Nikon keeps on developping its affordable full frame lenses and keeps up with Canon 70-200mm F4 lens offer today announcing the AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR telezoom lens. As always with lenses, everything is in the reference name : you have the AF-S system (SWM autoficyus motorization) and the newest optical image stabilization Nikon VR system that is said to balance up to 5EV on this lens. That is one more than previous lenses. Looks a lot to me. I hope to test the lens pretty soon to check the efficiency of the new VR system that could then offset the f/4 maximum aperture vs the f/2.8. The lens offers the “Active” mode that works with higher frequencies to stabilize the image when you are taking pictures while walking or from a moving vehicle. The optical built of the AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR is ambitious with 20 lenses in 14 groups. It receives a nano cristal treatment that eliminates ghost and therefore improve contrast. To deliver smooth bokeh effect, the lens has 9 circular aperture blades.
Thanks to its more modest aperture, this telezoom lens remains pretty compact and light compared to the pro f/2.8 version with only 850 grs. and 17,8cm long. Filter diameter is 67mm while the lens barrel diameter measures 78mm.
Pricewise, I hoped the AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR to be much cheaper than that but my guess is that its street price will quickly decrease. Its official suggested retail price is €1,349 / $1,400. But watch out, for this price, you will get the lens hood (Nikon HB-60) and the suede pouch (Nikon CL-1225), but the tripod collar remains optional !