Nikon AF-S 70–200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR £2650, $2800

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Nikon’s tele­photo of choice for pro shoot­ers is the lat­est lens to re­ceive an up­date, be­ing ex­ten­sively re­worked in­side and out for im­proved han­dling and per­for­mance.

The lens in­cor­po­rates Nikon’s lat­est elec­tro­mag­netic di­aphragm for pre­cise aper­ture blade con­trol and auto ex­po­sure dur­ing burst shoot­ing. A new op­ti­cal con­struc­tion con­sists of six Ex­tra-low Dis­per­sion (ED) el­e­ments to re­duce chro­matic aber­ra­tion, plus a High Re­frac­tive In­dex (HRI) el­e­ment that com­bines the ben­e­fits of sev­eral nor­mal el­e­ments to en­able a more com­pact lens body.

Front and rear lens el­e­ments are pro­tected by Nikon’s flu­o­rine coat­ing, which re­pels water, dust and smudges, and a Nano Crys­tal Coat re­duces re­flec­tions and ghost­ing. Nikon claims the glass and coat­ings will im­prove edge-to- edge per­for­mance and re­duce fall-off. Im­proved Vi­bra­tion Re­duc­tion is now claimed to of­fer a four stop ad­van­tage. You also get a Sports set­ting for a more sta­ble viewfinder im­age when shoot­ing re­ally fast ac­tion, plus a Tri­pod mode that com­pen­sates for sub­tle ground vi­bra­tions.

A flu­o­rite glass el­e­ment helps re­duce the to­tal weight to 1430g; down 110g on the out­go­ing 70-200mm f/2.8. Tough­ness hasn’t been com­pro­mised, though, as the mag­ne­sium al­loy lens bar­rel has full weather seal­ing. Plus the min­i­mum fo­cus dis­tance is down from 1.4 to 1.1 metres.

First im­pres­sions_

This lens is sure to be­come a sta­ple for pros, and a dream lens for ev­ery­one else. We’ll put it through its paces soon to see if it lives up to ex­pec­ta­tions.

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