Nikkor AFS 70-200mm/4 VR - First impressions
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ariel777
Registered: Feb 12, 2009
Total Posts: 339
Country: United States

Mr Brown rolled up last evening and dropped off my xmas present to myself. First impression was most positive.....focus was precise, the VR was absolutely incredible as Nikon appears to be breaking new ground, handling as well as any, certainly not as cumbersome as the 2.8 model, it renders exceptionally well and is sharp from corner to corner. I am satisfied to say the least.



Lance B
Registered: Apr 26, 2005
Total Posts: 1028
Country: Australia

AndreasE wrote:
Lance B wrote:
Impressive images from the 70-200 f4, Andy!

Thank you for the kind remarks.

BTW, I got the D5200 earlier this week and even with the very high resolution 24MP DX sensor the lens performs very well. The new VR is supporting the high spatial resolution (for hand held images). I truly like the lens - it's great.

rgds,
Andy


Thank you very much for the info.



snapsy
Registered: Feb 24, 2008
Total Posts: 4708
Country: United States

Here is a photo + 100% crop last night from the D800+70-200 @ 200mm f/4.

Photo:






100% crop. Buildings are 10 miles away. Smoke is from new years fireworks:






colinwiseman
Registered: Oct 24, 2005
Total Posts: 136
Country: United States

Just to add my $.02. I shot with it over the past three days while touring around on my splitboard for a couple assignments. Overall, this lens gave a great first impression. AF was fast and accurate, images are sharp across the frame when stopped down to f5.6 and still very good at f4. It was great coupled with the D600 for a lighter setup when weight is important but you can't sacrifice image quality. After three days of use in the mountains I'm very happy with the purchase and excited to have a lighter combo for days when I am going a little deeper into the backcountry.



AndreasE
Registered: Dec 31, 2003
Total Posts: 851
Country: Austria

@snapsy,
thanks for your new years photo - I like it :-)

Tonight I had the Nikon V2 connected via the FT-1 adapter to the AFS 70-200mm/4 VR

Nikon V2, AFS 70-200mm/4 VR ,ISO 160, 120 sec exposure, f5.6, 1920x1080






Nikon V2, AFS 70-200mm/4 VR, @200mm, ISO 160, f5.6, 1/100 sec, only resized






100% crop of the image above






Resolution wise, the AFS 70-200mm/4 VR seems to be a superb performer. Even on a camera with such a small pixel pitch like the Nikon V2.

rgds,
Andy


jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 5961
Country: United States

I just shot some long range shots with the 70-200/4AFS and TC20EIII on my D800 and I have to say I'm fairly impressed. VR worked extremely well and at f/11 the centrol 90% of the frame is pretty darned good with everything looking sharp except at 100% where you can see some lack of crispness. A little bit of sharpening works wonders though.

Pictures to prove it happened coming later on tonight.

John



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 5961
Country: United States

Here's a hand-held shot from my D800 with the 70-200/4 AFS + TC20EIII plus a circular polarizer.

Is it pixel-level sharp, no, but it's really very very good. It can be tough to tell how sharp things are due to looking through a couple miles of sea level air, but based on my experience it's more than acceptable.



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 5961
Country: United States

Here's a 100% crop with only AA-filter recovery level of sharpening.
Note the atmosphere is pretty wavy, especially on the boat.



jaredvanb
Registered: Jun 29, 2013
Total Posts: 43
Country: South Africa

Has anybody used this lens on a DX sensor body like the D5100 or D7000? Curious to know how it performs.



Derek Weston
Registered: Dec 04, 2009
Total Posts: 939
Country: United States

jaredvanb wrote:
Has anybody used this lens on a DX sensor body like the D5100 or D7000? Curious to know how it performs.


Believe a website did some tests with it on those sort of crop bodies, was extremely sharp. (think it was a cameralabs review?)



Willy Y.
Registered: Nov 01, 2004
Total Posts: 279
Country: United States

I am impressed, and it is what was missing from my travel/hiking bag. Always loved the Canon version.
It is my new favorite lens - my 17-35 2.8, 70-200 f4, and the 1.7tc is the perfect travel setup.

These are at 340mm with the tc and about a 50% crop















Tim Ashton
Registered: Dec 27, 2006
Total Posts: 3067
Country: Australia

jaredvanb wrote:
Has anybody used this lens on a DX sensor body like the D5100 or D7000? Curious to know how it performs.


have a look here

http://www.cardinalphoto.com/blogs/david-cardinal/2013/jul/31/nikon-d7100-and-nikon-70-200mm-f4-lens-action-friendly-dslr-and



OccAeon
Registered: Apr 03, 2011
Total Posts: 753
Country: United States

jaredvanb wrote:
Has anybody used this lens on a DX sensor body like the D5100 or D7000? Curious to know how it performs.


I like it on DX and FX. It seems very sharp on both, although the range is more useful on FX.



John Skinner
Registered: May 31, 2007
Total Posts: 718
Country: Canada

Threads like this make this forum the very best at what it does and is. HUGE thanks to Andy for his time and effort placed in this. And real appreciation for his city and all that it offered up. Makes me jealous to see such wonderful places.

I've been on HAM radio forums, electronic design discussion forums, LAW forums, Car forums.. Nothing comes close to the caliber of helping people here, the quality of information in these thousands of threads, or, the absolute talent that these contain.

Thanks for all of this Andy. And thanks to all of the people that freely contribute to this wealth we call FM Forums..



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