Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED VR £1,250/$1,400

Bein g a stop slower isn ’t all ba d

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At 850g, this own-brand Nikon lens is barely more than half the weight of the oth­ers on test and is much smaller. As such, a tri­pod col­lar is only of­fered as an op­tional ex­tra, and the fil­ter at­tach­ment thread is a mod­est 67mm. Like the big boys, though, it ben­e­fits from fully in­ter­nal zoom and fo­cus.

Mod cons in­clude highly ef­fec­tive VR (Vi­bra­tion Re­duc­tion) with au­to­matic pan­ning de­tec­tion and an ad­di­tional ‘Ac­tive’ set­ting for shoot­ing from a vi­brat­ing plat­form. There’s also an aut­o­fo­cus range lim­iter switch and posh glass that in­cludes three ED (Ex­tra-low Dis­per­sion) el­e­ments, one HRI (High Re­frac­tive In­dex) el­e­ment and Nano Crys­tal Coat­ings.

Per­for­mance

This lens is some­thing of a quart in a pint pot when it comes to im­age qual­ity. Sharp­ness and con­trast are spec­tac­u­lar, even when shoot­ing wide-open, ex­ceed­ing the sharp­ness of some f/2.8 lenses when they’re stopped down to a match­ing f/4 aper­ture. Aut­o­fo­cus is fast and un­err­ingly ac­cu­rate.

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