I love to shot with my 70-200 VR II. It's AF is fast. It's images just stand out. I love to use so much so that I endure its carrying weight. I bought additionally photo bags and backpacks to make sure I pack it for my photo trip or events. I just love to use it in a show if allowed. Looking at those on stage sciences make you feel like seeing the show again for free. Nothing is ever built to match this lens. It worthy every penny. I love to hear why you love your 70-200 VR.
Back in the mid-1980's, I found myself a ticket to New Orleans, a project to shoot some of the Mardi Gras parades, and no long lens to shoot them with. I chose to get a newly released Tokina 80-200mm f/2.8 instead of a Nikon 80-200mm zoom. I found it a great combination of optical performance and flexibility.
I've had an xx-200mm f/2.8 lens ever since, of which the 70-200mm VR-II is the latest incarnation. VR extends the use envelope a great deal, especially for stage photography. My one "magazine cover" shot would not have been possible without a similar lens.
Lenses are tools, and each user will have their own preferences on which tools they like to use for which tasks. Personally, I dislike using a 70-200mm f/2.8 for portraiture, but others swear by it. Even so, I can't imaging not having such a lens in my arsenal.
"There is no real magic in photography, just the sloppy intersection of physics and art." — Kirk Tuck
Tue 25-Jun-13 08:24 AM | edited Tue 25-Jun-13 08:24 AM by richardd300
I have the MkI version. Its body is pretty tatty and quite a few scratches, but I bought it for 50% of its new price 4 years ago and for all it's blemishes it rocks. The front and rear elements are clear of any damage. I have been tempted to upgrade to the VRII, but for my style of photography I really can't justify the cost
I bought the VRI version of the 70-200 about eight years ago and have used this lens with the D70, D200, D700 and D800 with excellent results. When I was on the Galapagos Islands, my best pictures were taken with this lens. The vignetting observed with FX cameras is easily removed in PP.
Had the first version when shooting DX bodies. Since I had an interested buyer, I upgraded to the "II" when I went FX.
Love the AF speed and the f/2.8 for bokeh and/or lower-light. It has enough weight that I don't need to go to the gym after a day of shooting with it. The focal lengths work great with the subjects I shoot. It works great with the tc20e3 when I need more length.
However, given the size and weight, it is certainly not part of the "family vacation" kit. The 70-300mm VR has that job.
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My 70-200 F2.8 VRII never stops amazing me. I use it outdoors lots, but it is indoors where it really shines along with my D800e. The capability in low light conditions is outstanding and second to none.