Over the last three decades the 80-200mm f/2.8 Nikkor lenses, then in more recent times, the 70-200mm f/2.8 Nikkor optics, have enjoyed prominence in photographers minds for obvious reasons.

High quality optically for most needs, plus, convenient focal lengths for many subjects. And fast aperture of course, plus gradually improving AF speed all account for popular lenses.

Now, a new, bang up to date reworked AF-S NIKKOR 70–200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Nikkor lens joins the ranks.

With improved all round optical performance from close focus distance, to center to edge resolution, and reduced vignetting wide open. And focusing enhancements  in terms of AF speed and VR (Vibration Reduction)  it is claimed. Should further its appeal.

Reduced weight, but physical robustness round off the highlights, including the latest aperture control mechanism for improved and consistent long term performance.

All this sounds good. But with the prices of Nikkor lenses creeping up, unless people have ‘money burning a whole in the pocket’,  it will have to tick all these boxes if owners of the present lens will be tempted to upgrade. It after all is a fine optic in many ways.

Not forgetting the earlier options which people may still feel do a fine job for them. Looks good though.

Here we go with the official details:

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Raise your game with the new AF-S NIKKOR 70–200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR

RRP:  £2,649.99 / €3,229

Sales start date: 10th November 2016

London, UK, 19th October 2016: Nikon makes the FX-format telephoto zoom of choice for professional photographers faster, lighter, and more agile than ever. Engineered to excel, the new AF-S NIKKOR 70–200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR will keep photographers working with Nikon’s fast-shooting DSLRs one step ahead.

Whether shooting sports, action, news, or reportage, the latest incarnation of this renowned lens boasts a range of enhancements that make a real difference in the field. Improved AF tracking and exposure control, as well as VR SPORT mode, combine to deliver exceptional burst shooting. Compared to its predecessor, edge-to-edge performance is improved, and light fall off has been reduced. The closest focus distance is now an impressive 1.1 m, and the maximum reproduction ratio has increased from 0.11x to 0.21x. Configurable buttons on the barrel make operation smoother, and the zoom and focus ring positions are reversed for more balanced handling. Thanks to a new magnesium alloy lens barrel, and HRI and fluorite elements, this lens has never been so light, yet the build is as tough as ever. cl_m2

Simon Iddon, Head of Product Management, Nikon UK, says: “The new NIKKOR 70–200mm f/2.8E offers an astounding jump in image quality and a faster, smoother shooting experience all round. SPORT VR, and ergonomics inherited from Nikon’s recent 400 mm, 500 mm, and 600 mm telephoto lenses will make a unmistakable difference to photographers shooting fast, unpredictable action with a professional DSLR like the D5.”

Summary of key features

Improved Vibration Reduction (VR) and lens-to-camera precision

The latest generation of Nikon’s VR enables shooting at shutter speeds up to 4 stops slower than without VR¹, and activates the instant the shutter is pressed halfway. SPORT VR mode delivers a more stable viewfinder image when shooting exceptionally fast action. Improved AF tracking enables photographers to respond swiftly and precisely to autofocus changes. An electromagnetic aperture mechanism enables exceptionally stable AE control—even during a high-speed burst.

Exceptional integrity: optical precision to the edge of the framehb_78

A brand new optical construction ensures superior edge-to-edge performance. The new optical design includes six ED glass elements, a fluorite lens element, and a High Refractive Index (HRI) element. Nano Crystal Coat reduces ghosting and flare for greater image clarity, whilst colour fringing, chromatic aberration and distortion are controlled throughout the zoom range.

¹ In Normal mode based on CIPA standard.

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