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

Announced Oct 24, 2012 •
Telephoto zoom lens | Nikon F (FX) | 2202

Over the last few weeks I have been putting some of the lenses in my bag through some field testing to see if they could meet my needs for some sport car and motorcycle work. Rather than letting the images sit on my hard drive I have posted full series of the AF tracking tests I ran over this time as this may be helpful to others. With the 70-200 F4 I was mainly concerned with the tracking cars for panning work, I soon realised that there was not too much to worry about other than the person ...

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cessnaflyer
 

I use this lens for professional aerial photography.the 2.8 is just to heavy and large to stick out of an airplane window.tried this f/4 version and never wanted or needed any other type of lens.enables me to shoot full time at f/4.color,clarity and sharpness is excellent.

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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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