A lens for pro's, and you'll see why!
To get a mint condition example of this lens, these days, will set you back the best part of £800. Which is alot of money. not as much as the latest incarnation! but still alot of money. But, you get alot of lens for your money, if you want technical descriptions then look on the auctions, it feels robust and expensive, no question there,and in good light the auto focus is quick in comparison say a 70-300, but then you'd expect it to. Is it worth it? I'd say so, i didn't look at the vr2 simply due to the price, and I here that there's not much in it, better vr, shorter minimum focal length amongst other stuff. Its not as long as I thought, so I can shoot all day hand held and i'm not beefy by any means, you'll find the usual switches, manual/auto or manual, full (focal length)or infinate-2.5.
this is very useful when you auto focusing and the lens suddenly goes 'hunting', you don't have to wait for it to go from 1.5 meters to infinate to find your focus point again, it stops a at 2.5 meters!
the vr is great as you'd expect but i leave it off past 1/500. which is often due to the appature.
oh and the 3 buttons at the front are focal locks, again very handy but a stretch to find with a finger, infact all the controls are quite far apart and a do have fairly big hands.
you'd buy this lens for the appature, the vr is nice but with a decent body you wouldn't need it, an fx body will be better as they handle big iso numbers better than dx due to pixal compression, so i'am told!
be warned, this is an fx lens, apart from increased focal length, the lens has no built in focus servo like the dx lenses have, this means it won't auto focus with anything less than a d90, so a d 3000, 3100 and 5000 won't work with it.
buy it, you won't be sorry.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
This lens - prior to purchasing I was using the Nikkor 18 - 200 DX Super zoom in itself a great lens albeit slow at the long f lengths on my D200 (I'm waiting for the replacement to the D700). This new lens is great giving wonderful bokeh and sharp images provided you are careful with the AF and focus group. I do have a Nikkor 12 -24 DX which I now mount on my original DSLR this gives me quite a good range in between I use my legs.
After using this lens I am reluctant to mount anything else on my camera. You have to get use to the weight.
People who were not aware of the change remarked on the additional quality of my images.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Buy it if you can afford it. And even if you can't !
I bought this lens after a lot of thought. And after reading as many reviews by others as I could! It's a fair bit of money, especially for a zoom that duplicates the range of some lesser lenses that I already own.
But I am SO pleased I bought this one. I'm now constantly finding excuses to use it! The AF snaps into sharp focus almost instantly, with no hunting around. The zoom action is smooth, without wandering or jumping. I stuck on a Nikkor 1.4x teleconverter, and the image STILL stays sharp. And the reasonably bright maximum aperture means that the lens is just as versatile, even with the tele on.
I use it with my Nikon D3x, shooting 25mp images. So the resolution - right across the aperture range - is crucial. That's the point, really - this is a lens that will give you pin-sharp images. Even wide open.
It's fairly heavy. But on a substantial DSLR (like my D3x) it does somehow seem to balance ok.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
A SHOULD HAVE BOUGHT ONE OF THESE AGES AGO
What a lens, razor sharp, very fast focus,When used with a Nikon 1.7 convertor gives a superb all round performance you effectively have 70-340mm @ f4.7
There's hardly any point writing this review: if you know about this lens, you'll already know it's a pro's dream. If you don't know about it, you're probably not ready to spend the money necessary to own one.
Amazingly sharp, optically-stabilised, f/2.8 throughout it's entire 70-200mm focal length.. what more can I say? It also beautifully and gently blurs backgrounds allowing you to isolate the subject without distractions ruining the impact of your photos. Solidly built too and a dream to use.
Best used on a DX-body since it can suffer quite severe vignetting on a full frame body wide open, but this can be corrected in Photoshop. If you're not confident on Photoshop, look for the newer VR II version (solves the problem but several hundred pounds more) or save some money and buy the older 80-200mm non-VR AF-S version which is just as sharp (I tihnk mine was sharper than this newer version!) and which doesn't suffer the vignetting problem.
On DX, 10/10. On FX... 9/10
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.