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fusiongt
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p.1 #1 · 70-200 vr1 versus vr2?


I did some searching and couldn't find good answers from people who have used both the Nikon 70-200mm VR1 lens and the new VR2 lens. Hope you guys can answer:

1. Is the VR2 version that much better than the VR1 in terms of how the VR acts (how slow you can hand hold, how many f stops is the VR2 better than VR1) ?

2. What's the deal with people saying the VR2 200mm isn't really 200mm? I didn't quite understand that.

3. Is the VR2 version worth $500-600 dollars more than the VR1? I am thinking of using it for either FX and the V1 FT1 adapter.



Feb 06, 2012 at 10:44 PM
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p.1 #2 · 70-200 vr1 versus vr2?


Scroll down to the 2 lenses of interest.
http://pierretoscani.com/echo_telezooms_english.html

rgds,
Andy



Feb 06, 2012 at 10:51 PM
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p.1 #3 · 70-200 vr1 versus vr2?


1. ~1 stop
2. Pronounced focus breathing <30' "200" can range from 135-165mm, however often overlooked it's actually closer
to really being 70mm on the wide end shooting FX
3. Your call there. The VR II takes TC's much better and resulting bokeh rivals the naked original VR.

FWIW dept.
I've had 3 of each and run 100,000+ shots thru 'em over the last 2 years shootin' rodeo, concerts, candids, and events.
The 70-200 is by FAR my money-maker gla$$ The vignette bitching with the original never impacted my style of shooting.
To this day, I don't do corners. I've happily settled in with the VR II's for this sole reason: takes the TC-14E II like it's
not even there. Bigger venues it's a life saver. Either one will produce stunning captures wide open. The choice is yours.

When the dust has settled you can't tell which captures were shot with which version without viewing the EXIF data.

No peeking













Feb 06, 2012 at 11:45 PM
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p.1 #4 · 70-200 vr1 versus vr2?


Thanks for asking this question fusiongt! I was wondering the same thing. The version 1s have been selling on the B/S between $1200-$1500. Almost $1k difference from the version 2 new.

Good review trenchmonkey. Very much appreciated. I was considering either buying the verson 1 or the 80-200 f2.8. I might be spending the extra and go with the version 1 for the VR.



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p.1 #5 · 70-200 vr1 versus vr2?


What the affable monkey said

One thing to note is that the VR2 ghosts a fair bit less at 200mm and 2.8 in bright light, and it really is that little bit sharper. Not enough to make me switch from my VR1 given the 700 on top, but if someone offered a swap I certainly wouldn't say no



Feb 07, 2012 at 02:17 AM
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p.1 #6 · 70-200 vr1 versus vr2?


Yep, I just test drove a VRII with the TC20EIII and I was astonished by the IQ using the TC - killed my 80-200AFS + TC20EIII (both lenses used withing minutes of each other).

I also compared the size of the VRII to my 80-200AFS and effectively they are the same.

My 80-200AFS, though fantastic even with the TC14E, may be finding another home sometime soon. VR on the VRII seemed really solid too.

John



Feb 07, 2012 at 03:21 AM
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p.1 #7 · 70-200 vr1 versus vr2?


fusiongt wrote:
3. Is the VR2 version worth $500-600 dollars more than the VR1?


Another thing to consider is that spending the extra $$ isn't lost money as you'll get (most of) it back if you sell dave



Feb 07, 2012 at 04:13 AM
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p.1 #8 · 70-200 vr1 versus vr2?


Thanks for all the responses. Right now I'm using a beat up 80-200 afs lens which I really like but the lack of VR starts to really creep in when the lighting is great, I use TCs, or I put it on my V1 FT1 adapter which turns it into a shake machine. I'll keep an eye out on VR2's


Feb 07, 2012 at 05:50 AM





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