New Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR vs 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II – Comparison

New Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR vs 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II - Comparison

Nikon released the New AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR few days back. This is one of their primary lens targeted for professional photographers. The AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II was an excellent lens in terms of its overall performance. According to Nikon the New lens can do even better. They brought about some changes in this model. The most controversial is the changing the position of zoom and focusing ring. In most of the professional Nikkor lenses the Focusing ring lies at the front of the lens and Zoom ring at the back. This time they reversed the position of these two rings. I personally don’t like this, its quite awkward.

New Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR vs 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II - ComparisonOn the positive side the new lens can focus closer than the old one (now 3.6ft), it has Fluorine coating which helps to clean the front element easily. Introduction of Electromagnetic diaphragm (E) will be helpful for consistent exposure, even with a teleconverter. Besides they reintroduced the focus memory buttons which was removed in AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II. The new 70-200 is 110gm lighter and little shorter than the old model. VR image stabilization has been enhanced from 3.5 stops to 4.0 stops – not a big change. Nikon also mentioned the lens has no focus breathing effect across the entire zoom range.

New Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR vs 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II - Comparison

New Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR vs 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II - Comparison

 

AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR
Release date
30th July 200919th October 2016
Price
$2,099.95$2,799.95
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Format
Mount TypeNikon F-BayonetNikon F-Bayonet
Focal Length70-200mm70-200mm
Compatible Format(s)FX, DXFX, DX
Maximum Reproduction Ratio0.12x0.21x
Zoom Ratio2.9x2.9x
  
Aperture
  
Maximum Aperturef/ 2.8f/ 2.8
Minimum Aperturef/ 22f/ 22
Diaphragm blades9 (rounded)9 (rounded)
Electromagnetic diaphragmNoYes
Angle of View
Maximum (DX-format)22°50′22°50′
Minimum (DX-format)
Maximum (FX-format)34°20′34°20′
Minimum (FX-format)12°20′12°20′
Focusing
Focus ModeAuto, Manual, Manual/AutoAuto, Manual, Manual/Auto
Minimum Focus Distance4.6 ft. (1.4m)3.6 ft. (1.1m)
Focus function buttonNone4
VR Image StabilizationYes-  up to 3.5 stopYes- up to 4 stop
VR modeNormal, ActiveNormal, Sport
AF-S (Silent Wave Motor)YesYes
Internal FocusingYesYes
Distance InformationYesYes
Lens Construction
Lens Elements2122
Lens Groups1618
ED Glass Elements76
Fluorite (FL) elementNo1
High Refractive (HRI) lens elementNo1
Nano Crystal CoatYesYes
Super Integrated CoatingYesYes
Fluorine coatNoYes – Front element
Weather sealingYesYes
Focusing ring positionFront of the lensRear of the lens
Zoom ring positionRear of the lensFront of the lens
Tripod collarYesYes
Filter Size77mm77mm
Filter TypeScrew-onScrew-on
Filter frameNon-rotatingNon-rotating
Dimensions (Diameter x Length)3.4 in. (87 mm) x 8.1 in. (205.5 mm)3.4 in. (88.5 mm) x 7.9 in. (202.5 mm)
Weight (with tripod collar)54.3 oz. (1540 g)50.5 oz. (1430 g)
Supplied Accessories
Front Lens Cap 77mm – LC-77

Rear Lens Cap – LF-4 Rear Lens Cap

Bayonet Lens Hood – HB-48

Ballistic Nylon Lens Case – CL-M2

Front Lens Cap 77mm – LC-77

Rear Lens Cap – LF-4 Rear Lens Cap

Bayonet Lens Hood – HB-78

Ballistic Nylon Lens Case – CL-M2

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New Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR vs 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II - Comparison

New Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR vs 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II - Comparison