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

The Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED VR punches above its weight

Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED VR
(Image: © Nikon)

Digital Camera World Verdict

70-200mm f/2.8 zooms are all the rage but they tend to be big and bulky affairs. Naturally, this Nikon lens is an f/stop slower but is much more slimline and lightweight, weighing in at 850g. It has solid build quality, high-tech features and delivers excellent image quality and all-round performance. It’s a smart choice if you don’t need the extra f/stop of a ‘trinity’ telephoto zoom but it’s not great value, costing around the same as Sigma and Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses.


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    Relatively slim and lightweight

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    Excellent performance

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    4-stop optical stabilization


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    Lacks that f/2.8 aperture

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    As pricey as some 70-200mm f/2.8 zooms

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If you’re willing to sacrifice that f/2.8 aperture that many photographers place high on their ‘must-have’ list, the Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED VR has a lot to offer. It’s shorter and slimmer than most 70-200mm f/2.8 zooms and only about half the weight. And it packs plenty of high-end features along with sophisticated handling.

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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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In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.