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Nikkor Z 70-200mm f/2.8 S Photos and Discussions

Darin Marcus

Well-known member
Yup, I got one from the very first shipment - thanks to the great team at my favorite local camera store (District Camera of Burke).

Haven't had time yet to shoot with it extensively, but so far it looks like a great companion to the 24-70mm f/2.8 S.
Yes, it is big, and yes, it is heavy - I can feel it in my arm after walking with it attached to the Z6 in my hand for more than 30mins....
But I like the internal zooming :cool:
It is my first 70-200mm f/2.8, so I can't really compare it with anything similar.

Among the negatives so far - vignetting wide open, cat eye bokeh, and my copy is a bit soft at the extreme sides (left and right) at 200mm wide open - still have to check whether that is due to field curvature, as the focus point was in the center.
 

Darin Marcus

Well-known member
Almost all the events I planned to go to in order to play with the lens have been canceled. One that adapted was the Fall Harvest Festival at Mount Vernon. Everybody had face masks on, so I took no portraits this year. I had the lens set at f/2.8 for the entire time, so many of the shots have less DOF than needed - like this one:


Nikon Z6, Nikkor Z 70-200mm f/2.8 S @ 200mm, 1/1250sec, f/2.8, ISO 100
 

tcdeveau

Well-known member
Congrats on the new lens and thanks for sharing! I'm definitely curious about this one if they ever ship in large quantities or get in stock places. The 70-200 2.8 VRII was my favorite lens back in the day when I was doing engagement/wedding shoots, and I'm looking forward to getting another 70-200 2.8 at some point now that I'm photographing people again. Not a huge fan of the cat eye bokeh though, and am still somewhat on the fence about the 70-200 2.8s or adapting a VRII or 2.8E to save $$.
 

Darin Marcus

Well-known member
Congrats on the new lens and thanks for sharing! I'm definitely curious about this one if they ever ship in large quantities or get in stock places. The 70-200 2.8 VRII was my favorite lens back in the day when I was doing engagement/wedding shoots, and I'm looking forward to getting another 70-200 2.8 at some point now that I'm photographing people again. Not a huge fan of the cat eye bokeh though, and am still somewhat on the fence about the 70-200 2.8s or adapting a VRII or 2.8E to save $$.
Thank you!

I hear that the 2.8E is very close optically, at least according to Jim Kasson. For video work, the Z lens is clearly better.
I am still curious about the new Short-wavelength Refractive glass...

It's possible that when you put all the small improvements together, the Z lens is a better proposition (just like the D810 vs. the D800 pair :))
And maybe, on a new "action" Z body, the Z lens will be much faster at focusing due to the multi-focus system.
 

Darin Marcus

Well-known member
The more I see from these latest S lenses, the less interested I am in going back to Medium Format digital!

:D
Nikon has clearly upped their game with the Z mount lenses.
Although some people claim that a few of the new designs were outsourced (for example, the 85mm f/1.8 S was supposedly designed by KM), mostly to be able to release more Z lenses faster. I have no direct, nor indirect connection to Nikon, so I don't know.

Nevertheless, I really hope they keep releasing great & desired lenses..
 

Darin Marcus

Well-known member
I rarely convert my photos to monochrome, so I am not very good at it. When I do it is generally because the captured colors do not add much to the image, or I have some issue dealing with them in PP. After reading Jack's recent posts about B&W conversion, I can only apologize for the following conversions :eek:

Early September 2020, Manassas National Battlefield Park:

Nikon Z6, Nikkor Z 70-200mm f/2.8 S @ 115mm, 1/1250sec, f/5.6, ISO 100

Late September 2020, Alexandria:

Nikon Z6, Nikkor Z 70-200mm f/2.8 S @ 140mm, 1/200sec, f/5.6, ISO 100
 

ptomsu

Workshop Member
Yup, I got one from the very first shipment - thanks to the great team at my favorite local camera store (District Camera of Burke).

Haven't had time yet to shoot with it extensively, but so far it looks like a great companion to the 24-70mm f/2.8 S.
Yes, it is big, and yes, it is heavy - I can feel it in my arm after walking with it attached to the Z6 in my hand for more than 30mins....
But I like the internal zooming :cool:
It is my first 70-200mm f/2.8, so I can't really compare it with anything similar.

Among the negatives so far - vignetting wide open, cat eye bokeh, and my copy is a bit soft at the extreme sides (left and right) at 200mm wide open - still have to check whether that is due to field curvature, as the focus point was in the center.
Congrats to your new 2.8/70-200 S !!!!
If it is as good as the 2.8/24-70 S (and I have no doubts) then this is definitely the one to go for.
I am planning to get mine over the next few weeks and I will also get the TC2.0 so I can make it also into a 5.6/140-400 - cannot wait for this :cool:;):)
 

Darin Marcus

Well-known member
Congrats to your new 2.8/70-200 S !!!!
If it is as good as the 2.8/24-70 S (and I have no doubts) then this is definitely the one to go for.
I am planning to get mine over the next few weeks and I will also get the TC2.0 so I can make it also into a 5.6/140-400 - cannot wait for this :cool:;):)
Thank you!

Yes, it is a great companion to the 2.8/24-70 S. I believe the 2.8/14-24 S will be just as good, although I do not plan to buy it as I don't go that wide in my photography...
The new TCs are great as well - I might get the 1.4 at some point.
 

Darin Marcus

Well-known member
... my copy is a bit soft at the extreme sides (left and right) at 200mm wide open - still have to check whether that is due to field curvature, as the focus point was in the center.
Yup, that was it. With the focus point in a corner, that area/side is sharp. Tested in all corners - I am happy now!
 

Swissblad

Well-known member
It looks like this lens is very good and likely to become a legend - akin to the original Nikkor 80-200mm f2.8 when it came out with the Nikon F4 way back when.....:cool:

Enjoy your new toy!
 

Ai_Print

Active member
I have had mine for about a month now and it is a great, great lens, even though it is close in sharpness the already great FL, the color, contrast and flare resistance is noticeably better. I also got the Z TC-1.4X and that is where I see big, big improvements, the focus is much more accurate so when you pair that with considerably better optical quality, well it's the combo I have always wanted.

I have not shot with it much because I am still recovering from foot surgery right at a month ago but for me, it is a great setup and I look forward to using it on the new ZII cams.
 

Darin Marcus

Well-known member
I have not shot with it much because I am still recovering from foot surgery right at a month ago but for me, it is a great setup and I look forward to using it on the new ZII cams.
I wish you a fast recovery!
Looking forward to your photos.
 

Darin Marcus

Well-known member
This was shot pretty much on auto - Auto-area AF/AF-C, panning while pressing the AF-ON button, and firing a few shots in a short burst. Cropping involved :)


Nikon Z6, Nikkor Z 70-200mm f/2.8 S @ 200mm, 1/1000sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 (November 2020)

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