Recently we published a post where we announced the contest that we’re organizing in affiliation with photographytalk.com. The contest rules are pretty simple but the prizes that you can get for following these rules are quite the opposite of what can be called simple.
The first place prize is one of three lenses worth over $2000 each, the second place prize is a lens worth about $1000, and the third place prize is a lens worth $500. Today we’re going to review Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II lens that the first place winner will receive in August. Let’s find out what’s so special about it and why it’s worth its price and participating in the contest.
Let’s begin with a bit of history. 70-200mm lenses by Nikon meant for professional wildlife, news, sports, and portrait photographers are produced for two decades in a row and are upgraded every four to five years or so. Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II is the latest upgrade of this lens series and it’s meant to be used on full-frame cameras.
Now let’s look at its name on its case. What do you see? There are some letters and figures there. 70-200mm f/2.8 ED VRII N. We gather that its focal length doesn’t raise any questions, but all the other of its features are pretty interesting.
The letter N means that the lens internal elements have nano crystal coating in order to minimize ghosting and lens flare since the previous generation had several issues with it. Going next, we see VRII letters which mean that this lens is fitted with a brand-new next-generation vibration reduction system. It’s four stop better than the previous generation VR system, which lets the photographer shoot without a tripod using slow shutter speeds of up to 1/10.
Not bad, isn’t it? But that’s not all! Let’s continue. ED letters stand for extra-low dispersion. This means that the lens has more optical elements for increased sharpness.
And the last of its most important features but not the least is its maximum aperture value of f/2.8. It means that this lens is really really bright and it will let you make quality and sharp photos in poor lighting, which is what the majority of photographers are looking for.
The lens has 9 rounded diaphragm blades, 77mm filter attachment size, closest focusing distance of 1.4m, length of 205mm, and weight of 1540 grams.
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II lens is available for purchase from various online photography equipment retailers for $2396. Also, it can be won in our contest that you can join on this page. Good luck!
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