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

Telephoto zoom lens for compatible Nikon SLR cameras

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by Tara W.
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Capture crystal-clear closeups of distant subjects with this high-performance lens from Nikon. It's designed for premium optical performance with their SLR cameras, like the D800 or D7100. A large maximum aperture throughout the focal range means you'll be able to capture well-exposed photos, even when shooting in lower light with slower shutter speeds. Get great pictures of friends around a campfire or birds on a sunrise hike.

Superior clarity across the entire frame
High-quality Nikon optics ensure accurate, razor-sharp results. A multi-coating on the lens minimizes flare and ghosting. Your photos will be clear and detailed across the entire field of view — from one edge to the other — thanks to seven ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) glass elements.

Compensates for hand-held shooting
The lens has built-in vibration reduction so your photos will come out crisp in all different sorts of lighting conditions. Built-in motion sensors steer a special set of optical elements inside the lens, neatly compensating for camera movement and stabilizing the image. You get much sharper pictures — even in low-light conditions where slower shutter speeds and hand motion can easily cause blurred images with a regular lens.

Highlights:

  • AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm F/2.8G ED VR II lens
  • designed for use with Nikon digital SLR cameras including the D5000, D90, D300s, and D700
  • focal length of 105-300mm on Nikon DX SLR cameras
  • Vibration Reduction allows in-focus shots with longer exposure times (up to four shutter speeds slower)
  • contains seven ED (extra-low dispersion) lens elements for high resolution and contrast
  • Silent Wave Motor for fast, quiet focusing
  • 9-blade aperture
  • constructed of 21 elements in 16 groups
  • minimum focus distance: 4.6 feet
  • minimum aperture: f/22
  • multi-coating reduces flare and ghosting
  • filter size: 77mm
  • weight: 54.3 ounces
  • warranty: 5 years with Nikon registration
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • flower-shaped lens hood
  • front and rear lens caps
  • lens case
 

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Features and Specs
General
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Nikon
Image Stabilization
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Yes
Focal Length
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70-200mm
Maximum Aperture
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f/2.8
Weight
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54.4 oz.
Parts Warranty
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5 Years w/registration
Labor Warranty
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5 Years w/registration
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  • 70-200mm AF-S ED VR II Nikkor lens
  • HB-48 Lens hood
  • LC-77 Front lens cap (installed)
  • LF-1 Rear lens cap (installed)
  • CL-M2 Soft lens case
  • Adjustable shoulder strap
  • Instruction Manual (English/ French/ Spanish/ + 11 other languages)
  • Warranty form
  • Nikon extended service registration
  • Nikon sweepstakes entry form

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Features
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Warranty Information

Features

Overview: This item is an AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm, f/2.8G ED VR II, telephoto lens, optimized for edge-to-edge sharpness with the Nikon FX (23.9 x 36mm) image sensors. It is also compatible with camera bodies using the DX format (APS-C image sensors, 15.7mm x 23.7mm).

Construction: The seven Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements ensure sharp pictures virtually free of color fringing.

Nano Crystal Coat: The Nano Crystal Coat deposited on some of the lens elements ensures that fine, clear images can be reproduced under various shooting conditions, from the sunny outdoors to spotlighted interior scenes.

Built-in CPU: The lens has a built-in CPU which allows it to communicate with the camera body for focus and exposure functions. A set of CPU contacts is located on the lens mount for interfacing with the camera body.

Auto Focus: Internal Focus (IF) provides fast and quiet autofocusing without changing the length of the lens, retaining subject-working distance through the focus range. Nikon's Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables ultra-high-speed autofocusing with exceptional accuracy and super-quiet operation. The manual/auto focus mode switch allows quick response to situations requiring manual focus operation.

Zoom Control: The lens features a large, textured manual zoom ring for easy zooming control.

Vibration Reduction (VR II): Vibration reduction minimizes the effects of camera shake, allowing you to shoot handheld at as many as 4 shutter speed stops slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper images. You can turn vibration reduction on or off with the switch on the side of the lens. VR has two modes; Normal and Active (designed for use with strong vibrations, such as taking pictures while in a moving vehicle).

Aperture: Because there is no aperture ring on this lens, the aperture must be set on the camera.

Diaphragm: The lens is equipped with a fully-automatic, 9-blade diaphragm that produces a nearly circular aperture. Out-of-focus images in front of or behind the subject are rendered as pleasing blurs.

Tripod Collar: The tripod collar is detachable; it can be removed when not needed.

Focus Range Limit: If your subject is always more than 16 feet 5 inches away, the focus limit switch allows you to fix the focus range at 5m-infinity to reduce focusing time (available in autofocus mode only).

Specifications

  • Type of Lens: G-type AF-S Zoom-Nikkor lens with a built-in CPU
  • Type of Mount: Nikon bayonet type
  • Filter Diameter: 77mm
  • Focal Length: 70mm to 200mm (the 35mm equivalent is approximately 105mm-300mm when using a camera body with an APS-C image sensor)
  • Closest Focus Distance: approximately 4 feet 7 inches
  • Maximum Aperture: f/2.8
  • Minimum Aperture: f/22
  • Lens Construction: 21 elements in 16 groups with 7 ED glass elements and some Nano Crystal Coat-deposited lens elements
  • Focal Length Scale: 70mm, 85mm, 105mm, 135mm, 200mm
  • Physical Dimensions:
    • Without Hood:
      • Length: 9.060"
      • Diameter: 3.435"
    • With Hood:
      • Length: 11.242"
      • Diameter: 4.224"
  • Weight: approximately 54.4 ounces

Warranty Information

Warranty Terms: Nikon offers a 1-year parts and labor warranty on this lens. An additional 4-year Extended Service Coverage is available at no charge if you register the product with Nikon within 10 days of purchase.

 
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5 out of 5

Great

Written By Wife's lens, Frankfort il on Friday, March 14, 2014
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Awesome lens
Pros:
Works great
Cons:
Heavy
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5 out of 5

Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VRII

Written By CHW, Bowie, MD on Monday, February 17, 2014
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This lens is a worthwhile investment if you want to take successful action photography in low light situations where a flash is not allowed. I purchased open box and great Crutchfield customer service and warranty. I have the lens mounted on a Nikon D7000.
Pros:
Excellent lens w/ exceptional clarity and quiet, fast focusing ability for action photography in low light.
Cons:
Price and weight
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5 out of 5

Amazing, Phenomenal, Incredible Lens!!!

Written By GigiD, Augusta, Ga on Friday, July 05, 2013
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This is an absolutely amazing, phenomenal lens!!! I purchased the Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VRii lens from Crutchfield open box. You could not tell that the lens was not brand new. The lens was in perfect flawless condition with manual, bag and 5-year warranty. Crutchfield was great to work with and delivered the lens secure and fast. The optical performance of this lens is just phenomenal. I have this lens mounded on a Nikon D800 and the images that it produces are exceptionally sharp. The operation of the lens is lightning fast and quiet. The build quality of this lens is excellent. The lens is a beast and quite heavy to carry around. But is it worth it? A resounding - Yes! Highly recommended!
Pros:
Focus accuracy, Quiet, Exceptionally sharp images, Fast AF operation, Great build quality
Cons:
Size, weight and price, but this is to be expected with an exceptional professional lens of this quality.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Nikkor 70-200mm & Crutchfield's Customer Service!

Written By Steve, Holtsville, NY on Friday, March 08, 2013
 
First, the Nikkor deserves 10 stars "out of 5"!! The VRII stabilization is superb, the colors (without flash, or much of available light) are vivid and bright, as if taken in good light, the build quality is evident the minute you lay your eyes on it.

Second, I had a small issue with the 1st lens I received, but the great customer service people at Crutchfield didn't even blink an eye before THEY suggested sending me a replacement lens, which I received in no time. Thank you crutchfield for giving me the golden-glove treatment!!
Pros:
Great VR (II), Great color, excellent sharpness.
Cons:
None!
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5 out of 5

El mejor Telephoto que puedan comprar! Best Telephoto lens you can buy

Written By Rafy V, Ponce, PR on Saturday, January 12, 2013
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Antes de comprar este lente tenía el Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 II , un lente que me salio super bueno pero claro al no tener estabilizador de imagen me dificultaba tirar a velocidades lentas. Me dedico a Bodas y este lente ( Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II ) era el upgrade perfecto a mi adorado sigma. El lente enfoca extremadamente rapido y no falla. El bokeh que produce es hermoso. Solo lo he probado en dos bodies D700 por lo que no tengo idea como se desempeñe en DX. Mi recomendación es que si tiene el dinero comprelo sin pensarlo, no se arrepentira.

Before buying this lens I had a Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 II, a lens that came out super good but of course having no image stabilizer made it difficult for me to shoot at slow speeds. I'm a wedding photographer, and this lens (Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II) was the perfect upgrade to my beloved sigma. The lens focuses very fast and never fails. The bokeh it produces is beautiful. I've only tested on two D700 bodies so I have no idea how it performs with the DX. My recommendation is that if you have the money BUY without thinking, no regrets.
Pros:
rápido y certero enfoque, no flare fast and accurate focus, no flare
Cons:
pesado, precio heavy, price
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Is that a 55 gal drum on your camera?

Written By f64, L.A. CA on Tuesday, October 23, 2012
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When I first put this lens on my d800 my first thought was "what were you thinking?" There's no doubt that this thing is somewhat of a beast and takes a little getting used to. And here's the real irony - I shoot mostly medium format and always have, you would think the weight wouldn't even be a consideration. It's possible that it feels heavy because it so unbalances the camera. At any rate, you might need to hit the gym before a long shoot. All that being said, this lens is a beauty. It focuses fast and accurately, it's tack sharp, and has a wonderful bokeh. The VR is effective in calming down the massive crane hanging off your camera and you will not even miss the car you had to sell to pay for this. It's an awesome lens.
Pros:
Well built, smooth zoom and focus, sharp.
Cons:
May require membership in Gold's gym.
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5 out of 5

WHY DID I WAIT

Written By CHARLES, JR., WEST VIRGINIA on Friday, September 28, 2012
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I have been shooting a Nikon 80-200 2.8 af-d (push/pull) since I purchased it new in 1992. It was a great (is) lens but did not realize that the new 70-200 VRII was so,so,so much better. The focus is dead on unlike the 80-200 which would sometimes focus on the wrong spot. The 70-200 is brite and locks on fast. My first shot was in my living room at 82mm 2.8 1.3s and it was a good useable pic. I took a pic through my dirty window at a church 1-block away and it was super sharp at f5. I don't know why I waited so long to buy this lens. I worked with Drew at Crutchfield and he was very helpful and emailed me status of my order and followed up with me. This is truley great service and that is why I don't mind paying retail.
Pros:
Super sharp, fast lens
Cons:
Don't mind the weight because I have been packing a 80-200 for years.
6 out of 7 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

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

Written By RUBIN G, Brooklyn NY on Sunday, July 08, 2012
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I bought this lense for my D7000 Nikon and I have been never happier.This lense is worth every penny, very expensive but you will never be disappointed. I did plenty of research on this lense went on YOU TUBE alot. Went to B&H photo in NYC and spoke to the professionals there as well.I Saw the lense on my d7000 I got to see and feel the weight not bad for what you pay for.So I bought it from Crutchfield. I asked The professional at B&H Photo if this lense is good he replied and said NO, "it is EXCELLENT!" SO FOLKS BUY WITH CONFIDENCE !!!
Pros:
Crystal clear pictures
Cons:
A little too heavy !
4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Best of the Best

Written By Ray G, New York on Thursday, November 17, 2011
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As always, dealing with Crutchfield and ordering this lens was an absolute joy. Their staff was very pleasant and the unit showed up very quickly on my doorstep.

The 70-200 is to me the holy grail of zoom lenses. The focal length is so useful and the consistent f/2.8 aperture gives amazing low light capabilities. The VR II implementation plus the f/2.8 aperture allows for some amazing results where a tripod would normally be mandatory.

This lens does have some drawbacks and that is primarily size. This is a massive lens that is very heavy and will most likely make every camera bag your own obsolete. Due to the size, it's usage seems very deliberate and focused as this is not something you would probably throw on your camera and go for a walk with or drag around on vacation. Also, if you are placing this lens on a smaller body such as a D7000, I would highly recommend the MB-D11 Grip to provide extra leverage on your palm to assist holding up the camera.
Pros:
Professional Grade build quality with amazing results.
Cons:
Ergonomics; This is a massive and very heavy lens.
33 out of 33 people found this helpful
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1 question already asked

Is there a cheaper option than the Nikon f/2.8 70-200 mm for taking photos at HS football games? [ Janet  Jan 19, 2014 ]
5 answers
  • Hi sorry for the delay, I just saw the email. Yes and I considered this lens before I purchased the Nikon AF S70-200; Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM for Nikon It is about 1/2 the price of the Nikon, excellent lens and very good price, I highly recommend it. [ ANTHONY C   Feb 16, 2014 ]
  • Hi Janet. Two other lenses that would be excellent for photographing football games would be the Nikon 80-200 f2.8, and the Tamron SP 70-200 F2.8 Di VC lenses. Both lenses are much cheaper than the Nikon AFS 70-200 ED VR, and will give outstanding image results. I have used all three of these lenses, and although I prefer the Nikon 70-200, for its focusing speed, I really don't see a lot of difference in the overall, image quality. If you are shooting night games, the 2.8 aperture or faster is a must! If you are shooting during the daylight, you could get away with using the Nikon 70-200 f4, which is also a much, cheaper lens with great image quality. Hope this helps you out! [ MICHAEL E   Jan 21, 2014 ]
  • How about the nikon f4 or other 2.8 lenses from sigma or tamron [ MAURY   Jan 20, 2014 ]
  • I love this lense. We used it for travel, family picture and nature. All the result are excellent. [ FRANCISCO C   Jan 20, 2014 ]
  • Yes, I'm sure there will always be cheaper alternatives for every budget. I'm can't make any specific recommendations because I don't do product reviews. [ ROMULO   Jan 20, 2014 ]

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