Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR lens now shipping

The 70-200mm f/4G ED VR lens is now shipping in the US and Europe and is currently in stock from third party resellers on Amazon (some listings have premium price). Here are some pictures of the new lens attached to a Nikon D600 sent by Foto Hans Keuzekamp:

The Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 lens compared to the new 70-200 f/4:


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  • Ralph

    I really want this lens, I hardly ever carry my 2.8 it’s just so heavy. Hopefully it gets to Australia soon.

  • If you ask me the new 70-200 f/4 looks so weird…compared to the 70-200 f/2.8

    • Maji

      because it lets in just half the light at max aperture than the 2.8 glass… maybe that is why… can’t change the laws of Physics.

    • AlphaTed

      Reminds me of my old AF 75-300.

    • iamlucky13

      It’s relatively small, and doesn’t get remarkably larger moving from mount to front element.

      Plus, I think the person holding it must have a big head and big hands. The D600 is small, but I swear it’s not as tiny it looks in these photos.

    • oandroplex700

      your correct, I”ll stick with my 2.8 its a far superior lens

  • Dave Ingram

    Wonder if dealers/Nikon will be throwing in the collar as an incentive a couple of months down the line once the initial rush dies back.

    Would be nice complement to the 16-35 f4 that I already have in my kit. Add a teleconverter and a collar for the price you’d pay for the 70-200 f2.8 alone, pretty good marketing idea… definitely looking at getting this after I upgrade my camera body in the new year. Perfect lens for an amateur/prosumer looking for something a bit better than the 70-300mm. Looking forward to seeing some reviews on performance.

    • JLK

      The only sticking point with me and f/4 glass is how it may compare with f/2.8 when using auto focus. Can’t imagine that a teleconverter would be very welcome above a x1.4 with most cameras for this reason. Hope to see some posts based on experience with this rather than just relying on my simple understanding of cameras and lenses.

      • desmo

        new nikons,
        D600,D800, D4 AF to f8
        so 1.4 converter should work with room to spare
        I’m on board wth Dave
        plan on adding this to my D600 and 16-35VR

        • JLK

          …but how will they compare with f2.8 glass when focussing in low light in terms of speed and % of accurate shots? Same? Almost the same (as in, “good enough”), or considerably better/worse?

          • desmo

            no reason to be any more or less accurate focus is computed in camera body speed would also be bodt depndant obviously d4 would smoke d600
            front or backfocus is an individual lens calibration and would vary whether f2.8 lens or f4 lens
            that is why Nikon bodies have AF fine tune feature

            Primary reason for f2.8 version is depth of field and bokeh applications not low light
            its only one stop

        • JLK

          By “accurate”, I mean “in focus”, of course.

  • trampa

    is it available in Europe? I’m looking and can’t find it (UK and IE)

    • trampa

      found it on nikon’s shop in the UK (£1173) and Germany (€1379)

  • SharpShooter

    Love my 70-200 2.8. It could be the sharpest fastest lens in my bag. Interested to see how the f4 stacks up!

  • ogotaj

    Waiting for Chinese manufacturers of third party accessories to start selling collar mounts for this lens for half the MSRP (just because they can) putting Nikon into shame and still making it the most profitable product in their line.

    Seriously Nikon, a piece of plastic for $200?

    • AlphaTed

      I would only trust RRS or Kirk for collars.

    • Drazen B.

      The collar is actually made from die cast aluminium alloy. Still, that doesn’t justify it’s high price.

      Then again it’s hardly surprising coming from Nikon – they’ve been known for exorbitant pricing on parts, take their OEM battery grips for example, or lens filters and lens hoods…

      • Lee

        Even if it was machined aluminum the price would be ridiculous. In fact, I fully expect RRS to release a machined aluminum alternative collar that costs less.

        • Remedy

          Having absolutely no idea about machined metal costs, eh?

        • desmo

          Kirk collars for similar lenses are approx$160 so not a lot less

  • reporteratlarge

    I handled this lens at PhotoPlus in NYC in October. You’ll come for the weight — it is much lighter than the 70-200 2.8 — and you’ll stay for the sharpness and VRIII. I shot it handheld at low speeds and still got sharp images. I have the 70-200 2.8 VRI and I’m considering a switch to this lens because I know I’ll carry it more often.

  • plug

    I’m getting too old to hunk my 2.8 version around. This will be my Christmas present to me and my son can have the heavy job.

  • If I never would have bought my 2.8 VR2. I would have this on order. looks very nice, but it kind of sucks if its not coming with a collar. I would expect to get one at $1400.

    • The Canon one never had a Collar. I have two VRII’s and I remove the foot until I need to put it on a Tripod or Monopod, otherwise i shoot without it!!

  • AlphaTed

    So tempting.
    Should I trade my 2.8 VRII ?
    If it’s as sharp …

    • I’m a Canon user but one of my main reasons for holding off on moving to Nikon was the lack of a 70-200 f4 is (vr). In the canon lineup that lens is great (light, really sharp for a zoom, easy to pack). For Canon the 70-200 2.8 ends up being more of a wedding photography and narrow dof lens whereas the f4 version is used much more as an everyday lens. For the Nikon users I imagine the choice will depend on if the f4 version can manage to be sharper than the great 2.8 lens. If it can, and you don’t find something special about bokeh or dof at 2.8, and you see no logic in throwing a 2X on the thing, in my canon experience, you will move quickly to the f4 and will be happy to see a lot of demand for your f2.8.

  • pga2pga

    Canon copycat… BFD!

    • pga2pga

      Okay, I shoulda said It’s about time!!!

    • ShaoLynx

      Yeah, right. Still waiting for C-major to copycat the 14-24/2.8.

  • MB

    I tried this lens and it is sharp and CA free even wide open.
    New VR III is a bit disappointing as it is no better that older VR II.
    But it is light and ideal for handheld shooting and I really do not see much point in f/2.8 at 200mm because DOF is too shallow so for me this one is actually more useful than 70-200 f/2.8 in most cases, if only the price is more realistic.

  • Drazen B.

    Nice preview video that shows the size and talks about the features:

  • Satrio

    Wow it is smaller and, I assume, it is also lighter…nice..

  • Looks like a very good close range birder. If I didn’t already have a 70-200mm f2.8 vri I would probably get this instead.

  • a 180/2.8 would do the same job for 1/4 the price…

  • erwen nahim

    Love the peen look of it..
    Kinda gay lookin’ though

    • OSAM

      I’m sorry, WHAT?
      It’s a lens. All lenses are vaguely tubular in shape.
      This is one of the dumbest things i’ve read

  • Tommy

    i guess 24-70 f4 coming up soon?

    • Samizdat2003

      My question exactly. I’m thinking of getting the 24-70 f/2.8 but wondering if I should wait and see if an f/4 appears on the horizon. Any idea, NR Admin?

      • I have not heard anything about a be f/4 lens.

        • Samizdat2003

          Thanks! That simplifies things a bit.

  • Fritz

    Looking to recover my preorder tomorrow, then spend some time with the glass before posting review

  • Fritz

    Looking to receive my preorder tommorrow, then do some shooting with the glass and post some review info this week

  • EastOfGratiot

    I just got mine today. I put off getting a collar and I’m glad I did. It really doesn’t need one. It’s remarkably light and not end-heavy at all. I would rather have a collar for my 28-300 and 14-24 lenses. The new f/4 is extremely sharp edge to edge form 100 – 200mm and just a tad softer in the corners at 70mm (still excellent). The new VR system is visibly better than the VR system of my 28-300 at 200mm and 1/30 seconds. I’m very happy with my purchase and can’t wait to get out and use it. I want to compare it to my 200 f/4 micro Nikkor to see if it’s my sharpest 200mm lens.

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