Nikon 200mm f/2 VR II
Nikon 200mm f/2 G VR II (52mm filters, 6.5 pounds/2.93kg, 6.2 feet/1.9m close focus, about $6,000). enlarge. The biggest source of support for this free website is when you use these links, especially this link directly to this lens at Adorama, at Amazon or at Ritz when you get anything. Thank you! Ken. (here's the link to the previous model for $1,200 less, in-stock at Adorama.)
Ideal for: Perfect for portraits and low-light indoor action shots. This is the lens for indoor volleyball!
Not for: Anyone on a money or weight budget.
This new model also adds Nano Crystal Coat to one surface of one element as a marketing ploy; none of Nikon's 200mm f/2 lenses (1977-present) have ever had flare or ghost problems.
This new model also adds an additional auto/manual focus mode with a slightly larger amount of focus-ring motion required to let the lens recognize that you want manual focus This is only useful if you tended to knock the focus ring by accident and unintentionally put the lens in manual-focus override.
Otherwise, this is the same 200mm f/2 VR lens as the 2004 model, for an extra $1,200.
The incompatibilities for older or cheaper film cameras are that:
1.) It won't autofocus with the cheapest new AF film cameras like the N55, but if you focus manually, everything else works great. Even if you lose autofocus, these cameras have in-finder focus confirmation dots to help you.
2.) Late 1980s ~ early 1990s AF cameras like the N90s, N70 and F4 will focus just fine, but you'll lose . You'll have Program and Shutter-priority modes, but lose Manual and Aperture-priority since you have no way to set the aperture on the camera or on the lens.
3.) You're really pushing it with the oldest AF cameras like the N2020, N6006 and N8008. You'll have no AF, confused exposure modes, and no . Manual focus is fine, along with electronic focus indications.
4.) Since it has no aperture ring, it's just about useless with manual focus film cameras.
See Nikon Lens Compatibility for details with your camera. Read down the "AF-S, AF-I," "G" and "" columns for this lens. You'll get the least of all the features displayed in all columns, since "G" (gelding) is a handicap which removes features.
Nikon calls this the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II.
AF-S and SWM: Silent Wave Autofocus Motor.
NIKKOR: Nikon's brand name for their lenses.
G: Gelded for cost-reduction and removing compatibility with older cameras.
ED: Magic Extra-low Dispersion Glass.
VR: Vibration Reduction.
II: Same as the last one, just more expensive.
Internal diagram, Nikon 200mm f/2 VR II. bigger.
13 elements in 9 groups. 1 additional protective plate.
3 ED, 1 super ED.
Internal focusing; nothing moves externally as focused.
Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC), and one surface with nano-crystal coat. Nano-crystal coat is an anti-reflection coating which varies its index of refraction continuously to achieve even greater reflection reduction. It's only on one surface.
9 rounded blades.
Stops down to f/22.
Film, FX and DX.
Focal Length top
Angle of View top
12.3° on FX and Film.
8° on small-format DX.
Close Focus top
6.2 feet (1.9m).
Maximum Reproduction Ratio top
Focus Modes top
Manual, and two auto modes.
The two autofocus modes, M/A and A/M, differ in just how far you have to turn the focus ring for it to shift itself into manual.
Nikon obfuscates these as "Equipped with three focus modes, M/A (autofocus with manual override, MF priority), M (manual) and A/M (autofocus with manual override, AF priority).
Focus Scale top
Yes, but small.
Depth-of-Field Scale top
The two tiny pips for f/22 don't count. Why bother?
Infra-Red Focus Index top
Aperture Ring top
Vibration Reduction top
Claims 4 stops improvement.
Claims automatic tripod detection.
52mm filters screw into a little drawer that slides in and out of the rear of the barrel.
Be sure to use only Nikon brand filters; other brands are sometimes a tad too long to fit in the slot.
Nikon specifies 4.9 " (124mm) diameter by 8.0" (203.5mm) extension from flange.
Nikon specifies 6.5 pounds, or 103.4 oz. (2.93 kg).
Nikon HK-31 Hood.
HK-31 hood, included.
Nikon CL-L1 case. enlarge.
Any of the TC-14E, TC-17E and TC-20E series.
Slip-on front lens cap
Rear Lens Cap LF-4.
Lens Hood HK-31.
Semi-soft Case CL-L1.
Dedicated slip-in filter holder.
52mm Screw-on Neutral Color NC Filter.
15 September 2010.
Promised for early October 2010.
Nikon Product Number top
$5,999.95, USA, September 2010.
Here are Nikon's claimed MTF curves.
Nikon 200mm f/2 VR II AF-S claimed MTF at f/2.
This curve says that it is, as expected, ridiculously sharp everywhere except the far corners at f/2.
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