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

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Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 74 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Incredible expensive professional lens. Worth it.

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    Powderhound
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    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

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    MarkInOR
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    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

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    Hypnotik
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    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

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    Dusty
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    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

    Best of the Best

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    RobN
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    This lens fills in a gap where 200-500mm is too long and standard lenses (i.e. 70 - 120mm) are too short. I didn't think too much about this 'hole' until on a trip. There are cheaper options from third party makers but this lens lives up to its reputation; rock solid build and amazing sharpness. Okay, it's big and expensive. If you're looking for something small, light and cheap, this isn't it. But if IQ is critical, this is the way to go, especially when mounted on a D850. And focusing is very fast. My only mistake was not purchasing this lens before going to Alaska.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nikon 70-200 2.8 E FLD a great lens

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    WillD
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    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

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    TONYD7
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    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

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    0833
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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

    Great product

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    Paul
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    Love it The optics are excellent The pictures are crisp and the bokeh are excellent Heavy but gives a great deal of stability . I have carried it all over with no difficulty This is a must in the bag for anyone interested in taking great pictures whether it is portraits or landscapes

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Expensive but worth every shot!

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    Colt6920
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    I read many reviews on this type of lens for my Nikon D850 before I decided to purchase this lens. First let me say it is BIG and on the heavier side. However, the photos I have captured are very clear. I strongly recommend this lens. WORTH every penny!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It’s a Nikon!!!

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    Kerrzyphotomom
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    As described by a professional photographer friend, it’s a little piece of Heaven!! Super fast!! Super sharp!! Works fabulous on my D5500. I use it mostly to take photos of my kids playing basketball. Can’t wait to explore some portrait photography with it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best in its class

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    lil2redd
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    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Lens

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    Gabe
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    My go to lens for the most part. Great for outdoor and portraiture and other types of photography as well. Had a slight issue w/ the VR making clicking sounds a while back but it seems to have had fixed itself or something.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This lens is outstanding!!!!

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    Coop
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    Waited a long time for Nikon to introduce this new version 70-200 F2.8 FL lens. It's not cheap a bit pricey, but if you can afford it, go for it!! Sharpness is fantastic, bokeh amazing! Truly worth every penny!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic pro level lens

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    Greg
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    Yes it’s expensive but worth it. Auto focus is faster compared to my 300mm prime. Image quality is great. I prefer the zoom/focus position swap, easy for me to reach both while using tripod foot as support.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent quality lens

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    Jean
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    This is an excellent quality lens! I cannot fault it except to say there is some effort required to learn its full capabilities.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Most amazing lens!

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    Holly
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    This is the most amazing lens! You really get what you pay for. You will see a huge difference and realize why the price is so worth it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great product.

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    Photoman51
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    I love this lens, it's very good in low light. But, it's heavy a lot of glass. The images are worth the extra weight. Yes, it cost more than the old version, and it's worth it. This is good gear.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best lens available today!

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    David
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    I thought the reviews might stand a chance of being overrated. They are not. From the get-go the Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 FL is the finest lens I have ever mounted on a camera. I am so happy with my purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best 70-200 for Nikon

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    Stitchless
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    I purchased this for my Nikon D500 and even though it is more then I ever thought I would convince myself to spend on a lens... I have not looked back. It's a great lens, very quick, but it is heavy.

    I would recommend this to a friend