HI Mark, Problems???? Where???? Please identify these poor misinformed, misguided statements. Ah, I know. Tripods, right? With VR, who needs a tripod?
As far as I can remember on this forum, this lens has a sterling reputation; one of the best. I own one and certainly think it is one of the best I have ever used or handled. I wish it weighed less but that is the worst I can say. The weight is a very small price for the quality of this lens.
I bought my lens from the first batch that had arrived my country and have been using it a lot. I have never faced any problems with it, nor have I obtained bad pictures with it that are due to optics. Neither has my camera's power been a problem with leaving VR on active all the time. In fact, it's the best lens I have ever handled. Everyone in the photog's pit who has tried my lens has ended up buying one of their own.
Just follow through with your order, and I can assure you, you'll be enjoying your photography a whole lot more.
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Thanks for your comments. I feel more relaxed. Scrolling through many discussions, there seemed to be a number of photographers who had experienced serious problems of locking up, VR not working and electronics seemed to be the common cause. One magazine scribe even arrived at the decision to advise readers that the lens was a lemon and should be avoided. I'm pleased to hear of your positive experiences. Thanks
Electronic contacts should be maintained clean; power needs power, not bargain batteries on sale, etc. I once missed a shot at dusty Monument Valley with my VR lens. All it needed was contacts cleaning. So I fixed it myself before it even ocurred to me of posting a message anywhere. You'll love the lens.
It's a killer lens. It does seem that some users had problems - someone even devoted a web site to documenting these, IIRC. However, it seems to me that the overwhelming majority of users are delighted with the lens. I know I am.
Seriously, I know a guy who has a friend who's cousin's girl friend's brother has one of these and he really hates it. He says it won't even mount on his Minolta. It's pretty worthless with Canon, too. I'd sell you mine for the price of a new one plus shipping. No, I take that back. I will probably just hang on to it to keep dust from collecting in my D100.
As you can see, the overwhelming positive comments should make you feel more than comfortable with the order of this lens. It is simply brilliant IMO. Two important things I would like to note. 1. Turn off VR before taking the lens of the camera. 2. Turn the camera off before taking the lens of or mounting it. Having said this, it is myself who had to learn this the hard way. Up to then I was used to 'hot plug' lenses.
Also, should you consider extending the focal length of this lens, have a look at the TC 17 II converter. It's still very fast with it and I'm more than happy with this combo. But that is when NAS really hits you
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I shoot lots of sports and this lens you can drive hard especially with the VR Active on knowing it will deliver track sharp focus.
I agree with the comment about the hood coming off too easily, especially when it is on your second body and on you shoulder. The "button" on the hood gets pressed against you back (or what ever) and just falls off...not good for a lens of this cost.
My only other negative comment is that it sucks the juice from your battery... so carry a spare.
Thanks all for your comments. I feel re-assured that the lens is A1, despite a few glitches experienced by some. I'ts two or three weeks since I placed an order for the lens and at the time the particular shop had none in stock and assured me that they had one on "back order". I'm still waiting to hear from them. I am working in a very remote part of northern Western Australia, and even when they get the lens in stock, it will take another 7-10 days to get it to me (sometimes much longer). The last lens I purchased - the 17-55 VR took over three months of repeated phone calls before they could access one. Let's hope I don't have to go through that again! If the wet season kicks in up here, we can be cut off for weeks at a time. Anyway, I'm keen to proceed with the purchase, based on the positive feedback from those who of you who have shared your experiences. Thanks again, Mark
Buy it with confidence.......this is the best lens you will ever own. The only problem I have found with it, like a previous post, is the hood is easily detached. Be careful when shooting from bridges etc!
My other problem is that I only have one 70-200AFS VR and two Nikon bodies?? Other than that, I would hardly ever remove it!
I've used the 85mm 1.4 hood on this lens with no problem. It screws in rather than clips on. I have even attached a circ pol to the lens and then screwed the hood on to that with no problem. It's much more solid than the setup recommended by Nikon. I haven't had any flare issues or vignetting problems yet.
I bought one myself some 10 months ago. The best thing that happened to me and my F80. It is a truly great lense and gives me what I need. Take a look at the website of Ken Rockwell (kenrockwell.com) and read his opinion and testresults. I must agree with him. If you can spare the money: buy it.
One undesirable side effect of any internet community is that you will find negative comments on just about anything and those comments are not necessarily put in context.
If you look at a complex product like this lens, some problems are just bound to happen to some people. After paying this kind of money (and missing potentially very good shots) people who get a defective lens are bound to complain quite angrily about it.
Some people also have a bad habit of drawing general and far reaching conclusions on the basis of an isolated incident and very little data...
The problem is that you read their comments out of context. They concentrate on their own problem, which is entirely normal, but that does not tell you anything about the percentage of lenses which work proplerly and about the percentage of satisfied users.
Considering the number of such lenses that must be floating around all over the world right now and the fact that negative posts are few and far between, I do not believe that there seems to be any quality control issue here.
Finally, just a comment in connection with the previous post. I would be careful not to take Mr. Rockwell too seriously.
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I'm still waiting for my store to advise me that the lens is available. It's getting frustrating. Surely in Australia it cannot be so hard to access this product. I've been waiting over a month since placing my order!!!! Mark Wells
Which store are you ordering it from Mark? I'm in Australia (Adelaide) ordered it online from Vanbar (in Melbourne I believe). Was ordered on a wednesday, had it in my hands on the friday. Excellent service. Again, VERY happy with this lens
I've ordered through Photographic Wholesalers in Adelaide. They rang last Friday to say the lens had arrived and would be shipped same day. I hope to get it some time this week. I guess it was out of their control and they had to wait for shipments to Maxwells. Cheers, Mark
The 70-200 VR finally arrived yesterday. It's the middle of my working week, so I haven't had the opportunity to put it through its paces as yet. Today I was teaching "out bush" and took a few shots of Boab Trees as I was travelling. (I'm wroking in a very remote area of Australia). I've just had a quick look at them and would have to say I'm "over the moon" with the results. I went through my moments of doubt over spending the big $ for this lens, but already I think it is a great investment for the future. Thanks to everyone who has followed this topic and has encouraged me to proceed. Mark
I'm not trying to resurrect this thread, but this morning I went to our little bush airport to farewell some friends leaving on a small twin engine plane. I took a series of shots of the takeoff with the 70 - 200 VR. At apterture priority 2.8, I got a series of shots at 2,500 to 3000 / sec. The propellors were crystal clear stationery as the plane was about 20m off the gournd. This was as a distance of about 250m. I've never been able to take that sort of a photo (beginner),I'm so happy, I thought it was worth reporting. Cheers, Mark