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Nikkor 200 mm F/2.0 AF-S VR: First Report

HBB

Phoenix, US
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Wed 24-Jan-07 03:38 PM

Colleagues:

Following seemingly interminable months of waiting, my copy of this legendary lens arrived. While I haven't had it out on a shoot yet, I have conducted a few tests here.

This is a very large and heavy lens, weighing 6.4 pounds. On a D2X with a RRS L-bracket, the total is eleven pounds. With the 4.25 inch long lens hood in place, the it is 11.25 inches long. The large end of the lens hood is 6.25 inches in diameter. Lens hood, lens and D2X length totals 14.00 inches. This is clearly not a walking around lens for several reasons.

Controls include:

M/A and M Focus Mode
Focus Operation buttons (4)
Full versus 5 meters to infinity focus range
VR ON/OFF button
VR Normal and Active button
Memory Set button
Three position switch: AF_L, Memory Recall, AF-ON
Sound monitor switch to turn the memory recall beeps on and off.

A 52 mm Nikon NC filter is installed in the filter drawer near the mount.

The manual indicates the lens is compatible with the following Teleconverters: AF-I/AF-S: TC-14E, TC-14E II, TC-17E II, TC-20E, TC-20E II.

With the focus memory system engaged, the lens will store a focus distance which can then be recalled when desired without having to refocus.

The manual claims: "Vibration reduction is possible when taking pictures using a tripod, because the lens automatically determines when it is mounted on a tripod." Initial tests seem to confirm this.

Closest focus is 1.9 meters/6.2 feet.

I ran some initial front/rear focus tests at close range using the center focus bracket at F/2.0 and found focus to be as perfect as could be determined from the LCD on the D2X zoomed to 27 X.

I replaced the 2.5 inch Nikon foot with the RRS 4.5 inch foot (LCF-15) cut for use with the RRS clamps. The Nikon foot has a single 1/4-20 hole for tripod mounting, which seems to me to be inadequate for a lens of this weight and dimensions.

Mounted on a RRS BH-55 ball head on a TP-243 Ground Tripod, the system is very sturdy. The greatest movement appears to be the slight axial rotation between the lens mount and the D2X body which is typical of all lenses.

The manual indicates that the rotating collar may be removed by removing the tripod collar locking screw. I have not explored this feature yet.

Depth of field is a very shallow 0.31 inches at the 6.2 foot minimum focus distance at F/2.0. Focusing on a nose tip at these parameters will result in blurry eyes. At F/8.0 the DOF becomes 1.23 inches and at F/11 it is 1.69 inches.

The field of view on film bodies is 12'20" which is approximately 8.0 degrees on Nikon DSLR bodies.

My initial use of this lens will be some air to air and air to ground afternoon and night shots from one of the police department helicopters.

Image quality assessment and other tests will come later.

Regards,

HBB in Phoenix, Arizona

HBB in Phoenix, Arizona
Nikonian Team Member

Photography is a journey with no conceivable destination.

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