Nikon Z mount “electromagnetic gun” NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 review
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In August 2018, Nikon officially released its own full-frame mirrorless cameras, the Nikon Z6 and Nikon Z7, which also marked Nikon’s official addition to the full-frame micro In the single club camp, from the successive releases of two fuselages and NIKKOR Z mount lenses, Nikon’s full-frame mirrorless series products have always attracted the attention of photographers. As a new full-frame micro-single brand, the “big three yuan” lens is particularly important. In the SLR era, the “big three yuan” is almost the standard equipment of every manufacturer. Therefore, in the era of micro-single, everyone is also full of expectations for the “big three yuan” of the Nikon Z series. On January 7, 2020, the Nikon Z-mount “big three yuan” series telephoto lens will be unveiled: NIKKOR Z70-200mmf/2.8VRS ; As the “big three yuan” telephoto lens in the Z mount, we recently got this lens and evaluated it.
NIKKOR Z70-200mmf/2.8VRS as a highly anticipated professional telephoto lens, its target group It is also very clear, mainly for professionals and advanced photographers. The lens adopts an optical structure of 21 elements in 18 groups, including 1 fluorite lens, 1 SR glass lens, 2 aspherical lenses, and 6 low-dispersion lenses. Among them, Nikon’s latest SR lens features a large-angle refractive ratio. The blue light with short wavelength can realize high-precision chromatic aberration compensation by controlling the short-wavelength light that is difficult to compensate. It can be said that the materials used in the lens group of the NIKKOR Z70-200mmf/2.8VRS lens have been achieved to the extreme. From the lens of the lens group, this lens is indeed very good, but in the end we still have to experience it through actual experience. Verify how wonderful this lens can bring us.
Analysis of appearance details
The appearance of the NIKKOR Z70-200mmf/2.8VRS lens still continues the design language of the Nikon Z mount series, without a trace of redundant design, which looks very Concise and capable. The NIKKOR Z70-200mmf/2.8VRS uses an internal zoom method. Because this lens uses a large number of special lenses, it is heavier and longer than most similar products in terms of hand and visual experience.
NIKKOR Z70 -200mmf/2.8VRS
From the perspective of the paper parameters, although the size of the NIKKOR Z70-200mmf/2.8VRS lens does not have a strong advantage , But considering that a large number of special lenses are used in its lens structure, it can be understood that the NIKKOR Z70-200mmf/2.8VRS lens is actually very well controlled in terms of volume.
NIKKOR Z70 -200mmf/2.8VRS lens model and filter diameter identification
I also mentioned the appearance of the NIKKOR Z70-200mmf/2.8VRS lens. It continues the design elements of the Nikon Z mount lens. The grip feels very good. Comfortable, in addition to the appearance design, hardware and function button layout, you can also feel the energy Nikon has put into this lens.
NIKKOR Z70 -200mmf/2.8VRS
NIKKOR Z70-200mmf/2.8VRS This lens provides great convenience for users in the process of use. A total of three control rings are set up. In addition to the conventional zoom ring and focus control ring, a custom function control ring is designed at the front of the bayonet. Users can follow their shooting needs and usage habits. Set it to the aperture, ISO sensitivity, and exposure compensation functions. The three control rings on the NIKKOR Z70-200mmf/2.8VRS are different in size, and there are also obvious differences in the rotating feel during use. From the zoom ring, focus ring and custom control ring in front of the lens , The damping of each control loop is different.
NIKKOR Z70 -200mmf/2.8VRS provides multiple L-Fn custom buttons
NIKKOR Z70-200mmf/2.8VRS In addition to adding a separate custom control ring In addition, it also provides one L-Fn1 and four L-Fn2 lens function buttons. Users of these two buttons can also set different function buttons according to their needs, which greatly improves the flexibility of shooting.
NIKKOR Z70 -200mmf/2.8VRS
NIKKOR Z70-200mmf/2.8VRS provides a panel window that can display lens information, which can be displayed through the DISP button next to the panel Switching can display the aperture, focal length, and depth of field as needed, even in the dark without looking in the viewfinder.
aperture, focal length and depth of field and other information function display
lens information panel window, users can also switch the focus distance unit according to their own habits And panel brightness, the setting method is to press and hold the DISP button, press this button after the window information flashes to switch the focus distance and panel brightness settings. To change the focus distance unit and panel brightness, just turn the lens control ring in front of the lens mount can.
Focus distance unit and panel brightness setting interface
NIKKOR Z70-200mmf/2.8VRS lens mount
AF/MF control lever, focus limit switch
NIKKOR Z70 -200mmf/2.8VRS uses a metal bayonet, and the conventional AF/MF control lever and focus limit switch are close to the front of the bayonet. However, there is no separate lens anti-shake lever switch on this lens. But it can be set through the L-Fn button.
Nikon Z7+Nick Z70-200mmf/2.8VRS
The lens weight of NIKKOR Z70-200mmf/2.8VRS1440g plus the body of Nikon Z7 makes the whole combination reach 2115g, so The weight is still a certain amount of pressure for long-term handheld shooting.
resolution real shot test
real shot resolution test link, we separately The 70mm end and 200mm end of the NIKKOR Z70-200mmf/2.8VRS lens were tested step by step. The center and edge positions of the shooting picture were taken 100% screenshot observation. Let’s first look at the NIKKOR Z70- at 70mm end. The real-time resolution performance of the 200mmf/2.8VRS lens.
70mm end center And the edge 100% screenshot area
NIKKOR Z70-200mmf/2.8VRS 70mm end resolution real shot
From the actual shooting, the NIKKOR Z70-200mmf/2.8VRS lens has a good performance at the center when the 70mm end aperture is fully opened. As the aperture shrinks Around f/5.6 and f/8, the performance of the center image quality has reached the best, and the edge image quality has gradually improved. When the aperture continues to shrink to the minimum, the center image quality and edge image quality begin to decline due to diffraction problems caused by the small aperture.
200mm end center And the edge 100% screenshot area
NIKKOR Z70-200mmf/2.8VRS2000mm end resolution real shot
In the 200mm end test, we used the same test method as the 70mm end. From the actual shooting results, the picture quality at the telephoto end is very good. Even when the aperture is fully opened, the picture quality at the center of the picture is still outstanding, but the edge picture quality is slightly loose due to the phase field. As the aperture shrinks, the image quality at the edges is also very obvious. Similarly, when the aperture shrinks to f/22, the image quality at the center and edges decreases significantly due to the small aperture diffraction.
in the description of Nikon official website NIKKOR Z70-200mmf/2.8 VRS can provide 5.5 stops of shutter anti-shake function at the longest focal length. In this anti-shake test, I tested the 70mm end and 200mm end respectively. During the test, I took a hand-held shot in a standing position, and took three shots with focus separately, and captured the focus of the three photos and zoomed in 100%. First, let’s look at the anti-shake effect of the 70mm end.
The red selection is Anti-shake test 100% enlarged area
70mm anti-shake effect
From the actual shooting results, the anti-shake effect is always 100% from the 70mm end to the fourth gear. The success rate, when the shutter is lowered to 1/8s, it is difficult for me to hold the picture to shoot clearly. Of course, this also has a lot to do with the photographer, but at this time there is still a 1/3 success rate. Next, let’s look at the anti-shake performance at the 200mm end.
200mm end protection Shake test
From the real shots, it can be seen that in the anti-shake test at the 200mm end, the first four gear tests can basically achieve a 100% success rate , And in the fifth gear anti-shake test, the effect is about the same as the 70mm end, and the success rate is 1/3. From a practical point of view, the anti-shake effect of the NIKKOR Z70-200mmf/2.8VRS200mm is pretty good. Of course, there is a certain chance in this test. After all, there must be differences in the anti-shake effect of different photographers. Body anti-shake function, I believe this lens has a good performance in anti-shake.
Focus performance test
NIKKOR Z70-200mmf/2.8VRS focus uses multiple Focusing system, STM autofocus motor can focus silently while shooting while providing quick and accurate focusing. Next, I will observe the switching speed test of the NIKKOR Z70-200mmf/2.8VRS at the 70mm end and the 200mm end for the near focus and infinity focus by re-shooting the screen.
Through the video recorded during real shooting, it can be seen that the NIKKOR Z70-200mmf/2.8VRS reacts very quickly when switching between close focus and infinity focus . In the process of switching the focus back and forth, there was no situation of pulling the bellows, and it was completely done.
Dispersion and glare test
In addition to the use of 6 ultra-low dispersion lenses and 1 screen in the NIKKOR Z70-200mmf/2.8VRS The stone lens and the newly developed SR lens to reduce chromatic aberration also use nano crystal coating and anti-reflection high-definition coating, which can effectively reduce the ghost and flare caused by incident light in various directions.
From the real shots, you can see that there is a large shiny spot. Due to the nano crystal coating and the anti-reflection high-definition coating, the shots are not There are glare and ghost images, and the NIKKOR Z70-200mmf/2.8VRS does very well in terms of anti-glare and ghost images. Next, let’s take a look at the performance of this lens in terms of dispersion.
The highlight position of the picture above 100% magnification
In the above picture, it is almost difficult to find the dispersion at the edge of the highlight, which is inseparable from the addition of 6 ultra-low dispersion lenses Relationship. It is worth mentioning that the test photo in the above picture was taken at the maximum aperture, even if the aperture is fully opened, there is no purple or green fringe.
Vignette size is also one of the important factors to measure the overall quality of a lens, although it is not a consideration in the digital age The only standard of the lens, and it can be perfectly removed through the in-camera optimization, but I think it is still necessary to take a look at the performance of this lens with the in-camera correction turned off, so I still think about the NIKKOR Z70-200mmf The 70mm end and 200mm end of the /2.8VRS lens were tested for vignetting. During the vignetting test, I set the vignetting optimization in the camera to off.
70mm end dark Angle performance
200mm End vignetting performance
From the actual shooting point of view, there is a certain vignetting at the maximum aperture of either the 70mm end or the 200mm end, but as the aperture shrinks After that, the control of the vignetting angle of the lens has also been significantly improved. Basically, the vignetting angle disappeared at the aperture f/8 at the 70mm end and 200mm end. Although the vignetting before aperture f/8 is more obvious, we should not neglect that Nikon Z7 provides 3 stops of vignetting optimization. Therefore, the problem of lens vignetting can be improved by the camera’s own optimization. It is not a cause for concern. The problem.
background blur test
terms such as long focal length and large aperture often make people think Out of the fascinating focus like “sharp-sharp milk” As the “electromagnetic gun” of the Nikon Z mount, the constant large aperture telephoto lens will also make people wonder what charming out-of-focus blur can be brought about by it. First, let’s take a look at the background blur effect on the 70mm end and 20mm end.
70mm end by -Level iris blur effect
70mm maximum aperture blur
200mm end progressive aperture blur effect
the maximum aperture at 200mm end is blurred
It can be seen from actual shooting that the NIKKOR Z70-200mmf/2.8VRS The lens, whether it is the 70mm end or the 200mm end of the background blur, has this slight aperture erosion and a slight “onion ring” phenomenon. The flexible use of bokeh can easily take the photos we want.
real shot samples
NIKKOR Z70-200mmf/2.8VRS due to its focal length coverage Telephoto, so there will be no major limitations in the subject matter of shooting. After testing the various indicators of the NIKKOR Z70-200mmf/2.8VRS lens, let’s get a taste of the performance of this lens in actual combat through samples.
Focal length: 130mm Aperture: f/2.8 ISO sensitivity: 400 Exposure time: 1/640s Exposure compensation: 0.7EV White balance: Auto
Focal length: 200mm Aperture: f/4.0 ISO sensitivity: 800 Exposure time: 1/250s Exposure compensation: 0.7EV White balance: Auto
Focal length: 92mm Aperture: f/2.8 ISO sensitivity: 400 Exposure time: 1/640s Exposure compensation: 0.7EV White balance: Auto
Focal length: 200mm Aperture: f/2.8 ISO sensitivity: 800 Exposure time: 1/1000s Exposure compensation: 0.7EV White balance: Auto
Focal length: 96mm Aperture: f/2.8 ISO sensitivity: 400 Exposure time: 1/800s Exposure compensation: 0.3EV White balance: Auto
focal length: 200mm aperture: f/2.8 ISO sensitivity: 800 exposure time: 1/1600s exposure compensation: 0.3EV white balance: auto
Focal length: 200mm Aperture: f/2.8 ISO sensitivity: 100 Exposure time: 1/320s Exposure compensation: 0.3EV White balance: Auto
focal length: 145mm aperture: f/2.8 ISO sensitivity: 100 exposure time: 1/320s exposure compensation: 0.3EV white balance: automatic
Focal length: 200mm Aperture: f/5.6 ISO sensitivity: 100 Exposure time: 1/1250s Exposure compensation: 0EV White balance: Auto
focal length: 200mm aperture: f/2.8 ISO sensitivity: 450 exposure time: 1/200s exposure compensation: -0.3EV white balance: automatic
Focal length: 120mm Aperture: f/2.8 ISO sensitivity: 100 Exposure time: 1/640s Exposure compensation: 0EV White balance: Auto
Focal length: 76mm Aperture: f/5.6 ISO sensitivity: 100 Exposure time: 1/500s Exposure compensation :0EV White Balance: Auto
Focal length: 145mm Aperture: f/5.6 ISO sensitivity: 100 Exposure time: 1/500s Exposure compensation: 0EV White balance: Auto
Focal length: 135mm Aperture: f/2.8 ISO sensitivity: 100 Exposure time: 1/2000s Exposure compensation:- 0.3EV White Balance: Auto
NIKKOR Z70-200mmf/2.8VRS performs very well in real shooting, whether it is landscape shooting or portrait shooting, focus inside The imaging is very clear and sharp, and the out-of-focus blur transition is also more uniform and delicate. Especially the S-Line top lens of Nikon’s original Z mount and the telephoto in the Z mount “big three yuan”, in terms of focusing, The Nikon Z7 works perfectly. In addition to capturing people’s faces and focusing with eye control, the NIKKOR Z70-200mmf/2.8VRS can also work with the Nikon Z7 to quickly identify cat faces and focus during cat shooting. For the eyes, in addition to the slight weight of the lens during the whole shooting process, the overall performance of this lens is very good.
More portrait samples and summary
focal length: 170mm aperture: f/2.8 ISO sensitivity: 100 exposure time: 1/40s exposure compensation: 0.7EV white balance: auto
Focal length: 110mm aperture: f/2.8 ISO sensitivity:800 Exposure time:1/60s Exposure compensation:0.7EV White balance:Auto
Focal length: 110mm Aperture: f/2.8 ISO sensitivity: 800 Exposure time: 1/80s Exposure compensation: 0.7EV White balance: Auto
Focal length: 135mm aperture: f/5.6 ISO sensitivity: 800 Exposure time: 1/1250s Exposure compensation: 0.3EV White balance: Auto
Focal length: 150mm Aperture: f/2.8 ISO sensitivity: 200 Exposure time: 1/640s Exposure compensation: 0EV White balance: Auto
Focal length:155mm Aperture:f/2.8 ISO sensitivity:400 Exposure time:1/1600s Exposure compensation: 0EV White balance: Auto
focal length: 140mm aperture: f /2.8 ISO sensitivity:200 Exposure time:1/400s Exposure compensation:0.3EV White balance:Auto
focal length: 200mm aperture: f/2.8 ISO sensitivity: 800 exposure time: 1/125s exposure compensation: 0.3EV white balance: automatic
focal length: 170mm aperture: f /5.6 ISO sensitivity:200 Exposure time:1/200s Exposure compensation:0.3EV White balance:Auto
Focal length: 200mm Aperture: f/2.8 ISO sensitivity: 400 Exposure time: 1/1000s Exposure compensation: 0.7EV White balance: Auto
focal length: 155mm aperture: f /2.8 ISO sensitivity: 200 Exposure time: 1/800s Exposure compensation: 0.3 EV White Balance: Automatic
Editor’s point of view:
From Nikon’s Z6 and Z7 release Since officially entering the full-frame mirrorless club, Nikon has also been actively deploying its own mirrorless product line, both in terms of the body and the lens, every new Nikon product is full of sincerity. The introduction of the NIKKOR Z70-200mmf/2.8VRS lens also makes the Nikon Z mount “big three yuan” camp, the only thing missing is a wide-angle lens. The release and launch of the NIKKOR Z70-200mmf/2.8VRS is also a solid foundation for Nikon to pave the way for mirrorless products. In addition, the NIKKOR Z70-200mmf/2.8VRS’s precise target population is indeed not ambiguous in terms of materials, and its image quality is fully worthy of the S-Line title. Finally, I also look forward to the improvement of the Nikon Z mount lens group, which can bring users a better shooting experience. The current market price of this lens is 16,800 yuan, will you be impressed?
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