Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Review

February 4, 2013 | Mark Goldstein | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Half rating star


The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR is the company's most affordable telephoto lens for full-frame users who don't want to pay the substantial price premium for Nikon's faster f/2.8 zoom. It offers excellent performance across its versatile focal range, capable of capturing everything from to head-and-shoulders portraits to action shots, while the cutting-edge Vibration Reduction system allows you to hand-hold the lens at up to 5 stops slower than normal.

The lens' centre sharpness is excellent at most focal lengths and f-stops. Edge sharpness is also commendably good, only requiring stopping-down to f/5.6 to get acceptable results. Distortion is well-controlled, chromatic aberrations are only really conspicuous by their almost complete absence, and the lens exhibits pleasingly rounded bokeh thanks to the 9-blade aperture. All in all, the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR delivers great results throughtout its zoom range, especially in the center.

So the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR offers a versatile focal range, very well-implemented Vibration Reduction system, fast auto-focus and respectable build quality, all in a relatively lightweight and compact design. It offers a compelling combination of portability, versatility, affordability and great image quality that will appeal to many Nikon FX-users, especially if you don't need the faster f/2.8 maximum aperture of its big brother.

4.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 4.5
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 4.5
Value for money 4.5