The Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II is clearly a better lens than its predecessor. As can be seen from the test data and image samples in this review, the overall performance of the lens is outstanding and the Vibration Reduction II system clearly helps in getting shake-free images at low shutter speeds. Nikon did a great job in addressing the problems with vignetting on full-frame bodies and Nano Coating definitely helps minimize ghosting and flare issues the older lens suffered from. The only two drawbacks that I can think of are high price tag and decreased magnification. The decreased magnification might not be good news for those who need the reach at closer distances.
However, having used the lens for many years, including in weddings, I have never really felt the need for more reach, so the focus breathing issue did not turn out to be as big of a problem. It has been a very reliable lens and if you factor in the superb build quality and the weather sealing properties of the lens, it is going to be a worthy investment, as it will serve you well for many years to come.
15) Where to Buy
The lens is usually available at all big retail stores. If you would like to support our efforts, you can buy your copy at B&H Photo Video.
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II
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