Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II £1800, $2100

the go-to tele­photo zoom for many pros

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Not just a re­vamp of an older lens, this sec­ond edi­tion of Nikon’s world-class 70-200mm VR zoom rep­re­sents a com­plete re­design. Its fully weath­ersealed mag­ne­sium al­loy build is de­signed to take the knocks of a busy pro­fes­sional life­style and the op­ti­cal path in­cor­po­rates no fewer than seven ED el­e­ments.

The dual-mode aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem gives pri­or­ity to ei­ther automatic or man­ual fo­cus­ing, and the VR sys­tem fea­tures automatic pan­ning de­tec­tion as well as both nor­mal and ac­tive modes. Even so, the de­sign is now seven years old and some of Nikon’s lat­est de­vel­op­ments are ab­sent, such as an elec­tro­mag­net­i­cally con­trolled di­aphragm and a Sport mode for VR. VR is only rated at 3.5 stops, which is a full f-stop less than in the Nikon 200-500mm and 300mm lenses on test.

Per­for­mance

Aut­o­fo­cus speed is light­ning­fast and prac­ti­cally snaps into place, en­abling you to keep up with the fastest sport­ing ac­tion. Sharp­ness and contrast are stun­ning, at any com­bi­na­tion of fo­cal length and aper­ture.

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