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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8GII ED VR Zoom

Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8GII VR telephoto zoom lens

July 30th, 2009

Nikon today announced the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, a telephoto zoom lens that has been further refined.

The AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G Nikkor, now benefits from Nikon's exclusive Nano Crystal Coat, and retains its status as a preeminent choice for discerning professionals in a multitude of shooting disciplines.

The Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G incorporates Nikon’s VR II image stabilization technology, which is engineered and optimized to function most effectively for each lens design to substantially reduce camera shake-related image blur.

VR II allows photographers to shoot handheld at as many as four shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, better assuring dramatically sharper images—even in challenging lighting conditions.

Two VR modes are available: “Normal” mode, ideal for everyday use and panning a subject; and “Active” mode, for use in instances where more constant vibration (i.e. camera shake) is present, such as when shooting from a moving vehicle.

Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Major Features

• Vibration reduction (VR II) equivalent to increases in shutter speed by four steps
• A new optical design utilizing seven ED glass elements
• Ghost and flare suppression with Nano Crystal Coat
• A Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for superior autofocus that is smooth and quiet
• Three focus modes built in: M, M/A, A/M
• Aperture diaphragm utilizing an odd number of rounded blades (nine) for natural blur characteristics
• Shooting at distances as close as 1.4 m throughout the entire zoom range
• High-quality exterior design

The “go-to” lens of demanding professionals and serious enthusiasts, the Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED VRII is one of the most useful and sought after high-performance lenses for sports, wildlife, portrait, travel and news photographers. Nikon has further refined the lens, with an enhanced optical formula featuring seven extra low dispersion (ED) glass elements. These elements provide the ultimate in rendering characteristics to capture vibrant, high resolution images with optimal contrast. Image quality is further enhanced by Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat, which reduces instances of lens flare and ghosting, elevating optical performance, even in tricky conditions such as those found in professional sports settings and stage events.

Designed to deliver high end image quality in a wide variety of conditions, the new 70-200mm VR II lens also includes a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for fast, quiet autofocusing. The SWM takes full advantage of 3D tracking autofocus (AF) systems, such as those found on the FX-format D3X, D3 and D700 D-SLR cameras. Three focus modes are available - M, A/M and M/A - for automatically focusing, manually focusing or fine tuning AF performance to best suit the photographers’ needs. Nine rounded diaphragm blades contribute to a more attractive bokeh, allowing photographers create soft and more naturally separated backgrounds that better highlight the subject.

Price and Availability

The AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II lens is scheduled to be available at Nikon authorized dealers beginning November 2009 at an estimated selling price of $2399.95 US. Check out the latest street price on the AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II at B&H Photo.

Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8GII ED VR Nikkor Zoom Specifications
Focal length
DX Format FOV 105-300mm
Maximum aperture
Minimum aperture
Lens construction
21 elements in 16 groups (with 7 ED and some Nano Crystal Coat-deposited lens elements)
Picture angle
34°20’ - 12°20’ (22°50’ - 8° with Nikon DX format)
Closest focus distance
1.4 m/4.6 ft. (throughout entire zoom range)
Maximum reproduction ratio
No. of diaphragm blades
9 (rounded)
Filter/attachment size
Diameter x length
(extension from lens mount)

Approximately 87 x 209 mm/3.4 x 8.2 in.
Approximately 1,540 g/3.4 lb.
Supplied accessories
77mm Snap-on Front Lens Cap LC-77, Rear Lens Cap LF-1, Bayonet Hood HB-48, Semi-soft case CL-M2

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