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Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S VR II

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The Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S VR II

The Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 AF-S VR II is perfect for sportshooters and others working at medium telephoto distance. Its vibration reduction system is equivalent to four stops of stabilization when shooting hand-held. The lens has seven extra-low dispersion elements and crystal nano coating to minimize chromatic aberration and ghosting. It also has nine rounded aperture blades to provide smooth out-of-focus highlights and SWM for fast autofocus.

Roger's Take

I haven’t seen this much excitement and screaming since somebody put Red Bull in the punch at a third grade birthday party. I’ve shot with this one enough to reach some clear conclusions:

1) It does not vignette on full-frame cameras, which was a problem with the Mk I version. But if you shoot a DX camera, that doesn’t really matter since vignetting wasn’t an issue with the Mk I on DX.

2) The vibration reduction is clearly superior to the Mk I. I’ve seen shots handheld at 1/20 second at 200mm.

3) It’s thicker and a tad heavier to handhold than the Mk I but not by much.

4) When you are shooting close objects, it becomes a much shorter lens than 200mm. A very reputable report that tested the Mk II found it’s actually 186mm at 10 meters or more, but if you focus 2 meters away, it becomes a 147mm lens. Not a deal breaker, but for those of you who do a lot of closeup work, it’s something to take note of.

5) I can’t say it’s sharper than the Mk I, but the field of focus is perfectly flat, the IS is better, and autofocus seems a bit quicker, so I suspect most of us will have a slightly higher keeper rate.

If you’re shooting full-frame, this is worth every penny of the difference. I’m not so certain for those shooting on DX-sensor cameras.

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