Mention in my previous post on the 80-200 2.8 AF-D, I was curious on the performance of the 70-200 2.8 VR and decided to try it out. I went back to Samy's Camera and exchange my one week old 80-200 2.8 AF-D for the sparkling new 70-200 2.8 VR lens by Nikon, Nikkor lens as some would refer it by.
There are plenty of reviews on it out there, you can google or check out one of these on it:
Ken Rockwell: http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/70200vr.htm
Bjorn Roslett: http://www.naturfotograf.com/AFS70-200VR_rev00.html
Thom Hogan: http://www.bythom.com/70200VRlens.htm
The first thing I noticed when I exchange for this lens was the box. OH MY! This is HUGE compared to a much smaller box came with the 80-200 2.8 AF-D. This lens does come with a lens hood and a nylon style case. I like the nylon case more than the leather one that came with the 80-200 2.8 AF-D.
This lens come with Nikon's very own version if Image Stabilizer known as Vibration Reduction (VR). This allows you to hand own a shot with shuttle speed as low as 1/8 of a second. Which is pretty good, given normally you can only do 1/45 if you have really good grip. The autofocus on this is definitely faster than the 80-200 2.8 AF-D, but not noticablity much.
Here is a nice explanation of the IS / VR functionality by Ken Rockwell
Most of people will rave about this lens being the best Nikon ever released. They'll go on and on about what an awesome lens this is. This is a great lens no doubt, but to be at double the cost of the 80-200 2.8 AF-D and the ONLY big differences between them is a bit faster focusing and VR, to some people this might not warrant the price. For about 1/2 the price you pay for 70-200 2.8 VR, you can get the 80-200 2.8 AF-D with the same quality pciture.
I guess the deal breaker for people varies. If you feel fast focusing and do a lot of low light condition picture taking, this is the lens for you. Otherwise, the 80-200 2.8 AF-D is an excellent lens for the price. You could even find it as low as 700 brand new!
Here is a sample shot with the 70-200 2.8 VR I've tried this weekend
UPDATE: July 20th, 2007
Here are a few shots recently taken at the Dodgers vs Phillies game using the 70-200 VR 2.8 lens.
You could see the full gallery (HERE)