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