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

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To anyone who knows the Canon EF 70-200/4 L IS (like those who switched from Canon to Nikon in the past), the Nikkor will immediately look familar (except for the colour, of course). The dimensions and general appearance are very similar, the filter size is identical and Nikon even adopted the idea to offer the tripod collar as an optional and somewhat expensive accessory.
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This telephoto zoom lens from Nikon is something Nikon users have been crying out for, for years. It covers the popular 70-200m range with a constant maximum aperture of f/4, which means this lens is considerably lighter weight than its f/2.8 equivalent. It also sports Nikon's latest Vibration Reduction technology, which promises sharp hand-held images at shutter speeds up to five stops slower than would be possible without. Nikon's Nano-Crystal coatings have also been applied to lens surfaces to help suppress flare and ghosting.
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The Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED VR is Nikon's newest addition to the popular range of 70-200mm zooms. But this time it is not a replacement for an older lens but an alternative to the top of the range AF-S 70-200/2.8G ED VR.
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Like many photographers, it was with great excitement and openness-of-wallet that I greeted the news of Nikon’s new – and decade overdue – 70-200mm f/4. While I love my erstwhile 70-200mm f/2.8, it remains a lens best suited to photojournalism with strong shoulders. The much smaller and lighter f/4 version seems like a blessing on paper, so is it? Overall, the answer is "yes". Nikon's f/4 lens is every bit as good as I remember its Canon counterpart being, and leaves very little to desire in terms of image quality. It is, however, a different beast than its faster cousin.
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