Nikon Z 70-200mm f/2. almost eight VR S Review

The particular sharpest zoom lens we’ve actually tested, period.

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The Nikon Z NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2. 8 VR Ings is a pro-grade telephoto lens designed specifically for Nikon’s mirrorless system. Although the lens was initially launched in January of 2020, shipping was late several times and it only became generally available in late 2020. We’ve now tested 2 samples of the lens with Photography Life, both in the field and in the lab.   In this in-depth review, I can cover everything we’ve learned about the Nikon Z 70-200mm f/2. 8 VR Ings, including how it works relative to its popular F-mount sibling.

Nikon Z 70-200mm f2.8 VR S Lens
The particular Nikon Z NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2. 8 VR S

The 70-200mm f/2. 8 VR S is one of the most advanced lenses for the Nikon Z system yet. That’s reflected within the lens’s high-end construction, innovative features, and excellent picture quality – as well as the great price. At $2600, the Nikon Z 70-200mm f/2. 8 S is barely a cheap lens, though its competitors are similarly costly. The Sony EF 70-200mm f/2. 8 costs $2600 and the Canon RF 70-200mm f/2. 8 costs $2700, though the  Nikon F-mount 70-200mm f/2. 8E VR is a bit less at $2350.

The Nikon Z 70-200mm f/2. 8 S looks interesting at first glance, but what features would it bring to the table and how well will it perform? To answer those people questions, we’ll start by looking at the lens’s specifications.

Nikon Z 70-200mm f/2. 8 VR T Specifications

  • Mount Type: Nikon Z Attach
  • Focal Length: 70mm to 200mm zoom (2. 86× zoom)
  • Angle of See (DX): 22°50′ to 8°
  • Angle of View (FX):   34°20′ to 12°20′
  • Maximum Aperture: f/2. almost eight
  • Minimum Aperture: f/22
  • Aperture Blades: 9, rounded
  • Filter Size: 77 mm
  • Zoom lens Elements: 21
  • Lens Organizations: 18
  • Special Elements: 6 ED glass, 2 aspherical, 1 fluorite, 1 SR
  • ARNEO Coating: Yes
  • Nano Crystal Coating: Yes
  • Extremely Integrated Coating: Yes
  • Fluorine Coated Front Element: Yes
  • Electronic Diaphragm: Yes
  • Oscillation Reduction:   Yes
  • Inner Focusing: Yes
  • Control Bands: One, plus dedicated focus and focus rings
  • Functionality Button: Yes
  • Internal Zooming: Yes
  • Focus Motor: Going Motor
  • Minimum Focus Distance:   1 . 64 ft (0. 50 m) in 70mm; 3. 28 ft (1. 0 m) with 200mm
  • Maximum Magnification: 0. 2× at 200mm (1: 5)
  • Mount Material: Metal
  • Weather/Dust Sealing: Yes
  • Sizes (Length × Diameter): 230 × 89 mm and 8. 7 × 3. 6 inches
  • Weight: 1440 g / 3. seventeen lbs with tripod feet; 1360 g / 3 or more. 00 lbs without tripod foot
  • MSRP: $2600
  • Cheapest Sale Seen: $2597 plus free UV filter ( check current price )
Nikon Z 70-200mm f/2.8 S Image Sample #29
NIKON Z . 7 II + NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2. 7 VR S @ 200mm, ISO 64, 1/1250, f/2. 8

These specs are seeing that advanced as you’ll see in any lens today. Nikon has thrown almost all its tech at the 70-200mm f/2. 8 S: six extra-low dispersion (ED) glass components, two aspherical elements, a fluorite element (not to become confused with the additional fluorine-coated front element) and even a good “SR” element, which stands for “short-wavelength refractive” and is intended to reduce chromatic aberration. So far as I’m aware, not an individual other Nikon lens offers this many special components, not even the Z 58mm f/0. 95 S.

I haven’t even gotten to the various coatings over the Z 70-200mm f/2. almost eight: ARNEO, nano crystal, plus super integrated coating to reduce flare, plus fluorine finish on the front element in order to repel dust and drinking water. There’s nothing Nikon left out. This is a seriously high-end lens.

Nikon Z 70-200mm f/2.8 S Image Sample #36
NIKON Z . 7 II + NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2. almost eight VR S @ 200mm, ISO 64, 1/320, f/5. 6

I see only one potential anxiety about the specifications above: moveability. The Z 70-200mm f/2. 8 S isn’t small or light at all. In fact , it weighs as much as the current F-mount Nikon 70-200mm f/2. 8E FL VR. The Z-mount lens is 1440 g / 3. 17 lbs (1360 g with no tripod foot), while the F-mount lens is 1430 g / 3. 15 lbs (1355 g without the tripod foot). While it’s true that you’d need the 135 gram FTZ adapter to use the F-mount zoom lens on any Nikon Z camera, the fact remains the fact that two lenses weigh almost the same.

If you discover that disappointing and you want something to boost your mood, a single look at the lens construction diagram could be all you need:

Yellow: ED Glass
Purple: Fluorite Element
Pink: SR Glass
Blue: Aspherical Element

It’s one thing to read about the special lens elements to the 70-200mm f/2. 8 VR S and another to see them in a diagram like this. Nearly half of the 21 elements on this lens are some superior type! As you’ll notice later in this review, probably Nikon chose to maximize image quality over some other factors with this lens…

I’ll get to our picture quality tests in a second. First, let’s take a look at the Z 70-200mm f/2. 8’s construction and handling features. Click the menu below in order to jump to “Build High quality and Handling”:

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