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The original Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II review pointed out a pronounced focal length shortening at close range with the 70-200/2.8G VR II (“breathing”). This page compared the 70-200mm f/4G VR to see how the behavior compares.
The distance front the front of the lens to the doll at center is 2 meters, plus or minus 5cm or so (the length of each lens is slightly different also). Hence the reproduction ratio here is about 1:12 — close range but not macro range.
As shown below the scene is framed from exactly the same tripod position:
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