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NIKON Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S Review

NIKON Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S Review
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NIKON Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S Review

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As promised Nikon has updated the legacy F mount 70-200mm to include support for users of the Z mount system with the new NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S lens.  While the Nikon Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S is not cheap it is slightly cheaper than the legacy F mount version, but still an expensive lens.

Nikon's specifications indicate superior performance over the older F mount lens for optical and near focus distance + excellent support for Nikon's Z cameras: Lens read-out LCD, programmable lens control ring and lens function buttons. Additionally, the VR supports 5 axis of VR down to 5.5 stops and weighs in a tad over 3 pounds with the lens collar, or (1,360g) without lens collar.

Superior Performance:

  • Minimized Focus Breathing
  • Both Nano and ARNEO coatings for exceptional anti-reflective properties
  • Near Silent Operation
  • Closer focusing - 1.64 feet at the 70mm end and 3.28 at the 200mm end
  • Exceptional Weather Sealing (same pro-level as F mount counterpart)
  • Improved overall image quality from center to edge to edge


Who is this lens for? Professionals and serious enthusiasts who demand the best in optics and performance and do not want to dink around with an FTZ adapter on their legacy F mount 70-200mm lens.

The biggest question for many DSLR users who are migrating to the S lenses? If you already own the legacy F mount 70-200mm is this really worth the upgrade. For me, I am fully moving to the S lenses as they become available and knowing Nikon is rumored to be working on the next iteration of a Z7 replacement having pro-level features so I want to be ready when the time comes. 

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