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Nikon 200mm f/2G IF-ED AF-S VR

Review Date: Jun 19, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $4,000.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp corner to corner, focus is lightning fast, VR works well, bokeh is incredible
Heavy, expensive, mounting foot is too short (replace with RSS)

I bought new in early 2009 before the price hike. I do portraits and use it some in the studio and outdoors, I always look for ways to use it.

Handheld it's a back breaker if you do it too much. I'm an old guy so if your a weight lifter, they are all light. Short periods are fine.

If your photo is not sharp with this lens, you misfocused.

Get about 6 - 15 feet from your subject and the bokeh of the background is creamy smooth.

I only use my 70-200 zoom now at events when I have to shoot without moving my position.

I use the Think Tank Glass Taxi and I keep the lens shade on all the time now. It's actually a short lens so it will fit into smaller spaces if needed by reversing the shade. I recommend the RRS lens foot for this lens.