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| p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Any differences between Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VRI and VRII? |
Doesn't photozone have tests of the 80-200AFS, 70-200VRI and 70-200VRII all on their D3X?
Yes, they do!
To the OP:
I've owned all three lenses and all are great, but each successive "update" to the lens has made some significant improvements that may or may not be important to you. All three are still fantastic optics, some just have some advantages over others.
I think it wouldn't hurt to read the reviews on each on Photozone, but for ME, I loved the VR1 on DX when it came out, as the focus was better and smoother tracking than the 80-200, and the bokkeh was nicer. Small updates, but worthwhile to me. Then when I transitioned to FX, I started to realize the slight shortcomings of the lens (on FX)... particularly the softer extremes, dip in general IQ slightly at the long end, and the performance of the lens when used with a TC. The VR2 addressed all three of these areas, and since I shoot the lens pretty much solely on FX now, and generally at the long end, that was a worthwhile upgrade to me. I couldn't care less about the "focus breathing" concern others seem to. It's a non-issue of ANY kind to me. I have a macro lens for when I want maximum magnification at MFD, and this lens gets used for sports, where shots at the MFD are almost never present. Personally I think the issue gets way too much hype, and many people don't even really understand the mechanics of it. I've even had people ask if I wasn't concerned that my lens was "actually a 70-135". Wow.
I have no trouble filling the frame with the VR2 and a headshot close to MFD. No award winner, just a test shot I just snapped using my son as a subject with the VR2, to show the lens close to that MFD, the increased sharpness at the long end, and also the effectiveness of the VR system on the lens. This - at full length - at 1/50th of a second. Forget the 1-over-FL rule, Nikon's got VR down. Handheld, lit by a window only, SOOC and not cropped. F4 and center focus point on inner right eye (the one on the left of the image )
At any rate, they're all good. You need to determine what you'll be using the lens for primarily and that will help figure out which one makes the most sense for you.