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Did Nikon Screw Up the New 70-200 FL ED VR?

Did Nikon Screw Up the New 70-200 FL ED VR?

Nikon recently launched a new version of the the 70-200 f/2.8. This new version, called the AF-S 70-200 f/2.8 FL ED VR, has two instantly noticeable negatives about it:

  1. The $2800 price tag is a huge leap ahead of its predecessor, and also above the price of Canon’s 70-200 f/2.8 L IS II, a lens which is known to be an absolutely stellar performer.
  2. They have switched the positions of the zoom ring and focus ring around so that the zoom ring is now on the front of the lens. More on this below…

The Zoom Issue

Pretty much every hands-on report of this lens brings this new “feature” to attention. The lens is uncomfortable to support at the front with the zoom ring, and what’s more, it means that it’s easy to nudge the focus ring with your wrist when you hold it here. There was absolutely nothing wrong with the balance of the previous lenses, so Nikon’s response that this is to aid balance and usability is complete horse crap. It’s like they didn’t actually test this thing out themselves! This is a MAJOR lens release. How could they get this wrong? Any photographer who works for a long time with a lens like this will tell yo uthat you want your hand on the zoom ring and you want that close to the camera wo you can keep your elbows tucked in.

The guys from Photographylife.com put together a good video to demonstrate the issue. I’m just as confused as the guys in the video…

 

 

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