Overview: The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR lens
is a telephoto zoom lens. Because of its fast f/2.8 aperture, it is ideal for capturing
sports, wildlife, concerts, weddings, and portraits. This lens is optimized for use on Nikon
FX-format cameras with full-frame image sensors. When mounted on DX-format
(APS-C) cameras, the lens has an equivalent focal length of approximately
Lens Construction: The lens is made of 22 elements in 18
groups, including 6 ED lens elements, 1 Flourite element, 1 HRI element, and lens elements
with Nano-Crystal or fluorine coatings. The
special elements have the following attributes:
- Extra-low Dispersion Glass (ED): The lens is
constructed with Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements developed by Nikon
and used with normal optical glass in telephoto lenses to obtain optimum
correction of chromatic aberrations.
- HRI: HRI stands for High Refractive Index lens. With a
refractive index of more than 2.0, one HRI lens can offer effects equivalent
to those obtained with several normal glass elements. HRI lenses can
compensate for field curvature and spherical aberrations.
- Nano Crystal Coating (N): Nano-crystal coating is an
anti-reflective coating that eliminates internal reflections, ghosting, and
flare caused by light entering the lens diagonally.
- Internal Focusing (IF): The lens focuses by shifting
the internal lens group, thus the physical lens length does not change
during focusing. Autofocus is controlled by a Silent Wave Motor, while
manual focus utilizes a separate focus ring.
Electromagnetic Diaphragm: This "E-type" lens features an
electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism in the lens barrel to provide highly
accurate electronic diaphragm or aperture blade control during auto exposure
during continuous shooting. Conventional D/G-type lenses have mechanical linkage
levers to control the diaphragm blades.
Focusing Modes: The lens has a 3-way Focus Mode switch that
lets you choose the way the lens focuses. If you select Manual Focus on the
camera, you can focus manually using the lens focusing ring and the camera's
electronic rangefinder. When the camera is switched to the AF (auto focus) mode,
you can apply one of three lens focusing modes:
- Manual Priority (M/A): The lens will auto focus, but can be
manually overridden by rotating the lens focus ring.
- Autofocus Priority (A/M): The lens will auto focus, but
you must rotate the focus ring farther before AF is overridden. This
prevents the accidental changing of the focus caused by unintended operation
of the focus ring.
- Manual (M): Even though the camera is set to auto focus, the lens
will focus manually with the electronic rangefinder when you rotate the
Focus Limit: This 2-way switch sets focus distance limits
for the autofocus. You can choose "Full" to use the entire focus range, or "∞-5m"
if your subject will always be at a distance of at least 5 meters (16.5 feet)
Focus Functions: Four round focus function buttons are
positioned around the lens barrel. You can choose the function of those buttons
via a 3-way switch. In AF mode, you can lock the autofocus to preserve the
current focusing position. To activate the focus lock, the switch should be in
the AF-L position, and the focus will be locked when one of the focus function
buttons are pressed. You can start the autofocus again by moving the switch to
AF-On and pressing a function button. To defeat this function, the switch can be
set to "Off."
Vibration Reduction (VR): Nikon's Vibration Reduction
reduces blur caused by camera shake, allowing you to use shutter speeds between
3.5 and 4.0 stops slower than what is determined by normal metering. The VR
effect takes place when the shutter release button is pressed halfway. There are
two levels of Vibration Reduction, Normal and Sport. Normal VR should be used
when photographing stationary subjects. Sport VR is used for photographing
moving subjects, particularly athletes and other fast-moving subjects.
Tripod Collar: Because of its length and weight, the lens
comes with a tripod collar for mounting the camera onto a tripod. The tripod
collar provides better balance by positioning the tripod mount closer to the
front of the lens. The tripod collar ring spins on ball bearings, which allows
you to smoothly transition from horizontal (landscape) shooting and vertical
(portrait) shooting. There are markings every 90° for precise alignment.
HB-78 Lens Hood: The AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR
includes a bayonet lens hood (HB-78) that blocks stray light from entering the
lens, causing glare or ghosting. When attached, the hood adds approximately
2-1/2" to the overall length of the lens. Because of its length, you may
need to remove the hood when using the camera's built-in flash to prevent
vignetting (shadows). The hood can be reversed and mounted on
the lens when not in use.
- Type of Lens: Type E AF-S lens with a built-in CPU
- Type of Mount: Nikon F-bayonet
- Focal Length: 70-200mm (105-300mm with APS-C image
- Focal Length Scale: Graduated in millimeters: 70, 85, 105,
135, and 200mm
- Filter Diameter: 77mm screw type
- Lens Construction: 22 elements in 18 groups (including
6 ED lens elements, 1 fluorite element, 1 HRI element, and lens elements with Nano-Crystal
or fluorine coatings)
- Image Stabilization: Vibration Reduction (Normal and
Sport) using Voice Coil Motors (VCMs)
- Minimum Focus Distance: 3.61' (1.1 meters) from focal
- Focus Distance Indicator: Markings at 4', 5', 7', 10',
15', 30' and ∞ (1.1m, 1.5m, 2m, 3m, 5m, 10m, and ∞)
- Focusing Method: Nikon Internal Focusing (IF) System
with autofocus controlled by a Silent Wave Motor and separate focus ring for
- Diaphragm: Rounded 9-blade with automatic electronic
- Aperture Range: f/2.8 - f/22 at all focal lengths
- Angle of View:
- Nikon FX-format cameras: 34° 20' - 12° 20'
- Nikon DX-format cameras: 22° 50' - 8° 00'
- Dimensions: Diameter 3.416" Length 8.289" (8.894"
with lens caps)
- Weight: 3 pounds 2.5 ounces
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.