Nikon 70-200 II -- effective focal lengths at "200mm"

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    Interesting post by Marianne Oelund on the DPReview forums. The difference between the VR II and VR I is quite large at (relatively) short focal lengths:



    Measured focal lengths for the 70-200 VR I and VR II: Nikon D3 - D1 / D700 Forum: Digital Photography Review



    http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1021&message=33853608
     
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    Thanks, Derrel. Much appreciated.

    This post may also help some DX users:



    My advice on the 70-200 models for DX: Nikon SLR Lens Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review
     
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    Haha.... some people are pissed. :lol:






    thread: 70-200 II is a DISASTER: Nikon SLR Lens Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review
     
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    Okay... one more and I'll stop. Originally posted by rb4u2c on the Digital Photography Review forums:

    70-200VRII vs VRI quick test; I'm baffled!!: Nikon SLR Lens Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review

     
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    personally the reason I invested in the VRII instead of VRI eventhough I have the D300s, is the fact that in the coming future, I will eventually upgrade to a FX body (D5?). that was my reasoning at least
     
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    YES, the VR-II has internal focusing and is shorter overall than the original VF-I of 2003--and the new lens loses focal length, as do MANY lenses, both prime and zoom, as it is focused closer. The VF-II model seems to be 200mm at Infinity focus--it is testing out LONGER than the 200mm f/2 VR-G prime lens, but as it focuses closer, it appears it loses quite a bit of focal length. The flip side though, is that as it is focused closer, it has a flatter field, so it keeps the corners AND the center sharp at close ranges, which is something many zoom lenses fail to do.

    It's always a tradeoff it seems, between one thing or another. But it is clear, the older, VR-I lens does not lose as much focal length as it focuses closer.
     
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    If you have a camera where you can fine tune focus maybe have a go at it with your VR1. Maybe I got a good copy but mine is tack sharp at 2.8.
    Yeah Nikon is going to catch hell over this one!!!
    Thanks for the info.
     
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    Do you have some examples or sources for this? Or of other brands? There seems to be a dramatic difference here between 200mm and "VRII 200mm;" so much so that it would deter me from buying that lens all together if I owned Nikon gear. It would be useful information for perspective lens buyers.
     
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    This is disappointing. I was hoping for a homerun from Nikon on this lens. Although the 2nd version appears much sharper wide open than version I. Unless of course, the version I lens in the sample pics is just a soft copy.
     
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    DPreview and the Nikon Cafe have reported about a 36% loss of FL when you are under close in. Unfortunately it is in the range you stand when shooting a wedding and the exchange of rings... It is going to require a new shooting style to work around or going back to version one.
     
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    The lost of focal lenght issue is only an issue when you're at the minimum focus point, the farther away the subject, the lessor it is of a problem. At infinity, it's not problem at all. In short, this lens probably suck for macro :). But for any other purposes when you're not at the mimimum focusing distant, then it won't be a problem at all. A little extra space at the wide end might be a welcome to some :).
     

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