Performance: AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8E
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Performance: AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8E

The 70-200mm F2.8 is an essential part of many photographers' kits and again we were impressed with how it performed on a pre-production Z7. Focus was swift and generally snappy, just as we'd expect with the lens mounted on a Nikon DSLR. Subject tracking appeared to successfully stick to our subject as well, though becomes harder to engage as using the touchscreen or pressing the 'OK' button becomes more cumbersome with large lenses.

The camera was able to drive the lens to refocus on a moving subject quickly and decisively, giving us a very good hit rate of perfectly in-focus images in Single Drive. The only moments of doubt came when shooting high-speed bursts of images. As with most other lenses we tried on the pre-production Z7, we experienced some back-focused shots as the focus system played catch-up on rapidly approaching subjects (you can see the results in our preliminary look at the camera's AF performance).

We didn't shoot with it enough to get a sense for whether the addition of roll-axis correction was significantly adding to our keeper rate, but the fact it comes in addition to the lens's own VR can only be a bonus.