Nikon 200mm f/2G IF-ED AF-S VR II Lens - U.S.A. Warranty


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About Nikon 200mm F/2

Trusted by countless professionals, the ultra-fast AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II prime lens has captured exceptional moments in sports, music, theater and studio portraiture. Incorporating the superior optical design and features of its predecessor plus Nikon's second generation Vibration Reduction (VR II) imagestablization system with tripod detection mode, Nano Crystal Coat (N) for minimal ghosting and lens flare and much more, the AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II is the lens of choice for serious photographers who want to produce razor-sharp images under the most demanding conditions.

The upgraded AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II produces razor-sharp images under the most demanding conditions including indoor sports, concerts, theater, wildlife, portraiture and more. Its ultra-fast f/2 maximum aperture renders shallow depth-of-field with beautiful background blur (bokeh) and is ideal for photographers seeking to freeze movement with fast shutter speeds in low lighting conditions.

The AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II produces action-freezing, razor-sharp images, even in the most demanding conditions. Nikon VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization provides 3.0 stops* of blur free handheld shooting, assuringdramatically sharper still images and HD video capture. Nano Crystal Coat (N) reduces ghosting and internal lens flare across a wide range of wavelengths for greater image clarity. Enhanced dust and moisture-resistance, magnesium die-castbarrel construction and a protective meniscus front lens ensure a lifetime of consistent performance for even the most demanding shooters.

A Nikon in-lens technology that improves image stability by automatically compensating for camera shake. Lenses that offer VR will feature the abbreviation VR on the lens barrel.AF-S NIKKOR lenses feature Nikon's Silent Wave Motor, which represents a significant advance in AF lens technology. An anti-reflective coating developed by Nikon that virtually eliminates internallens element reflections across a wide range of wavelengths. An optical glass developed by Nikon that is used with normal optical glass in telephoto lenses to obtain optimum correction of chromatic aberrations. A/M stands for Auto-Priority Manual Mode. This mode also enables an easy transition from autofocus to manual during AF operation. However, mode switch sensitivity has been altered to reduce the possibility of sudden unintentional switching to manual focus while shooting. Select NIKKOR lenses have a focusing mode which allows switching from automatic to manual focusing with virtually no lag time by simply turning the focusing ring on the lens. This makes it possible to seamlessly switch to fine manual focusing while looking through the viewfinder. A NIKKOR lens in which only the internal lens group shifts during focusing. These lenses will be designated with the abbreviation IF on the lens barrel.

Key Features
•Vibration Reduction
•Silent Wave Motor
•Nano Crystal Coat
•ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
•Auto-Priority Manual Mode
•Quick automatic to manual focus switch

Nikon 200mm F/2 Features

  • Fast, Prime Telephoto Lens Upgraded, fast, f/2 prime telephoto lens with Nikon VR II image stabilization and Nano Crystal Coat produces razor sharp images under the most demanding conditions including indoor sports, wildlife or portraiture
  • Nikon VR II (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization Vibration Reduction, engineered specifically for each VR NIKKOR lens, enables handheld shooting at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper still images and video capture.
  • Automatic Tripod Detection Mode Engages VR image stabilization when mounted on a tripod to minimize camera shake that occurs at shutter release.
  • Nano Crystal Coat Further reduces ghosting and internal lens flare across a wide range of wavelengths for even greater image clarity.
  • Super ED Glass Element Super ED glass excels at eliminating secondary spectrum and correcting chromatic aberration and offers low refractive index and lower dispersion. Also Super ED Glass is more resilient to rapi temperature changes.
  • 3 Extra-low Dispersion (ED) Elements Offers superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration, even at the widest aperture settings.
  • Three Focus Modes A/M mode joins the familiar M/A and M modes, enhancing AF control versatility with fast, secure switching between auto and manual focus to accommodate personal shooting techniq
  • Internal Focus (IF) Provides fast and quiet autofocus without changing the length of the lens, retaining working distance throughout the focus range.
  • Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM) Enables fast, accurate and quiet autofocus.
  • Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) Enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and reduced flare.
  • Rugged Construction Featuring enhanced dust and moisture-resistance, magnesium die-cast barrel construction and a protective meniscus front lens.
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm Renders more natural appearance of out-of-focus image areas.
  • Fully compatible with Nikon Teleconverters Full functionality with Nikon TC-14E II, TC-17E II, TC-20E II and TC-20EIII Teleconverters

Nikon 200mm F/2 Specifications

F stop range
Camera Mount Type
Nikon F
Format Compatibility
Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
9 Groups / 13 Elements
Picture Angle
12°20' (8°when used in DX Crop mode or with DX-format D-SLR)
Minimum Focus Distance
1.9 m/6.2 ft. in AF mode
Maximum Reproduction Ratio
VR (Vibration Reduction)
Yes. Provides up to 4 stops of compensation
Advanced Coating
Nikon Nano Crystal Coat (N)
ED (Extra Low Dispersion) Elements
Super ED (Extra Low Dispersion) Elements
Autofocus with Silent Wave Motor (SWM) and manual focus
Internal Focus (IF)
Aperture Control
Via camera Command Dial
Diaphragm Blades
9 (rounded)
Filter Attachment Size
52mm Screw-on
Dimensions (diameter x length)
(Approx.) 4.9 x 8.0 in. / 124 x 203 mm
(Approx.) 6.5 lbs. / 103.4 oz / 2930 g
Mfr #

Nikon 200mm F/2 Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


Best glass there is

This lens is probably one of the finest glass you'll find at any price. The quality and optics are superb with a smashing bokeh. One of the best investments I've ever made.

Reviewed by 11 customers

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)




from Louisiana, USA

I have drooled over this lens since the very first version but never took the plunge until I reached the point of shooting almost entirely natural light images. I have all the high end zooms which I guess have their place but now I have the beautiful primes, the 24mm f/1.4, the 85mm f/1.4, and now the 200mm f/2.0. I have had the 600mm f/4.0 for a long time but that's really for my wildlife endeavors. Of all the lenses I own or have ever owned if I could only have one lens for ever more it would be this 200mm. The images are unlike anything else. It's so razor sharp at f/2.0 on a D810 that it blows my mind. And I'm a bit of a pixel peeper in that I like to shoot a person and be able to see my reflection in the pupil of their eye. No problem with this lens, even shooting them full length. Of course the backgrounds look like a Rembrandt painting all soft and artsy. And that makes the subject really grab your attention. I thought about buying a refurbished lens of an earlier version but I'm happy I didn't. This thing focuses so fast you can easily keep up with someone dancing around using the back button focus method time after time nailing shot after shot. This is one of those lenses that you'll use for the rest of your life. So the cost while high is not unreasonable when you calculate all the images you will produce with it. Really if you are reading this and giving serious consideration to purchasing it you already know what it is and you're just looking for someone to give you the thumbs up before taking the plunge. So here it is, go ahead and buy it. I guarantee you after shooing with it just once or twice you will forget how much it cost.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)




from Undisclosed

I love shooting portraits... I love my 85mm 1.4... Well, now i love my 200mm F2... Bokeh on this lens is second to none.

(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Amazing Experience


from Kerala, India

May b i m d first person in kerala , this lense is using, m so happy with dis sharpness and quality, loved d bokeh, VR 2 is working well, so i can shoot withut tripod, m using it with nikon d3x, realy enjoying d shooting nw, i ve already 135mm f2, 85 mm 1.4 , 50mm 1.4, 105mm 2.8, 180mm, 70-200 , 2.8 ,20mm, 24mm, 16mm fish eye, 24-70, 2.8, etc..... but no lense can compare with dis lense,

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


A well deserved 'Nikkor legend'


from Northern, VA, USA

I'm a very passionate and serious photo enthusiast with a great appreciation for quality and fine engineering. I purchased the 200 f2 VRII about 6 months ago, partially as an additional tool for shooting indoor sports, but I have to admit a lot of it had to do with the tremendous reputation this lens (and the previous 200 f2 VRI) possesses. I have not been disappointed in the least. I own several other high-end Nikkor lenses to include the 300 f2.8 VR and the 500 f4 VRII, and this 200 f2 is fast becoming my 'favorite of favorites'. Image quality is stunning even when shot wide open at f2. I've found the lens to retain a very high quality when shooting with my Nikon teleconverters as well. A simply spectacular lens!

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


If could only have one lens -- This IS that lens


from Undisclosed

I am not a pro, but rather a passionate 'photo junkie' striving for pro like perfection in my images. Heavy, awkward, expensive, this lens is like medicine -- sometimes bitter or painful to take, but the end results -- priceless. Wide open, there isn't a lens in my cabinet that can compete with this awesome marvel crafted by the Nikon brain thrust. Natural light, low light, moon light -- nothing escapes. And the images -- pro like. At least to my 'unqualified' eyes. :) I HIGHLY recommend this lens.

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)


Words barely do it justice...


from Atlanta, GA, USA

It would be impossible for me to compare the 200 VRII to lenses I have never used, but suffice it to say, you would be hard pressed to find a better piece of glass to put in your arsenal, regardless of manufacturer or price. I had recently purchased the legacy AF85 1.4, and never having owned the lens previously, was truly impressed by the image rendition for portrait work. Since the 200VRII, I now only use the 85 for portraits if there's not enough working distance for the 200. Nano-coat, Super ED glass, VRII... all come together to create a masterpiece. The VR is amazing, as is the AF speed and accuracy. Bokeh- everything you could ever ask for and then some. Sharpness and contrast wide open- beyond belief. If you buy this lens with the intention of shooting everything stopped down two stops to maximize sharpness, you're just wasting your money. F/2.0-4.0 is where the magic happens. At the same time, diffraction at the other end of the F-stop scale is not worth mentioning- a feat in itself. As if all this weren't enough, the real secret stunner is color rendition. Colors are vibrant and saturated, and flesh tones are simply perfect; like no other 35mm lens I've ever used. This lens, the 200 2.0 VRII, is a statement to the world. That statement is this- "Nikon makes great lenses. A few are spectacular. But if you really want to see state of the art....."

(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)


The best


from Kearney, NE

This lens is very heavy, very expensive . . .and worth every cent. This is the best indoor sports lens on the planet . . . period. Nothing I can write can do this lens justice. Unless you are planning on owning this lens, I would not recommend ever using it. Once you use it, you will never be happy with anything else. Prior to using and purchasing this lens I used the 70-200VRII for 95% of my indoor sports shots. I haven't used that lens in over a year. . . not even once.

(15 of 21 customers found this review helpful)


I am very pleased with this lenses it improved me


from Mclean VA

I feel so sorry for the time I lost with other lenses now I have the power and the qulity in my hand.

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)


Versatile and Amazing images


from New Jersey

I do a substancial amount of inside sports photography where focal length is secondary to aperture and speed. This lens is by far the nicest piece of glass I have ever worked with...period. The files produced are amazing to work with and the speed, color and sharpness for high speed indoor action are unmatched! A hefty investment but worth every penny!

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


Incredible detail


from Jackson Hole, WY

Although I have heard a lot of praise for this lens nothing can prepare one for the clarity that comes through the first time you see images on the monitor or light box. It simple is a legend in its time.


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RIch T  You: I'm debating whether I should get the 200mm f2 or 300mm f2.8. My budget is $6000usd. I want a lens I can use for sports and theater. I already have the 70-200 f2.8. Which would be more ideal for my use?
BRIAN O  Hi Rich, For years I've said that the 300mm f2.8 is the one "Must Have" lens, but I have to admit, I bought the 200mm f2 last year, and it's my new favorite. I take it with me to every assignment (Not just the sports stuff). It's amazingly easy to hand-hold, and it gives you the look and feel of a 300 while being able to shoot much closer to your subject. You're dilemma is a tough call. It really depends of the types of sports you typically shoot. For most "Theater" type stuff and indoor sports, (Basketball, wrestling, gymnastics...) the 200 works great. (And being a stop faster than the 2.8 is a huge plus.) But if you shoot a lot of outdoor sports, (Football, baseball, soccer...) you'll find the 200 just doesn't have enough reach. Which ever lens you decide on, I would highly recommend getting a AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E II. (It would convert the 200 into a 280mm f2.8, or the 300 into a 420mm F4, and it's still tack sharp.) One last bit of advice...If you do get one of these lenses, always shoot it wide open, even you you have a ton of light. With these kind of lenses, if the focus isn't perfect, being at f5.6 or f8 isn't going to help you, and it will only ruin the beautiful "Bokeh" these lenses are famous for. Hope this helps.
Shopper  Could I stick this lens to the body D800 or D3s as well? What's purport this lens for? Thanks
Andrew R  This fast, prime telephoto lens should work with both the D800 and the D3.
Chris D  I have a Nikon 200mm f2 vr2 and a Gitzo GH3780QR Series 3 Magnesium Center Ball Head. The foot of my Nikon 200mm does not mate well with the mount of my Gitzo head. Does anybody have any suggestions? Thanks kindly in advance!
Chris D  Thanks Brian! That certainly helps!
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