Nikon Fills Gap, Announces the New 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Telephoto Lens

Nikon has officially announced the new 70-200mm f/4G ED VR, a lens that we first reported on last week. The specs that leaked a day ago were spot on: the lens features a fancy schmancy new Vibration Reduction (VR) system that offers up to 5 stops of image stabilization, raising the bar from 4.

Canon has offered its version of this lens, the EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM, for a number of years now, so it makes sense for Nikon to fill in this gap that existed in its lens lineup. After all, the f/4 version of this focal range is typically an attractive option for people wanting a cheaper and lighter lens than the f/2.8 variant.

Nikon shooters will get both benefits: the 70-200mm f/4 is only 7-inches in length (down from 8.5in), 850g in weight (down from 1470g), and $1,400 in price (down from $2,400).

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In exchange for a ligher camera bag and a heavier wallet, you’ll be giving up one stop in terms of maximum aperture, which is somewhat compensated by the fact that you’ll be gaining one stop of image stabilization. You’ll also be able to focus from a closer distance (3.3 feet, down from 5 feet).

Here are some sample photos shot using the lens, courtesy of Nikon:

As we stated already, the lens will carry a suggested price tag of $1,400. It’ll arrive on store shelves sometime in late November 2012. You’ll also be able to purchase an optional tripod collar for $224.

  • TylerIngram

    Curious who took the photo of the Burrard Bridge (in Vancouver) with the lens. Someone gets to play with toys before the majority do.

    I’ve used the 2.8 in the past (both Nikon and Canon). Curious since I’ve switched to Nikon, the price tag on the f4 is nice, but I do miss the 2.8 aperture. Guess I’ll wait to see dpreview or someone else review it.

  • william

    i was gonna say the exact same thing about the photo of the burrard bridge in van. plus we haven’t had a clear day like this in the photo for quite a long time now, which means they’ve been playing with the lens for a long time.

  • Rick Bennett

    Wait, $224 for the collar? Seriously? That’s insane.

  • monteraz

    I would rather prefer a cheaper and more luminous 80-200 2,8 AF-S, or even a 80-200 2,8 AF-D if the money matters, not a big deal the lack of VR with nowadays ISOs and 2,8 aperture. Otherwise, for a lighter camera bag this is the winner.

  • jesseyardley

    Agreed. What a rip off.

  • Rick Bronks

    4 or 5 stops of IS is irrelevant if the subject is moving.

  • Mike

    Don’t buy it, it’s a light lens so you don’t need it.

  • Mike

    I have a 80-200 f/2.8 and will likely switch to this lens. Losing a stop sucks, but you gain VR, faster focus, and the ability to use TCs. Not a bad compromise in my books.

  • Vincent

    “Nikon fills gap” – What gap? There was a gap? What kinda gap?

  • Mark

    Better believe we start seeing Chinese versions for under $40.00 Heck, maybe Nikon can sell the lens elements and we can buy the housing from China.

  • Mansgame

    I have an 80-200 f/2.8 AF-D and I see no reason to get this lens. VR would be nice but I use my telephoto on people and animals mostly and they tend to move and want to look good (yes, dogs like being fabulous too) so it’s essential to get f/2.8 to freeze motion and get nice DOF. I don’t do landscapes with the tele so VR at the sacrifice of aperture makes no sense.

    If I have to carry a Monopod until i have saved enough for the f/2.8 VRII then so be it.

  • Mansgame

    TC when you’re already starting out at f/4 isn’t going to result in good light. Besides, you can get the Tamron or Kenko TC’s that let you use the AF-D lens…

  • Focus Dave

    But does it zoom internally? That’s a huge boon of the f/2.8.

  • Hector Sanchez

    what gap? this anti Nikon BS is so obvious. keep in mind, this is not a real photo site. it’s just some amateur lone part time blogger. stick to reposting iso1200 links. that’s you best work zhang.

  • Michael Zhang

    The high level of buzz in this lens shows that photographers are very interested in shooting this focal length with a lighter and more affordable lens, so Nikon is meeting a need that it wasn’t before. Thus, it’s “filling a gap” that existed in its lens lineup.

    I’m not sure why anything about this post comes off as “anti-Nikon”… I personally think Nikon is making a good move in launching this lens.

    Anyhow, thanks for reading, and even for your “feedback” :)

  • Jock

    I’ve been waiting for this lens for years. Yes, you lose a stop but 95 to 99% of the time with the 2.8 you are shooting at f4 anyway for better IQ. If Nikon can match Canon by having this lens at least equal the 2.8 at f4, its a winner as people have been asking for this exact thing for ages.

  • Mansgame

    maybe that’s why they’re putting too much oil on their products lately.

  • 3ric15

    dat bokeh.

  • Mike

    It’s fine on a bright day, especially the 1.4.