ISO 100, 1/400 sec at F4.5. Photo by Dan Bracaglia

The Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8E FL ED VR is the third version of Nikon's workhorse telezoom. Most of us on staff have spent a bit of time with the previous two versions, and the latest iteration features a new optical design, improved VR and an electromagnetic diaphragm.

We have not had it in the office long but the impression already is that it's both impressively sharp wide open - but particularly by F4 - and incredibly well-stabilized. Owners of previous versions of the lens will be impressed at the decreased focus breathing, and the incredibly short focus distances that makes tight portraits easily at almost any focal length.

In short, it's going to appeal to a wide range of photographers. We'll be sure to add additional images to this gallery once we've had more time with the lens, but for now take a look at some initial samples.

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