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Nikon 70-200mm f/4 G FX VR ED AF-S NIKKOR (2012-) © 2012 All rights reserved.

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Nikon 70-200mm f/4 G ED VR AF-S (covers FX, DX và 35mm, 67mm filters, 29.8 oz. /846g, 3.3"/1m close focus, about $1,400). Enlarge. This miễn phí website"s biggest source of support is when you use these links, especially this link directly to it at Adorama or directly to it at Amazon, when you get anything, regardless of the country in which you live.

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70-200mm f/2.8 VR II (2009-).

70-210mm f/4 AF (1986-1988).

70-210mm f/4-5.6 (1987-2000).

70-300mm VR (2006-)

All Professional f/2.8 80-200mm and 70-200mm Lenses compared.

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Sewer, Mumbai. (D800E at ISO 100, 70-200/4 VR at 70mm at f/5.6.) Original © 36 MP image file.


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Thank goodness, after 12 years Nikon has finally re-introduced a reasonably-sized telephoto zoom for FX digital, DX digital and 35mm cameras.

This new lens has the same extraordinary optical unique of the 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II, at only half the price, size and weight. If you compare Nikons MTF curves, this new lens is even a bit better than the 70-200/2.8 VR II.

This new 70-200/4 VR adds much closer focusing and improved Image Stabilization over the 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II.

The only advantage khổng lồ the older 70-200mm VR II over this new f/4 lens is one-stop of tốc độ for catching action in low light, & the ability to blur backgrounds just a little bit more at f/2.8 as opposed khổng lồ f/4. Honestly, we really only need f/2.8 for shooting 35mm; with digital"s clean ultra-high ISOs, f/4 is more than enough lớn shoot hand-held in any light. There isn"t much difference in defocus from f/4 khổng lồ f/2.8. It"s only a 40% difference, which is barely visible.

This 70-200/4 has instant manual-focus override; just move the ring at any time.

Compatibility intro top

Everything works perfectly on every digital Nikon ever made, both FX và DX, from the best D4, D800, D800E và D600 to lớn Nikon"s cheapest digitals like the D40, D40x, D60, D3000, D3100, D3200, D5000, D5100 & D5200.

It"s also perfect on decent or recent AF film cameras lượt thích the F6, F100, F5, N80 và N75.

The incompatibilities for older or cheaper 35mm cameras are that:

1.) It won"t autofocus with the cheapest new AF 35mm cameras lượt thích the N55, but if you focus manually, everything else works great. Even if you thua autofocus, these cameras have in-finder focus confirmation dots lớn help you.

2.) Late 1980s ~ early 1990s AF cameras like the N90s, N70 and F4 will focus just fine, but you"ll chiến bại VR. You"ll have Program và Shutter-priority modes, but thua thảm Manual & Aperture-priority since you have no way to lớn set the aperture on the camera or on the lens.

3.) You"re really pushing it with the oldest AF cameras lượt thích the N2020, N6006 và N8008. You"ll have no AF, confused exposure modes, và no VR. Manual focus is fine, along with electronic focus indications.

4.) Since it has no aperture ring, it"s just about useless with manual focus film cameras. It will shoot every shot at its minimum aperture.

See Nikon Lens Compatibility for details with your camera. Read down the "AF-S, AF-I," "G" & "VR" columns for this lens. You"ll get the least of all the features displayed in all columns, since "G" (gelding) is a deliberate handicap which removes features.

Nikon 70-200 f/4 VR. enlarge.

Specifications top

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Bottom, Nikon 70-200 f/4 VR.

Nikon calls this the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR N

NIKKOR: Nikon"s brand name for all their lenses.

AF-S and SWM: Silent Wave Autofocus Motor.

G: Gelded for cost-reduction and removing compatibility with older cameras.

ED: Magic Extra-low Dispersion Glass.

VR: Vibration Reduction.

N: Magic Nano-crystal coating, meaning a coating which varies its index of refraction continuously to lớn achieve even greater reflection reduction. It"s probably only on one surface, và is used mostly for sale purposes.


20 elements in 14 groups.

3 of these are ED (Extra-low Dispersion Glass), & one is HRI, with a very high index of refraction.

One surface has Nikon"s Nano-crystal coating.

Internal zoom and internal focus: nothing moves externally.


Front, Nikon 70-200 f/4 VR at f/32.

9 rounded blades.

Stops down to f/32.

Round lớn f/11, nonagonal f/16~f/32.


35mm film, FX & DX.

Focal Lengthtop


When used on a DX camera, it gives angles of view similar lớn what a 105-300mm lens gives when used on an FX or 35mm camera.

Angle of Viewtop

34.3° ~ 12.3° on FX digital và 35mm.

22.8° ~ 8° on small-format DX.

27.7° ~ 9.8° on real APS (Pronea).

Close Focustop

3.3 feet (1.0 meters) from the image plane.

This is all it does; I measure 37" (0.94 meters) actual close-focus, not 3 feet.

Maximum Reproduction Ratiotop

1:3.65. (0.274x).

Hard Infinity Focus Stop?top


You have lớn let the AF system focus at infinity.

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Focus Scaletop


Depth-of-Field Scaletop


Infra-Red Focus Indextop


Aperture Ringtop


Tripod Collartop

Nikon 70-200mm f/4 VR with optional $200 RT-1 tripod collar. enlarge.

$200 RT-1 removable tripod collar. enlarge.

The $200 RT-1 tripod collar is obviously removable; it"s now sold separately & no longer included with the lens.

Filter Threadtop

67 mm.


Does not move.

Vibration Reduction (VR) top

"VR III," claims 5 stops improvement.

Voice-coil motors.


Nikon specifies 3.1" (78 mm) diameter by 7.0" (178.5 mm) extension from flange.


29.830 oz. (845.7g), measured.

Nikon specifies 30.0 oz. (850 g).


Plastic bayonet HB-60 hood, included.


CL-1225 sack included.


LC-67 snap-on front lens cap.

LF-4 rear cap.

HB-60 hood.

CL-1225 sack.

Perfect-bound 218-page printed manual in 18 languages.



TC-17E and TC-20E series teleconverters if you"ve got one of the newest cameras that can autofocus well at f/8, otherwise don"t use them.


Wednesday, 24 October 2012, at 12:01 AM new york City time.

Promised fortop

November 2012.

Started shipping intop

December 2012.

Nikon product Numbertop



Box, Nikon 70-200mm f/4 VR.

Micro-corrugated box. Light-brown (goldish) spot-color overall with hot-stamped gold band.

Micro-corrugated Origami innards khổng lồ hold lens, pouch & hood.

Lens wrapped in translucent PE-HD bag.

Price, USAtop

2013 January: $1,400 (optional RT-1 tripod collar: $200)

2012 October: $1,400 (optional RT-1 tripod collar: $180)


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Overallf/4 vs. F/2.8Autofocus Bokeh Breathing color Coma

DistortionErgonomics Eyeblow Falloff Filters

Focal Lengths, actual Ghosts Hood Lateral màu sắc Fringes

MacroMechanics Sharpness Sunstars

Overall performance top

This new Nikon 70-200 lens feels great & is insanely sharp, even wide-open on a D800E at 36 MP in the farthest corners. If your results aren"t sharp, it"s your own lack of ability. Excepting maybe a 105mm or 200mm MICRO-NIKKOR by a tiny margin, Nikon makes no sharper lenses.

Distortion is strong, but corrects automatically with the latest DSLRs.

Zooming is the best from Nikon this side of the original 70-210/4 AF: the zoom ring flicks with a fingertip. Bravo!

f/4 versus f/2.8 performance đứng đầu

There is scant little visible difference in depth of field or background blur from one stop to the next; it"s only a 41% difference, not double.

You"ll see some difference at two stops difference, but from one stop lớn the next, it"s negligible — & not worth hauling an f/2.8 lens that weighs & costs twice as much!


Full-frame image, 80-200mm f/2.8 lens at 200mm and f/2.8. The lens is focused on the tree fuzz in the center of the image at 6 meters (20 feet). Bigger.


The same 80-200mm f/2.8 lens at 200mm & f/4. bigger. These samples just happen to lớn be with the Canon EF 80-200mm f/2.8 L on my 5D Mark III just because I had it handy; the differences from one stop to the next are the same with any brand.

Autofocus is unchanged between f/4 and f/2.8. AF systems look through lenses at the equivalent of about f/5.6 khổng lồ f/8, so there is no benefit at f/2.8 versus f/4.

Autofocus performance top


No surprises, focus is fast, silent & reasonably accurate.

AF Speed

AF tốc độ is moderate. It"s not instantaneous on a D800E, but not slow either.

AF Accuracy

AF is dead-on at f/4 and at 36 megapixels, except wide-open at 200mm at f/4 at close distances.

So long as you"re at a reasonable distance, or not at 200mm, everything is perfect. At close distances (1 meter/3 feet) at 200mm, autofocus is off on my sample. I didn"t bother to play with my D800E"s AF FINE TUNE adjustment, which should fix this if I cared.

Manual Focus

Manual focus is easy. Just slide the ring at any time; no need to move any switches.

The focus ring moves with a single fingertip.

Bokeh performance top

Bokeh, the character of out of focus backgrounds, not simply how far out of focus they are, is always quite neutral regardless of focal length or aperture.

This means that the closer you get & the longer you zoom, the softer your backgrounds will be. The bokeh itself stays neutral: blur circles remain as simple discs.

Here are some fast full-frame samples at shot at 2 meters (7 feet):

Focus Breathing performance top

Focus breathing (the image changing kích thước as focused) is mostly of interest to cinematographers who don"t want the image changing size ("breathing") as the lens is focused among different subjects.

The image from the Nikon 70-200/4 VR gets larger as focused more closely, at all focal length settings.

Color Rendition performance top

The màu sắc rendition is the same as my other Nikkor AF lenses.

Coma performance top

I see no coma (saggital coma flare), and didn"t expect to.

Distortion performance top

The Nikon 70-200/4 VR has a lot of distortion; twice as much as the 70-200/2.8 VR II. The good news is that recent digital cameras lượt thích the D4, D800, D800E, D600, D90, D3100, D3200, D5000, D5100 và D7000 can be set to lớn correct the distortion automatically in-camera.

Use these factors in Photoshop"s lens distortion filter khổng lồ correct uncorrected images. These aren"t facts or specifications, they are the results of my research that requires hours of photography và calculations on the resulting data.