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

Telephoto zoom lens for Nikon SLR cameras

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Item # 05470200II

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Our take on the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II

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 D750 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.

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 D750 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.

This lens by far is a must have! The images show why Nikon is the industry leader!

Eric, Denton, Tx

What's in the Box:

  • 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

Product Highlights:

  • AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm F/2.8G ED VR II telephoto zoom lens
  • designed for use with Nikon digital SLR cameras
  • 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
  • built-in Silent Wave Motor for fast, accurate, and quiet autofocus
  • 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

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

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Features and Specs

Brand Compatibility Nikon
Image Stabilization Yes
Focal Length 70-200mm
Maximum Aperture f/2.8
Weight 54.4 oz.
Parts Warranty 5 Years w/registration
Labor Warranty 5 Years w/registration

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Warranty Information


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).


  • 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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Superior quality lens was on sale (an open box) with manufacturer's warranty) [ THOMAS M  Nov 07, 2016 ]
Needed a Great Lens for Low Light Conditions. [ John F.  Jun 23, 2016 ]
Mostly for closeups and studio work due good bucket and shallow depth. [ HENDRIK  Apr 02, 2016 ]

1 question already asked

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 ]