Nikon 200mm f/2 VR II Review by Ken Rockwell

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Nikon 200mm f/2 VR II Review by Ken Rockwell
Full review https://kenrockwell.com/nikon/200mm-f2-vr-ii.htm
AF Performance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xa2WD1-eGjM
User’s Guide https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-JsfaZox5s
Unboxing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhowqMLWWiA
I got mine at https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/734998-USA/Nikon_2188_AF_S_NIKKOR_200mm_f_2_0.html/BI/287/KBID/1037
Nikon 200mm f/2 VR II

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22 thoughts on “Nikon 200mm f/2 VR II Review by Ken Rockwell”

  1. Ken, been following your website for years, and it is amazing to see you on video – you have a voice. Not sure about some of your statements though: "off-shored to god know where…" – anyway – good to see you up with your competitors on YouTube. That said I'll still read your reviews.

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  2. Nice review Ken, I've always enjoyed reading your reviews and now delighted to see you here on YouTube. I've always had Nikon but having sold most of my gear to help towards the kids education, now they are flying the nest I'll be switching to Sony so I'm excited to see your reviews.
    Keep up the good work.

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  3. P.S. Thanks too, for keeping it strictly professional, unlike so many others who can’t resist the temptation to go slumming with their irksome fanboy nonsense. I swear, some of these dudes get on my very last nerve….

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  4. A wonderful presentation, Ken. Everything just flows like honey….. The info is spot on, no wasted nonsense or beating around the bush. And your voice Is downright soothing. Actually, you sound like Alan Alda’s twin brother. So glad there’s no “preaching” over how good photograpers don’t really need sharp lenses. Keep up the great work!

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  5. The Japanese make everything at home that they're proud of. So if you bought a 3k lens that says 'Made in China' or 'Made in Thailand' on it, you know it's not a professional lens 😉

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  6. I always hated the focus ring on every version since the AI-S one. The AI-S therefore ditched the filter slot, you can't have everything. My only real complaint is that it doesn't have an aperture ring, I like to use all my lenses on my FM2n too, that doesn't fail in the arctic. But no AF-S version had it.

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  7. Excellent review, thank you. A thought: these high-end f/2 lenses make wonderfully croppable photos, as you demonstrate with the close-up of the singer's face. If you say so on the DPR forums you'll be mocked, but I've heard from a pro who bought a 50 mpx camera for the freedom it would give graphic designers to crop his photos – which he said they requested routinely. My Canon 135/2 gives me the equivalent of a 400mm f/2 lens for stage events, even though I shoot with a lowly 20-mpx 6D.

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  8. Great video… thanks for the information , do you still have/use the old AFI 400mm f2,8 DIFED? I like to know if it works fine on a Z6/7 in tems of AF and IBIS… mainly for airplane photography , I had it once and think about it to buy it again if it is a bit future proof… for mirrorless one day…

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