Nikon Af-S 70-200/2.8 Vr Ifed G Nikkor
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- Vibration reduction (VR II) equivalent to increases in shutter speed by four steps
- A Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for superior autofocus that is smooth and quiet
- Three focus modes built in: M, M/A, A/M
- Shooting at distances as close as 1.4 m throughout the entire zoom range
- Filter size: 77 mm
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|Item Dimensions||8.7 x 21.5 x 8.7 cm||8.64 x 20.07 x 8.64 cm||8.6 x 19.7 x 8.6 cm||8.3 x 13.3 x 8.3 cm||8.58 x 8.58 x 19.67 cm||19 x 19 x 43.69 cm|
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Compact, lightweight G-type fast telephoto zoom lens with Vibration Reduction VR.- Built-in SWM for ultra-fast ultra-quiet AF operation- VR operation offers the equivalent of using a shutter speed 3 stops eight times faster- Two VR modes are available; Normal and Active- Five ED glass elements- Light grey version available Fall 2003.FeatureProduct FeaturesWeight & dimensionsWeight1470g Dimensions W x D x H87 x 215 x 87mm Technical detailsFilter size77mm Colour of productBlack Lens systemFocus adjustment1.5 m Aperture rangef/2.8 Focal length70-200mm Lens structure21 / 15 Thread diameter87mm
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The lens is well balanced and well proportioned. It feels great to hold on the camera body and the VR (vibration reduction) is in my opinion, the best I have used. Its not a cheap lens but if you want professional results you need to spend this type of money.
Thats two great reviews!! If you need more then Digital Photographer magazine had a shoot off against a number of other lenses, including independants and Canon and it won the shoot off. Save up and buy it, you won't regret it!
I've taken a lot of photos with various lenses and this stands head and shoulders above anything else.
So why did I just also buy a Nikon 18-200mm for my new Nikon D60?
Weight and size! There's nothing subtle about this lens - it's huge! So while it gives amazing results it is very heavy if hiking ( where I take most of my photos ). So if I go on a days hike I take the 18-200. If I go out specifically just to take photos I take the 70-200.
I recently did a careful test between the 18-200 and 70-200. Even at the centre of the picture at the 18-200's best aperture( around f8-f11 ) the 70-200 blows it away. Sharpness you can't belive and resolves details the 18-200 simply misses.
Wide open both lenses don't perform quite as well. However the 70-200 is still very good. The 18-200 suffers badly with softness in the corners wide open. The 70-200 still looks quite sharp regardless.
If you can afford it and have a strong back - get the 70-200.
If you can live with that, this is an astonishing piece of glass with a measured acutance that puts it not only at the top of the 70-200 category, but close to the top of any lens, zoom or prime, of any length available on 35mm. It also has a beautiful bokeh, giving wonderful out-of-focus backgrounds, with virtually no measurable distortion.
Nikon made six highly rated 80-200 f/2.8 constant aperture autofocus lenses before this one. Any one of them is _almost_ as optically perfect as this lens. The early ones were 'screwdriver' focus, which is slower and slightly jerky, but the latest ones are AF-S, which means they are equipped with 'silent wave' motors. I'm not really sure why they call this 'silent wave', as the noise of the 'screwdriver' type was never a problem, but AF-S does focus more quickly for less battery drain. As well as offering an extra 10mm of focal length range on the short end, the 70-200 is equipped with Vibration Reduction, which accounts for the massive price hike.
Vibration Reduction (VR) puts a floating element in the lens which a voice coil vibrates to cancel the vibrations inherent in hand-holding. It has two modes, normal and active. Normal is for regular hand-holding and panning, while Active is for use when shooting from a moving vehicle. Nikon promises three full stops better performance through VR, which means that, instead of shooting at 1/250 for 200mm focal length, you can shoot at 1/30. VR is a real 'seeing is believing' function. I certainly didn't believe it, until we bought an 18-200 VR lens, and I saw for myself. Three days later, I bought this lens: VR really does work.
What more is there to say? This may well be the most technically perfect, uncompromising lens that Nikon has ever built. It was redesigned from the ground up, taking the best characteristics of its predecessors and improving on them. The metal construction is well suited to the rigours of professional life, and the tripod collar is much better than the earlier versions. It also comes in a really good padded case/bag. Alongside the VR controls, it also has switches for auto and manual, for focus hold, and for limiting focus distance -- useful to reduce hunting if there are close objects such as fences or railings. It also focuses superbly quickly, and, naturally, its f/2.8 constant aperture speeds up autofocus, makes manual focus easier, enables you to work with longer teleconverters, and gives you even more options in low light, or for differential focus.
Aside from the weight, there are just a couple of down sides. It suffers from flare when light enters straight into the lens. It is a little finicky on a few older and lower end bodies. The nearest focus distance is 1.5 metres. It's also a G-type lens, which means no aperture ring, and therefore will not work well with older manual focus cameras, although it is a superb choice for both DX digital and film cameras such as the F5 and F6.
If you think I'm harping on the weight rather a lot, then consider this. The 70-200 is designed to balance with a deep body SLR, such as an F5, D1, D2X, or any of D100, D200 or F6 with the requisite battery pack. Obviously you can fit it to a D70, D80, or a D200 without the battery pack, but, unless it's on a tripod (in which case you should switch off VR, thereby losing one of the lens's main advantages), it will balance badly and be hard to handle. This means that you are effectively committed to 2.5 kg for the camera and lens combination, or 2.8 kg with a flash.
Ultimately, this is a top professional lens to produce top professional results. For most kinds of photography, and for most sizes of print, the 18-200 VR will do just as well, costs 1/3 of the price, and is 1/3 of the weight. But if you want to own and use just one truly great lens in your entire life, consider making it this one.
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