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Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR

2139NAS_180
Review Date: Jul 2, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Ultimate IQ, Fast AF, Very Sharp in the center (VR1), and VR works awesome (even better on VR2)
Cons:
known issues of VR1 in the corners, lens foot cud've been a bit sturdier, nothing else to knit pick :)

I have used the VR1 version for a year (professionally at weddings) before moving on to the VR2 recently. Both lenses are awesome on my FX bodies.

The vignette issue of VR1 didn't bother me too much as I was primarily using the lens for solo portraits between 135-200mm in large wedding arenas. So it actually helped in subject isolation etc.

However I updated to the VR2 in any case .. with the primary objective of taking advantage of the additional stop of stabilization. Lower shutter speed along with bounced flash helps me take in alot of ambient light as well. VR is very helpful in such a scenario.

Full marks to Nikon for updating the ultimate tele-zoom to an even better model. The price difference between the two pinches you a bit but you get what you pay for (in a positive way).