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

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(From Nikon lens literature) An evolution of one of Nikon's most versatile and popular pro-zoom lenses, the newly redesigned AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR sports an updated optical formula capable of amazing image quality, while optimized for high-speed shooting.

Long considered an essential lens in the bag of professional photographers, this updated AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR sets a new benchmark for fast telephoto zoom lenses, taking image quality and handling to the next level. An indispensable and powerful tool for nearly any photographic scenario, the NIKKOR 70-200mm remains the professional's choice with a wide f/2.8 constant aperture that is ideal for capturing sports, weddings, stunning portraits and more, even in low-light.

The next generation design of the lens helps ensure the very best in image quality, speed and low-light performance, while offering balance and handling that is nothing short of superb. Nikon's new 70-200mm provides up to four stops1 of Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization, an improvement from its predecessor that helps users to eliminate blur and camera shake even when shooting handheld or in challenging light. During burst shooting, the lens takes advantage of an electromagnetic diaphragm for consistent auto-exposure control. Additionally, a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables ultra-fast and quiet AF operation with seamless manual focus override. Discerning photographers will also appreciate assignable function buttons on the lens barrel that offer customization, perfect for engaging pre-set autofocus or other focusing options.

A new optical formula consisting of six ED elements, one Fluorite element, a high refractive element and Nano Crystal Coat helps make for a lighter and more versatile lens, while reducing chromatic aberration and helping to all but eliminate distortion, ghosting and flare. Ready for even the most rugged of assignments, the magnesium alloy lens barrel features superior weather-sealing that achieves anti-dust and waterdrop-resistance, while Fluorine coating on both the front and rear glass facilitates easy cleaning. Whether shooting with a camera like the Nikon D5, D810, D750 or D500, capturing sports or weddings, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR is a fantastic lens choice for experienced photographers.

Price and Availability
The AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR will be available starting in November 2016 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of US$2,799.95.

1 Based on CIPA Standard. This value is achieved when FX-format compatible lenses are attached to a FX-format digital SLR camera and zoom lenses are set at the maximum telephoto position.

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

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

10.0/10 average of 2 review(s) Build Quality 10.0/10 Image Quality 10.0/10
  • 10 out of 10 points and recommended by Vincenzorondanini (1 reviews)

    The lens is amazing. Ultra, ultra sharp. Fantastic autofocus, extremely well done. A really professional lens.
    About the A/m button, you can notice the difference between the M/a button, making this test:
    Switch the selector on AM and select AF-S mode on your camera; then rotate slowly the focus ring. While you are turning the ring, release the shutter button just to focusing something. You can notice that the camera autofocus will focus properly the subject. Now, do the same thing with the button on M/a position. You will notice that the autofocus will not work and you will able to focus manually as you like.

    reviewed June 9th, 2019 (purchased for $2,400)
  • 10 out of 10 points and recommended by thejohnz (6 reviews)
    No focus breathing' works very well with all of Nikon's tele-converters' exceptional image quality; superb VR; well balanced weight
    Zoom ring easily creeps down from the 200mm setting

    Nikon really put a great effort to make this lens perfect in every way. Having owned the VRII version of this lens, I was well aware of the need for improvement. This latest offering has stunning image quality corner to corner at all focal lengths. The micro-contrast rivals Nikon's best fixed lenses. Here is a short list of improvements:
    (1) No focus breathing!
    (2) Lightning fast focus that still works well with tele-converters attached
    (3) The most stable and effective VR system ever made by Nikon
    (4) Close focus that is one foot better than the previous version
    (5) A useful lens hood that allows the lens to be stood vertically
    (6) Ligher weight and better balance over previous version
    (7) Fluorite coatings
    (8) Sharp, sharp,sharp!
    (9) Better control of flare
    (10) Focus control buttons on front of lens

    Yes, it is expensive, but the best things in life usually are.

    reviewed January 19th, 2017 (purchased for $2,800)