Raise your game with the new AF-S Nikkor 70–200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR…
Promising sharper results and improved AF tracking, Nikon’s revised 70–200mm f/2.8 telephoto lens will appeal to wedding, wildlife and sports/action photographers looking for improved performance. Designed specifically for Nikon’s FX range of full-frame DSLRs, the new 70-200mm also boasts a Sport VR mode that will deliver a more stable viewfinder image when shooting extreme subjects. An in-depth review will appear in Practical Photography very soon, so in the meantime read the press release below and start saving your pennies - its RRP is a snip at £2,650.
Nikon makes the FX-format telephoto zoom of choice for professional photographers faster, lighter, and more agile than ever. Engineered to excel, the new AF-S Nikkor 70–200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR will keep photographers working with Nikon's fast-shooting DSLRs one step ahead.
Whether shooting sports, action, news, or reportage, the latest incarnation of this renowned lens boasts a range of enhancements that make a real difference in the field. Improved AF tracking and exposure control, as well as VR Sport mode, combine to deliver exceptional burst shooting. Compared to its predecessor, edge-to-edge performance is improved, and light fall off has been reduced. The closest focus distance is now an impressive 1.1m, and the maximum reproduction ratio has increased from 0.11x to 0.21x. Configurable buttons on the barrel make operation smoother, and the zoom and focus ring positions are reversed for more balanced handling. Thanks to a new magnesium alloy lens barrel, and HRI and fluorite elements, this lens has never been so light, yet the build is as tough as ever.
Simon Iddon, Head of Product Management, Nikon UK, says: “The new Nikkor 70–200mm f/2.8E offers an astounding jump in image quality and a faster, smoother shooting experience all round. Sport VR, and ergonomics inherited from Nikon’s recent 400mm, 500mm, and 600mm telephoto lenses will make a unmistakable difference to photographers shooting fast, unpredictable action with a professional DSLR like the D5.”
Summary of key features
Improved Vibration Reduction (VR) and lens-to-camera precision
The latest generation of Nikon's VR enables shooting at shutter speeds up to 4 stops slower than without VR, and activates the instant the shutter is pressed halfway. Sport VR mode delivers a more stable viewfinder image when shooting exceptionally fast action. Improved AF tracking enables photographers to respond swiftly and precisely to autofocus changes. An electromagnetic aperture mechanism enables exceptionally stable AE control—even during a high-speed burst.
Exceptional integrity: optical precision to the edge of the frame
A brand new optical construction ensures superior edge-to-edge performance. The new optical design includes six ED glass elements, a fluorite lens element, and a High Refractive Index (HRI) element. Nano Crystal Coat reduces ghosting and flare for greater image clarity, whilst colour fringing, chromatic aberration and distortion are controlled throughout the zoom range.