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

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This is the sixth version of Nikon's 70/80-200 f/2.8 tele zooms. Compared to its predecessors, it is smaller and lighter. Mechanical construction and ergonomics are excellent. AF is quick and silent. The vibration reduction is highly responsive, and can give you the equivalent of four stops improvement.

Images have good colour and contrast. The bokeh is excellent. CA is well controlled over the entire zoom range. Flare and ghosting show up in difficult light. There is some barrel distortion at the short end, and pincushion at the long end. Around 105 mm there is no visible distortion.

On DX, there is almost no vignetting and sharpness at f/2.8 is good, but it improves if you stop down to down to f/4. On FX, fully open, there is visible vignetting. Also on FX, corner sharpness suffers on all apertures, in particular at the long end when focused on infinity. For this reason, I think this lens is better suited for DX than for FX.

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

Rating: Ed: 80, 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): 150 cm / 4.92 ft (from sensor plane).
CFD magnification: 1:6.1 / 0.16X.
Focus: AF (built-in, ring-type).
Groups/elements: 15/21.
Filter diameter: 77 mm.
L x D, W: 215 x 87 mm, 1468 g.
Approximate street price: USD 1825 (new, w/o tax).
Production: 2003-2009, replaced by: Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 G AF-S VR-II ED-IF.

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Established: 1917
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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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