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Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/4 lenses

introduction

  • most professionals would prefer the f/2.8 aperture of the larger, heavier, more expensive Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8 VR lenses
  • unlike Canon, Nikon has not produced a 70-200mm f/4 lens until 2012, it's closest lenses have been:
    • AF 70-210mm f/4 sold 1986-1988 but had very slow AF not competitive with Canon's EOS system
    • AF 70-210mm f/4-5.6 sold 1987-2000
    • AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR sold 2006 onwards
  • a nice lens but some users feel than the Tamron 70-300 Di VC is a better buy as:
    • longer zoom
    • image stabiliser is even better than VRIII
    • perhaps sharper than the Nikon AF-S 70-300 VR
    • much less expensive but has variable aperture not constant f/4

new Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/4G VR lens

  • introduced in 2012
  • smaller, lighter, much less expensive, closer focusing, with perhaps better optical quality and VR than the Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G VRII lens but you do lose a stop of aperture

www.kenrockwell.com_nikon_images1_70-200mm-f4_d3s_9036-460.jpg

Image courtesy of Ken Rockwell

specs

  • “4-5EV” VRIII
  • nano coating
  • internal zoom and focus
  • voice-coil AF motors
  • 9 rounded blades
  • 67mm filter
  • 20 elements in 14 groups incl. 3 ED and 1 HRI
  • 3.3'/1m close focus giving 1:3.65
  • optional tripod collar
  • 29.8 oz. /846g
  • 78mm x 179mm
  • $US1399

reviews

photo/nikonafs70-200f4.txt · Last modified: 2016/01/11 02:16 by gary1