D800E and 70-200: how much better is VRII over VRI?

Started Nov 11, 2012 | Questions thread
PatrickP Contributing Member • Posts: 716
Re: D800E and 70-200: how much better is VRII over VRI?

I have not owned either of the VR1 and 300/4, but I did use the VR2 on my D800/E fairly extensively for landscape. I had various shoots at 200mm f/8, half a mile out, and the lens resolve so well that I would say almost every single darn pixel out of the 36 million is well resolved. This lens is phenomenal.

You pay a hefty sum but the 7 ED elements render bright and clear image in the VF, way clearer than what i see through the VF with the 24-70/2.8, which is already a top performer. The nano-coating really helps for against the Sun shots (sunrise/sunset).

On the D800/E this lens is definitely the very best one among the f/2.8 and f/4 trinities. Better than 14-24 and 24-70 by a good margin. And this is coming from a someone who primarily shoots wide.

Even with a kenko 1.4X TC it worked okay. With Nikon's TC-20E III I needed repeated calibration with Lens Align, but the pictures turn out quite sharp. Not 36mp resolution...maybe more like 20mp at 400mm f/8 to f/11.

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Nikon Zooms: 16-35/4, 24-70/2.8, 70-200 VR2, TC-20E3, 28-300VR.
Nikon Primes: 24/1.4G, 50/1.8G, 85/1.8G.

 PatrickP's gear list:PatrickP's gear list
Nikon D750 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm F4G ED VR Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G Nikon AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR +4 more
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