Nikkor AF-S 200mm f/2 G ED VR (FX) - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
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Sample Shots

The following sample shots were taken with a D3x and RAW-converted via CaptureOne 4.8.

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Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 200.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/320s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 200.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/125s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 200.0mm
Aperture: f/2.0
Exposure 1/1000s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 200.0mm
Aperture: f/2.2
Exposure 1/250s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 200.0mm
Aperture: f/2.0
Exposure 1/800s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 200.0mm
Aperture: f/2.0
Exposure 1/640s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 200.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/400s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 200.0mm
Aperture: f/2.5
Exposure 1/200s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 200.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/160s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 200.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/320s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 200.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/200s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 200.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/4000s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 200.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/1600s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 200.0mm
Aperture: f/3.2
Exposure 1/1000s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 200.0mm
Aperture: f/2.0
Exposure 1/3200s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 200.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1000s

With tele converter:

Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 280.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/400s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 280.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/2000s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 280.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/800s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 340.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/1000s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 340.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/1250s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 340.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/200s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 340.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/250s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 400.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/200s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 400.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/320s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 400.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/640s

Verdict

For many, the 200 VR is one of the dream lenses, and in our review it certainly showed why. The lens delivers outstanding sharpness throughout the whole aperture range, is basically free of aberrations and distortions and has extremely pleasing bokeh. Technically, there's a slight sharpness drop towards the borders wide open (yes, we're nitpicking here, indeed) and it could handle backlight a little better.

The build quality is excellent, AF is extremely fast and the VR unit works as promised. In addition, the lens combines very well with all three available tele converters, adding even more usage scenarios than the already obvious ones (basically anything that requires shallow DOF and/or fast shutter speeds, like portraiture, indoor and outdoor sports, kids, etc.)

Nonetheless, there are drawbacks. It's a massive lens, certainly not the best choice for candid shots, or other kinds of photography where the photographer wants to remain unnoticed. That also means it's heavy. There are owners who claim they can hand-hold this lens for hours, but the author is certainly not one of them. And last but not least: it's expensive. One could get a nice and complete setup of camera and several lenses instead of this single lens.

Nonetheless, in summary, for anyone able to afford and willing to carry it the verdict can only be: highly recommended!

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