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Old 06-12-2009, 22:48   #1 (permalink)
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Nikon 70-200 Vr vs VR II

Been saving for 70-200 VR for sometime now got the money, now here comes VRII and a big price difference. can someone explain the difference Thank you
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Old 20-12-2009, 22:30   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Nikon 70-200 Vr vs VR II

The VRII as the name suggests has VRII which is a better image stabilisation tehnology that is worth 4 stops. It has also had significant optical improvements so that it is sharper and has less vignetting in the corners. It also has nano coating which means that it will have less flare and haze.

However there is one downside, at short focus distances the focal length shortens, so at about 6 feet you have a 135mm max zoom. This is a problem if you like to shoot tight portraits with this lens.
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Old 21-12-2009, 19:54   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Nikon 70-200 Vr vs VR II

This worth a read, but ignore the D3S bit ..... it will only hurt your wallet

Review: Nikon D3S & 70-200VR II WedShooter.TV | Inspiration for Wedding Photographers
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Re: Nikon 70-200 Vr vs VR II

I went to a D3s presentation at Fixation last week and it definitely hurt my wallet. It's something else.
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Re: Nikon 70-200 Vr vs VR II

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Re: Nikon 70-200 Vr vs VR II

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I went to a D3s presentation at Fixation last week and it definitely hurt my wallet. It's something else.
One of my photography idols....Ross Halfin......was there I believe. He bought the D3s and the 70-200mm!!!
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Old 24-12-2009, 14:20   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Nikon 70-200 Vr vs VR II

I have seen him at Fixation before but I am pretty sure he was not at the same one as me last week, there were 3 sessions that day and more planned this week. Amazingly I was the only one who actually bought one at my session.

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Re: Nikon 70-200 Vr vs VR II

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The VRII as the name suggests has VRII which is a better image stabilisation tehnology that is worth 4 stops. It has also had significant optical improvements so that it is sharper and has less vignetting in the corners. It also has nano coating which means that it will have less flare and haze.

The vignetting that is being referred to here occurs when you use the 70-200mm VR with a full frame sensor. This is one of the reasons for the re-design of this lens. If you are using a D3 or a D3s, or any Nikon with a full frame sensor, you'll want to get the 70-200mm VRII. If you are using a D90/D300, etc... that are not full frame, you will not have any vignetting. I just purchased the VR version of this lens yesterday, and as a matter of fact, I was intending to get the new model with the VRII, but was advised against it. In short, I was told that the $300 difference between the VR and VRII was unjustified, specially since I use a D300 and a D90. I tried it out on my D300 and was amazed at the results, and no vignetting at all. Oh, and by the way, if you think there is a big price difference between the VR and VRII for this lens, wait until you see the jump in price for the new 300mm f/2.8. It is roughly $850 more for the new one.

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Re: Nikon 70-200 Vr vs VR II

The trouble is what ever the price Nikon lenses sell they are just so good!
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Been saving for 70-200 VR for sometime now got the money, now here comes VRII and a big price difference. can someone explain the difference Thank you
Ken Rockwell says there is basically no difference whatsoever between the two, other than a zoom lock switch! He says the specs are exactly the same.

Nikon 18-200mm VR II
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Ken Rockwell says there is basically no difference whatsoever between the two, other than a zoom lock switch! He says the specs are exactly the same.

Nikon 18-200mm VR II
Think you might have your wires crossed Thread is discussing the 70-200, not the 18-200.
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In short, I was told that the $300 difference between the VR and VRII was unjustified, specially since I use a D300 and a D90.
Possibly but VRII vs VRI and Nano coating are probably worth the difference to some. VRII is as big a step up from VRI as VRI was from non VR and Nano coating really does help with flare, ghosting and contrast. One extra shot that is not ruined by flare or that is sharp because of VRII selling will probably recoup the extra expense for most. They also added an additional AF mode.

I was never really bothered by the vignetting or softness in the corners for my purposes even on FX so most of the reason for an upgrade would be the other improvements even more so on the 300mm since that doesn't suffer from any full frame issues.
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Think you might have your wires crossed Thread is discussing the 70-200, not the 18-200.
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