Nikon 200mm f/2G Reviews, Samples and References

First published on: Monday, 13 July 2009

Last update (Jul 14, 2009): Cute puppy with the Nikon D700.

Gathered in this post are summarized links to various professional and user reviews, sample photographs and galleries, reference material and community / forum discussions related to the Nikon 200 mm f/2G IF-ED AF-S VR Nikkor lens.

This lens will give you sharp, detailed photos with beautiful bokeh, but the penalty for all that optical performance its the sheer size and weight.

Nikon 200mm f/2G ED-IF AF-S VR Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
Nikon 200mm f/2G ED-IF AF-S VR Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

Here’s me peering into the lens hood — I can almost fit my entire face in it:
The very huge and heavy Nikon 200mm f/2 G AF-S VR Nikkor lens

Nikon 200mm f/2 G reviews and opinions

Thom Hogan’s comment on the 200/2 VR

Thom Hogan said in a forum post that only lenses with no optical issues get a one-line, 5 star rating from him. The Nikkor 200 f/2G is just such a lens.

Nikkor 200mm f/2 thread at

Don’t read this extremely long thread that discusses the Nikkor 200mm f/2 if you don’t wish to succumb to temptations to buy this lens. You’ll need to create a free account to view some of the embedded images there. Some of my personal picks from there are:

  • Portrait shot with a Nikon D2Xs — this is one of the best examples of why the Nikkor 200mm f/2 lens is famed for its creamy bokeh when shot wide-open at f/2 aperture.

  • AS aka Harrison shoots rodeo pics — These were shot at crazy ISO values of 9000 to 12800 but are perfect examples of what the combination of a Nikon D3 plus 200mm f/2 can do for such action images where reach and usable high-ISO photos are called for.

Nikon 200mm f/2 G sample photos

Cute puppy

Nikon D700 pictures which are good enough to make a calendar with.

Girls’ softball with the Nikon D700

Glenn Nagel mounted the Nikon 200/2G VR on a Nikon D700 to take this series of stunning photos.

Canadian Aboriginal festival in Toronto, Canada

To me, this set of photos from Geimov aka SirCharlie represent some of the best Nikon 200mm f/2 shots I’ve ever seen. ISO values used ranged from 2500 to 6400 (here are links to the second & third set of samples).

The lens was mounted on the new Nikon flagship camera, the Nikon D3 digital SLR, and colors are beautifully preserved even at such high ISO. Amazingly, he managed to handhold the entire 10 lb setup — shooting the Nikkor 200mm f/2G normally requires the use of a monopod.

2008 Taipei Motor Show

The photos in this gallery were taken with a Nikon D3 and a variety of lenses. It looks like the reach of the 200mm VR is perfect for photographing beautiful people from a distance, if you’re into that kind of thing.

This image was shot with the 200mm Nikkor at wide-open f/2 aperture, while the bokeh in this f/2.2 photo is just gorgeous.

Bride in wedding gown and a half-body portrait

These are official Nikon D700 samples.

Random images from user galleries on

Don’t forget to hit the refresh button on your browser to serve up another set of random pictures. You’ll also find user reviews there.

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