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

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What’s good: Class-lead­ing per­for­mance, han­dling and build qual­ity What’s bad: Very ex­pen­sive com­pared with most 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses Our ver­dict: It’s the best 70-200mm lens on the mar­ket

For its im­pec­ca­ble im­age qual­ity, im­mac­u­late build qual­ity and han­dling, and the sheer per­for­mance of its aut­o­fo­cus, sta­bi­liza­tion and aper­ture con­trol sys­tems, the Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR is sim­ply the best fast tele-zoom in the world. But it’s also one of the most ex­pen­sive. The next best di­rect com­peti­tor is Nikon’s (slightly) more sen­si­bly priced AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II. If you want to su­per­size your tele­photo reach and re­tain a fast f/2.8 aper­ture rat­ing, the unique Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM | S is a fab­u­lous lens, but is even more ex­pen­sive, and a real beast in terms of both size and weight.

The Tam­ron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD of­fers very good per­for­mance and is much more af­ford­able, while the Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED VR is a treat in terms of han­dling and im­age qual­ity, if you don’t mind sac­ri­fic­ing an f-stop in aper­ture rat­ing.

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