Does Nikon’s latest professional 70-200mm justify its price?

By Paul Carroll - Tuesday April 23 2013

Lens Review
Introduction | Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II lens performance | Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II versus competition | Conclusion

If you can afford it – buy it!

So, no surprises, one of the most expensive medium range telephoto lenses ever has impressive DxOMark Scores and nudges out both its predecessor and Nikon’s cheaper f/4 version to boot. In fact the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II has no significant weaknesses and is the best zoom lens you can mount on a Nikon Full Frame body.

It comes top in the DxOMark table of top 5 70-200mm lenses beating both its predecessor the Nikon 70-200mm f2.8G ED VR and the cheaper 3rd party competition from Sigma. Costing $2400 it’s expensive however and for $1000 less the Nikon 70-200mm f/4G ED VR is an excellent lens too that offers the same sharpness as the f/2.8 version but with more vignetting visible shooting at the maximum aperture.

If your photography demands a medium telephoto zoom with a fast maximum aperture that will deliver across the board, but particularly at 200mm, and your budget holds no bounds, go get yourself a Nikon 70-200mm f2.8G ED VR II. It’s one hell of a lens.

Top 5 of 70-200mm f/2.8 mounted on Nikon D800

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II 2699 29
Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED 1850 26
Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO Nikon 770 26
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM Nikon 1699 25
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO Macro HSM II Nikon 949 25