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#1 marcod


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Posted 27 December 2016 - 07:56 AM

Hello everyone!
Looks like there is no topic yet talking about this new lens ( :ph34r:  me thinks..)
..the VR3 (AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR the right name). ..and it looks like a winner on all aspects (expect price) and has received praises even from some of the hardest nikon critics (like this). Here's some other reviews from Tony and the Fro.
Has anyone tried it or picked it up? Anyone thinking of switching from VR2 to VR3?  B)
I'm seriously thinking to grab one in 2017, to get some reach out of my night shots, try some wildlife and portraiture. Also thinking whether the price will go up or down in the near future (as far as I gathered the 70-200 VR2 is more expensive now than when it came out).
I'm really curious to read your thoughts!
Cheers  ;)

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Posted 28 December 2016 - 08:49 AM

I own the 70-200 2.8 VR II which I bought when it was new to market, I bought the matched  2x  TC 20E III at the same time with the thought of capturing some bird/wildlife pics. I went for quality kit in the knowledge that if my pics were poor  I would be to blame and not my kit. I later learned of the focus breathing issue though in truth I doubt if I would ever have discovered it myself, thus for me at this time it is a non-issue and thus not a reason to change for the newer lens.. Since I bought the Tamron 150- 600 I have not used the x2 on the 70-200..


The 70-200 is a pretty hefty bit of kit and with the tele-converter even longer making hand held pics difficult on occasion but then I am well past my prime and shaky with it...  You might try it on your camera, to see if you can hold a distant subject in the single point focus... press the shutter and compare how far off target the focus point has shifted.... Perhaps then you might get an idea of how steady you might be able to hold it.


If I was into buying another lens it might have been the 24-70 2.8 now that it has VR.. though with my 16-35  f4 and 50 1.4 I have as yet found no NEED to splash the cash, though if Nikon brought out VR on the 14-24 2.8, I might be seriously tempted...(-:


Good luck in your decision making process. Hope this ramble might have been of some value to you.. 

#3 Piero Monteverde

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Posted 31 December 2016 - 03:46 PM

I just received my copy of the 2.8E.  Great lens. The price is steep, no doubt... must sell some lenses...


Here are my observations so far, comparing to the 70-200mm F4 used on a d810  (sorry, I don't own the VR II to compare)


1) Ergonomics

1.1) WOW! The body+lens combo becomes a HEAVY beast for hand-holding. If you are used to hold the lens close to the zoom ring (now at the front), then you are no longer helping support the body weight. It feels unbalanced.

1.2) To make it work, one may want to hold the lens near the focus ring and extend your index finger to zoom. Not the most natural thing to do, but one can get used to it. This suggestion may not work well when trying to recompose fast (e.g. sports or wildlife)

1.3) The above are not a problem when used with the collar on a tripod. I would definitely try to avoid the smaller / travel tripods, thought: again´╗┐, too heavy.


2) Sharpness (Center field against a target on a tripod; from wide open to f8;  2-second shutter delay, indoors with flash) and color rendition 

2.1) @70mm, the new F2.8 lens is sharper than the F4, until f8 when they both appear equal.

2.2) @105mm and 200mm, the new F2.8 lens definitely is sharper than the F4, even at f8.

2.3The new F2.8 is sharper @ f2.8 than the F4 @ f4 across the focal length.

2.4) The color rendition of the F2.8 (at comparable f-stops and exposures) is more contrasty than the F4, i.e more separation between whites and blacks.´╗┐

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#4 marcod


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Posted 09 February 2017 - 05:11 AM

Thanks gendee and Piero for your food for thoughts  :D

So.. it looks like none got the lense from this forum?  :ph34r:



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