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Nikon 16-35/4 VR and 17-35/2.8 (not to scale)  
Nikon 85mm f/1.4G

Comparison with Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II

For some shooters, a 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom is a lot more versatile than an 85mm prime lens, so how does Nikon’s 70-200mm f/2.8L VR II stack up against the 85mm f/1.4G on this demanding target?

For this test scene, the 70-200 was mounted using the foot on the lens, and I inadvertently did not observe the 1° angular change when I switched lenses, so the images are slightly different rotationally, but the image size is matched to within 1%, so the comparison still works very well.

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