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

  • FX coverage
  • Autofocus (in-lens focus motor), rear focus
  • 13 elements in 9 groups
  • 9-blade rounded aperture diaphragm
  • smallest aperture is f/22
  • 52mm drop in filter
  • 6.2' (0.?m) minimum focus; 1:8.3 maximum reproduction ratio
  • 8 x 4.9" (203 x 124mm) long, diameter
  • 103.4 ounces (2930g) weight
  • included HK-31 slip on hood, CL-L1 lens case, caps
  • US$6000
  • Model Number 2188
  • Announced September 2010


Thom's Mini Review: Good news: as good as it gets at f/2 in the center, remarkably good in the corners by f/2.8. This Fat Boy just rocks the sharpness charts. No real chromatic aberration to worry about, either. Vignetting on the original is very low, a bit higher on the newer version. Bad news: it's expensive and heavy. But you knew that. I shot some sports with this lens and fell in love all over again. Tolerates converters well, but you'll lose some of the hard edge sharpness you see without them. Note: the II version I tried was a little worse in the corners than my I version. Don't know if that was sample variation or something significant. Probably nothing to worry about as the one I borrowed had been knocked around by others. Overall: Because of its size and weight, I often don't carry the 200mm f/2 with me. When I do, I regret the times I didn't. Highly Recommended

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