If there is one lens I have been specifically craving for more than any other, it is the 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II by Nikon. Having finally saved up the money and managed to justify the purchase (well, sort of) I found myself in a camera store with a heavy Nikon package in a plastic bag.
This massive beauty not only produces beautiful images but, dare I say, is quite the looker itself. Weighing in on over 1500 grams it’s by far the heaviest lens I own, making my 16-35 f/4 look and feel diminutive in comparison.
Just have a look at that creamy bokeh it produces! The modelling 50mm f/1.8 G is in many ways a source of frustration and the reason why I wanted to buy the lens. Wide open it’s almost impossible to get my subject in focus, and the bits that actually are, are not all that sharp.
This lens, however, effectively has an even better separation of the subject by the compression the tele-range in the zoom allows. Most importantly, the sharpness is outstanding from wide open and on and the focus is spot on. The joy to be able to shoot freely at f/2.8 and be confident that the shots will hold up to a closer inspection is hard to describe.
Once again: woah! That bokeh is smoother than I don’t even know what comparison would suffice here.
These photos were taken during a short period of time with civilised weather conditions here in Stockholm. I still wait for an opportunity to use this lens where it really shines: portraiture. But given the conditions I can’t be held accountable for, I thought I might as well write down a short post with the few photos I have managed to grab so far.
Be sure to find more material shot with this lens in the near future, as it is guaranteed to be my favourite for quite some time now.