The Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 lens is a staple for many photographers across a wide range of disciplines, from portraits and weddings, to sports and even studio work. Now, Nikon has just announced an updated version of the AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Zoom lens along with some welcome upgrades.
AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Features:
The lens has a total of 22 elements, along with 6 ED, 1 fluorite and 1 high refractive index element. A Nano Crystal Coat reduces flare and also ghosting while fluorine coatings on the front and the rear class helps prevent smudging. Vibration Reduction has also been improved, now reducing shake by 4 stops. The electromagnetic diaphragm allows for responsive adjustment and the ability to adjust the aperture in a live view and movie mode on all camera bodies, and also assignable function buttons on the lens barrel allow for quick engagement of pre-set autofocus settings or other focus options. The closest focus distance is now an impressive 1.1 m, and the max reproduction ratio has increased from the 0.11x to 0.21x.
The VR system no promises up to four stops of vibration reduction, that can really come in handy, especially when you are zoomed all the way out to 200mm. And, like pretty much all the recent high-end Nikon lenses, it takes advantage of a Silent Wave Motor for focusing and an electromagnetic diaphragm.
Ultimately, it’s not a revolutionary change, but people using this kind of lens typically are not looking for something drastically different from what they already have. These all seem like rather thoughtful upgrades that should appeal to the pro shooters.
AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Price:
The AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR will be available starting in Nov 2016 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of US$2,800.