Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR £2,650/$2,800

Spec­tac­u­lar per­for­mance at a premium price

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Meet the newer, sportier edi­tion of Nikon’s 70-200mm f/2.8 VR lens. Elec­tro­mag­netic rather than me­chan­i­cal aper­ture con­trol en­ables greater ex­po­sure con­sis­tency in rapid-fire, con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing, while a new Sport VR mode pro­vides a more sta­ble viewfinder im­age when pan­ning, and pre­vents a slow­down in drive rate.

A flu­o­rite glass el­e­ment is added for op­ti­mum im­age qual­ity, along with six ED el­e­ments, one HRI el­e­ment and Nano Crys­tal Coat­ings. The po­si­tions of the zoom and fo­cus rings are re­versed, so that the zoom ring is now at the front, and han­dling ben­e­fits from the ad­di­tion of dual-mode aut­o­fo­cus on/lock but­tons.

Per­for­mance

The new lens reigns supreme for sharp­ness in our tests, es­pe­cially when shoot­ing wide-open. VR is half a stop more ef­fec­tive than in the older 70-200mm f/2.8 VR, and a closer min­i­mum fo­cus dis­tance is also avail­able. All in all, it’s sim­ply the best 70-200mm lens on the mar­ket, jus­ti­fy­ing its steep ask­ing price.

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