Has anyone used a 70-200 f/2.8 VR lens with the D700? Does it exhibit the same problems as were reported with the D3? Would love to know, as this is the only thing preventing me from purchasing a D700.
I'm using this combo. Corners do get darker and blurrier wide open and especially at 200mm. Doesn't bother me. Images still look great. I made a couple of presets in lightroom to quickly fix vignettes and it's just not an issue to me.
>Has anyone used a 70-200 f/2.8 VR lens with the D700? Does it >exhibit the same problems as were reported with the D3? Would >love to know, as this is the only thing preventing me from >purchasing a D700.
I use the combo every day. It's mainly a viewfinder appearance issue. Because the rear element of the 70-200 VR is set further forward into the lens barrel, you'll notice some dark corners in the viewfinder, but NOT in photos. Image quality from this lens is remarkably good.
Look at Nikon's own MTF chart for the lens and you'll see that outer edges of the 70-200 are a bit soft. This sort of minor softness at the outer couple of millimeters of the lens is typical of this sort of zoom from all makers. In my view it's irrelevant in practical use.
All in all, the D700/70-200 f/2.8 VR combo is superb. I also use my D700 with my old 80-200mm f/2.8 AF-S, which may even be a hair better than the 70-200, but without the obvious benefit of VR.
I appreciate your input in this matter. In the actual pictures that Patrick sent me, some corners were dark when shot wide open. I have been using my 70-200 for a long time on my D200 and D2x and am spoiled by it's perfection on these bodies. I anticipate that 95% of the time I won't be disappointed by the results on the D700. Besides, I have LOTS of other lenses to try out on the D700.
Howard, appreciate your identification of viewfinder vignetting vs. the image results... SteveK My Nikonians gallery 'A camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.' -- Dorothea Lange