Nikon NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S Lens

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Nikon Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S Lens

Key Features
  • Z-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • ED, SR, and Fluorite Elements
  • ARNEO and Nano Crystal Coatings
  • Multi-Focus Stepping Motor AF System
  • Vibration Reduction Image Stabilization
  • Programmable Control Ring
  • Information OLED Panel and L.Fn Button
  • Weather-Sealed Design, Fluorine Coating


Nikon Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S Lens A popular zoom among sports, event, and portrait photographers, the NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S from Nikon is an impressively versatile telephoto lens characterized by its bright f/2.8 design. The fast maximum aperture suits working in available lighting conditions and also affords increased control over depth of field for isolating subjects with selective focus. The optical design incorporates a series of ED, fluorite, and SR elements, which help to reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range for improved clarity and color accuracy. Additionally, ARNEO and Nano Crystal Coats, as well as a Super Integrated Coating, have been applied to suppress flare, ghosting, and surface reflections for improved contrast and color fidelity.

Complementing the optical design, a multi-focus system, which employs two stepping motors, helps to realize impressively fast, accurate, and quiet focus performance, along with full-time manual focus override, to suit both stills and video needs. Vibration Reduction further complements making sharp images by reducing the appearance of camera shake when shooting handheld. The lens also has a unique physical design, which incorporates a top OLED information panel that can be used to quickly confirm aperture and focus settings, and an assignable L.Fn button permits making exposure and settings adjustments via the lens. Additionally, a programmable control ring can be set for intuitive adjustment over a variety of camera and exposure settings.

  • Versatile zoom is designed for FX-format Z-mount mirrorless cameras, however can also be used with DX-format models where it provides a 105-300mm equivalent focal length range.
  • Constant f/2.8 maximum aperture offers consistent performance throughout the zoom range and also benefits working in difficult lighting conditions and using selective focus techniques.
  • Featuring a combination of six extra-low dispersion elements, one fluorite element, and one short-wave refractive index element, chromatic aberrations and color fringing is effectively eliminated throughout the zoom range for notable clarity and color accuracy.
  • Two aspherical elements are featured to reduce spherical aberrations and distortion for improved sharpness and accurate rendering.
  • ARNEO and Nano Crystal Coats are used to prevent ghosting, reflections, and flare in order to realize improved contrast and clarity when working in strong lighting and backlit conditions. The Nano Crystal Coat controls incidental light from a diagonal direction while the ARNEO Coat controls incidental light from a vertical direction. A Super Integrated Coating is also featured on multiple elements to help ensure consistently accurate colors.
  • Vibration Reduction image stabilization helps to reduce the appearance of camera shake to better enable handheld shooting in low-light situations.
  • Multi-focus system incorporates two separate AF drive units, which are synchronized, to deliver especially fast and accurate focusing throughout the zoom range. This system uses stepping motors, which offer impressively smooth and quiet autofocus performance that is well-suited to both stills and video applications. Full-time manual focus override is also possible and an internal focusing design is used, where only the internal lens groups are moved during focusing, to maintain the overall length of the lens during use and to promote faster focusing speeds.
  • Programmable Control Ring is, by default, set to adjust manual focus, but can also be used to control aperture or exposure compensation.
  • Integrated OLED lens information panel allows you to quickly confirm aperture setting, focus distance, and depth of field figures right on the lens in both bright and dark situations.
  • Two assignable L.Fn buttons work in conjunction with camera-based Fn buttons to provide seamless points for quickly changing exposure settings and other functions.
  • Nikon Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S Lens Specialized electromagnetic aperture mechanism provides greater exposure control stability that is especially beneficial when working with fast continuous shooting rates.
  • Dust- and moisture-resistant lens barrel, along with a front fluorine coating, benefits the lens’ use in inclement conditions.
  • Removable, rotating tripod collar spins on ball bearings to permit quick and smooth switching from vertical to horizontal shooting orientations.

Nikon NIKKOR Z 70-200mm F/2.8 VR S Specs

Focal Length 70 to 200mm
Maximum Aperture f/2.8
Minimum Aperture f/22
Lens Mount Nikon Z
Format Compatibility Full-Frame
Angle of View 34° 20′ to 12° 20′
Minimum Focus Distance 1.64′ / 50 cm
Maximum Magnification 0.2x
Optical Design 21 Elements in 18 Groups
Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
Focus Type Autofocus
Image Stabilization Yes
Tripod Collar Removable and Rotating
Filter Size 77 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L) 3.5 x 8.66″ / 89 x 220 mm
Weight 2.99 lb / 1360 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 4.175 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12 x 6.8 x 6.3″

7 reviews for Nikon NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S Lens

  1. James I

    I’ve owned many zooms in this range, beginning in 1975, including recent F-mount f/4 and f/2.8 versions. The recent ones all work fine on the Z cameras with the FTZ adapter. But, having purchased several other Z-mount lenses, I had to acquire this one, and couldn’t be happier.

    From the first shot I took, it was obvious that the lens was built well, focuses fast and silently, and produces excellent renderings. It’s definitely my favorite lens, overall, and is hugely useful. It’ll be on the camera or in my bag at ALL times! Thank you, Geeks


    This is by far the best lens I have ever owned. Also the costliest lens I’ve owned. That being said, it is fantastic! Not too heavy and has great features. I especially like the f1 and f2 buttons, but love the tripod mount setup. Truly a superb lens of the finest craftsmanship.

  3. Bill G

    My first images were just amazing in clarity and sharpness. I was really taken aback. I had used a third party lens on my D810 that I was never satisfied with and balked at this one’s price. I jumped in after reading some reviews and glad I did.

  4. Lucas C

    Fantastic lens, enabling fantastic new realms of detailed telephoto images with gorgeous bokeh, in low light with the intense color that Nikon is famous for! The perfection of this lens has fundamentally transformed my motivation to get out and find those precious moments waiting to be captured in their stunning splendor! The 2.0x Teleconverter works fabulously with it as well. This lens does not disappoint. My only caveat is that my Z6 may not always keep up with it when it comes to fast moving subjects, so it is probably ideally paired with a Z6II or a Z7II, though I am pleasantly surprised by the expansion of my photography envelope with this singular addition to my gear. Game-changing!

  5. James

    Finally, the S version of the Nikon 70-200
    I don’t know what led to the delay from about April to September, since the delay seemed to happen starting before virus or fires, but the lens was worth waiting for. The previous version is a great lens, but this one tops it. The previous version had a nearest focusing distance of 1.1 meters, at any zoom. This one focuses down to 1 m at 200mm and to 0.5m at 70mm. That improvement is useful. There’s a lot you can do with this lens at close hand, from coins to pets to flowers to portraits. The S lens is hefty at about 3 lb, but is slightly lighter than the previous one. I leave to others to do scientific measurements of the optics (some reviews say the S lens is extraordinary), but I can say that it gives sharp images and copes well with low light. The first attached photo was taken with a Z7, from perhaps 5 ft away, then imported into Lightroom and from there exported as a 4MB unsharpened file. The light in the room was pretty low and the camera was handheld. The second photo, the flowers, was again about playing with limits. It was taken handheld when it was quite dark, using 4500 ISO. I used 1/200 and a 1.4 teleconverter at 280mm and f/8. The photo is unsharpened in post. Finally the last one, again about limits: the apples were photographed at f/32 at 1/250 and ISO2500, with an outcome that is acceptable, considering (this was no adjustments, no sharpening, and could readily have been tuned up). In other words, the new S lens is a delight to use, especially under harder conditions. Nikon is further reducing the viability of excuses for technically poor photos with their rapid camera and lens design advances of the past couple of years. That’s putting the challenge where it belongs–getting to the right places at the right times and working on composition.

  6. David

    Excellent picture quality and auto focus performance

    I always hesitated to get a 70-200 2.8 zoom for DSLR given its size and weight. Nikon’s Z6 is much lighter than DSLR and thus decided to pair it with 2.8 zooms. 24-70 2.8 S was the reason I moved into Nikon mirror-less, and has been the only lens on Z6 since day one. After long wait, 70-200 2.8 S finally become available. In short, this is another excellent lens from Nikon S family. I don’t mind it is made in Thailand and it comes with USA warranty card in the box. I have discovered in the past that the larger lens (i.e. 85mm 1.4g, 24 1.4g) have smoother, more transparent and more vivid color rendering than 50mm 1.8g lens, which is razor sharp. The 24-70 2.8 S and this new 70-200 2.8 S have the picture characters similar to 1.4g lens, very smooth, extremely transparent, vivid but not overly do so, and noticeably sharper across the frame when fully open, plus no purple fringes! As expected, this lens can produce some eye-catching creamy blurry background. I love Nikon’s color science (I will never part with my D700 and 105DC) and the way lens was designed. Similar to 24-70 2.8 S, the picture quality of this 70-200 2.8 S + Z6 is a bit artistic than just perfect / matter of fact. Auto-focus is even snappier than 24-70 2.8 S in picture mode, similarly quiet in video mode. This lens can focus very responsively with Z6 loaded with latest firmware. It feels like Z6 might not tap into its full auto-focusing capability yet. I found myself using the close focus 0.5m at 70mm a lot more than I thought I would, especially indoors. I like the 2nd functional button and out of factory the 2nd functional buttons are assigned as AF-On, but can be changed to other functions such as tracking on-off. It is well balanced on Z6, I decided to remove battery grip to reduce weight, since the bulk of weight is the lens itself, however, I will likely to keep tripod collar on the lens. I will hold the tripod collar in my left hand and this will form very good support to the lens + camera. Also with tripod collar, my finger tips will comfortably land near the zoom ring and 2nd function buttons.
    The collar has smooth contour and I suspect that was the design intent for hand held. The Zoom ring and focus ring are well damped and responsive, even under freezing temperature. I like the fact that the lens won’t extend in and out, though it comes with cost of being long and heavy. Test briefly I didn’t notice any obvious focus breathing, which is very nice. However, the lens will need minor re-focusing after changing the focus length. Since I usually will confirm the focus before taking pictures, this won’t be an issue. I rearranged the inside of think tank retrospective 20 V2.0 bag to place 70-200 S + Z6 diagonally, thus the long lens can fit in better and can also be taken in and out easily. The overall weight of this combo + bag is bearable. One more thing, VR works well for non-moving subject hand held, I can get sharp photo at 200mm with shutter speed of 1/6. I think the camera knows if on tripod and will adjust VR accordingly, thus I rarely touch the IBIS setting, always leave it on. This lens has recessed glass element near camera end and thus can accepts Z teleconverter. There are reviews about the new Z x1.4 stating that it won’t sacrificing much focus speed / accuracy and picture quality, may consider adding one in the future. Compared to the short tele primes that I own, this lens provides more flexibility for composition and also faster auto-focusing to capture the moment. In summary, this is lens that can provide years of extraordinary and reliable service in the field.

  7. Michael C

    This is unquestionably the best lens I’ve ever used. Sharp, quick-focusing, and fantastic colors and bokeh. If there’s one knock it’s that it’s not a lightweight, but that’s to be expected with a 70-200

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