Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR review: An enlightened 70-200mm lens choice

By David Newton - Monday January 07 2013

Lens Review
Introduction | Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR lens performance | Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR versus competition | Conclusion

Launched in October 2012, this new lens from Nikon offers a lower cost entry point to the very popular 70-200mm focal length that finds a wide range of uses in everything from sports and wildlife to portraits and social documentary photography. Taking on many of Nikons newest technologies, does the reality match up to the promise?

For many years, the 70-200mm focal range has been seen as one of the key battlegrounds over which manufacturers compete. It is such a useful focal range that the reality is there is almost no genre of photographer that will not benefit from having a lens of this range in their bag. Generally, lenses of this focal range feature a constant maximum aperture, either f/4 as is the case here, or the more expensive versions at f/2.8.

Designed for full-frame (FX) sensors, AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED VR lens will also work on a DX sensor camera, offering a 105-300mm equivalent focal length. The lens also features three of Nikon’s top technologies – a Vibration Reduction (VR) system to allow you to shoot handheld at up to five stops slower than normal, a Nano Crystal Coat to minimize ghosting and flare and a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for fast, quiet autofocus.