March 2013

Nikkor 70-200VR II (vs VRI)

So, the Nikkor 70-200VR II (vs VRI)…

The latest in the 80-200, 70-200 Zoom Nikkors. The lens is fantastic, as was the one before it the 70-200VR. I mainly doing this post because i found a difference between the two. It has to do with the lens design of the internal focusing.

It’s called focus breathing and basically it’s another “trick” by Nikon to mask up a design “flaw” (Just as the 105VR with the maximum aperture when you are in 1:1 magnification)
When in minimum focus distance, the lens is not a true 200mm, but this is gone after the focus passes the 3 meter mark.
the same goes for the other focal distances, but it’s way more obvious at 200mm.

Here’s some examples.

 

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Here is the short range. Big difference. The boxes is 1.5mt away.

The VRII is on the Left and the VRI is on the Right

 

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Nikkor 70-200VR

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You can clearly see that there is quite the difference between the two lens.

And here is the difference on the long range. Nearly invisible.

Again, VRII is on the Left and the VRI is on the Right

(Both lenses with a Hoya UV on them)

Nikkor 70-200 @70 Long Distance Nikkor 70-200 @80 Long Distance Nikkor 70-200 @105 Long Distance Nikkor 70-200 @135 Long Distance Nikkor 70-200 @200 Long Distance

 

What i also noticed is that while (manually) focusing from near to infinity, on the VRI the focal length changed (visually, not mechanically) which was not the case with the VRII.

 

 

Some more images of the lens itself.

 

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