70-200mm VR Nikkor (how fast is it?)

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Avery, Apr 23, 2005.

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    Avery Guest

    How fast is the 70-200 VR on a D70? I've read nothing but mixed
    opinions for the 80-200 in that it is a superb lens but operates
    sluggishly on DSLRs.

    I have no opinion, but I do have a D70. I learned today at my girl's
    softball game the 105 micro I have just won't cut it. I think this
    70-200 is right up my alley but I'm afraid of sacrificing speed for

    I need a lens I can round a stadium with from home plate to center
    field. Is the 70-200 too much lens for the D70 or will I get all the
    bang for the buck? I've only used the Nikkor line but I'm not
    totally against seeking out other brands; any possibilities I could I


    Avery, Apr 23, 2005
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    Ed Ruf Guest

    By itself I find it stellar in all aspects. I'm assuming you are asking how
    fast the AF is, correct? By itself on my D70 it is quite fast. Ad a
    TC-20EII behind it and it becomes a bit sluggish in comparison, though.
    IMO, the combo is still a better investment than the 80-400 f/4.5-5.6 VR if
    you have a need a fast lens like this one.
    Ed Ruf, Apr 23, 2005
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    Avery Guest

    Yes... AF is what I'm referring to.

    Thanks! Avery
    Avery, Apr 23, 2005
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    paul Guest

    I don't see why it would perform differently on a digital. It has it's
    own focus motor (AF-S) and the f/2.8 means you have a lot of light to
    focus with. I don't think it gets any better. Is there something else
    you've heard of as an option?
    paul, Apr 23, 2005
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    Avery Guest

    I've read about 100 or so opinions in the form of posts on different
    newsgroups around the Internet and while it's not a majority posting
    some of the folks have commented on the slowness of the AF when the
    lens is attached to a D70.

    I should not begin to speculate as to why this opinion was generated
    and couldn't find out why; only that the opinion in some of the posts
    was that the lens operated sluggishly when attached to the D70; the
    posts read well enough to make me want to ask this question.

    I'm teetering on ordering the lens already; I just need a little help
    to push me over the edge. ;-()
    Avery, Apr 23, 2005
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    Jeremy Nixon Guest

    I don't own the 70-200 VR (yet), but I tried it on a D70, and my reaction
    was something along the lines of, "damn, this thing is like the Terminator
    compared to my old 70-210!" It was really nice. The main reason I put it
    dead last on my "lens acquisition list" is because I don't use that zoom
    range a whole lot.
    Jeremy Nixon, Apr 23, 2005
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    Ed Ruf Guest

    Maybe the 80-200mm , but not the 70-200mm f/2.8 IF AFS VR. Now, I have no
    comparison to it's use an any film body. On the D70, I think you'll be hard
    pressed to find anything faster.
    Ed Ruf, Apr 23, 2005
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    Robert Brace Guest

    You would be hard put to find a faster focusing lens under any
    circumstances. The AF-S speed is immediately noticeable when compared to
    any of the normal "body driven" AF lenses. The biggest difference will be
    found on the older (F4) film bodies, but it is still very much in evidence
    on bodies such as F5, F100, any D series (D100, D70, D2H,). There will be
    small differences in the body's ability to discern the focusing target
    (dependent upon the era of the focusing technology in use), but the lens'
    response will be virtually instantaneous.
    Robert Brace, Apr 23, 2005
  9. The 70-200 AF-S VR is a fantastic lens, will be one of the Nikkor legends. I
    had an 80-300 non-AF-S lens on my Fuji S2 Pro. That lens is driven by the AF
    motor in the camera. When I sold it and bought the 70-200 AF-S, I was blown
    away by the improvement in AF speed. When I sold the Fuji and bought a D2H,
    I found the 70-200 to focus even faster due to the vastly better AF module
    in that camera.

    The 70-200 would be an excellent sports/action lens for the D70...probably
    the best one you can buy.

    Howard McCollister, Apr 23, 2005
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    Rob Guest

    It has its own built in AF motor which is independent of the camera body
    AF motor speed. Its the fastest you will get.

    Top lens the 70-200 2.8.
    Rob, Apr 24, 2005
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    andrew29 Guest

    I suspect the problem that you're having is that there are several
    different versions of this AF lens.

    Here we go: (thanks to http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/80200.htm)

    1988 - 1992: AF, 16/11 elements,1,280g, 176mm long, f/32 minimum, 3
    position focus limiter

    1993 - 1997: AF-D,16/11 elements, 1,300g, 187mm long

    1997 - present: AF-D, 16/11 elements, 1,300g 188mm, two-ring, tripod
    collar, $920 US new, fast autofocus.

    1999 - present: AF-S, 18/14 elements, 1,550g, 207mm, two-ring, tripod
    collar, $1,500 US new, fast autofocus.

    2003 - present 70-200mm VR, 21/15 elements, 1,430g, 215mm, two ring,
    collar, $2,000 US new, fast autofocus

    The lens with with sluggish AF is probably one of the first two: the
    AF on all the recent lenses is fast.
    Now you know!

    andrew29, Apr 25, 2005
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    Roxy d'Urban Guest

    I used this combo at Super 12 Rugby matches in Durban last year. Great
    lens - I'll never part with it.
    Roxy d'Urban, Apr 25, 2005
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