Nikon Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S review

The Nikon Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S is probably the best 70-200mm zoom in the world. Ever.

5 Star Rating
Nikon Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S
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Digital Camera World Verdict

There’s no denying that Nikon’s new Z 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom is a pricey beast. It has a tough act to follow, as the AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR for DSLRs is a formidable lens and a favourite with pro Nikon shooters around the world. When it comes down to it, however, the new S-line zoom for mirrorless cameras is simply better in terms of handling, all-round performance and image quality. It’s a little pricier than its F-mount sibling but more than worth the extra outlay.


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    Stunning image quality

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    Superb handling characteristics

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    Super-fast autofocus

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    Highly effective optical stabilization


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    Expensive to buy, but well worth the outlay

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A 70-200mm f/2.8 lens is great for everything from action sports and wildlife photography to weddings, events and more besides. Nikon has made some superb examples of the breed over the years but the latest S-line lens for Z-mount mirrorless cameras is the best yet, by quite a margin. Build quality is of a fully pro-grade standard, handling is sublime, overall performance is epic and image quality is to die for. Let’s take a closer look.


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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! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

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