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Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Aperture Series: Bikes at Night, Rodin Burghers of Calais

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR

The about $2700 Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR now seems to me to be the finest zoom of its kind ever produced, by a wide margin. The use of fluorite and HRI elements and six ELD elements and surely helps explain its performance—the price reflects the unprecedented effort by Nikon to make a truly world-class zoom. Now Nikon needs to get cracking on an 11-24mm, a 16-35mm and a 24-70mm with similar quality.

The 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR surely competes with and beats many a prime lens, so I’ll just put it this way: if it’s a lens whose range is useful for you, it’s worth buying it even if that means also buying a killer deal Nikon D810 to receive its images. If you have a prior version, have no hesitation in upgrading.

Presented in Advanced DSLR in my review of the Nikon 70-200/2.8E FL ED VR.

The bike series looks at sharpness and color correction on subject matter that with most lenses would generate violet halos on the metallic specular areas and/or secondary color blurs that would pollute the color. It does so under whacky artificial night lighting.

Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Aperture Series: Bikes at Night

The Burghers series looks at sharpness and color correction on subject matter with specular highlights of varying hues from both the lingering blue of late dusk and the garish warmth of night lighting:

Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Aperture Series: Rodin Burghers of Calais

Images presented at up to full camera resolution from f/2.8 through f/9.

f4 @ 15.0 sec, ISO 64; 2017-05-17 21:21:24
NIKON D810 + Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR @ 165mm

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f2.8 @ 5.0 sec, ISO 64; 2017-05-17 20:46:10
NIKON D810 + Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR @ 135mm

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