Luxurious materials and excellent image quality: Nikon Z 70-200mm F2.8 lens review
Today, let’s take a look at the related tests of the Nikon Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S, a large ternary lens. This lens was released at the beginning of this year. It is a professional-grade lens with excellent image quality. The lens is currently priced at around RMB 16,800, which is not too expensive.
For this Nikon lens, the biggest highlight is its excellent sharpness performance. This lens is a newly designed lens in terms of optical design. It uses an optical design of 21 elements in 18 groups, including 6 low-dispersion ED lenses, 2 aspherical lenses, 1 fluorite lens, and 1 blue high-refractive SR lens. Lenses with nano crystal coating and anti-reflective HD ARNEO coating, and fluorine-coated front lenses. It can be said that this lens is extremely luxurious.
The image quality of the lens is very good. Using the actual 45 million pixel Nikon Z7 body, there is still a long way to the resolution limit of the lens, so the lens starts from F2.8. A very amazing picture quality performance. It can be said that this lens is better than the F-mount electromagnetic gun in sharpness from the center to the edge.
Very interesting point, Nikon’s previous Z series full-frame lenses did not incorporate optical image stabilization, and this is Nikon’s first Z-mount full-frame lens with VR image stabilization, the second The branch is 24-200mm later released.
However, the lens also has some shortcomings. The biggest problem is the focusing performance. The static focusing of the lens is very fast, but the dynamic focusing ability is weak. Of course, this is also related to the body. For this lens, considering the author’s high score of 8.7, because the optical performance of the lens is really excellent.
1. Lens design
Nikon Z mount 70-200mm uses the traditional 70-200mm internal zoom design, and does not use external zoom to reduce the volume like Canon. The lens length is 220mm, the overall weight is 1440g, and the lens uses a 77mm filter aperture.
It is very interesting that although this lens is a big three yuan, it still has no gold ring blessing. The previous Z mount 24-70mm F2.8 and 58mm F0.95 also did not have a gold ring. It seems that Nikon has given up the logo of the gold ring. method.
The overall design elements of this lens are very consistent with the Z-mount 24-70mm F2.8. The part of the lens close to the fuselage has a custom multifunction ring, and different adjustment parameters can be set through the fuselage. However, this lens has only two physical buttons, one AF/MF focus switch lever, and the other is the focus stroke lever. You can choose the full stroke, or 5 meters to infinity.
In addition, the lens has two sets of custom buttons, one in the middle, L-FN1, and there are 4 between the lens focus ring and zoom ring, which are a set of buttons, numbered L-FN2. The corresponding functions can also be set through the body. Picture description
The focus ring of the lens is located at the rear, the wider front part is the zoom ring, and the head part is decorated with decorative lines, not a specific function ring.
The lens itself has an LCD display, which can switch the display parameters according to the DISP key, and can display three kinds of information: aperture, focus distance and focal length.
The lens filter has a diameter of 77mm. This lens has a very complex coating design, which can resist glare and reduce dispersion. At the same time, the fluorine coating of the lens also has anti-fouling properties, which can reduce oil contamination.
For this lens, it is a very classic Nikon ternary lens design. The overall appearance of the lens is very good-looking. With the Nikon body, the overall body is not heavy, and the weight is evenly distributed, and the grip is good.
Second, picture quality test
The biggest advantage of this lens is its excellent picture quality performance. The lens has excellent sharpness in all focal lengths, and the sharpness is better than that of the previous Nikon 70-200mm F2.8 whether it is the center or the edge.
The sharpness performance of this lens , Can be described as stunning. When the lens is fully opened at F2.8, the center is extremely sharp, and the best image quality appears at F5.6. The sharpness of the center remains excellent until the minimum aperture of F22. Even when shooting at the minimum aperture, there is no need to worry about image quality degradation.
The edge image quality is only slightly weaker when fully opened. When the 70mm end is at F4 and the 200mm end at F5.6, the edge sharpness is already very good. It can be said that this lens The edge image quality is very ideal.
In actual shooting, the sharpness of this lens can be said to be very sharp, whether it is the center or the edge, it can show very good detail performance. For 70-200mm, this lens The image quality of the lens is definitely one of the best 70-200mm.
Let’s look at the lens dispersion which performed. Since the lens uses 6 low-dispersion ED lenses and 1 blue high-refractive SR lens, the dispersion control of the lens can be said to be very good. There will be no purple or green edges when fully opened, so you can use it with confidence Shoot at maximum aperture.
However, due to the complex optical structure of the lens, the vignetting angle of the lens is heavier, whether it is 70mm or 200mm, the corners of the eyes are more obvious when fully opened. After shrinking to F5.6, the vignetting disappears.
In addition, for 70-200mm, the distortion performance of this lens is very good, almost no obvious distortion appears.
In terms of anti-glare performance, this lens uses nano crystal coating and anti-reflection high-definition coating, so in the test we used a strong flashlight to directly illuminate the lens, and there was no obvious glare or ghost. The backlight shooting performance of this lens is very good.
In actual shooting, this lens is very comfortable to shoot under backlight, not only without glare and distortion, but also with excellent color control and sharpness performance.
Three, prevention Shake performance
This lens is Nikon’s first Z-mount full-frame lens with VR anti-shake. The official data of the lens is that it can achieve an anti-shake effect of 5.5 stops. In the actual test, we used 200mm for shooting. After testing, we can achieve stable shooting of 1/13s. If it is less than 1/13s, there is a higher probability that there will be a paste. For example, the picture below is a 100% screenshot taken at 1/13s when using 200mm.
Therefore, from the actual test results, the lens + body linkage can achieve the actual anti-shake effect of at least 4 stops, which is still very effective.
However, the anti-shake of this lens does not have an independent switch, and it needs to be turned on and off by the body. After testing, the Z6/Z7 can only be fully compatible with the anti-shake performance of the lens after upgrading to the 3.0 firmware. If you use the old version of the firmware, the anti-shake will not work, so when you buy this lens, remember to upgrade the firmware.
Four. Out-of-focus and close-up shots
The out-of-focus performance of this lens is very beautiful, whether it is the shape of the out-of-focus blur spot of the lens or the blur ability of the lens , Are very good. Let’s first take a look at the blur and out-of-focus performance at the 70mm end.
The following is the blur of 200mm end, and the blur ability of 200mm end is more powerful.
So this lens, if used to shoot night scenes, especially night scene portraits, is a very useful lens.
In addition, the closest focusing distance of the lens is very good, the 70mm end can achieve the closest focusing distance of 0.5 meters, and the 200mm end is only 1 meter, which is very good data in 70-200mm. So this lens can get closer to the shooting object and bring out creative potential.
In actual focusing, this lens has a very fast focusing speed during static shooting, and the focusing accuracy is very high. With the help of Nikon’s micro-point focusing, even when shooting flowers, etc. The tiny focusing subject can still focus accurately.
But in dynamic focus, it is mainly sports scenes without people appearing. For example, when shooting birds, the focusing speed of the lens is average, mainly because it is difficult to identify the subject when focusing, and the tracking of the subject is poor, so if you use this lens to shoot birds It is estimated to be very difficult.
But I think this kind of motion capture is relatively poor, and a large part of the factor is due to the body’s focus system.
6. Samples and summary
For Nikon’s 70-200mm F2.8, I think it is a very good quality, suitable for scenery, portraits, still life and many other shooting Scenes. In the actual shooting, this lens also showed extremely high sharpness, allowing all parts of the screen to present clear and sharp images.
In addition, Nikon also optimized the video of this lens to meet the shooting requirements of complex videos.
This lens is a practical masterpiece of Nikon modern optics. The lens is rich in materials and solid workmanship, but the overall price is not too high. If you are a Nikon Z mount user, this one The lens is highly recommended.
Finally, let’s look at a few real shots of this lens.
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