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AF-S VR Nikkor 200mm f/2G IF-ED


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#1 Dallas

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 18:28

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#2 nfoto

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 18:42

In optical terms, there is not much negative to say about this lens. Probably one of the best lens designs ever from Nikon. Unfortunately, the tripod collar is really bad  despite the foot itself being so short. Thus, you can easily get unsharp images around 1/15 sec no matter what quality tripod/head you put the lens on.

VR is occasionally useful when you hand-hold the lens, but can be destructive to the image quality if left in the ON position when the lens is attached to a sturdy tripod.

The 200/2 AI/AIS is eclipsed by the new 200VR as far as image quality goes, but the older model had much better tripod mount.
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#3 quarks

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 20:33

This lens is great, especially wide open and it even works just great with my TC14. Therefore I love it, because I never felt that I need a 300 f2.8.
Besides that there are very few minor things I don't like that much: quite heavy weight, "strange" VR switch and it is not possible to use the same polarizing filter on my 200-400 VR (which I like even more).
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Posted 23 March 2008 - 07:13

. Nothing negative to say .
God bless Nikon  :) :)

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#5 AFS

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Posted 23 March 2008 - 16:19

It may be big, it may be heavy, it may be somewhat specialized, but this lens remains my favorite and one of my most used. I'm constantly using it with and without the TC14EII for all sorts of stuff. I am never disappointed. I kicked myself when I sold my first copy when I switched to Canon over the summer, and when I switched back I could hardly wait to get back to one, even though the 300/2.8VR's native reach had the potential to be a bit more useful. That decision has saved my skin a few times.
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#6 Jurjen_S

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Posted 06 March 2009 - 23:58

This lens is unbelievable.
It costs a lot of money but after I have used it for some time I have come to the conclusion that it actually is a bargain.

A portrait, full open, some sharpening to the eyes, no other pp:
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#7 Millirehm

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Posted 21 March 2009 - 18:20

Evident "stellar" image quality. 
Maybe because its the only Nikkor (I know of ) including a "Super ED" glass element (any knowledge about what that is and why it has not been used in any other Nikkor so far?)
It is not on my wishlist due to the tripod collar flaw (already have got a 300/2,8 as well)


BTW: Wonderful waxwings rockport5! (haven't thought before that the limited range of this lens enables you to do captures like that.)
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Posted 05 February 2010 - 17:12

Optically, this is the best lens in my Nikon arsenal.  Sharp, fast focusing, well built, and the best BOKEH of any Nikkor I have.

I also have a Leica APO 180mm f2 Summicron and it has a far better tripod foot.  The Nikkor's just isn't as solid.  Fortunately I am either hand holding or using a monopod for the work I do with it, so this isn't as big a flaw for me as others.

Despite the foot, its a 5-star lens and worth the money if you are willing to lug it around with you.

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#9 Jan Anne

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Posted 05 September 2010 - 11:13

Amazing lens, really honored to own one. Point it at something and the magic happens, it never ceases to amaze me.

The AF is blazing fast on the D3s, it's incredibly sharp, performs extremely good with the 1.7TC for a versatile 200/2 & 340/3.3 combo and it's build to last. I replaced the tiny foot with a RRS foot which also serves as a nice carrying handle. The hood is made from aluminum and very wide, some don't like this (tends to collect rain) but I actually do as it permits me to hold the lens by gripping the hood's edge without any ill effect. Although the lens is rather heavy it's also very short with the same length as the 70-200/2.8, it's just a lot fatter ;D

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Compared to the 180/2.8 AF ED (note the stupidly small original foot):
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But where this lens of course really shines is it's ability to render a buttery smooth transition from focussed to out of focus items, again it never ceases to amaze me.
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The 200mm and f/2 aperture combo comes in very handy when one needs to blur the background as much as possible:
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As mentioned it works very well with the 1.7TC for 340mm @ f/3.3, sharp wideopen to really sharp from f/4 onwards:
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#10 scottnilsson

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Posted 07 October 2010 - 19:14

Amazing lens, really honored to own one. Point it at something and the magic happens, it never ceases to amaze me.


Wholly seconded.  I went with the Kirk LP-51 foot, and often use their SGH-1 Super Grip when free-handing it - or the 200-400 - for extended periods (the Grip has been poked at here, but it is a Godsend to my left hand on long days); alternately, it is my #1 theatre/church lens on a monopod.

I can not imagine anyone being less then overwhelmed by the bokeh and seductive IQ: this is still my most cherished lens, thought the 24/1.4G now runs a close seconds (and the 85/1.4G is exquisite - but I tend to prefer wider or tighter).

From most of what I have read so far, I will probably stay with the VR1 version - as with the 200-400 - as the enhancements, while real, seem too incremental to warrant the differential in cost.  If you're hedging a decision, the VR1 will probably become a great value purchase as the VR IIs roll out to the magazines/sports groups and pro shooters with true need (or just much deeper pockets than mine): you would never regret it.


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#11 PedroS

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 15:10

Just three words: GO GET ONE
Stunning lens!
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#12 scottnilsson

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 21:10

The AF-S VR NIKKOR 200mm f/2G IF-ED - the first version of this venerable classic - has been my goto lens for four years for portraits, weddings, stage, dance... and anything for which its reach on FX (or DX) is not too long. My first shoot with it was a Balanchine festival (ballet/stage shoot) on an out-of-the-box D3 from 100+ feet, and you could read the brand on the sole of a pointe shoe and appreciate the false eyelashes and mascara from that distance.

Some day I may feel/see the need for an upgrage, but this first version never fails to deliver gorgeous, rich images with both extraordinarily sharp subject-focus, and breathtaking bokeh.

Caveat: if you rent or borrow one - you will never want to be without it in your bag again.

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 05:11

The AFS 200 f2 VR1 or VR2 has been a dream lens for me and one that took about 6 years of "waiting" to get but it was well worth it. I got it basically as my go to tool for low light concerts and indoor sports situations. I finally received "Fat Boy" two weeks ago and last week managed to get the chance to use it on my D3s at a dimly lit school performance.

I now know why so many users use the term "Never fails to leave a smile on my face". It is the consummate concert tool shot wide open in as dark as you can get to. I also cannot believe the absence of any CA even off single strands of hair, irrespective of lighting. Absolutely epic piece of glass.

Its worth noting that hand holding is possible but to extract its real potential, at the least, a monopod is mandatory, in my case an RRS MC-34 with the MH-02 head.

A quick pic in low blue light at 1/200s, ISO 6400. A touch of noise reduction and sharpening applied.

Thank you Nikon.

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#14 percafluvialitis

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 20:09

There's not much to be added about this lens as the points I would have written have already been mentioned. This is a scaringly good lens, I can't believe someone rated it 4 stars - show me a lens which delivers the same sharpness when coupled with a TC-20E III Aspherical?

This lens is so good I can't see what lens in this focal length would be capable of the same AF speed and sharpness, with or without the TC-14/17/20.
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#15 mrdale

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 16:17

I have heard that the HK-30 lens hood will fit this lens.  Anyone have knowledge of this ?  And if it fits are there any problems shooting with it ?  I'm interested since the HK-30 is composite plastic instead of metal and shorter as well.

 

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 17:21

Yes it does, but can't be reversed because of foot position.


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