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Nikon launches 70-200mm f/4 VR telezoom with claimed 5-stop stabilization

By dpreview staff on Oct 24, 2012 at 04:01 GMT
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Nikon has launched the much-rumored AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR, a lighter and more affordable tele-zoom with a claimed 5 stops of image stabilization. This is delivered by what the company terms 'third-generation VR,' which we're told is not a successor to VRII. The lens joins Nikon's range of constant f/4 lenses, alongside the 16-35mm f/4 and 24-120mm f/4, and includes both nano crystal coating and a ring-type AF-S motor to give full-time manual focus override. At $1400 the lens is priced relatively closely to the Canon equivalent's list price - as is the $224 optional tripod ring.

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Press Release:

NIKON CONTINUES POPULAR SERIES OF F/4 LENSES WITH THE ADDITION OF THE NEW FX-FORMAT AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR TELEPHOTO ZOOM LENS

The AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Telephoto Zoom Lens is Nikon's First Lens with up to Five Stops of Image Stabilization; Offers Outstanding Performance and Superior Image Quality

MELVILLE, N.Y. (October 24, 2012) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the newest addition to its legendary NIKKOR line of lenses, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR telephoto zoom lens that provides a popular and versatile focal length and a constant f/4 aperture for full frame FX-format photographers. The 70-200mm f/4 is the first NIKKOR lens to feature the third generation of Nikon's Vibration Reduction (VR) technology to meet the still image and video demands of advanced photographers and videographers.

"With the new AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4, Nikon offers enthusiasts an essential telephoto zoom lens capable of amazing clarity and control, at a price point that's easily attainable," said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc., "With the introduction of Nikon's third generation of VR technology, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4 lens offers superior performance and stunning image quality whether shooting beautiful stills or HD video in challenging lighting conditions."

Legendary Image Quality and Performance

In an expansion of Nikon's f/4 series of NIKKOR lenses, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4 is an uncompromising telephoto zoom lens ready for real-world creative applications by professionals and enthusiasts including sports, portraiture and wildlife shooting. Smaller and lighter than Nikon's AF-S NIKKOR 70-200 f/2.8 lens, this 70-200mm f/4 lens offers a valuable alternative that maintains the superior image quality and lightning quick performance photographers have come to expect from Nikon.

Additionally, Nikon's newest lens is the first to feature VR image stabilization technology that is able to vastly reduce camera shake and blur by offering the equivalent shutter speed of approximately five stops slower than otherwise possible. Now users are able to shoot confidently in lower light or while handheld to deliver razor sharp images and smooth HD video.

When used alongside the Nikon D4, D800 series and D600 D-SLR cameras, 70-200mm f/4 lens users can take advantage of Nikon professional grade teleconverters to increase the focal length without sacrificing AF and VR abilities. By utilizing the camera's cross-type focus points at f/8 and below, users can effectively double the focal length of this f/4 lens to 400mm and still retain the AF ability to capture clear subjects at an even greater distance.

Constructed from 20 optical elements in 14 groups, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4 maintains several core Nikon technologies including the exclusive Nano Crystal Coat to significantly reduce instances of ghosting and flaring. In addition, Nikon's Silent Wave Motor (SWM) provides quiet and responsive autofocus (AF) operation. The lens also features two versatile focus modes, M/A (autofocus with manual override) and M (manual focus) to adapt to a users shooting preferences. The AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4 achieves the top class feel, superior operability and solid handling that only NIKKOR glass can offer.

Price and Availability

The AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR will be available in late November 2012 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $1,399.95*. Nikon also offers an optional Tripod Collar, available in the near future for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $223.95*. For more information on this and other NIKKOR lenses, as well as other Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

*SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time. Specifications, equipment and release dates are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.

AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm F4G ED VR specifications

Principal specifications
Lens typeZoom lens
Max Format size35mm FF
Focal length70–200 mm
Image stabilisationYes (VR, 5 stops)
Lens mountNikon F (FX)
Aperture
Maximum apertureF4.0
Minimum apertureF32.0
Aperture ringNo
Number of diaphragm blades9
Aperture notesRounded diaphragm
Optics
Elements20
Groups14
Special elements / coatings3 ED lens elements, 1 HRI lens element
Focus
Minimum focus1.00 m (39.37)
Maximum magnification0.27×
AutofocusYes
Motor typeRing-type ultrasonic
Full time manualYes
Focus methodInternal
Distance scaleYes
DoF scaleNo
Physical
Weight850 g (1.87 lb)
Diameter78 mm (3.07)
Length179 mm (7.05)
SealingNo
ColourBlack
Zoom methodRotary (internal)
Filter thread67 mm
Hood suppliedYes
Optional accessoriesOptional RT-1 tripod collar
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Total comments: 241
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BenCarlImages
By BenCarlImages (Jan 24, 2013)

Personally I would love to see two photos, One Zoomed Totally Out and One Zoomed Totally In on the same subject! Does anyone have this to show? All my lenses are Nikkor and I am totally pleased with the quality.

Comment edited 37 seconds after posting
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Jan Dolezal
By Jan Dolezal (Oct 26, 2012)

Well, looking at the price point, thinking what would this lens give me that my 70-200/2.8 VR (the first gen.) can't... well, nothing. I bought this baby (not new but never used!!) for $ 1550 with 2 high quality filters, tripod collar (of course) and what more - it is weather sealed and has 2.8 aperture. Well, the VR isn't the latest generation, but in reality I'm sometimes able to take pictures at 5,33 EV under so nothing big here too. Honestly, usually I take pictures of people with this lens so I can't use that slow shutter speeds anyway... OK, this lens will be somewhat smaller and lighter but that's it. Nothing spectacular. I was hoping for better offer from Nikon to be honest (at least with a collar and weather sealing).

0 upvotes
Der Steppenwolf
By Der Steppenwolf (Nov 1, 2012)

Yes it will be "somewhat" smaller and lighter. How about half the weight! That's not somewhat, now go back to sleep.

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Wilfried 9
By Wilfried 9 (Oct 25, 2012)

I will wait for the Tokina. Perhaps the market will give us then a realistic Nikon price.

1 upvote
Plastek
By Plastek (Oct 25, 2012)

Now... Sony, you hear me? Give me the refreshed A-mount beercan! People been asking for that for ages and now EVEN Nikon delivered this kind of lens! C'mon!

1 upvote
NickBPhotography
By NickBPhotography (Oct 25, 2012)

No doubt this is just the introductory price and it will crumble quick if Cannon's is that much cheaper. Look what happened to the D600 prices! I know its a camera and not glass but I hope no unfortunate sole paid the £1950 predicted for launch.

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Mark Bochkovskiy
By Mark Bochkovskiy (Oct 25, 2012)

It looks like Canon's...

Comment edited 25 seconds after posting
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Plastek
By Plastek (Oct 25, 2012)

Only design sux. Seems like recently Nikon can't design anything that looks nice. Lucky: at least the picture quality is (or rather: hopefully will be) great. Otherwise it'd be a loose-loose case. ;)

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JackM
By JackM (Oct 25, 2012)

lose.

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steve248
By steve248 (Apr 4, 2013)

Yes, LOSE. Loose is when your belt is not tight enough!

Anyway, the image quality is looking great so I am thinking this is a fantastic alternative to the F2.8.

With the excellent VR and the ability on the latest Nikons to produce quality images at higher ISOs, this lens is an obvious choice with two massive advantages, size and weight...

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ClearGlass
By ClearGlass (Oct 25, 2012)

Making the switch over to Canon is becoming more appealing with every new product release. Nikon has completely lost its way. It's sad to see a company previously known for their quality, and for correctly reading the market, to fall so far down the ladder, very sad indeed.

3 upvotes
sandy b
By sandy b (Oct 25, 2012)

Yeah, I know, sad, Isn't it? Maybe that's why they are selling more dslr's and lens this year than they ever have before.

6 upvotes
camerashopminion
By camerashopminion (Oct 25, 2012)

Don't Canon also have a 70-200 f/4 IS?
As others have noted, price on release is always overinflated.

0 upvotes
StephenSPhotog
By StephenSPhotog (Oct 25, 2012)

Yes. Canon has a 70-200mm f4L IS. The IS version is on amazon right now for $1099 and the non-IS version is $675.

0 upvotes
sandy b
By sandy b (Oct 25, 2012)

Canons price reflects an instants savings of $150.00. I think this is temporary, so the regular price is 1250.00

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marike6
By marike6 (Oct 27, 2012)

Had a look at DxOMark lately? Nikon has "lost it's way" right to the very top of the camera ratings with the D800 and D600.

1 upvote
Shaun3612
By Shaun3612 (Oct 27, 2012)

I find it quite the stretch to say that Nikon has "lost it's way" when the majority of their latest cameras have been outperforming many of their Canon competitors. Case in point: Nikon D600 and Canon 6D. Some people just like to beat up on whatever brand they aren't using.

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Zerg2905
By Zerg2905 (Oct 31, 2012)

@marike6: so your buying decision is dictated by DxO? Incredibly, DPR has just given the same score to the 5DIII (which btw I own and it is indeed a formidable camera, and I suspect that for the guys that earn their living with it the 1D X is even more) and to the D800. What now, you don't trust DPR more than DxO? Cheers! :) / ;)

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HiRez
By HiRez (Oct 25, 2012)

Football shaped bokeh...bleh.

http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/lens/zoom/telephotozoom/af-s_70-200mmf_4g_ed_vr/img/sample/sample3_l.jpg

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marike6
By marike6 (Oct 25, 2012)

That just looks like the way the light is shining through the leaves. It has a 9-blade diaphragm so I'd expect the bokeh to be quite nice.

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akjos
By akjos (Oct 25, 2012)

About time... But what an a$$hole maneuver from
Nikon ... Charging 230bucks for tripod collar?
Speechless :/

4 upvotes
ZAnton
By ZAnton (Oct 25, 2012)

just by a third party at 10 bucks

4 upvotes
Jonathan F/2
By Jonathan F/2 (Oct 25, 2012)

I still don't see the appeal of this type of lens. If weight is such a concern, get a 180mm 2.8 AF-D.

0 upvotes
daVBALLguy
By daVBALLguy (Oct 25, 2012)

Yes, the 180/2.8 is lighter, smaller, and faster. Others might consider the faster, quieter, and more accurate AF, or the zoom capability for outdoor sports, not to mention the VR. On certain bodies, you can't even auto focus with the 180mm.

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munro harrap
By munro harrap (Oct 24, 2012)

Buy the new iMac or a MacBook Pro instead, makes sense, but maybe check about their solder first?

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munro harrap
By munro harrap (Oct 24, 2012)

No dust or weatherproofing on a D800 or D4 is not sensible when you KNOW it rains on Planet Earth.

But it does not rain on Planet Nikon anymore, there are no sandstorms, there is no pollution and there are no tripods there anymore.

Equipment fails within a 10 year period because they use lead-free solder, and even then it ain't cheap. £1200 is a LOT more than the Canon, and the build quality of the canon is so much better, and if you buy it off the web, the chances of twenty perfectly aligned lenses arriving in perfect alignment on an IS moduled optic is as remote as the images a telephoto gives you through the wrong end!
I am keeping my AF-S, period

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marike6
By marike6 (Oct 25, 2012)

Here in the states the Canon 70-200 f4 IS L is $1249 so it's only slightly less expensive but it's been out for years. Build quality will be similar, except the Nikon likely has a more modern petal lens hood. Nikon shooters aren't overly concerned, however since EF lenses don't mount on F mount bodies.

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EmmanuelStarchild
By EmmanuelStarchild (Oct 25, 2012)

Actually, the current price for the Canon lens is $1149 on Amazon, eBay, etc...

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ScottRH
By ScottRH (Oct 24, 2012)

Looks great! I am getting my 10 year old son one for Christmas!

1 upvote
jadgl968
By jadgl968 (Oct 25, 2012)

thats one lucky 10 year old.....

4 upvotes
Northgrove
By Northgrove (Oct 29, 2012)

WTF

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steve248
By steve248 (Apr 4, 2013)

Is this a "This looks like a toy" type comment?

0 upvotes
sebastian huvenaars
By sebastian huvenaars (Oct 24, 2012)

Hmmm no weather sealing... Bit disapointed, since this is a lens i will probably own in the near future haha :P

1 upvote
HiRez
By HiRez (Oct 24, 2012)

Why this obsession with comparing it to the Canon version? Sheesh! That really is only important if you happen to have both full frame Canon and full frame Nikon bodies, which I assume is not the case for the vast majority of people. Just decide on your own whether it's worth it for you. If you feel it's overpriced, that's totally valid, but it shouldn't be because "the Canon has X".

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EmmanuelStarchild
By EmmanuelStarchild (Oct 24, 2012)

It might be enough when someone is deciding which system to buy. If one can save hundreds of dollars it makes sense.

4 upvotes
EmmanuelStarchild
By EmmanuelStarchild (Oct 24, 2012)

Not a good value, IMO. The Canon lens w/collar is $400 cheaper and has comparable optics.

Comment edited 15 minutes after posting
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Yves P.
By Yves P. (Oct 24, 2012)

I recommend you go do your math again, in Canada, it is about 130$ both w/o tripod collar

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EmmanuelStarchild
By EmmanuelStarchild (Oct 24, 2012)

There are new export rules to Canada. I doubt you will get it at that price.

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kayone
By kayone (Oct 24, 2012)

Youre comparing and older gen Canon f4 to a newer Nikon f4 that hasn't even been released yet? Broken logic.

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marike6
By marike6 (Oct 25, 2012)

In the US, the EF 70-200 f4 IS L is $1249 and the Nikkor is $1399. I'll take the one with the Nano Crystal coated optics and the 3 ED elements, but I shoot Nikon.

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EmmanuelStarchild
By EmmanuelStarchild (Oct 25, 2012)

No, the price is $1149 for the Canon lens, and I'll take the lens with the proven track record. Nikon is reaching here.

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marike6
By marike6 (Oct 24, 2012)

At 3.1 x 7.0" (7.87 x 17.78 cm) at 1.87 lb (.85 kg) with a 67mm front filter thread, it's almost exactly the same size as the Canon EF 70-200 f4, which is to say it's a very compact lens. This is great news.

I haven't seen any pictures of the lens hood. Anyone? I'm hoping the similarities to the Canon version end with the lenshood, and this Nikkor includes a more modern petal hood.

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HiRez
By HiRez (Oct 24, 2012)

Here is the lens hood, the HB-60. It's made specifically for this lens only and is not petal-shaped. No measurements given, but it doesn't look extremely long.

http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Product/Lens-Hoods/4980/HB-60-Bayonet-Hood.html

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nicolaiecostel
By nicolaiecostel (Oct 24, 2012)

Shockingly expensive. In europe that will be 1400 euros, much more expensive than sigma's 70-200 2.8 OS.

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MPA1
By MPA1 (Oct 24, 2012)

That's like comparing an Audi and a Ford though.

6 upvotes
EssexAsh
By EssexAsh (Oct 24, 2012)

Grays of Westminster have emailed round that they will charge £1175 for it. Expect it sub 1k by xmas.

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Kissel
By Kissel (Oct 24, 2012)

MPA1, this kind of comparison indicates that you have no idea what that sigma is like. Nikon's new lens should be fantastic to compete with Sigma 70-200os. But even then - it's 1ev slower.

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marike6
By marike6 (Oct 24, 2012)

The tripod collar for the Canon EF 70-200 is about the same price so I'm not sure where all the outrage is coming. A matched tripod collar, contrary to several comments below is NOT a $10 item, but a milled aluminium, fitted clamp and foot.

Go check RRS and Kirk collars you'll see they are also $200.

Unless you shoot handheld 99% of the time, it makes sense to get a proper tripod collar. They make switching to vertical much easier, your ballhead won't creep when pointing down as much, and your setup will be less vibration prone.

3 upvotes
akustykmagmanetpl
By akustykmagmanetpl (Oct 24, 2012)

not really...

a decent, metal Canon ring type A replacement from China costs around $25 and works perfectly fine with Canon's 70-200/4's or even the 300/4 (old nonIS version for the record) which is bigger and heavier than this Nikkor 70-200/4.

so, yes, it is not a $10 item (plastic rings sell for this price and they are not good at all, agreed), but let's not pretend $200 is reasonable price. it's an outrage. Nikon ppl will probably have no choice in the beginning but I can hardly see people buying Nikon's genuine tripod rings once good Chinese people figure out how to make those properly - and I thinkg it'll take less than 3 months.

I've paid €150 for Canon's genuine tripod ring C for 70-300L because there was no choice. I still think (almost 2 years later) this price is an outrage and would absolutely, hands down, but a decent chinese ring if such was available back then.

and yes, I'm a regular tripod user, Arca system, L-bracket, etc.

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marike6
By marike6 (Oct 24, 2012)

I agree about the price. But people below who keep bringing up RRS and Kirk seem to be forgetting that ALL Arca Swiss plates and brackets are super expensive. I paid $60 for my RRS D7000 AS plate and the L bracket/plate combo for my D800 will be around $150. So Nikon asking $225 is not shocking. Not saying it makes sense, but it is in line with (except when considering the Chinese/Ebay knock-offs) this type of gear.

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M DeNero
By M DeNero (Oct 25, 2012)

I agree the cost of these tripod rings is ridiculous. But the cheap knock-off units found on eBay and Amazon are not equal to the manufacturers' models. I spent $40 on a made in China imitation for the Canon 70-200 f/4L that seemed OK at first, but before I knew it the knob was coming loose on its own and the non-scratch material in the ring was separating. So, I bought a Canon "A" used for $115. It is of much higher quality and worth the extra money. Unfortunately it will take some time for used Nikon units and replicas to show up.

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moving_comfort
By moving_comfort (Oct 24, 2012)

Reproduction ratio of .273 - much better magnification than my Sigma 50-150 2.8. A tad heavier and longer than the 50-150, but much smaller than the 70-200. Looks like I may not be using my 50-150 in DX mode on the D800 much longer :)

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Marianne Oelund
By Marianne Oelund (Oct 26, 2012)

That magnification value, at closest-focus of 1m, implies a closeup focal length of about 170mm. This is significantly less focal-length shortening than exhibited by the 70-200 f/2.8 VR II.

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Dan
By Dan (Oct 24, 2012)

I bought my 70-200mm F2.8 VR for ~$1400 brand new (including the built-in tripod collar). Just trying to keep things in perspective people.

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JPleau
By JPleau (Oct 24, 2012)

Dan, where did you purchase your lens from? I will do the same..

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delete
By delete (Oct 24, 2012)

VR I or VR II?

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marike6
By marike6 (Oct 24, 2012)

You can find the 70-200 VR them on Ebay from time to time. I love that lens, but many complain about the corners, and vignetting vs the 70-200 VR II.

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MPA1
By MPA1 (Oct 24, 2012)

Corners and vignetting particularly an issue on the FX bodies. The newest version (I have that and had the previous one) is a much better lens for FX. Heavy though.

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Denis of Whidbey Island
By Denis of Whidbey Island (Oct 24, 2012)

I think they were selling new for around $1,400 about half way through the cycle for the original 70-200 VR ... and subject to some rebates. Don't hold your breath for history to repeat itself. However, let's hope for a price drop after initial demand is absorbed.

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LarryK
By LarryK (Oct 24, 2012)

Finally!

But it had better be as good as the Canon, which is very, very good.

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moving_comfort
By moving_comfort (Oct 24, 2012)

Reproduction ratio of .273 - much better magnification than my Sigma 50-150 2.8. A tad heavier and longer, but much smaller than the 70-200. Looks like I may not be using my 50-150 in DX mode on the D800 much longer :)

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Sad Joe
By Sad Joe (Oct 24, 2012)

Another smart smart move by Nikon as they seek to topple Canon and I think their well on their way. Still everyone makes mistakes - nice new Nikon 1 series anyone?

3 upvotes
LarryK
By LarryK (Oct 24, 2012)

Yeah, no thanks, I sent that money off to Olympus.

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AngryCorgi
By AngryCorgi (Oct 24, 2012)

about freaking time

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JIMIX PHOTO
By JIMIX PHOTO (Oct 24, 2012)

Nice addition tho the Nikkors: 16-35/4 VR and 24-120/4 VR. Together with these two lenses, the new 70-200/4 will get you the "holy trinity f/4", a stabilized, a lot lighter, smaller, and cheaper (albeit slower) than the "holy trinity f/2.8" ;) The VR is what I miss sometimes in my Nikkor 24-70/2.8 and 14-24/2.8. I personally find the 14-24/2.8 superior in terms of optical performance to the 16-35/4 VR, no question about it. Howeve, the 24-70/2.8 is not that good as it advertised. The 24-120/4 VR is equally good. We also got the 200-400/4 VRII, although it would be nice to have an 80-400/4 VRIII or something like the Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6 L IS USM.

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MPA1
By MPA1 (Oct 24, 2012)

I have the 14-24 2.8 which I love despite the weight and bulk. Utterly fabulous glass. Ditto the 70-200 2.8 VR II. I actually sold my 24-70 2.8 because I found it uninspiring and the fact that it changes length when zooming annoyed me. I have a couple of primes in that range but have yet to find a zoom I like as much as the Canon 24-105L colleagues use.
Need to have a good look at the 24-120 I guess.

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LarryK
By LarryK (Oct 24, 2012)

I'm trademarking "Slowly Trinity".

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JIMIX PHOTO
By JIMIX PHOTO (Oct 25, 2012)

I agree about the IQ of the 14-24/2.8. And I also have to agree with you about the 24-70/2.8. For me, it is the least used lens in my bag. Just like you, I also have some primes in that range of the focal length, namely the 24/1.4 and 50/1.4. The changing length of the 24-70 does not bother me as much as the distortion and and so-so IQ of it at the edges. The 24-70 is also far worse than Sigma 24-70/2.8 HSM when it comes to shooting against the light. It loses contrast and photos look a bit blueish compared to the Sigma. It lets the light in at around 55mm (through the distance scale window) and shooting a lot with the lens hood on causes the front lens ring to loosen up, because the hood bumps against it. I had it replaced a week ago, and a technician at the Nikon NPS pointed that out. He asked me if I shoot a lot with the hood on. I said yes, and he said that's why the front ring element goes loose. It's normal, he added. Sure, I thought, for an expensive glass it must be normal :)

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Mok Veng Tim
By Mok Veng Tim (Oct 24, 2012)

Is it made in Japan?

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Samuel Dilworth
By Samuel Dilworth (Oct 25, 2012)

The collar’s made in Japan. The lens is made in Thailand.

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dotbalm
By dotbalm (Oct 24, 2012)

Must be a nice tripod ring for $224.

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chlamchowder
By chlamchowder (Oct 24, 2012)

The price seems a little steep - you could get a 80-200/2.8 AF-S or Sigma 70-200/2.8 OS for a couple hundred dollars less. The old 70-210mm f/4 costs about $200.

So unless you really want a light lens with VR, there are some cheaper alternatives that are very attractive.

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Rickard Hansson
By Rickard Hansson (Oct 28, 2012)

The sigma 70-200 f2.8 OS HSM is NOT as good as the nikon lenses.
I have the new sigma 70-200 OS HSM and it is not in the same league as the nikon versions.

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (Oct 24, 2012)

Finally, a Nikon 70-200 that's not a back breaker. Since they make a point of saying it can be used with teleconverters I assume it's a better performer than the 70-300.

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montana5
By montana5 (Oct 24, 2012)

But teleconverters with D4, D800 or D600 cameras only. Why is that?

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LarryK
By LarryK (Oct 24, 2012)

Hmm,

don't know, but I'm good with that.

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screwy
By screwy (Oct 24, 2012)

D4, D800 and D600 offer AF sensitivity up to f8, so they can autofocus with a 2X TC (f4 + 2X teleconverter = f8 maximum aperture). Other cameras, D7000 for example, only work 5.6 or faster. You you could use this lens with the 1.4X on the D7000 and get f5.6 with autofocus, but the 1.7X or 2X converters would not autofocus.

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LarryK
By LarryK (Oct 25, 2012)

Of course, I have so little time, I forget what great machines these two are.

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ed kelly
By ed kelly (Oct 24, 2012)

I want a 300mm f/4 with that stabilization. Please!

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David Henneman
By David Henneman (Oct 24, 2012)

This is good news. I've been on the fence about switching from canon 50d to Nikon d600. Nikon not having the 300 f/4 vr was the big fly in the ointment for me. I love my Canon 300 f/4 IS and I'm sure this new nikon will be at least as good. The price point looks right as well. Woo-hoo. Full frame here I come.

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my username was already taken

This is a 70-200 f4, not a 300 f4. Do you even know what day it is?

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nicolaiecostel
By nicolaiecostel (Oct 24, 2012)

David, at 200 mm on a D600, this lens will have a similar field of view to a 135 mm lens on your canon 50 D. Not 300, but 135. You could get a 7D and a 135 f/2 L and get a whole lot better pictures.

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rambarra
By rambarra (Oct 24, 2012)

LOL nikon. Welcome to 2006!

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marike6
By marike6 (Oct 24, 2012)

You could say the same about Canon with the f2.8 wide angle primes circa 1985 that are still in the line-up. And how's that EF 50 2.8 Macro coming?

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io_bg
By io_bg (Oct 29, 2012)

Lol canon. You still don't have a 14-24mm f/2.4!

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steve248
By steve248 (Apr 4, 2013)

I almost cannot bear forums beacuse of the constant "Mines better than yours" Canon vs Nikon or Mac vs PC or Playstation vs XBox 360.

Grow up! Why on earth do Canon lovers read a forum on an Nikon lens??? Just to make chilidish comments like that?

Nothing is perfect on either side of the fence, I just love taking pictures. Canon and Nikon both produce excellent cameras and lenses. I am not interestred in the Canon equivelent because I have Nikon bodies!

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SeanVR
By SeanVR (Oct 24, 2012)

FINALLY!! Finally, finally, finally!

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Simon97
By Simon97 (Oct 24, 2012)

If this is as good as the Canon 70-200 f/4L, you Nikon folks should be happy. Its a sharp, medium speed lens that is not so tiring to lug like the f/2.8 big brother.

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aurtos
By aurtos (Oct 24, 2012)

.... but no dust/wheather sealings!... Advertised for travel photography!....

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SeanU
By SeanU (Oct 24, 2012)

Based on Nikon's recent lens releases, I expect the image quality of this lens to be outstanding... looking forward to seeing the reviews. To those complaining about the price... check out the prices of Nikon's used higher end lenses... they usually hold their value much better than Tokina and Sigma.

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sandy b
By sandy b (Oct 24, 2012)

Its an F4 lens people, why all the whining about a collar? Seriously?? I think people need to bitch about Nikon anyway they can. eat your wheaties.

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JackM
By JackM (Oct 24, 2012)

Totally. This lens will be a shining success. Nikon fills the biggest hole in their lineup and what do they get? Bunch of ungrateful whiners.

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (Oct 24, 2012)

I think what they want is sales, not gratitude.

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LarryK
By LarryK (Oct 25, 2012)

If it's got 5 stops of VR why would they need it anyway? I think they just wanted to make the, sure to come, RRS collar to look like a bargain.

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cthart
By cthart (Oct 24, 2012)

Will this new lens autofocus with a Nikon TC17 or TC20 on any of the Nikon DX format cameras? I'm wanting to take some pictures of birds!

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cthart
By cthart (Oct 24, 2012)

Anyone know if a DX camera can autofocus at F8 for example?

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steve248
By steve248 (Apr 4, 2013)

I think the TC17 will on some but not the TC20. Appart from a few possible exceptions it is an FX lens only with TCs.

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echelon2004
By echelon2004 (Oct 24, 2012)

Since there's no real appreciation for Nikons eager attempts to cater for the low end of the user scale, I hope they stop waisting resources and go back to focus on doing things as good as they can rather than making them good enough for a decent price... Hopefully there will be no more 70-200 lens before they make one even better than the 70-200 2.8 vrII.

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IrishhAndy
By IrishhAndy (Oct 24, 2012)

Too much for too little !

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rekky
By rekky (Oct 24, 2012)

$224 for a tripod collar? You have got to be kidding me!

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Denis of Whidbey Island
By Denis of Whidbey Island (Oct 24, 2012)

Big opportunity for RRS and Kirk.

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PatrickP
By PatrickP (Oct 24, 2012)

and chances are RRS would make a better one

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sandy b
By sandy b (Oct 24, 2012)

This lens weigs LESS than a 24-70, do you need a collar with your 24-70? Seriously people.

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Maji
By Maji (Oct 24, 2012)

Sandy b... these people need to bitch, so why worry about these bitches? LOL...

Haters gonna hate... I am just glad that Nikon is closing the gaps in their lineup. I have the 2.8 and will not get this lens.

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rekky
By rekky (Oct 24, 2012)

Need to bitch? The collar should cost them no more than $10 to produce in quantity. The markup is out of this world. Some of us prefer to mount a long lens via a tripod collar instead of putting stress on the camera's lens mount. Maji, you should look in the mirror before you start putting other people down.

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ryansholl
By ryansholl (Oct 24, 2012)

Tripod collar? This is an f4 lens. Are you afraid of the tripod mount ripping out of the bottom of the camera?

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marike6
By marike6 (Oct 24, 2012)

A tripod collar is not only about weight but allows you to switch quickly into portrait orientation. That way (assuming you don't have an L-bracket) the mass of the camera stays above the apex of the tripod instead of down in the drop slot of your ballhead.

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rekky
By rekky (Oct 25, 2012)

It seems that Thom Hogan is in agreement with me, based on his web site. I guess that he would also go under the category of 'people who need to bitch' and 'hater'.

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JakeB
By JakeB (Oct 24, 2012)

$1400?

I'm eagerly awaiting Tokina's promised 70-200 f4 with image stabilization.

If it's as good as Tokina's 12-24 f 4, which retails for around HALF the price of the equivalent Nikon, it'll be a winner.

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (Oct 24, 2012)

The Tokina will likely be heavy but they shouldn't have to strain much to make a sharp 70-200. Even Sigma makes a decent 70-200.

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jkonrad49
By jkonrad49 (Oct 24, 2012)

Some missing data:
Filter-attachment size 67mm
Diameter x length Approximately 78.0 x 178.5 mm/3.1 x 7.0 in.
Weight Approximately 850 g/30.0 oz.

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nicolaiecostel
By nicolaiecostel (Oct 24, 2012)

Thank you for that. I was fearing the weight, but it seems to be reasonable.

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jkonrad49
By jkonrad49 (Oct 24, 2012)

Looks really nice, and lightweight. I am very happy with 70-200/2,8 VRI with only one excuse - the weight :-((. But 2.8 is nice as well.

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Richard G T
By Richard G T (Oct 24, 2012)

V1 lenses and another full frame lens announcement? What about filling the holes in the DX lens lineup as well. I'm on the verge of jumping the Nikon ship to mirrorless with another company and this announcement pretty much seals the deal for me. Anyone want to buy my Nikon gear?
Signed
Tired of Waiting...

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Thoughts
By Thoughts (Oct 24, 2012)

I sold my Nikon gear early this year. Tired of waiting for a wide angle prime. I would have keep my camera if had 35mm + 18mm (or 21mm). It would still be a light weight set.

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sandy b
By sandy b (Oct 24, 2012)

Get real, people have be screaming for this lens, and guess what, its lighter and will mount on a DX camera, no kidding!

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JackM
By JackM (Oct 24, 2012)

A 70-200 on DX is great for sports.

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hiro_pro
By hiro_pro (Oct 24, 2012)

i understand the lens might be lighter but at that price and as an amateur who cant afford a ton of lens i think i need to look at the tamron or sigma 70-200 f/2.8 VR-OS-VC-IS, etc... I have the old sigma 70-200 f2.8 on my d7000 and that sucker is plenty sharp by the time you stop it down to f/4. i cant wait to see some test shots so we can compare the $1,300 70-200 offerings.

all-tell me i'm missing something beside weight. otherwise i cant believe this lens offers much.

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bocajrs
By bocajrs (Oct 24, 2012)

I own the Siggy 70-200 2.8 OS DG HSM and use it on my D600..I have very sharp copy, anad quite honestly I dont think you are missing much with the F4 version.

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Sivashankar
By Sivashankar (Oct 24, 2012)

Great news! Nikon's next lens should be a (ideally DX specific) 80-400 f4-5.6, which has good sharpness at the tele end.

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dom33
By dom33 (Oct 24, 2012)

AT over 3x the price, how much better than the 70-300 VRII can it be?

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Juramentado
By Juramentado (Oct 24, 2012)

"AT over 3x the price, how much better than the 70-300 VRII can it be?"

Well, one thing's for sure - it'll be 100% better at f4 than any given maximum aperture on the 70-300, which starts at f4.5 on the short end. :)

On a more serious note, it's a constant aperture lens. You're PAYING (among other things) for a better performance at a given aperture. Like the fighter pilot community used to say, SPEED IS LIFE.

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Apewithacamera
By Apewithacamera (Oct 24, 2012)

meh...

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russbarnes
By russbarnes (Oct 25, 2012)

Yes, yet another reason to shoot full frame with Nikon and leave Canon behind. I can understand why you would find that very difficult to take Ape :)

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Steve Balcombe
By Steve Balcombe (Oct 24, 2012)

I'm very happy for Nikon owners - at last they have a lens which will hopefully equal Canon's 70-200/4L IS.

Of course, many of us on the Canon side have now switched to the equally good and much more versatile 70-300L...

:-)

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LarryK
By LarryK (Oct 24, 2012)

You mean that big, fat white thing?

The whole point of the 70-200 f4 is great optics in a compact package, unless you're just dying to be conspicuous.

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marike6
By marike6 (Oct 24, 2012)

a) the 70-300 L is nowhere near the 70-200 f4 L IS optically, especially at the long end where like most 70-300 lenses it is softer

b) the 70-300 L is still a slower variable aperture zoom so I'm not sure why it would be more versatile

Nikon also has a very good, not L, but still quite good 70-300 VR and it doesn't cost $1500.

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akustykmagmanetpl
By akustykmagmanetpl (Oct 24, 2012)

> the 70-300 L is nowhere near the 70-200 f4 L IS optically
excuse me?
I've had them directly compared (own the 70-300L, friend of mine has 70-200/4 IS) and both are equally good. that coincides with other tests I know.

> especially at the long end where like most 70-300 lenses it is softer
what long end? 300mm? 70-200 has none such AFAIK. and at 200mm... might be just 2 lenses I compared or the other pairs other testers did... but it nevertheless says both lenses are about as good at 200mm from f/5.0 on.

> the 70-300 L is still a slower variable aperture zoom so I'm not sure why it would be more versatile
some people need longer focal lengths than 200mm. if you want to cover the range 70-300 differently with 70-200 and something - then it's way less versatile. 70-300L has it all in one package. obviously.

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Mike99999
By Mike99999 (Oct 24, 2012)

I currently use a D7000 with Tokina 50-135 f/2.8. This is a wonderful combination: incredible sharpness and nice bokeh. I understand that this is roughly equivalent to using a 70-200 f/4 lens on FX.

What is lacking in the Tokina lens for me is VR, and I could use more reach. Being an amateur, I'm not willing to pay for, nor carry a 1.5 kg lens. Therefore this new 70-200 f/4 seems like a godsend.

Any opinions on using this type of lens on DX?

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bossa
By bossa (Oct 24, 2012)

That lens is optically the same as the Pentax DA*50-135 apart from the fact the Pentax has WR and better coatings plus the SDM motor. When combined with a K-5 you get the VR as Shake reduction is built into the camera.

The new Nikon would be equivalent to a 105-300 F5.6 on FX when used on a DX body where the f/stops refer to equivalent DOF and not lens speed.

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Ice Wolf
By Ice Wolf (Oct 25, 2012)

My wife has the same combination.
Very nice.

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Mike99999
By Mike99999 (Oct 30, 2012)

@bossa: switching to Pentax would also imply dropping the stellar Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8 for the vastly inferior DA* 16-50 f/2.8. I've owned the Tokina version of that lens. It is not a compromise I'm willing the make, that lens is terribly mediocre.

I'm thinking that the Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 (for low light) and 70-200 f/4 (for when I want IS) might cover all my needs.

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