Nikon Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S VR Nikkor ED-IF Lens with Hood (Black) - Refurbished by Nikon U.S.A.


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About Nikon 70-200mm

Features Nikon's Vibration Reduction system, enhanced to compensate for image blur caused by hand shake and also shake caused by movement of the photographer such as riding in a car or aircraft; the compensation can handle shutter speeds about three times slower than one might otherwise use without VR technology. The lens also incorporates Nikon's exclusive Silent Wave Motor (SWM) Technology for very fast, accurate and nearly silent focusing plus compact, lightweight design for easier handling.

In addition the AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens includes a selection of Nikon advanced technologies such as Manual/Automatic mode, Extra Low Dispersion glass (ED), and G-Type design (aperture control exclusively from camera body).

Offered exclusively in Nikon's AF-S optics, the Manual Automatic mode (M/A) allows for instant switching between autofocus and manual focus, virtually eliminating lag time in the transition and enabling photographers to make a last minute adjustment, even if the autofocus system has locked onto the subject.

This performance is complimented by Nikon's Autofocus Tracking with Lock-on(R), a technology that will enable the system to maintain sharp focus even if the subject is momentarily obscured from view, or if the camera's AF sensor momentarily moves off the main subject.

Extra Low Dispersion (ED) Optical Glass is a high quality, low dispersion glass that enables superior performance from this versatile, compact lens. Through low dispersion characteristics the lens' color performance is enhanced by virtually eliminated secondary chromatic aberrations that are common to telephoto optics that do not include ED glass; this technology enhances image quality with added visible sharpness and contrast to the image.

The G-Type feature is designed for the newest Nikon SLR models, including both 35mm and digital, all of which feature a built in Sub-Command Dial, from which aperture control is possible. The design facilitates better lens handling, and helps photographers keep a more positive grip on the camera as they use their right index finger to adjust aperture. This firmer grip and excellent balance will help photographers get sharper images, even as they adjust exposure and quickly shoot their pictures.

Distance Technology (included in D-type and G-type Nikkor lenses) provides precision distance information from the lens. This information is incorporated into exposure calculations for both ambient light and flash illumination, as well as combinations of both. The distance information enables more precise calculations, leading to improved exposure control.

The AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED is fully compatible with all Nikon SLR models that include a built-in aperture control Command Dial. It will also operate using Shutter Priority and Program Mode operation in many Nikon models that do not have a built-in aperture control.

The Nikon 70-200mm is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Low light, Night photography, Sports/action, Weddings, Wildlife photos and more.The Nikon 70-200mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Nikon 70-200mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon 70-200mm: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice bokeh, Rugged and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (211),Strong construction (156),Durable (134),Consistent output (129),Nice bokeh (122),Rugged (121),Easily interchangeable (81),Good image quality (31),Image stabilization (29),Easy to use (25),Lightweight (17),Quiet (13) Fast shutter speed (12),Sharp (7),High ISO performance (5),Improves picture quality (4),VR works great (3) View All
Heavy (105),Pricey / poor value (5),Weight (3)
Best Uses:
Sports/action (173),Low light (127),Weddings (117),Wildlife photos (115),Landscape/scenery (102),Night photography (57),Portraits (26),Video (18),Wildlife (17),Travel (16),Family photos (14),Macro photography (7) Shooting outdoors (6),Shooting indoors (5),Landscape photography (3) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (91),Semi-pro photographer (88),Pro photographer (36),Casual photographer (6),Photography student (5)

Nikon 70-200mm Specifications

15 Groups /21 Elements
Compatible Formats
FX in DX Crop Mode
35mm Film
Angle of view
34°20'-12°20' (22°50'-8° with D1-series and D100 digital SLR)
F stop range
Closest Focusing Distance
4.9 ft.
Maximum Magnification
Filter Size
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
8.5 x 3.4"
50.2 oz.
Mfr #
2139 B

Nikon 70-200mm Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


Very fast auto focus

My main use for this lens is wildlife. It is great for low light and has the fastest auto focus I have seen. I am not to happy about the cheap lens hood that came with it.

Reviewed by 240 customers


Better results than the Nikon f2.8 70-200mm ED


from West Palm Beach, FL  -  Pro Photographer

I used the much more expensive f2.8 lens for over a year shooting sports, wildlife, concerts, and portraits. I wasn't that happy with the results as that lens wasn't sharp edge to edge at any aperture, had trouble maintaining focus with pans, was very heavy and bulky, and generally was unimpressive. This f4 lens is half the price of the faster lens, half the weight and size, delivers razor-sharp images wide open, and has been a joy to use. The only issue I have is that a tripod collar isn't included with the lens. Maybe other shooters don't need one, but I prefer the balance of the lens mount and the ease of shiftiing from portrait to landscape the collar allows.


Nice lens might need a new bag now


from Superior, WI  -  Newspaper Photographer

Lens has been good so far. I use it for mostly sports photos for a newspaper. Only problem is its a bit longer than my last lens, so I might need to get a new bag.


Great Lens!


from Syracuse, NY  -  Tech Savvy

I dreamed of this lens a long time before I pulled the trigger. If you are sitting on the fence like I was, pull the trigger, you will not regret it! The night shots with existing light are out of this world.


Great lens!


from Houston, TX

Awesome lens! Very sharp in all focal lengths. You can tell a big difference in sharpness with the vibration reduction. Excellent for low light shooting when you can't get too close to subject.


Best lens you can buy


from Boston, MA  -  Photo Professional

I was renting this lens for 98% of my shoots, and I finally bit the bullet and picked up one of my own. It is the BEST lens out there! The only downside is it's weight, but I can live with that. Although I will say it feels a bit heavier now that I'm paying it off ;)


Out of the box excellence


from Utah  -  Photo Enthusiast

This lens nails the focus with AF Fine Tune set to 0, at all focal lengths, on my D810. The images have excellent contrast and resolution, to the point that with the TC14 E-II at an effective 280mm it nearly matches the image quality of my 300mm f/2.8 AFS VR-II. (Of course the 300 is hardly even getting started when used without a TC). And the zoom + TC is tremendously lighter and a good bit smaller than my 300. It will save me lugging the big beast from time to time. These observations were made while using it on a D810. The VR on this zoom is stunning. It's just possible to get tack sharp 1/5th second handheld images at 200mm. Doing the same at 1/10th second is just plain easy. I actually selected "indoors low light" as a best use because it consistently gives me a good image inside a normally lit home, without having to add a light source. The Bokeh is very passable. Not the absolute leader but it won't offend either. I rated the build "durable" because "strong" and "rugged" sound like what you'd call a hammer. Don't buy any camera lens if what you really want is a hammer. I'm not at all worried about the construction. f/4 "Trinity"? Not quite. It's more of a duo. The 70-200 f/4 and the 16-35 f/4 are well matched in control layout and handling. The image quality and VR on the longer lens are better though. The 24-120 is the odd one out. The rings are opposite, it's front heavy, and it is lower in image quality. I had one but sold it.


Great Lens!!!


from New York City

As a seasoned pro, I've hung up my 70 to 20mm 2.8ED lens for the F4. It's razor sharp and over 20 ounces lighter the the F2.8....a no brainer. Incredible in low light....wish i bought it sooner!


Great lens


from California

You're getting what you paid for.




from Miami, FL.  -  Parent

I would buy this product again and again.


Not recommend for who lives outside US


from Qatar

I have recently purchased this lens and was working good. After two weeks of its purchase the Auto Focus funcion stopped working. I have made many communication with Adorama and are not taking any responsibility to fix the problem. This was purchased through web and shipped to Qatar where I am residing. I have been told by Adoram to directly contact with the manufacturers in US for fix the problem. However I contacted the same shipping company to ship the item to US and they confirmed shipping cost and re-import tax will cost me almost half of the original lens cost. Adorama is not at all helped in this. I will not recommend for purchase of such item if not living US


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Shopper  is this a good lens for shooting low light action shots? (soccer/lacrosse games at dusk)
JAMES S  Focus is somewhat slower compared to the f/2.8 VRII . At this price range , I suggest you rent before you buy .
Shopper  Is there a warranty on a refurbished lens?
JOE R  I've bought two refurbished (by Nikon) lenses and both had a 90 day warranty. I've not had any problems with either one.
Shopper  is this a good lens for shooting low light action shots? (soccer/lacrosse games at dusk)
JAMES S  Focus is somewhat slower compared to the f/2.8 VRII . At this price range , I suggest you rent before you buy .
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