Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200mm f/2.0G ED VR II lens review

By Kevin Carter - Wednesday July 24 2013

Lens Review
Introduction | Nikkor AF-S Nikkor 200mm f/2G ED VR II lens performance | Nikkor AF-S Nikkor 200mm f/2G ED VR II versus competition | Conclusion
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200mm f/2.0G ED VR II lens review

Nikon has had a 200mm f/2 in its range since 1977 and has been regularly updated over the years to maintain its position as one of the highest performing lenses in the maker’s range. Read on to see if how well this highly regarded lens performs in our stringent lab tests.

With a full-aperture of f/2.0 this lens is the fastest telephoto in Nikon’s current line up. As the latest in a long line of 200mm f/2.0 models that date back to the 70’s this lens is rarely publicized, and even today, the autofocus 200mm f/2.0 is made in relatively small numbers. It’s perhaps this rarity coupled with the lens’ reputation for stellar image quality that makes this one of the most intriguing lenses in the firm’s range.This version was updated in September 2010 with the new 4-stop VR II specification, and Nano Crystal Coat. In addition to the usual three ED glass-elements of Nikon’s super-telephoto lenses, before the up-dated 80-400mm was introduced, this model was the only lens in the range to feature an additional Super ED glass element to reduce chromatic aberration. Weighing in at 2,930g, the lens adopts an ultrasonic type AF motor, focuses to just 1.9m (6.2 ft.) and costs a not insignificant $5,820. 

Nikkor AF-S Nikkor 200mm f/2G ED VR II lens performance

Nikkor AF-S Nikkor 200mm f/2G ED VR II versus competition

Conclusion