Nikon AF-S 70-200/4 VR - Announced

Today, a much anticipated multi-purpose FX tele-zoom was announced by Nikon, finally the gab in Nikon's lens line-up is closed, Canon has sold their variant for many years - Nikon is light-years behind in some areas!.

When Nikon finally make something new, it is usually top-notch and in this case the new lens has the latest vibration reduction technology with five stop effectiveness, that's one stop better than the current VRII system.

The lens is more affordable compared to the professional variant, but it is still quite expensive, especially if you buy the optional Tripod Collar, I think it is crazy that you have to pay so much for so little; personally I would rather wait to buy the Really Right Stuff collar when it arrives at some point!. One thing that I really like about this lens is the weight of only 850 grams - perfect for travel and landscape photography. The new lens makes perfect sense as a more light-weighty solution to the 1540 gram heavy professional grade lens, which I own.

The 70-200/2,8 VRII is one of my "bread and butter" lenses and I carry it with me almost all the time; The new lens won't replace my 70-200VRII simply because of the lightning fast autofocus speed of the f2,8 lens, but the new lens would be a great travel-companion and I'm sure it will sell like hotcakes!.

Press Release
Today, Nikon Inc. announced the newest addition to its legendary NIKKOR line of lenses, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR telephoto zoom lens that provides a popular and versatile focal length and a constant f/4 aperture for full frame FX-format photographers. The 70-200mm f/4 is the first NIKKOR lens to feature the third generation of Nikon's Vibration Reduction (VR) technology to meet the still image and video demands of advanced photographers and videographers.

"With the new AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4, Nikon offers enthusiasts an essential telephoto zoom lens capable of amazing clarity and control, at a price point that's easily attainable," said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc., "With the introduction of Nikon's third generation of VR technology, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4 lens offers superior performance and stunning image quality whether shooting beautiful stills or HD video in challenging lighting conditions."

Legendary Image Quality and Performance
In an expansion of Nikon's f/4 series of NIKKOR lenses, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4 is an uncompromising telephoto zoom lens ready for real-world creative applications by professionals and enthusiasts including sports, portraiture and wildlife shooting. Smaller and lighter than Nikon's AF-S NIKKOR 70-200 f/2.8 lens, this 70-200mm f/4 lens offers a valuable alternative that maintains the superior image quality and lightning quick performance photographers have come to expect from Nikon.

Additionally, Nikon's newest lens is the first to feature VR image stabilization technology that is able to vastly reduce camera shake and blur by offering the equivalent shutter speed of approximately five stops slower than otherwise possible. Now users are able to shoot confidently in lower light or while handheld to deliver razor sharp images and smooth HD video.

When used alongside the Nikon D4, D800 series and D600 D-SLR cameras, 70-200mm f/4 lens users can take advantage of Nikon professional grade teleconverters to increase the focal length without sacrificing AF and VR abilities. By utilizing the camera's cross-type focus points at f/8 and below, users can effectively double the focal length of this f/4 lens to 400mm and still retain the AF ability to capture clear subjects at an even greater distance.

Constructed from 20 optical elements in 14 groups, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4 maintains several core Nikon technologies including the exclusive Nano Crystal Coat to significantly reduce instances of ghosting and flaring. In addition, Nikon's Silent Wave Motor (SWM) provides quiet and responsive autofocus (AF) operation. The lens also features two versatile focus modes, M/A (autofocus with manual override) and M (manual focus) to adapt to a users shooting preferences. The AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4 achieves the top class feel, superior operability and solid handling that only NIKKOR glass can offer.

The AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR will be available in late November 2012


Focal length: 70-200mm
Nikon RT-1 Tripod Collar (optional)

Maximum aperture: f/4

Minimum aperture: f/32

Lens construction:
20 elements in 14 groups (including three ED glass elements and HRI lens element)

No. of diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded)

Filter-attachment size: 67mm

Diameter x length: 78.0 x 178.5 mm

Weight: 850 gram

Supplied accessories:
67 mm snap-on Front Lens Cap LC-67, Rear Lens Cap LF-4, Bayonet Hood HB-60, Flexible Lens Pouch CL-1225


  1. Very nice review, this one is very much waited lens for Nikon users , what will be the expected price?

  2. Thank you Akhilesh Sir for your comment, the price is about $1400 US + $224 for the tripod collar.