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

Mounted on a 36Mpix D800 the lens achieves a DxOMark Lens Score of 39, making it one the best performing lenses ever measured in our labs. What’s more with a Sharpness score of 28P-Mpix this lens is the sharpest Nikon mount lens we’ve tested, putting ahead of lenses like the Nikon 85mm f/1.4 and f/1.8 models but also the Sigma 35mm/1.4 and the recently tested 300mm and 400mm f/2.8 telephotos. Additional individual lens metrics scores reveal the lens to have negligible distortion, mild vignetting and reasonably low levels of chromatic aberration. Transmission is very good, though not quite matching the theoretical f/2.0 maximum.

DxOMark Lens ranking for Nikon mount models

 
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G219940
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G69040
Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM A Nikon89939
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200mm f/2G ED VR II589939
Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T 100mm f/2 ZF2 Nikon184036
Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherique IF Nikon32836
Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM Nikon96935
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 400mm F2.8G ED VR899935
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G ED220034
Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC Nikon59934
Carl Zeiss Distagon T 35mm f/1.4 ZF2 Nikon184334
Carl Zeiss Distagon T 25mm f/2 ZF.2 Nikon170034
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II590034
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G69933
Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D IF123033
Carl Zeiss Distagon T 35mm f/2 ZF2 Nikon100533
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G179733
Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D32932
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G44832
Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM Nikon49932


DxOMark Sharpness Ranking for Nikon mount lenses

 
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200mm f/2G ED VR II589928
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 400mm F2.8G ED VR899925
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II590024
Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM A Nikon89923
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G219922
Carl Zeiss Distagon T 25mm f/2 ZF.2 Nikon170022
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G69921
Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Aspherical Nikon40920
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G69019
Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD Nikon74919
Carl Zeiss Distagon T 28mm f/2 ZF2 Nikon128318
Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM Nikon96918
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR999918
Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D13417
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G ED220017
Carl Zeiss Distagon T 35mm f/2 ZF2 Nikon100517
Carl Zeiss Planar T 85mm f/1.4 ZF2 Nikon128017
Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T 50mm f/2 ZF2 Nikon128017
Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T 100mm f/2 ZF2 Nikon184017