Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR review

The Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR is a spectacular performer, but pricey

Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR
(Image: © Nikon)

Digital Camera World Verdict

With an epic feature set matched by top-notch build quality, all-round performance and image quality, this is a stunning 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom lens. It builds on the success of previous editions, bringing a raft of new features including fluorite glass, uprated optical stabilization and an electromagnetically controlled aperture diaphragm, although the last of these makes it incompatible with some older Nikon DSLRs. The only catch is that the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports lens performs every bit as well and is much less expensive to buy.


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    Excellent handling characteristics

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    Tough magnesium alloy barrel

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    High-spec features


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    Expensive to buy

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The Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR sits at the telephoto end of ‘trinity’ NIKKOR zooms and is the latest and by far the greatest of the breed. Perfect for pro-grade wedding, event, sports and wildlife photography, it delivers all the versatility that a 70-200mm f/2.8 typically offers, backed up by tough build quality, tricked-up features and stellar performance.

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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