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

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The Optics Have Been Completely Re-mastered For The Demanding Image Sensors of Today

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II LensThe Nikkor 70–200mm f/2.8 VR II, is an update to an often criticized lens. The original version drew complains of vignetting and softness on FX cameras. This version is completely redesigned and features an entirely new optical formula designed to deliver sharp images all the way into the corners. It uses no fewer than 7 ED elements to minimize aberrations and “Nano Crystal Coat” to combat flare.

Professional tele-zoom remastered; class leading quality under any lighting conditions The AF-S NIKKOR 70-200MM F/2.8G ED VR II, featuring a brand new optical design for class leading levels of image quality and extended Vibration Reduction capability.

Robert Cristina, Manager Professional Products at Nikon Europe, says: “The optical design has been completely re-mastered to meet the demands of today’s image sensors. It also works better at slow shutter speeds and is adapted to complement the latest autofocus technologies too.” Improved low light shooting

This new Nikkor 70-200 VR II will be an incredible upgrade for some photographers and a big letdown for others. Or perhaps it will fall somewhere down the middle. It's a a big discredit that Nikon botched any effort preserve the close focus reach factor as the original Nikkor 70-200. If they had done that, then this lens would take it's place among the most fantastic lenses ever manufactured. The lens is basically overall equal to the original 70-200mm. although somewhat better for some types of photography.  Updated 12/11/ 2010 ✓


    AF-S Autofocus lens featuring a Silent wave, coreless, integrated, focus motor (unwrapped in 1996). Basically an updated AF-I Autofocus-Silent sporting a "Silent Wave Motor" (ultrasonic) to focus near silently and fast.

    A-M - A function that locks down the focus ring while auto focusing. Featuring. behavior not unlike a manual focus lens set to focus in manual mode with a damped load as the focus ring is turned.

    DX - NIKKOR - Compact and lightweight Nikon DX lenses feature a lesser image circle and are specifically created and optimized for the Nikon D-series, digital SLR camera bodies. An ideal option for photographers and enthusiasts who require shooting of expansive landscapes with Nikon DX DSLR

    Seven ED- (Extra-low Dispersion Glass Elements)
    a necessary element of the Nikon telephoto lens Nikon engineered Extra-low Dispersion optical glass to facilitate the manufacture of lenses that provide superior color correction and sharpness by diminishing chromatic aberrations.

    The leading factor setting the Nikon FX apart from other sensors is the large size of the pixels, which allows for more light collection.

    G - labeled after the f-number. All the newer AF lenses, including AF-S and specifically G, are also D. Nikon no longer makes an effort to mark the D. G-lenses contains no aperture ring, therefore aperture may only be electronically controlled by the camera and only autofocus camera bodies featuring function dials have the capacity to control G lenses

    IF- Internal Focusing
    The ability to have a lens focus while it's size remains unchanged. Nikon’s IF engineering allows that to happen. All internal optical travel is contained within the inside of the non-extension lens container.

    M/A mode
    AF-S Nikon lenses include the exclusive Nikon M/A focus function, that permits switching from auto to manual focus virtually without time lag - even while the AF servo is in operation regardless of the AF mode in play.

    N-Nano Crystal Coat
    Nano Crystal Coat consist of an antireflective coat that stemmed from the cultivation of Nikon NSR-series (Step and Repeat type) semiconductor fabricating devices

    RD- Rounded 9 Blade Diaphragm
    Soft-focus images of point light resources create accepted polygonal shapes that mirror the form of the cavity produced by the diaphragm blades.

    SIC - Nikon Super Integrated Coating
    Nikon uses an elite multilayer lens coating to augment the operation of its lens elements which also helps diminish ghosting and flare to minute levels. Nikon Super Integrated Coat also accomplishes several purposes,

    SWM- Silent Wave Motor
    Nikon AF-S engineering is yet one more rationale why professional photographers like Nikon telephoto optical lenses.

    VR II Vibration Reduction system
    Provides the equivalent of employing a 4 stops faster shutter speed This second generation VR is known as VR II, that was engineered to provide an additional 1-stop improvement over the initial VR

    The tough magnesium body is extensively sealed to withstand the affects of dust and moisture to enable you to keep shooting whatever the conditions.

Lens Includes

    • 77mm Snap-on front lens cap
    • Rear lens cap (LF-1)
    • Bayonet hood (HB-48)
    • Lens Case (CL-1018)

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Lens styleZoom lens
Zoom ratio 2.9x  
Max Format Size 35mm FF  
Lens focal length70 – 200 mm  
Stabilization type Yes (VR II, up to 4 stops claimed)  
Camera mount Nikon F (FX)  
Angle of view 34°20’ - 12°20’ (22°50’ - 8° with Nikon DX format)  
Aperture (lens diaphragm)
Largest aperture opening F2.8  
Smallest aperture opening F22.0  
Includes aperture ring No  
Total diaphragm blades 9  
Aperture annotations rounded blades  
Total Elements 21  
Number of Groups 16  
Coatings / special elements 7 ED glass elements Nano Crystal Coating  
Minimum focus distance 1.40 m (55.12")  
Autofocus type Yes  
Full time manual focus Yes  
Focusing method Internal  
Lens distance scale Yes  
Depth of field scale Yes  
Physical features
Overall weight1540 g (3.40 lb)  
Lens diameter 87 mm (3.43")  
Overall length 209 mm (8.23")  
Construction materials Magnesium alloy barrel, metal mount  
Sealing Yes  
Lens color Black  
Zooming method Rotary (internal)  
Filter thread size 77 mm  
Lens hood included Yes  
Lens hood code HB-48  
Tripod collar included Yes


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