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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4 G ED VR Lens

Telephoto zoom lens for compatible Nikon SLR cameras

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Our take on the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4 G ED VR Lens

by Woody Sherman
Nikon

Just being honest

If you've been taking pictures and video for a while, we don't need to sell you on this lens. You already know you want one. If you've come to the craft more recently, let us tell you why you, too, will want one when we're finished.

It's a light magnet — and lightweight

One of the biggest challenges for any camera (or photographer) is getting great images from a distance in low light. Many lesser zoom lenses reduce their aperture, the opening that regulates light hitting your image sensor, as they zoom in, reducing the overall light and changing the characteristics of your shot along the way. This Nikkor 70-200mm lens gets you in nice and tight across a spacious room while giving you a generous f/4 maximum aperture throughout the zoom range. But that's not all. This lens does all that while giving you Nikon's third-generation image stabilization, for sharp, clean images at slower shutter speeds — up to five times slower than you'd normally use.

The spectacular optical elements you've come to expect from Nikon's Nikkor lenses are standard, of course. And while you'd expect a lens that offers this much performance to be substantial, the AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR weighs in at a svelte 30 ounces, and it's only 7 inches long. And with an equivalent focal length of 105-300mm on DX-format cameras, it will serve for portraits and long telephoto tasks like sports shooting.

Bright, portable, capable, sharp. We don't see much holding you back.

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Highlights:

  • AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm F/4G ED VR lens
  • designed for use with full-frame and DX-format Nikon digital SLR cameras
  • features third-generation Vibration Reduction, for in-focus shots with longer exposure times (up to five shutter speeds slower)
  • focal length of 105-300mm on Nikon DX SLR cameras
  • contains three ED (extra-low dispersion) lens elements for high resolution and contrast
  • Silent Wave Motor for fast, quiet focusing
  • 9-blade aperture
  • constructed of 20 elements in 14 groups
  • minimum focus distance: 3.28 feet
  • minimum aperture: f/32
  • nano-crystal coating reduces flare and ghosting
  • lens is 3-1/16" in diameter x 7-3/8" long
  • filter size: 67mm
  • weight: 30.0 ounces
  • warranty: 5 years with Nikon registration
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • bayonet-mount lens hood
  • front and rear lens caps
  • lens case

Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

Features and Specs
General
Brand Compatibility
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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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F4
Weight
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30 ounces
Parts Warranty
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5 Years w registration
Labor Warranty
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5 Years w registration
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What's in the box?

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  • AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR zoom lens
  • LF-4 Rear lens cap (installed)
  • LC-67 67mm Front lens cap (installed)
  • CL1225 Lens pouch
  • HB-60 Lens hood
  • User's Manual
  • Warranty sheet

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Features
Specifications
Warranty Information

Features

Overview: The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR lens is a 2.9x telephoto zoom lens with an f/4 fixed aperture for high performance stills and HD videos. It is designed for use with FX/35mm format cameras, but has been optimized for edge-to-edge sharpness on both FX and DX-format D-SLRs. When mounted on a DX-format camera, the angle of view is reduced, and the focal length range is equivalent to 105-300mm.

Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC): Nikon's Super Integrated Coating (SIC) offers superior color performance and substantially reduced ghosting and flare, by enhancing light transmission.

Silent Wave Motor (SWM): The exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables fast, accurate, and quiet auto focus.

Internal Focus: Internal Focus (IF) provides fast and quiet autofocus without changing the length of the lens, retaining working distance throughout the focus range.

Vibration Reduction (VR): Vibration Reduction (VR) reduces blur caused by camera shake, allowing shutter speeds up to five stops slower than would otherwise be the case. You can enable Vibration Reduction by switching the VR switch on the lens barrel to "on." You can further select the VR Mode to Normal or Active depending upon the degree of camera shake. When the camera's shutter button is pressed halfway, VR is activated, reducing the effects of camera shake for better framing and focus. If the camera is mounted on a tripod, it is recommended that VR be turned off.

Focus Mode Switch: The Focus Mode switch on the barrel of the lens lets you easily switch between manual focus and auto focus. If you want to enable auto focusing, the camera must be set to Auto Focus, and the switch on the lens needs to be set to "M/A". With most Nikon D-SLRs, the lens gives you a manual override option, allowing you to rotate the separate focus ring while pressing the shutter release halfway.

Focus Limit Switch: The lens features a Focus Limit Switch which determines the focus distance limits for auto focus. You can select "Full" for subjects that may be closer than 9.84' (3m), or "∞-3m" for subjects that will always be at a distance of at least 9.84'.

Lens Construction: The AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm lens is constructed of 20 elements in 14 groups, including 3 ED (Extra-low Dispersion glass) lens elements for maximum sharpness and minimum chromatic aberrations, and lens elements with the Nano-Crystal Coating to reduce ghosting and lens flare.

Diaphragm: The lens is equipped with a rounded 9-blade diaphragm, which renders a more natural appearance of out-of-focus image elements.

Lens Hood: The lens comes with the HB-60 bayonet-type lens hood. The hood adds approximately 1-3/4" to the overall length of the lens. You can invert the hood and snap it onto the lens for storage, if desired.

Optional Tripod Collar Ring: The RT-1 is an optional accessory tripod collar ring designed specifically for the AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR lens. The RT-1 can be used to attach the lens to a tripod instead of attaching the camera's body directly to the tripod. This is recommended with additional support for the camera and lens is desired.

Specifications

  • Type of Lens: Type G AF-S Nikkor lens with a built-in CPU
  • Type of Mount: Nikon F-bayonet type
  • Filter Diameter: 67mm
  • Focal Length: 70-200mm
  • Closest Focus Distance: 2.62'
  • Focusing Method: Internal focusing (RF) system, AutoFocus using a Silent Wave Motor, manually by a separate focus ring
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/32
  • Lens Construction: 20 elements in 14 groups (including 3 ED lens elements, and lens elements with Nano-Crystal Coating
  • Angle of View:
    • FX/35mm Format: 34°-20' to 12°-20'
    • DX Format: 22°-50' to 8°
    • IX240 System: 27°-40' to 9°-50'
  • Dimensions: Diameter=3.062", Length=7.345" (7.946" w/caps)
  • Weight: approximately 30.0 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

Nikkor 70-200 f/4 with Nikon D700

Written By thamlin3333, Newport News, VA on Tuesday, July 02, 2013
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This is a great lens. It focuses quickly and produces very sharp pictures on my D7000. It is heavier than I expected for toting around. That is the price of good glass. I can really see the difference when turning off the image stabilization feature and then turning it back on. It gives several more f-stops hand held before I have to use a tripod. I highly recommend this lens and I am very pleased with it.
Pros:
Sharp images, fast focusing, easy to use.
Cons:
Heavy
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5 out of 5

...a MUST BUY! GLORIOUS GLASS indeed!!

Written By MrT, Arlington, TX on Wednesday, May 08, 2013
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Lets cut to the chase...an ABSOLUTE MUST BUY! It's a really sharp lens, comparable in sharpness to my 24-70 f2.8 Nikkor lens. The new VR and lightweight ergonomics put it over the top! Focus & sharpness are razor sharp. The Crutchfield experience and packaging are second to none. Order away foks! This is glorious GLASS!!
Pros:
VERY Sharp, quick focus, and lightweight. Low cost and GREAT value. GLORIOUS GLASS!!
Cons:
Tripod collar is $$ (if needed)
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5 out of 5

Really Nice Lens!

Written By StephenA, Houston, TX on Wednesday, February 20, 2013
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A really sharp lens, comparable in sharpness to my 24-70 f2.8 Nikkor lens. A good fit and feel on my D700, light enough to hand hold for long periods. The new VR seems to be excellent so far. A good value compared to the f2.8.
Pros:
Very sharp, lightweight, VR works great!
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

f/4

Written By P, New York, NY on Sunday, January 20, 2013
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Excellent lens. Can't decide between f/2.8 and f/4. But this one is clearly the winner!
Pros:
Lightweight, sharp picture
Cons:
None
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

WOW

Written By gmc4tkd, Louisville, Ky. on Tuesday, December 04, 2012
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My Nikon 70-200 F/4 arrived less than an hour ago. Shipping to Louisville, Ky. took only three days! I quickly put the lens on my D7000 and fired off some test shots. WOW is an understatement ! The lens is quite smaller and than I was expecting but don't let this fool you. My first shots were stunning. Perfect focus and sharpness down to 1/30 second, hand held at 200mm. I wish I could post some samples. The new VR lll is for real! My D600 is in for repairs but I cannot wait to try this lens on it when I get it back. This is an absolute "BUY".
Pros:
compact, light, great image quality, very nice bokeh, amazing VR performance, competitively priced
Cons:
tripod collar is $200 + (but probably not necessary with VR lll) - the build could be A bit more robust however that would add weight
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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