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

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This is the seventh (and so far latest and greatest) version of Nikon's 70/80-200 f/2.8 tele zooms. For FX, it is a significant improvement on the previous version. Only minimal vignetting in the corners, and corner sharpness is also improved from the previous version. Sharp from wide open, and CA and distortions are very well controlled.

The design is based upon intenal focusing, so at 1.4 meters, it is only a 135mm lens.

The mechanical construction is solid, with rubber seals to protect it against dust and moisture.

Can use Nikon teleconverters TC-14E II, TC-17E II and TC-20E III.

Rating: Ed: 90, User: - (normalized, 0=useless, 50=average, 100=excellent).

Mount: Nikon F.
Format: FX/135.
Aperture range: f/2.8 to f/22.
Optical zoom: 2.9x.
Close focus distance (CFD): 1400 cm / 45.93 ft (from sensor plane).
CFD magnification: 1:8.3 / 0.12X.
Focus: AF (built-in, ring-type).
Groups/elements: 16/21.
Filter diameter: 77 mm.
L x D, W: 206 x 87 mm, 1532 g.
IR: No hotspot reports.
Approximate street price: USD 2299 (new, w/o tax).
Production: 2009-today.

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Nikon is a multinational corporation headquartered in Tokyo, Japan specializing in optics and imaging. Its products include cameras, lenses, flash units, scanners, binoculars, microscopes, measurement instruments, and steppers (used in semiconductor fabrication). The company was founded in 1917 as Nippon Kōgaku Kōgyō Kabushikigaisha (Japan Optical Industries Corporation), and renamed Nikon Corporation, after its cameras, in 1988. Nikon Corporation is one of the companies of the Mitsubishi Group.

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