Nikon Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S Field Review // Bird & Wildlife Photography


My longest review to date and as thorough as ever. I took the highly-anticipated Nikon 70-200 2.8 Z VR into my studio for a closer look and then out in the field for a lot of testing. The testing is an adventure in itself, and the lens rode shotgun all the way. I photographed warblers, egrets, terns, and domestic ducks! I end the video with a helpful guide on which lens you should choose, this Z or the venerable FL.  Nikon Z 70-200mm 2.8 VR Field Review // Bird & Wildlife Photography

This video was filmed with a Nikon Z6 and Nikon Z50. 

0:00 Intro
1:20 Thank You!
2:16 My 70-200 History
4:03 Dimensions
5:31 Tripod Foot & Collar
6:49 Build
7:40 Features
9:51 Test: La Mesa Watershed
13:28 Test: Navotas
16:00 Test: Tagalag
20:06 Test: Village Ducks
21:46 Improvements
22:22 70-200 Z or FL?

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Nikon Z7 + FTZ:
NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S:
NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8 FL ED VR:
Nikon Z6:
XQD Cards:
Godox SL60W LED Light:
Aputure Light Dome II:
Atomos Ninja V:
8sinn Cage for Z6/Z7:

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14 thoughts on “Nikon Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S Field Review // Bird & Wildlife Photography”

  1. Great review! I got mine a few days ago. The auto focus is smooth. Weirdly, when I use manual focus, as I turn the focus ring, I heard some motor noise. it's not super loud, but noticeable (sort of little clicking, like the motor is actively adjusting itself to focus). Can you or any of the viewers comment on whether this is normal? does it happen on your copy as well? Thanks a lot!

  2. Thanks for the review Noel, I'm now subscribed to your channel. I received my Z 70-200 about a month ago and I'm mightily impressed. I'm mainly a landscape photographer so I found your wildlife photography interesting and informative. I now need to get to grips with all the various autofocus modes.
    Thanks and Merry Christmas!

  3. Great review, but why the music when you're talking ? As great as it is , it's intrusive at times. For anyone who has any hearing difficulties this makes hearing you difficult and is very distracting.

  4. I enjoyed your video, thank you! I just purchased the 70-200 s lens with the z6. I tried setting up the lens button to subject tracking using f2 menu setting lens f2 for subject tracking but I can't seem to activate it. Any suggestions what I might be doing wrong? Also if you decide to get a tc 1.4 or tc 2.0 I'd be quite interested in your thoughts.


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