NIKON AF-S NIKKOR 70-200MM F2.8E FL ED VR

Digital Photograper - - Group Test -

When it comes to ‘rich­ness’, the fea­ture set of this lofty lens is only eclipsed by its price tag

nikon’s lat­est 70-200mm lens adds a wealth of fancy fea­tures. Up­graded VR (Vi­bra­tion Re­duc­tion) has four-stop ef­fec­tive­ness and a new sport mode that gives a more sta­ble viewfinder im­age when track­ing er­rat­i­cally mov­ing sub­jects. The aper­ture is con­trolled elec­tro­mag­net­i­cally rather than via a me­chan­i­cal lever, for greater ex­po­sure con­sis­tency dur­ing rapid con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing. How­ever, aper­ture con­trol is un­avail­able with older nikon DSLRS, in­clud­ing the D1, D2, D40, D50, D60, D70, D80, D90, D100 and D3000.

The re­vamped op­ti­cal path in­cludes a new flu­o­rite glass el­e­ment to fur­ther re­duce chro­matic aber­ra­tions and phys­i­cal weight, six ED (ex­tra-low Dis­per­sion) el­e­ments, one HRI (High Re­frac­tive In­dex) el­e­ment and nano-struc­ture coat­ings. As with the Canon lens, ev­ery­thing’s wrapped up in a weath­ersealed mag­ne­sium al­loy body.

Aut­o­fo­cus is the same ring-type ul­tra­sonic va­ri­ety as the other lenses on test, but boasts switch­able auto- and man­ual-pri­or­ity modes. The lat­ter makes man­ual over­ride avail­able with­out need­ing to wait for aut­o­fo­cus to lock onto a sub­ject, as well as in con­tin­u­ous AF mode. An aut­o­fo­cus range lim­iter is also on hand, to lock out close fo­cus­ing.

Per­for­mance is spec­tac­u­lar in ev­ery re­spect. Aut­o­fo­cus is light­ning-fast, VR is highly ef­fec­tive, and im­age qual­ity is stun­ning. It beats all of the other lenses on test for out­right sharp­ness, which is in­cred­i­bly con­sis­tent through­out the aper­ture and zoom ranges, only dip­ping slightly when shoot­ing wide open at 200mm.

Be­low

It’s full of tricks

Ad­vanced aut­o­fo­cus and VR modes sup­ple­ment high-tech op­tics and supreme build qual­ity in this re­cent nikon of­fer­ing

Be­low left Con­trast and com­pare

70mm

The nikon re­tains good con­trast in ar­eas of scenes that fall un­der the shadow of clouds

Be­low right Ra­zor-sharp

200mm

stun­ning lev­els of sharp­ness are guar­an­teed through­out the en­tire zoom and aper­ture ranges

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