Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II £2,000/$2,100

An oldie but goo die

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Per­for­mance

An­nounced back in the sum­mer of 2009, the sec­ond in­car­na­tion of Nikon’s 70-200mm f/2.8 VR is no spring chicken, and has now been over­taken by the lat­est E FL ver­sion, also on test. Even so, it still has a lot to of­fer. The op­tics boast no less than seven ED el­e­ments, in­tended to boost sharp­ness and con­trast while min­i­miz­ing colour fring­ing.

Build qual­ity is a step up from Nikon’s 70-200mm f/4 lens on test, with a mag­ne­siu­mal­loy skin that’s de­signed to take the knocks of a busy pro­fes­sional life­style while keep­ing weight to a min­i­mum. A so­phis­ti­cated triple-mode aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem en­ables you to give pri­or­ity to ei­ther au­to­matic or man­ual fo­cus­ing. VR has the same nor­mal and ac­tive modes as in the f/4 lens but isn’t quite as ef­fec­tive, rated at 3.5 in­stead of four stops. Aut­o­fo­cus is so fast that the range lim­iter switch is largely su­per­flu­ous, and the Nano Crys­tal Coat­ings do well to fend off ghost­ing and flare. Im­age qual­ity and over­all per­for­mance are su­perb.

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