Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II Lens Review

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Hello Photographers, Tom here from Cameras Direct with another Nikon Lens Review.

Today we’re going to have a look at the amazing Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens.

This 70-200 lens, Nikon users, if you’re a professional photographer should be in your kit. Especially if you’re a wedding photographer, a portrait photographer who you photograph low light sporting events or indeed some sporting events where you don’t need a huge 400 or 500mm lens.

The 70-200mm f/2.8 is one of the best made zooms in the Nikon range. It is made like a tank. Fully weather sealed.

The lens has Nikon’s AF-S silent wave motor. It has all the best glass. Multi coatings on all the optics in there to prevent flare and ghosting and give you a beautiful crisp contrast.

The focus mechanism and the actual zoom mechanism do not rotate the end of the lens so you can use polarizing filters or graduated filters from say Cokin. When you zoom it does not extend that’s the size that’s the way it stays.

Beautifully balanced lens with a lens collar for a monopod or tripod. Which is of course adjustable to go vertical or horizontal.

So apart from being one of their sharpest zoom lenses and I mean prime lens quality here, this is a full F 2.8 maximum aperture through the whole range. So when you zoom from 70 to 200 if you’ve got it set at f2.8, that’s where it will stay, and that means of course fantastic in low light situations at any focal length. This lens is sharp through the range at f/2.8 all the way up to f16.

So some of the other features of this lens include a full-time manual focus switch and also a limiter here. This allows you to cut down the focus throw from five metres to infinity and that means if you’re doing a sport or anything like where you not photographing something any closer than five metres, it means it doesn’t have to hunt as far to find focus. So that will speed it up as well.

The lens is a “VR” lens which is vibration reduction with Nikon, and that of course helps with camera shaking low-light situations, particularly when you’re at that 200 end of the zoom range.

So there’s also another switch here called “normal” and “active”. The “normal” is set for when you’re standing stationary photographing with your VR, the “active” is when you’re on a moving vehicle or moving as you’re photographing. That’s where you would set it.

The Nikon 70-200mm takes a 77mmm filter and boy oh boy you definitely want to put a UV filter on this because that is going to protect this lens and more importantly seal it against dust moisture and so on. You will need that filter to complete the weather sealing of this lens.

So its a Hoya Pro1d UV or a Hoya HD UV filter. An absolute must.

What more can I say? The 70-200 comes with a lens hood, comes with a case, this is as good as it gets in the Nikon range.

And as I say if you’re a professional wedding photographer, portraits, social photography, sports, indoor sport particularly you must have this lens.

It’s not cheap, but you know what, you’re gonna have this for a long long time and they are made to be reliable and trustworthy.

You can trust this lens to give you the results you want in pretty well any conditions.

Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II Lens

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