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Nikon - AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon DSLR Cameras - Black

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Complete your professional camera setup with this telephoto zoom lens for Nikon F-mount cameras. The Silent Wave Motor powers ultra-fast, near-silent internal focusing with no breathing effect across the entire zoom range, and the Vibration Reduction technology helps to produce crisp images.

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    • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon DSLR Cameras
    • Snap-on front lens cap (77mm, LC-77)
    • Rear lens cap (LF-4)
    • Bayonet lens hood (HB-78)
    • Ballistic nylon lens case (CL-M2)

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (50 out of 50)

    Features


    Compatible with a variety of Nikon DSLR cameras

    Works with any Nikon FX or DX-format DSLR camera with an F-bayonet mount. Also compatible with most Nikon 35mm SLR cameras.

    Telephoto zoom lens provides detailed photos from a distance

    Throw backgrounds out of focus, grab detail and capture vivid close-up shots of distant subjects.

    70-200mm focal length

    This versatile, long-range zoom lens covers a broad range, enabling you to capture the perfect image from various distances.

    f/2.8 maximum aperture

    Creates sharp, detailed images with shallow depth of field and softly blurred background. Performs best in moderate-to-bright light settings or outdoors on overcast days.

    Up to 0.21x magnification

    Magnification ensures your images come out just the way you want.

    Vibration Reduction technology

    Improves image stability by automatically compensating for camera shake.

    Silent Wave Motor

    Uses ultrasonic vibrations - rather than a gear system - to focus the lens, providing incredibly smooth, silent and precise autofocus operation.

    High Refractive Index Lens

    Achieves great optical performance in an even more compact body.

    M/A focusing mode

    Allows switching from automatic to manual focusing with virtually no lag time by simply turning the focusing ring on the lens.

    Electromagnetic Diaphragm Mechanism

    Provides highly accurate electronic diaphragm or aperture blade control when using auto exposure during continuous shooting.

    Nano Crystal Coat

    Effectively reduces ghost and flare effects caused by light entering the lens diagonally.

    3.6' minimum focus distance

    Accommodates 77mm filters

    Accessories included

    Comes with a hood, lens caps (front and rear) and ballistic nylon case.


    Customer rating

    Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 50 reviews

    100%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Incredible expensive professional lens. Worth it.

      Posted
      Powderhound
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I recently purchased this lens. The first one I had was not tack sharp in all zoom ranges. I tried micro adjustments but was not satisfied. I exchanged it after using it for a week and the new lens is stellar. I have a Nikon D500 and adjusted it to plus 2. It is just spectacular. The zoom is very smoooth and I like the fact that I can autofocus from the push buttons on the lens. It adds to the stability when shooting images. I know some have complained about the zoom being on the end of the lens and the focus ring in the middle, but this doesn’t bother me. My Nikon 200-500 also has the zoom on the end of the lens. I do not even use the focus ring on this lens as the.Autofocus is superior to my own manual focus. The lens has zero focus breathing and I like the fact that the lens moves internally and does not extend further as I zoom. It is tack sharp. I use it for shooting wildlife, sports and portraits of my new grandchild. I shoot at F 2.8 indoors and a shutter speed of 1/80 second. I am able to get extremely fine detail on the eyes. The eyelashes are well defined. The bokeh is superlative. The contrast and color are just outstanding. Yesterday I shot my son-in-law’s softball game. The photos were beautiful. I shared the photos with him and he shared them with his teammates. They all marveled at the quality of the images. It was easy to use and effortlessly tracked very well with the D500’s autofocus system. I have also shot photos of some herons that hang out in my neighborhood. They take to flight whenever you get close to the so I am well prepared for this. I shoot in manual settings at 1/2500 second at 5.6. The lens tracks very well and the eyes of the herons are so clear. The lens blurs the background well so that anyone viewing the imagss will look only at the birds. Incredible photos. Professional quality images. I will share a few below. I borrowed my friend’s Tamron 70-200 G2 to test it. It shot very good stills and nice bokeh but it couldn’t match the performance of anything that iwas moving quickly. It just doesn’t track and focus as quickly. It might have just been his lens. I dont know. Frankly, the Nikon70-200 focuses so quickly that I don’t even see it hunting and changing focus. It’s instantaneous. I like the fact that I can lock out the range of focus to beyond 5 meters for shooting action, since I can never get close enough to the birds before they take off. The lens is lighter than the Tamron and I noticed the extra weight. The other lens seems heavier in the front of the lens so it was harder to steady. The Tamron did have excellent VC but there was a bit of a delay before it stabilized. The Nikon instantly stabilized. The only downside to the lens is that it is super expensive; twice the price of the new Tamron. But, the Nikon is much smoother. The zoom ring is effortless. I really wanted to buy the Tamron and save the extra $1500 but it didn’t compare in my opinion. I tried micro adjustments but there was such variation that when I adjusted at 200 mm, the lens was soft at 70. I did not have the Tamron tap-in system which might have corrected this. So I cannot comment on it. The Nikon is sharp throughout and the minimal front focus adjustment I made allows for superlative image quality throughout the range of this lens. Also, the Nikon feels smoother and I believe that it will last longer. Just my opinion. So this lens if for a professional or an enthusiast, like myself, that wants the best lens in this category.. The photos are so sharp that cropping the images to a reasonable extent do not degrade the image quality. I am really pleased with it thus far. The images are so good that my friends have suggested that I share them with others. They look professional. That’s all I needed to hear. The Nikon lens is super quiet. I don’t even hear it when it is focusing. It’s just outstanding. Very pleased with this purchase. I did not consider the Nikon VR 2 in the same focal length. It’s about $600 less so I figured if I was going to spend that much, the extra cost didn’t seem to matter to me. It has some focus breathing issues which the new Nikon lens doesn’t not have, I didn’t care about spending the extra $600 bucks to get the new glass. Very pleased.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great build quality, performance, and features

      Posted
      MarkInOR
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I purchased this new NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR to replace a trusted NIKKOR 80-200mm f/2.8D ED. For several years now the fantastic VR II had been tempting me but I am glad I waited a little longer. I am really enjoying this new lens and thought I should share what I have learned that led me to pull the trigger. There are already quite a few reviews of the new lens since it came out and vast majority of them are overwhelmingly positive. What ultimately settled my decision is the MTF test results published by Mr. Roger Cicala at LensRentals.com. His tests compared NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR against NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II and Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM. The MTF charts convincingly show the latest Nikon 70-200mm outshines the other two lenses (both excellent lenses by any measure) in optical performance through the entire zoom range. The improvement over VR II at 135mm in particular is especially dramatic. This simply means the new lens can produce images that are sharper across the entire frame and with more contract, a conclusion that has been confirmed by many reviewers. Here is a link to the MTF results: www.lensrentals.com/blog/2016/11/nikon-70-200mm-f2-8e-fl-ed-af-s-vr-mtf-tests/. If for some reason the link is removed, you can google “nikon 70-200 fl mtf blog”. In addition to the outstanding optical performance, a few other noteworthy improvements over the VR II version include: * Faster and more accurate focus. * Easily accessible AF lock buttons on lens barrel. * Shorter minimum focus distance (3.6’ vs 4.6’) * Improved VR capability with dedicated sport mode. * Focus breathing at close focus (significant with VR II) generally eliminated * Fluorine costing on front & rear elements for better protection against dust and moisture * Slightly shorter (7.97” vs 8.09”) * Slightly lighter (3.15lb vs 3.39lb) I have only had the lens for a couple of weeks and it certainly met my elevated expectations. The new lens also paired really well with the Nikon TC-20E III teleconverter which make it into a 200-400mm f/5.6 AF VR lens. Image degradation is barely noticeable. On the negative side, the switched focus and zoom ring positions seem to be a potential handling issue for some seasoned photographers. Given that the new layout is also opposite to that on the Nikon 24-70 f/2.8E VR, one can only assume the design decision is likely due to some engineering constraint. The switched position has not been much of an issue for me and should be a non-issue in a month or two. This lens isn’t cheap. But its build quality, performance and features make it a great lens to own and enjoy for years to come. Highly recommended.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The best 70-200 on the market

      Posted
      Hypnotik
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Im a amateur enthusiast in photography i use the 70-200 VR1 for few years and i loved it really nice lens but has few flaws (vignetting and sharpness in the corners are weak)but still a great lens then last month i bought the VR2 version and its an outstanding lens the optics were superior to the old one but had some flaws too (focus breathing and quality wasn't on par with canon's best)so yestarday i decided to return the VR2 and get this new lens that im gonna call simply the VR3(Nikon doesn't call it that)and this are the results. Its simply the best lens i ever used ,its amazing,no more foucus breathing,its sharp all across,build quality second to none,and yes its faster than the already fast VR2 itsnsimply the best lens on nikon line up. The only flaw has to be the price. So who should get this lens: **If you are a pro you do need this lens. **If you are an amateur but get gigs,events like weddings often and you make decent money out of them also get it,it will pay for itself. **If money its not an issue and you like photography obviously you gonna get it. **If you like best bang for you buck and only use your lens every now and then,to photograph your kids at the park get The VR 1 its dead cheap nowadays. So in summary this lens its the best telephoto lens in the world (sorry canon shooters time to pass the torch)Nikon has managed to release a superb lens that its a great investment and will serve you for a decade (or more) its the reverse ring a problem? After usining it few hours i got use to it so honestly i don't think it matters,now please stand up and salute the king of lenses(for now).

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent final piece of holy trinity of lenses

      Posted
      Dusty
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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Super sharp and loads of VR options. The 4 “pre-focus” buttons toward the front of the lens are a bit of a mystery, but it will be handy when shooting multiple areas of the frame where you are constantly returning to the same position. This is a necessary lens for professionals that need a relatively quiet, fast acting lens. No lens creep either. Get this and the 14-24 and 24-70/2.8’s and maybe a 50mm and you are all set. Make sure to only use the camera body’s “A” function rather than the “M” on body as with most modern lenses, you can easily toggle between “M/A” and “M” on the lenses themselves. Nikon states that using the “M” mode on the body can result in damage to lenses or camera. Make sure to get a high quality filter to protect. I use the Hoya EVO antistatic UV (0) 82mm filter on this lens.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Nikon 70-200 2.8 E FLD a great lens

      Posted
      WillD
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Nikon's latest 70-200 2.8 E FLD is not only Nikon's latest midrange zoom, but the best 70-200 any manufacturer makes. Sharp as single focal length lenses, with the convenience of a zoom. It focuses faster than previous versions of this lens. Very suitable for close sports or nearby wildlife photography. The VR is as good or better than previous versions with no delay in response. Yes, it is more expensive, a lot more expensive. But if you make big enlargements of your photos and need the fastest, sharpest lens available this is the lens for you.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      King of all 70-200mm lens in 2017

      Posted
      TONYD7
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Reading all the reviews about this lens, I finally pulled the trigger. I have never owned the previous generation the VR1 or the VR2. Wanted to buy the nikkor 70-200 VR2 but,the reviews wasn't encouraging.so I was waiting for Nikon to upgrade to the next level and they did. This lens is sharp from edge to edge, the color rendering is superb, it's lightweight and the VR is incredibly steady. What else can I say?, Nikon 70-200mm FL ED is the perfect lens money can buy. Though it's very expensive but, perfect quality comes with a price

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great lens

      Posted
      0833
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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      If you have the previous VR II version of this lens, you may not notice the difference when using this one. However, if you have the earlier VR I version or upgrading from a 'kit' telephoto you will appreciate the focus speed. While some people do have concerns about the placement of the zoom ring, it was not a deterrent from purchasing the lens This lens is compatible with the TC-14E III teleconverter and did not affect focus speed.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The best in its class

      Posted
      lil2redd
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Nikon finally hit it out of the park with this long awaited replacement for the vrII version! Superior in every aspect, it will be a hit for a long time. Pricey but quality that comes from Japan is not cheap these days, unlike some Chinese lenses that the company has made in recent years.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews

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    • PCMagRating, 4.5 out of 5Jim Fisher on March 30, 2017
      Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR
      The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR lens improves upon its predecessor, capturing sharper images and focusing closer.Full Review
    • ePHOTOzine (UK)Rating, 5 out of 5John Riley on January 30, 2017
      Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Review
      John Riley reviews the new Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR telephoto zoom lens for full-frame and DX Nikon DSLRs.Full Review


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