DPReview gave the new Nikon 70-200mm F2.8G VR II 85% our of 100%. This is a brief summary of what they had to say.
Good: Professional shooters and advanced amateurs demanding the finest optical performance available in a telephoto zoom
Not: Anyone who values portability and convenience over all-out image quality
Nikon’s ‘Mark II’ 70-200mm telezoom fixes the problems suffered by the previous version on full frame bodies, while updating to the latest and greatest VR system. It’s an equally accomplished performer on both DX and FX that will satisfy the most demanding of photographers.
- Excellent image quality on both DX and FX formats, especially at 200mm
- Superb build quality with dust and moisture sealing
- Excellent optical image stabilization
- Excellent autofocus with manual override
- Pronounced focus ‘breathing’, i.e. widening of the angle of view on focusing closer
- Reduced maximum magnification compared to previous version
- Somewhat susceptible to flare with direct light sources in or close to the frame
- Poorly-designed lens hood – too shallow, and with curved ends
- Slightly fiddly AF and VR switches
- AF stop buttons removed (and replaced by occasionally-confusing cosmetic grip)
Click the link below to see the entire review and samples from DPReview