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Read about the new Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II here.

Towards 200mm, the Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VR offers remarkably poor performance on Nikon full-frame cameras, perhaps the worst performance this author has yet seen on full-frame. While this might be acceptable for some usage scenarios where the subject remains centered, it severely limits the general utility of the 70-200VR on full-frame cameras. Nikon DX shooters should be perfectly content provided that f/4 or smaller apertures are used.

Low-light users will want to note the very real advantage in actual brightness offered by the 180mm f/2.8D ED-IF, though the 180/2.8 does not offer VR. For example, an achievable shutter speed of 1/200 instead of 1/125 second can be quite useful when action is involved.

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