Nikon 70-200 f/4 VR first impression

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Just received my 70-200 f/4 and it's way smaller and lighter than the 2.8 version. AF is just a tiny bit slower than the 2.8 but not much. I've always wanted a smaller f/4 for this range and didn't really care for the 2.8 versions. This new f/4 lens is almost as sharp as my 200/2 wide open, which is amazing. Overall I think this lens is a keeper.
 
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Very nice comparison! I love my 70-200/4 as well, and after I used it for a few months, I sold most other lenses that I had for this range (70-200VRII, 70-300VR, 105DC, 135DC, 180/2.8). Except for the 200/2 of course which as your test shows is still irreplaceable.
 
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You've hit it on the head, Joseph. But it's more than just "a keeper"!!! :biggrin: The more significant, tho surprising, observation is "but why is nobody interested?" :confused:.
 
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Maybe the lack of interest in this lens is the price. Not so much what Nikon is asking but the fact that a tripod collar isn't included. Factor in that cost and that really pushes the cost upwards. Especially if there people on the fence who are not sure if they want f/2.8 or f/4. Between the VR1 and third party lens(new) all being a bit cheaper, it might persuaded people to go down that road instead.

Looks to be a like a great lens though.
 
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For those with D2/D3/D4 style bodies, does the lens need a tripod collar?

I can't speak to the D7100, but on a D3 style body, the lens seems even smaller and lighter than it actually is (this may be the fact that I'm accustomed to using the 2.8VR2). I didn't bother with the tripod collar, primarily because the only time I've ever used my 70-200 on a tripod was when setting it up as a remote camera; for most usage, I would hand-hold the 70-200/2.8, and the lighter f/4 version is that much easier to hand-hold reliably.

The lens performs well under a variety of conditions:

At 100mm:
http://www.imagereflex.com/image/I0000Lk08dQ9J7rw

At 200mm:
http://www.imagereflex.com/image/I0000s1Mbtgg.Jss

At 120mm (indoors with flash):
http://www.imagereflex.com/image/I0000SPRSggDDMtQ

At 135mm:
http://www.iconsportsmedia.com/image/21813808

At 180mm:
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/mu...1212/nfl-cheerleaders-week-16/content.28.html

At 200mm:
http://www.iconsportsmedia.com/image/21813818

I have yet to find a situation that the f/4 version cannot handle as well as the 2.8 VR2, with the exception of very low light situations where you need the extra stop. For most assignments where I know I'll have some light, the 2.8 stays home. The f/4 is absolutely a keeper.
 
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I have yet to use this lens with a tripod but soon will for some landscape photography. I am most sensitive to size and lens weight but have had nary an issue to date and do not anticipate one in the future. The lens is excellent especially when paired with the D800.

As to a collar, there appears to be an extremely reasonable alternative. http://www.amazon.com/DSLRKIT-Metal...sr=8-1&keywords=nikon+70-200+f4+tripod+collar. Thanx to the comments at https://www.nikoncafe.com/vforums/showthread.php?t=358669. My order has been placed.
 
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FWIW, Dxomark just tested the 70-200 2.8 VRII and the f/4 beat it by a point in sharpness:

http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/Pu...ssional-70-200mm-justify-its-price/Comparison

Like I said, I shot the f/4 and my 200 f/2 side by side, wide open, and they are very, very close in sharpness. Almost identical. Where the 200/2 beats everyone is on subject iso, where it is undefeated.
 
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Joseph, what happened to your extremely comprehensive and excellent test and review of the f/4 ? :confused: I wanted to commend you (it was amongst the best I have seen from a pragmatic viewpoint as even I understood it)....so be commended.:wink: Again, tho, where is it? :eek:
 
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I can't speak to the D7100, but on a D3 style body, the lens seems even smaller and lighter than it actually is (this may be the fact that I'm accustomed to using the 2.8VR2). I didn't bother with the tripod collar, primarily because the only time I've ever used my 70-200 on a tripod was when setting it up as a remote camera; for most usage, I would hand-hold the 70-200/2.8, and the lighter f/4 version is that much easier to hand-hold reliably.

The lens performs well under a variety of conditions:
...

I have yet to find a situation that the f/4 version cannot handle as well as the 2.8 VR2, with the exception of very low light situations where you need the extra stop. For most assignments where I know I'll have some light, the 2.8 stays home. The f/4 is absolutely a keeper.

I have yet to use this lens with a tripod but soon will for some landscape photography. I am most sensitive to size and lens weight but have had nary an issue to date and do not anticipate one in the future. The lens is excellent especially when paired with the D800.

As to a collar, there appears to be an extremely reasonable alternative. http://www.amazon.com/DSLRKIT-Metal...sr=8-1&keywords=nikon+70-200+f4+tripod+collar. Thanx to the comments at https://www.nikoncafe.com/vforums/showthread.php?t=358669. My order has been placed.

Personally I don't plan to buy the tripod mount. For the few times I may want it I'll let the camera support the lens.

Joseph, what happened to your extremely comprehensive and excellent test and review of the f/4 ? :confused: I wanted to commend you (it was amongst the best I have seen from a pragmatic viewpoint as even I understood it)....so be commended.:wink: Again, tho, where is it? :eek:

Thank you Samuel, Ariel, Geof and Joseph!

I am going to buy the 70-200 F/4G this weekend, and I won't worry about the tripod collar :smile:
 
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Joseph, what happened to your extremely comprehensive and excellent test and review of the f/4 ? :confused: I wanted to commend you (it was amongst the best I have seen from a pragmatic viewpoint as even I understood it)....so be commended.:wink: Again, tho, where is it? :eek:

I was editing the original post to add/revise some text, but something happened when I hit submit. The page said it was doing maintenence backup or something and I couldn't get back in. When the page was finally able to reload, the post was missing a huge chunk of text, so I just deleted the other posts and summarized everything in one post. I can probably re-type everything again if there's enough interest.
 
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I am going to buy the 70-200 F/4G this weekend, and I won't worry about the tripod collar :smile:

'Grats on the lens!
Unless you shoot with a lighter body like a D40, D5100, etc, I really don't think you will need a collar. The D800 is heavier than this lens! :smile: It's not that long either and stability was never a question when the D800 is mounted on the tripod.

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Personally I don't plan to buy the tripod mount. For the few times I may want it I'll let the camera support the lens.

If you study the physics, there is a lot of pull on the camera tripod socket and the lens mount. How much these are designed to take is unknown to us.
 

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