Which is the Best 70-200mm F2.8 Nikon Lens?

7 months 1 week ago #667666 by E Rodriguez
Out of all of these 70-200mm lenses, which would you say was the best?

AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports Lens
AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR 
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens
Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8 IF-ED VR


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7 months 1 week ago #667674 by effron
The newest, most expensive will "usually" be best.....

Why so serious?
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7 months 1 week ago #667676 by effron

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7 months 1 week ago #667678 by garyrhook
Define "best"? Edge-to-edge sharpness, sharpness throughout the focal length range, AF performance, what?

The Sigma is soft wide open. That made it a no-go for me.
The Tamron is reasonably sharp, but the Nikon VRII beats it.

The f/2.8E is a demonstrably sharper lens all the way around. There's a reason for it's price point, and it justifies it. It's AF performance and consistency throughout are also superior.

That said, I'm happy with my VRII at this time. They can be had used for a very reasonable price.


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7 months 1 week ago #667771 by Barbara Fite
My money's on either the Sigma or Nikon options.  


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7 months 1 week ago #667865 by fmw
The best one is the one in your camera bag.


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7 months 1 week ago #668141 by Jackson Rieger
AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II


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7 months 1 week ago #668155 by garyrhook

Jackson Rieger wrote: AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II


I will never understand why people refuse to actually read a thread.


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7 months 4 days ago #668636 by Nikon Shooter

fmw wrote: The best one is the one in your camera bag.



I don't care much about VR — I never use it —  but 
I do care about the IF and the ƒ2.8 and all the other 
features of the Nikkor pro range.

fmw  for president.

Light is free… capturing it is not!
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7 months 4 days ago #668645 by effron
A primarily hand holding shooter would probably favor VR. 

Why so serious?
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6 months 2 weeks ago #670288 by the four vignettes
I've own the VR II and FL and I've tested the G2.   The FL blows the VRII out of the water.  The G2 is a little behind the FL but is a third party lens (for better or worse).   The reason I went with the FL is because I use TCs a little and only having to carry around a TC that fits my 70-200, 300, and 500 was nice.   That being said, the G2 is still a fantastic lens, you just might have to microadjust it more and some other things.  I looooooove my FL though.  Holy cow, that thing spanks the VR II.


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6 months 2 weeks ago #670299 by pixelster
1.The best 70-200mm telephoto zoom lenses for 2019

Mount: Canon EF | Elements/groups: 24/22 | Diaphragm blades: 11 | Autofocus: Ultrasonic (ring-type) | Stabilizer: 4 stops | Minimum focus distance: 1.2m | Maximum magnification: 0.21x | Filter thread: 82mm | Dimensions (WxL): 94x203mm | Weight: 1,805g
1. Brilliant quality
2. Weather sealing and solid build
3. Great price
4. Heavier than many rivals

2. Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2

Mount: Canon EF | Elements/groups: 23/17 | Diaphragm blades: 9 | Autofocus: Ultrasonic (ring-type) | Stabilizer: 5 stops | Minimum focus distance: 0.95m | Maximum magnification: 0.16x | Filter thread: 77mm | Dimensions (WxL): 88x194mm | Weight: 1,500g
1. Well built, yet not overly heavy
2. Stellar optical performance
3. Much cheaper than Canon's 70-200mm 2.8
4. Not quite as sharp as rival Sigma lens
5. VC could be better when panning




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6 months 2 weeks ago #670406 by garyrhook

pixelster wrote: 1.The best 70-200mm telephoto zoom lenses for 2019

Mount: Canon EF


Um, no one mentioned Canon. Therefore, irrelevant.


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