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

Here’s our concise review of the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II telephoto zoom lens…

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

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

A resident in some of the most famous kit bags in the world, the VR II is a phenomenal lens, even though it’s been usurped by the newer FL version. It features a reassuringly tough build quality, with pleasingly chunky focus and zoom grips, which hides 21 elements in 16 groups, including 7 ED (Extra low Dispersion) elements and Nano Crystal Coating to reduce aberration and flare. It also handles vignetting and distortion as well as others in test, regardless of the focal length.

We’ve no complaints about sharpness – it’s extremely good. Even at f/2.8 the centre of the image is pin-sharp, though the corners take a while to catch up. Once you get to f/5.6, this lens is sharp throughout and returns stunning results. The autofocus system is also very good with focus achieved quickly and accurately every time.

This Nikon is definitely extremely capable and will not disappoint you. However, this is reflected in the price-tag, which may be off-putting.

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Pros
Optical stabilisation
Weather resistant
Solid AF

Cons
Heavy
Expensive
Getting old

Spec
Min aperture: f/22
Max aperture: f/2.8
Elements: 21/16
Filter size: 77mm
Min focusing distance: 140cm
DxH: 87x205mm
Weight: 1540g