Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor ED-IF Lens with Hood - Black Finish - 5 Year Nikon U.S.A. Warranty


About Nikon

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.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Strong construction (69),Fast / accurate auto-focus (50),Improves picture quality (37),Simple controls (35),Clear glass (31),Easily mounted (28),Easy to use (27),Durable (26),Rugged (26),Consistent output (22),Easily interchangeable (19),Quiet (8) Sharp (8),Easy to clean (7),Lightweight (7),Compact (6),Fast (4),Sharp images (4),Fast focusing (3) View All
Heavy (36),Heavy / bulky (12)
Best Uses:
Shooting outdoors (43),Wildlife (41),Portraits (32),Shooting indoors (32),Sports/action (29),Photojournalism (28),General purpose (24),Travel (21),Fun (16),Art (14),Upgrade (13),Professional work (10) Night photography (9),Sports (9),Action shots (8),Documentary (8),Landscape photography (6),Sportsaction (6),Weddings (6),Close up filming (5),Nature (4),Landscapes (3),Panoramic filming (3),Sports photography (3) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (37),Professional (15),Semi-professional (14),Tech savvy (12),Advanced amateur (5),Film professional (5),Parent (4),Semi-pro (4),Technically challenged (3)

Nikon Specifications

15 Groups /21 Elements
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.

Reviews about this item

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Most Liked Positive Review


The Ultimate 70-200

I used to have the Nikon AF-S 70-200 VR and it was a good lens, but it felt cumbersome, unbalanced and I had primes that would beat it most of the time, especially at distance. I sold that lens and got a 70-200 VRII. The 70-200 VRII is a world of difference. Number one is it's very sharp, at any and all focal lengths, even wide-open. Better color, contrast, faster-more accurate focus and the VRII is amazing. It handles much better and is much more well-balanced. I no longer have any primes th...

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I used to have the Nikon AF-S 70-200 VR and it was a good lens, but it felt cumbersome, unbalanced and I had primes that would beat it most of the time, especially at distance. I sold that lens and got a 70-200 VRII. The 70-200 VRII is a world of difference. Number one is it's very sharp, at any and all focal lengths, even wide-open. Better color, contrast, faster-more accurate focus and the VRII is amazing. It handles much better and is much more well-balanced. I no longer have any primes that beat this wonder-lens at equal apertures. This is the lens I go to automatically if I need the range of 70-200. Best lens I've ever owned. The ONLY drawback I've found with this lens is the lens hood. On one hand, it has a better lock than the older version, but on the other hand, the hood seems short and the petal edges are rounded so you can't stand the lens on its hood on standby when you need it fast. I have found a different hood that takes it's place and I now keep the original hood in the box.


Most Liked Negative Review


Is no.t durable

This is the second time the autofocus has stopped working, so dependability is not good. I am so far pleased with customer service, so shall see with the current situation. I really baby my equipment so am concerned this will be an ongoing issue.

Reviewed by 255 customers


gorgeous lens!!!


from Undisclosed

I just bought this lens about a week ago and just shot it for the first time.. it is AMAZING!! It focuses so fast. I'll be using it for most of my outdoor photoshoots!


Great Lens


from Florida, USA

Great Lens, Heavy, Very Sharp, 2.8 so it helps me to work better in sports and low light conditions.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great Lens


from Bluffton, SC

I own the original version of the 70-200mm telephoto lens and use it with a D810. About all I can say is that it is an incredible lens. I take photos of wild life at various distances with VR on or off and the results are amazing. Zooming in during post edit can bring out perfect eyes, strands of fir/feathers, perfect patterns on butterfly wings, etc. I can't imagine that the second version of this lens can possibly be better. This is a great piece of glass and is well worth the money.


Tack Sharp!


from St. Louis, MO, USA

I've had this lens for a few years now and love it! I use it for portraits, sports, weddings. Love the clear clean pictures it provides coupled with it's quick response!


I love this lens.


from Sammamish, WA, USA

I've been a Nikon user and a fan for years. This lens is a bit of a monster, but it is so versatile. It's great, not only for portraits, but slso for landscapes and sports/action events. I'm getting more and more comfortable with the weight.


The greatest lens I have ever used.


from Victoria, BC, Canada

Hello all, wether you're wealthy and just scanning over a couple of quick reviews or obsessing over this lens like I did, you obviously want to know about this lens. I know that before I bought it I was constantly trying to justify the price as an aspiring photographer at the age of 15 who was lucky enough to get a summer job. I have personally tried the Nikon 70-200 f4, and the Sigma and Tamron 70-200 2.8s. Personally, (and If you're a Sigma user, brace yourself) If you're trying to decide between the 3 2.8s, I would forget about the Sigma entirely. Camera bodies will come and go, but good glass lasts forever which is why it's always best to buy the nicest quality glass, and the Sigma simply pales in comparison to the bad boy on your screen right now. I have had this lens for over a month now and it still does not cease to amaze me. Sure, its pretty big and fairly heavy when you get it, but those things I got used to within a couple of days of shooting with it. The image quality is nothing but the best coming from some of Nikon's best quality glass yet, and the VR works, as expected, like a dream. I was popping off shots handheld at 1/20 racked out at 200mm, and they're still incredibly, unbelievably, stupid sharp. I am totally comfortable taking this into torrential downpour, (obviously with a plastic bag over my D5100, which is by all means NOT weather sealed...) and shoot all day without a worry. I found the sigma's sharpness and VC to be slightly sub-par, and the image quality didn't have a whole lot of contrast. Did I mention this thing grabs focus like a freaking machine? Set it to infinity-5m and you've gone through it's range in 1/4 of a second. Great for wildlife and sports. Now, what it comes down to, or at least what it came down to for me, was this: What made this thing worth the extra $1,000 over the Tamron? and the truth is, not one single thing made me choose this one, rather a multitude of things. Its the many subtle yet obvious edges this lens has over the Tamron that make it an absolute joy to use. Everything about it is perfect in my mind, (then again, that may just be the honeymoon effect still taking place) and I definitely wouldn't trade it for a Tamron and $1,000. Best lens I've ever used. Magical. Bite hard and buy it. You won't regret it for a second.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


AFS probelm


from Undisclosed

I purchased new lens a month back and its AFS does not works after 2 weeks. Is it a common problem with Nikon expensive kind lens. I am totally disappointed with this after it happens. Also it was purchased from US and I am working in Middle-east it is very hard to send back to US for repair and too expensive for shipping back to US. It is very bad such kind of expensive lense does not providing a one year international warranty minimum.


Expensive for a Hobbyist but no Regrets


from Austin, TX, USA

As an amateur photographer, with an 80-400mm zoom lens already in my bag, this lens was a purchase of the heart, not the head. Any regrets? None. This lens is superb. While it may be a similar weight and length to the 80-400mm zoom, it is thinner, making it a little less obtrusive. The f2.8 aperture and fast auto-focus are wonderful. The image quality is 2nd to none. The negative, for me, weight and size. I travel almost weekly, and admit hauling a D610, plus a couple of lenses, can get tiring. On those weeks I want to travel light I take a 28 - 300mm lens. It does the job and fits in my carry on bags. Yes it is expensive for a non-professional, but if you are looking to purchase a lens that will give years of service, and thrill you with the quality of the pictures, the 70 - 200mm f2.8 has to be on the list.


Fast focus, great IQ


from New England

This lens was purchased when I owned a D700 and like my other Nikon lenses, was permanently mounted until I switched to D800 bodies. Still my fastest focusing lens, with great sharpness, color and contrast; the vibration reduction feature works very well to reduce motion blur while photographing from my kayak.


My GoTo lens for anything that moves, especially grand children.


from Florida, USA

I have owned this lens for 7 years and would say it is a must have for me judging by the number of pictures taken with it. For action especially large flying birds in a rookery situation it is excellent. I have used it mostly on the D300, but now find that it is awesome on the 1V1 where without the TC17 the reach is 540mm @f/2.8 and with it 918mm @f/5.....Auto focus is good but limited to a single center point. Photographic quality is excellent. You can't go wrong with this lens and I suspect the newer version, though I have not used it.

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