Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR

Announced Oct 24, 2012 •
Telephoto zoom lens | Nikon F (FX)

I have now owned the Nikon 70-200 f4 ED VR now for a year, I agonised over saving more for the F2.8 and waiting, although was always concerned with additional weight. Whilst I can't comment on the F2.8 I can say that the F4 is a fabulous lens. It's pin sharp at all apertures I work with, offers pretty reasonable DOF especially wide open and closer shots and the VR really works. I have used this in the main for sports with a D610, the balance is good, the number of 'keepers' impressive, and ...

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RickBuddy
 

I'll share my first experience with this lens. I'll give you a hint: I was amazed. And I'm not easily amazed. Granted some of what I found was part D810, the other this lens. I bring this lens home, among others on New Year's day, thinking that was the last day for D810/Lens discounts. I'm snowed-in bad on New Year's eve so I start shooting stuff around the house, well into the night. 35 feet away from where I'm sitting with the new camera and lens, I spot a box of my dogs' heart worm ...

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a_c_skinner
 

Say no more.  It would be nice if it focused a bit closer, but there is little more to ask.  A decent tripod foot would have been nice, considering the price!

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thelenspainter

For my uses, on a D600, I can't actually find anything to fault this lens on whatsoever - it is as close to perfect as I'd dare ask for. The VR is almost freakish - I've managed sharp handheld shots at 1/4 sec at 200mm! This is truly one of Nikon's best lenses.

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Mizee
 

I'm a photo enthusiast, not a pro, and I have a Nikon D7000. I love this lens. Its size and weight make it a good traveling companion; however, that's not really what I love the most. It's the sharpness of the lens, even when hand held at maximum focal length... Even when cropped. I did a side by side for sharpness with my Sigma 120-400, on a tripod . I shot a church from about 3/4 of a mile away. The clarity was significantly better with the Nikon just in the viewer. When I unloaded the ...

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Excellent lens both optically (tack sharp throughout) and ergonomically (well balanced for handholding). Also love the close focusing capability. I did have to try two units though as the first one was not convincing at the 70mm end. I use it with my D5200, which gives me 105-300mm equivalent and covers 95% of my tele needs. The one stop loss compared to the f2.8 is certainly more than made up by the lower weight and bulk, making it a great lens to carry along all the time. I's unfortunate ...

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Jan Kager 01
 

Love this lens...images are crisp-clear,color toning is Sublime! in bad situations, he still shows details.. Jan

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DavidPonting
 

Ignore the blithering idiot who has managed to give this two zero-star reviews (which is why I, who don't normally post reviews, am posting this to try and rebalance - but I'd give it 5 stars anyway) If you need f/2.8 (sports, film or you need a lens that doubles as a blunt instrument), then buy the f/2.8 lens; in all other situations this is the lens for you! I sold my f/2.8 VR1 to buy this. Why? (1) Solid plastic build makes it sturdy yet light and hand-holdable for long periods of time

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xelarox
 

excellent in every way:-P-- xelarox

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Would get five stars if the collar came with it. Wonderful addition to the pro-level (without designation) f4 VR lineup. Like the 24-120/4 VR, this lens fills a gap that Canon has had solutions for for years. I personally, except from a financial standpoint, don't understand why Canon chose to have four variations of the 70-200 focal length, but I've always been impressed that they do. I've owned all of them, some twice. When I moved to the Dark Side in 2008, I immediately missed my f4 L ...

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