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Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR
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5 32282 Sun December 13, 2009
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Description: Exclusive Silent Wave Motor enables ultra-high-speed autofocusing with exceptional accuracy and powerful super-quiet operation

VR operation offers the equivalent of using a shutter speed 3 stops faster. In addition, active vibration mode selection is possible. For using in an active situation such as in a car, boat or plane.

VR ON/OFF mode available

New cosmetic design

5 ED elements reduce chromatic aberrations providing superior optical performance - even at maximum aperture

Fully compatible with Nikon TC-14E II, TC-17E II, and TC-20E II Teleconverters

Internal Focusing (IF) design for smoother focusing and great body balance

M/A mode enable instant switching from autofocus to manual with virtually no lag time even during AF servo operation

No power consumption during manual focus operation

Rounded diaphragm (9 blades) for natural blur

Focuses as close as 4.9ft (AF) 4.6ft (MF)

High-performance Nikon Super Intergrated Coating offers superior color reproduction and minimizes ghost and flare

Detachable tripod mounting collar provided

Filter attachment does not rotate with focusing

New G design enables apertures to be selected from select Nikon AF SLR camera bodies

New G design incorporates distance informatin for flash and ambient light exposure processes



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Kari Post

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Registered: September 2005
Location: New Jersey, USA
Posts: 8
Review Date: Fri September 30, 2005 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $1,479.95 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: great image quality, good shots in low light thanks to VR, beautiful bokeh, sharp, good colors
Cons: size, price

I am absolutely amazed by this lens. The colors and sharpness are by far the best of the lenses I have, and I\'ve found myself carrying this huge (at least by comparison to the rest of my lenses) lens around a lot more than I thought I would. Focus is usually spot on and very sharp, and AF-S is a dream - this lens is quite fast and very quiet. VR works well and I can definately see a difference when shooting in low light or at ridiculously slow shutter speeds. I haven\'t tried using the \"active VR mode\" used for shooting from a moving vehicle nor have I done a lot of work with it mounted on a tripod, so I don\'t feel I should comment on its tripod collar or active VR mode. This lens is much bigger and heavier than the others I own, but for the most part I haven\'t found is so much so that I can\'t handhold for an entire football game or so. I\'m not sure I\'d be super excited to carry this lens hiking with me, but it does take excellent photos that make it well worth the extra weight and bulk. The bokeh is great and OOF elements look really nice in photos. I think the color of this lens is the best in my lineup. I\'ve used this lens for mostly sports and some animal and people portraits, and I love it. I have yet to try it for shooting birds, but I feel the 70-200mm zoom probably won\'t be enough without a teleconverter, which I plan on purchasing hopefully soon. I also have to try to find a camera bag that can hold this baby along with my other lenses. Overall its an excellent lens that I can\'t wait to use more.

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John Finnan
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Registered: November 2004
Location: Washington State
Posts: 42
Review Date: Tue October 4, 2005 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $1,470.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Fast F/2.8, Very Sharp, Vibration Reduction
Cons: Size, weight and price.

I agree with most of the things Keri said about this lens and will also mention that I do have the TC 14E teleconverter and that it does work very well with it.
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paulsnokia

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Registered: October 2002
Location: Cheshire
Posts: 25
Review Date: Wed December 21, 2005 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $1,200.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Quick in operation, Fantastic Sharp Images
Cons: non

Excellent for sports and events, not bad for candid portraits, VR works well, focus locks are a great help.

Pop on the converter and some wildlife work is possible.

I love mine :)

Paul Longley.

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AnnP
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Registered: March 2008
Location: Montana
Posts: 22
Review Date: Tue April 29, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp shots a good walk around lens
Cons: non

I use this lens with a 1.4 converter and it still gets great shots. It is so light weight compared to my 200-400.

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Confusion_Circle
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Registered: December 2009
Location: Vancouver, BC
Posts: 82
Review Date: Sun December 13, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Very sharp when used on a crop body.
Cons: Corners not very sharp when used on a full frame body.

As a professional wedding shooter, I use this lens quite often paired with a D700 where its lack of corner sharpness doesn't really matter. I would not use this lens for work where corner to corner sharpness is critical. It's fine on a crop body though. The new 70-200mm f2.8 VR II should be much better, and I will give it a test once we get ours.

Centre sharpness is brilliant, corners not so much. The Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS is sharper in the corners, but the Sony 70-200mm f2.8G is the one to beat, in my experience.
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