Review by Mark Goldstein at the Photography Blog: Premium build, optics, and price. Weight too.

Mark tested the lens with a Nikon D4 full-frame Dslr body.

"The lens' sharpness is excellent at most focal lengths and f-stops. Edge sharpness is also commendably good, only requiring stopping-down to f/5.6 to get acceptable results. Distortion is well-controlled, chromatic aberrations are only really conspicuous by their almost complete absence, and the lens exhibits pleasingly rounded bokeh thanks to the 9-blade aperture. All in all, the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR delivers great results throughtout its zoom range. So the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR offers a versatile focal range, fast maximum aperture, well-implemented Vibration Reduction system, fast auto-focus and excellent build quality and weather-proofing. Sure, it's big and heavy, but it does offer a compelling combination of versatility, durability . . . read more

Nasim Mansurov reviews and compares the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR and AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II lenses.

Nasim uses a D800E as a test body:

"As you may already know, the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II was a disappointment for some photographers, because it suffers from a “lens breathing” optical design, where the focal length of the lens varies depending on subject distance. At close distances, the 70-200mm loses quite a bit of the range, which can be a problem for those of us that like to fill the frame with small objects. The Nikon 70-200mm f/4G VR does not have this problem – I measured its focal length and it was exactly 70-200mm, no matter how close or far I focused. Its optical formula is similar to that of the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 . . . read more

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VRII review at Camera Stuff Review: This is an absolute winner. It is a mechanically very solid lens, meeting the highest optical standards at all focal lengths and apertures.

Ivo Freriks tests the lens with a Nikon D800E Dslr Body:

"The resolution of this lens is amazing. On a D800E (on which the performance of the lens comes out very well), we even scored over 3500 line pairs per picture height at maximum aperture at all focal lengths. You do not come across this often. The corners remain behind a bit at f/2.8 (well - 1500 LP/PH is still a very good result) but already after stopping down 2 stops, you get above 4000 LP/PH. This lens draws sharper than many professional fixed focus lenses!" . . . read more

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VRII zoom lens review at Camera Labs: The Nikon 70-200mm f2.8G VR II is the professional version of a 70-200mm zoom with a large aperture, a very good performance and a build to last.

Thomas reviews the lens with a Nikon D800 Dslr body.

The Nikon 70-200/2.8G VR II delivers very good overall performance throughout the zoom-range with a graceful decline in sharpness/contrast in the corners. But nothing that a little stopping down can't heal. Mount it on a DX-body and it delivers a flawless performance from f4.0 with very high sharpness and contrast at all apertures. Its resolving-power also makes the lens quite a good match for a tele-converter should you need to reach beyond the 200mm focal length. Combined with image stabilization, a fast and reliable AF, and a large constant f2.8 aperture that can cut exposure times in half for fast moving action shots or deliver shallower depth of field effects, a robust body, and weather-sealing this lens is the tool of choice for the pros. . . . read more

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II review at photodo

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II review at photodo

"Nikon have been regularly updating their lens range and the latest zoom to get the makeover treatment is the Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8 GII ED. The mark I version hit the shops back in 2003 so the update was long overdue.

This lens is a professional quality 2.9x zoom with a fast constant f/2.8 aperture and Vibration Reduction. It's version two of Nikon's AF-S 70-200 f/2.8 that has been eagerly awaited for some time now and is a

. . . read more

Overview

Description by Nikon:

Fast f/2.8 Zoom-NIKKOR lens
Perfect for sports, photojournalism and wildlife photography.

Specifications
Initial Price: 
$2400
Release Date: 
07/2009
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