When it comes to unrivalled optical excellence and versatility, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm*1 f/2.8E FL ED VR knows no bounds. Its lightweight design stems from advanced NIKKOR optics housed in magnesium-alloy, allowing for agile shooting in diverse situations from sports, wildlife, fashion, portraits to everyday subjects. Geared for creative control, it boasts a groundbreaking Vibration Reduction system providing an effect equivalent to a shutter speed 4.0 stops*2 faster in NORMAL mode. With a maximum aperture of f/2.8 throughout its entire focal range, improved autofocus and enhanced tracking performance, this extraordinary fast telephoto zoom lens is the definitive choice for professionals and enthusiasts alike.
Capture phenomenal stills and videos in stunning high-resolution with the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR. A single fluorite lens element renders excellent imagery with superb chromatic aberration correction performance, while a High-Refractive Index (HRI) lens element effectively corrects curvature of field and spherical aberration for exceptional clarity. Six Extra-low Dispersion glass elements ensure outstanding contrast and colour rendering. The Nano Crystal Coat also works to minimize ghosting and flare effects for unsurpassed image quality.
Designed for movement, the Vibration Reduction (VR) system of the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR delivers an effect equivalent to a shutter speed 4.0 stops*2 faster in NORMAL mode for steadier shots during handheld shooting. Its Vibration Reduction (VR) ‘SPORT’ mode also provides a stable viewfinder image even when tracking randomly moving subjects during high-speed continuous shooting, which is especially effective when shooting sporting events.
With a minimum focusing distance of 1.1m, this remarkable lens brings you nearer to your subjects with absolute focus and precision. However, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR isn’t just about getting closer. With a focal length of up to 200mm and maximum reproduction ratio of 0.21x, capturing magnificent close-up shots of the smallest of subjects comes easy – even from afar.
The AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR offers unmatched agility that you can always rely on. It weighs approximately 110g lighter than the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, thanks to magnesium-alloy parts and the incorporation of one fluorite and one HRI lens elements. Sealed movable parts provide anti-dust and water-drop resistant capabilities, while fluorite coating effectively repels dust, water droplets, greases or dirt, ensuring easy maintenance and reinforced durability wherever your adventures may take you.
*1 When attached to a DX-format digital SLR, the angle of view is equivalent to that of a lens with a focal length of 105-300 mm in FX/35mm format.
*2 Based on CIPA Standard; when attached to digital SLR cameras equipped with a full-size image sensor, with zoom set at the maximum telephoto position.
1. Key Features
The AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR, an FX-format compatible, telephoto zoom lens with a fixed maximum aperture of f/2.8 throughout the entire zoom range, realizes a lightweight body for a large-aperture lens featuring professional specifications. The employment of one fluorite and one HRI lens elements as well as magnesium-alloy parts makes the lens lighter than the current AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II by approx. 110 g. This lighter weight can assist photographers by reducing their fatigue, allowing them to maintain their concentration even in tense situations on location at professional shoots. The fluorite lens element featuring a light specific gravity employed for the front side of the lens causes the lens’ center of gravity to shift to the camera side, achieving stable, well-balanced holding. The HRI lens element is another factor in attaining both the lightweight body and high optical performance. In addition, the rugged, durable and precisely crafted magnesium alloy employed for the lens barrel components also greatly contributes to a considerable weight reduction from the current model.
The AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR provides high resolution images across the entire frame almost throughout the zoom range. The fluorite lens element featuring a high transmission rate and effective anomalous dispersion properties achieves outstanding chromatic aberration correction performance within the visible light spectrum, resulting in excellent image rendering. Six ED glass elements also reduce chromatic aberration that causes color fringing for stunning sharpness and contrast, while a High Refractive Index (HRI) lens element offering superb aberration-correction effects with a single element corrects curvature of field and spherical aberration simultaneously.
Furthermore, Nano Crystal Coat, an antireflective coating that employs an extra-low refractive index coating featuring ultra-fine, nano-sized crystal particles, effectively minimizes ghost and flare effects even for difficult scenes such as when light enters the lens diagonally, producing clearer images. In addition to the high optical performance achieved through these factors, this lens enables exquisite image expression emphasizing the main subject by utilizing a shallow depth of field and the large background blur that can be attained with a fast zoom lens featuring f/2.8 for up to 200 mm.
With the employment of a newly developed algorithm, barrel vibration transmitted to the hands and sound caused when the AF drive starts/stops are remarkably reduced and suppressed. Also, AF tracking performance for continuous shooting of subjects with unpredictable movement, such as those slightly moving, moving at random speeds or approaching the camera at high speed, is improved. In addition, for enhanced AE control, an electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism is adopted to attain more precise auto-exposure control even during high-speed continuous shooting.
The minimum focus distance is shortened from the 1.4 m of the current AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II to 1.1 m. Also, the maximum reproduction ratio is increased from the current 0.11x to 0.21x for evolved performance. As a result, you can get much closer to subjects for focusing, enabling photographic expression similar to close-up shooting.
The zoom ring, that is more frequently used than the focus ring, has been relocated to the front side, ensuring well-balanced, comfortable holding during shooting. A difference in level provided on the knurled rubber covering the zoom ring also contributes to stable holding and zooming. Four focus function buttons, newly employed for this lens, are positioned at the top, bottom, left and right at 90° intervals, making it possible to press any of them in diverse lens holding situations regardless of the camera orientation. Also, using the “Lens focus function buttons” menu of the D5, D4S, D810, D810A and D500, the functions activated with a press of the focus function buttons of the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR can be changed, providing quick response to variable shooting situations. The highly durable tripod collar ring incorporating bearings enables quick and smooth switching between horizontal and vertical orientation. For comfortable handheld shooting, the tripod collar can be detached to reduce weight.
2. MTF Chart and Lens Construction
F mount Type E AF-S lens with built-in CPU
70 – 200 mm
22 elements in 18 groups (including 6 ED lens elements, 1 fluorite element, 1 HRI element, and lens elements with Nano-Crystal and fluorine coatings)
Angle of view
Nikon FX-format D-SLR cameras: 34° 20′ to 12° 20′ ; Nikon DX-format D-SLR cameras: 22° 50′ to 8° 00′
Focal length scale
Graduated in millimeters (70, 85, 105, 135, 200)
Minimum focus distance
1.1 m ( 3.61 ft) from focal plane at all zoom positions
VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization
No. of diaphragm blades
9 ( rounded diaphragm opening )
Nano Crystal Coat, Fluorine coat
Automatic electronic aperture control
77 mm (P = 0.75 mm)
Approx. 88.5 mm maximum diameter x 202.5 mm (distance from camera lens mount flange)
Approx. 1430 g (3 lb 2.5 oz)
AF-S (Silent Wave Motor)
Manual, Manual/Auto, Auto/Manual Separate focus ring for manual focus
Focus limit switch
Two positions: FULL (∞ to 1.1 m) and ∞ to 5 m
Focus distance indicator
1.1 m to ∞
Manual zoom using independent zoom ring
LC-77 77 mm snap-on Front Lens Cap, LF-4 Rear Lens Cap, HB-78 Bayonet Hood, CL-M2 Lens Case
1. Nikon reserves the right to change the appearance, specifications, and performance of this product at any time and without prior notice.
Shutter Speed: 1/3200s
Focal Length: 200mm
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Shutter Speed: 1/3200s | Aperture: f/2.8 | Focal Length: 200mm
Shutter Speed: 1/6400s
Focal Length: 70mm
© Jaanus Ree
Shutter Speed: 1/6400s | Aperture: f/2.8 | Focal Length: 70mm
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