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Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8 VR lenses


  • the traditional pro photographer's go to telephoto zoom lens and the 7th evolution of the world's 1st 80-200mm f/2.8 lens made by Nikon in 1982
  • metal, solid build for pros
  • f/2.8 aperture for lower light and shallower depth of field (DOF)
  • f/4 versions for more compact, lighter weight shooting

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8E FL ED VR

  • announced Oct 2016
  • Improvements over its predecessor include a complete optical redesign (22 elements, including six ED, one fluorite and one high refractive index element) and fluorine coatings on the front and rear elements
  • 100g lighter than the VR II and easier to hold as with the shift in the center of gravity, with more weight moved towards the mount
  • the 'E' in '2.8E' denotes an electronic aperture actuator
  • closer focusing at ~1.1 meters giving 0.21x
  • AF-L / Off / AF-ON switch as well as focus limiter switch and weathersealing and “4EV” VR
  • $US2800

Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VRII lens

  • replaced old version in 2009 with improved VR and nano coatings, new optic design and more expensive and no longer has AF-Lock buttons nor 200mm FOV at close focus
  • has significant focus breathing


Image courtesy of Ken Rockwell


  • “4EV” VR II
  • 21 elements in 16 groups incl. 7ED
  • nano coating
  • 9 rounded blades
  • 77mm filter
  • 4.6'/1.4m close focus HOWEVER effective focal length range contracts, effectively becoming a 65-135mm lens giving only 1:8.3!
  • 54.3 oz/1,540g
  • 87mm x 206mm
  • $US2099


old Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR lens

  • 2003-2009
  • replaced the AF-S 80-200mm f/2.8 which lacked VR, and in turn this replaced the AF-I 80-200mm f/2.8 which lacked the silent, fast AF as well as no VR


  • 77mm filters
  • “2-3 EV” VR
  • 21 elements in 15 groups incl. 5ED
  • multicoated
  • 9 rounded blades
  • close focus to 5 feet (1.5 meters) giving 1:5.6 with manual focus, 1:6.1 with AF
  • 3 AF-Lock buttons to lock focus when pressed and held
  • 51.8 oz/1,468g with tripod collar
  • 87mm x 215mm


old Nikon AF-S 80-200mm f/2.8 lens

  • 1999-2004
  • no VR
  • bigger and more expensive than the AF-D version it replaced but gives faster, quieter AF

Nikon AF-D 80-200mm f/2.8 lens ring version

  • 1997 onwards, replaced the push-pull version of 1993-1997
    • “is about as sharp as, and focuses 80% as fast as the 70-200/2.8 VR II, which takes the same pictures but costs twice as much”
photo/nikonafs70-200f2.8.txt · Last modified: 2016/10/22 12:10 by gary1

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