Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f2.8E FL ED VR Lens
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AT A GLANCE
• F-Mount Lens/FX Format
• Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
• Six Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
• Fluorite and HRI Elements
• Nano Crystal & Super Integrated Coating
• Fluorine Coated Front and Rear Elements
• Silent Wave Motor and MF Override
• VR Image Stabilization
• Electromagnetic Diaphragm Mechanism
• Removable, Rotatable Tripod Collar
• Filter Thread 77mm
Spanning a versatile range of longer-than-normal focal lengths, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR from Nikon is a portrait to telephoto zoom offering a bright f/2.8 constant maximum aperture, intuitive handling controls, and a sophisticated optical construction. This revised layout now includes six extra-low dispersion elements, as well as one fluorite element and one high refractive index element, to reduce chromatic aberrations and colour fringing for improved clarity and sharpness. Nano Crystal and Super Integrated Coatings further benefit image quality by reducing lens flare for improved contrast and colour accuracy and fluorine coatings on the front and rear elements protect against dust, moisture, and smudging.
Balancing the optical attributes, the lens also features a series of robust physical and handling assets, including a four stop-effective Vibration Reduction system to minimize the appearance of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting. A Silent Wave Motor AF system also contributes to sharp imagery with quick, quiet, and smooth focusing performance that is suitable for both stills and video applications. Four focus buttons are featured on the lens barrel for easily activating AF Lock, and full-time manual focus override is also available. Additionally, the lens also sports a weather-sealed magnesium-alloy construction for working in harsh environments, and the removable, rotating tripod collar spins on ball bearings for smooth and quick shifting between vertical and horizontal shooting.
Designed for use with FX image sensors, this 70-200mm lens is also compatible with DX sensors where it will provide a 105-300mm equivalent focal length range.
Constant f/2.8 maximum aperture offers consistent performance throughout the zoom range and also benefits working in difficult lighting conditions and using selective focus techniques.
Six extra-low dispersion elements combine with one fluorite element and a high refractive index element to significantly reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing, as well as increase contrast, clarity, and apparent sharpness for a richer image quality.
Nano Crystal and Super Integrated Coatings have been applied to lens elements to minimize surface and internal reflections for a marked reduction in lens flare and ghosting.
Fluorine coatings on the front and rear elements afford protection to the optical system.
Vibration Reduction image stabilization helps to reduce the appearance of camera shake by up to four shutter speed stops to better enable handheld shooting in low-light situations. Additionally, a dedicated Sports Mode is optimized for photographing when using panning movements and a Tripod Mode suppresses subtle ground vibrations.
Silent Wave Motor autofocus mechanism provides quick, quiet, and precise autofocus performance that is ideal for photographing fast-moving subjects.
Full-time manual focus override allows instant switching between AF and MF focusing systems by just rotating the focus ring at any time.
Internal focusing design maintains the overall lens length during operation and contributes to a lighter overall weight.
Four focus buttons are positioned on the lens barrel for intuitively engaging autofocus or AF Lock functions.
Specialized electromagnetic aperture mechanism provides greater exposure control stability that is especially beneficial when working with fast continuous shooting rates.
This mechanism limits the compatibility of this lens to the following cameras: D5, D4, D3 series, Df, D810, D810A, D800 series, D750, D700, D610, D600, D500, D300 series, D7200, D7100, D7000, D5500, D5300, D5200, D5100, D5000, D3300, D3200, D3100, Nikon 1 J1, J2, J3, J4 with FT-1, Nikon 1 V1, V2, V3 with FT-1, and Nikon 1 S1, S2 with FT-1.
Weather-sealed design and magnesium-alloy construction is able to withstand dust and moisture for working in harsh environments. Additionally, the zoom and focus rings have been switched compared to previous 70-200mm models, with the focus ring closer to the mount now for more natural handling and control.
Removable, rotating tripod collar spins on ball bearings to permit quick and smooth switching from vertical to horizontal shooting orientations.
• Focal Length70 - 200mm
• ApertureMaximum: f/2.8
• Minimum: f/22
• Camera Mount TypeNikon F
• Format CompatibilityNikon FX/35mm Film
• Angle of View22° 50' - 8°
• Minimum Focus Distance3.61' (1.1 m)
• Elements/Groups22 / 18
• Diaphragm Blades9
• Image StabilizationYes
• Tripod CollarYes Removable - rotating
• Filter ThreadFront: 77 mm
• Dimensions (DxL)Approx. 3.48 x 7.97" (88.5 x 202.5 mm)
• Weight3.15 lb (1430 g)
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Of the 130 reviewers who responded, 130 would recommend this product.
Averages based on how reviewers feel this product performs.
- Great Lens for Indoor Sports & Events- December 21, 2019
I bought this lens so I could capture photos of my kids in poor-to-averagely lit gymnasiums and similar places playing basketball, doing gymnastics, and performing in school concerts, etc., and I have been very happy. Now I'm looking forward to their baseball and soccer seasons, when the added reach will come in handy. Previously, I'd been using the 18-140 mm kit lens that came with my D7500 and the photos would get too dark and grey as the aperture shank at the higher focal lengths. Now, with the constant F/2.8, I can get much better quality low-ISO (less grainy) photos of them at a distance (e.g. 25-50 yards) and at high speeds (e.g. 1/1000 second; helps capture action!).Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Best of the Best- November 30, 2018
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.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
- Upgrade worthy- January 15, 2021
Bought this to compliment my Nikon - AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Wide-Angle Zoom Lens and a Nikon D850. I've used a Nikon AF-S NIKKOR AF-S 28-300 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR as general all purpose lens but struggled with it taking pictures at poorly lit sporting events. This lens has changed that for me. Not only does it take excellent pictures in low light conditions, but the autofocus and VR are much better. With the additional clarity in the photos, I don't mind losing the additional focal length since I can crop the photos more to zoom into my intended subject.Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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