Nikon discontinuing the 70-200mm

Last month I told you Nikon had discontinued the AF-S 28-300mm VR zoom lens, one of the best DSLR travel optics ever.

Today I share with you another “sad” news. US camera retailers have stopped stocking the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 G ED VR II AF-S. This typically suggests the lens has gone out of production even though Nikon has made no official announcement in this regard. Amazon UK still lists the the “E” version for £2,000.

The Nikon 70-200mm lens is a professional-grade lens that was introduced by Nikon in early 80’s in a shape of 80-200mm f/2.8 constant aperture lens for professional news, sports, wildlife and portrait photographers. Since then, Nikon has been enhancing and redesigning the lens every 4-5 years, making it faster, sharper and more versatile by enhancing the optics and introducing new features.

I own a copy of the “E” version (Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR) which I have used since December 2021 for my fashion work and I think I am qualified enough to share my thoughts.

  1. The construction is solid as it is mostly made of metal. it weights a whopping 1.5kg.
  2. Despite its size and weight it handles very well thanks to the presence of the image stabilisation / vibrance reduction (VR) feature.
  3. The image quality is sublime hence you should still consider buying one. After all, you can use an adaptor and mount it on any Nikon mirrorless Z-camera body.
  4. It costs £2,000 new or £1,650 second hand. It may sound a lot (and it is); however if you want to shoot at 200mm to get an amazing bokeh/background separation then it is your best option unless you have a whopping £6,300 to fund the purchase of the mighty Nikon 200mm f2 G ED AF-S Nikkor VR II Lens.

I primarily use it at 200mm for fashion. It’s my “lucky lens” as I’ve been published on fashion magazines several times with it. Below you’ll find some samples.

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