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

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

I used to have an 80-200 2.8D. The image quality was excellent and the lens was well made and fun to use but I found that I left it at home a lot in situations where the focal range would be useful because I hated hauling around the weight. It is a brick. Because of that I became interested in the 70-200/4. I rented one last year and really liked it and finally purchased one this fall. I have not been disappointed. The lens is light, fairly compact, extremely sharp, has great color and ...

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So I thought this would replace my Nikon 70-200 2.8 ii that I broke . I really tried to like it and in good lighting the lens was fun and was light  but as soon as the lighting gets a little bad this lens is no better than any other 5.6 lens . Focusing was hit and miss and trying to take pictures at ours girls softball game under the park lights was just impossible. Last year with my f2.8 the pictures were fantastic ,focusing was incredible and speed was ket at 1/1000 sec with my D750. I sold ...

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I haven't had a Nikon 70-200mm for a while since I sold my 80-200mm f/2.8 ED and the 70-200mm f/2.8 VR.  I've been waiting for the release of the rumored 70-200mm f/2.8 VR III, but does not look like it's anywhere near the horizon.  Anyhow, I've been doing lots of research on this lens and tried it out at camera stores before I came to the conclusion to pick up one. This lens doesn't look very professional compared to the 70-200mm f/2.8 VR or VR II.  It's looks like it mostly plastic although ...

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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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