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Nikon 70-200/2.8 VR II and 70-200/4 VR
Nikon 70-200/2.8 VR II and 70-200/4 VR

Distortion: 200mm, 160mm

Distortion as a rule is of the pincushion type at the telephoto end of a telephoto zoom and of the barrel type at the wide end. The 70-200/4 VR is no exception.

The good news is that like most zooms, moderating the amount of zoom neutralizes the distortion. At ~160mm there is zero distortion, example shown below.

Thus for any kind of architecture, flat horizon, etc, shooting at a more moderate zoom level can do wonders for the distortion.

At 200mm

The pincushion distortion at 200mm makes the 70-200mm f/4 VR just fine for all-around shooting, but it’s quite a distraction with straight lines. Here the structure at top visibly bows down.

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70-200mm f/4 VR @ 200mm

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