Nikon AF-S 70200mm f/2.8G ED VR
This first-generation constant-aperture telephoto zoom is perfect for portraits, sports and wildlife
The Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR is the first generation of a now-classic telephoto zoom. Thanks to the wide maximum aperture and versatile focal length it can adapt to a number of photographic styles, from action to wildlife.
The lens was released in 2003. At that time there were no full-frame Nikons, but plenty of DX options. As these models were suited to a fast burst rate, the 70-200mm f/2.8G matched them perfectly. The lens is weather-sealed, meaning it can survive outside in rain, wind and dusty conditions. Vibration Reduction makes slower shutter speeds possible, and the fast maximum aperture keeps the focus speed rapid. Five Extra-low Dispersion glass elements keep chromatic aberration to a minimum.
It’s telling that it took six years for this lens to be replaced (see page 98), the main alteration being a new version of the VR system.