Nikon 70-200mm f4 VR lens: Worth it or overpriced?

Nikon have released details of a new 70-200mm f4 VR lens that claims to offer a staggering 5-stops image stabilisation. This latest generation of VR is really pushing the envelope; 5-stop stabilisation is quite a feat (a preliminary hands-on by dpreview suggests the claim is valid) but the price tag tells us it doesn’t come cheap!

The new Nikon 70-200mm f4 VR lens is available to pre-order at around £1172 from Wex Photographic. In comparison the Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VR II lens is available around the £1600 mark and includes a tripod foot (the 70-200mm f4 VR equivalent is available separately for approx. $224 / £140). Over the other side of town the Canon 70-200mm f4 IS lens with 4-stop image stabilisation is available for just under £900.

Nikon 70-200mm f4 VR lens

The new Nikon 70-200mm f4 VR lens complete with nano-coating and AF-S autofocus

Until the Nikon 70-200mm f4 starts shipping (due late November 2012) it’s impossible to know whether the price tag is justified. However the premium of £270 over the Canon equivalent and being positioned £420 shy of the Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VR II (including the tripod mount) means this new lens has its work cut out.

Hopefully the street price will dip below £1000 to give the Nikon 70-200mm f4 VR a more competitive edge.

Have Nikon got it right? Would you pay extra for the f2.8 aperture with 4-stop VR or bank the saving a pick the 70-200mm f4 with 5-stop VR?

One thought on “Nikon 70-200mm f4 VR lens: Worth it or overpriced?

  1. well the new 70-200mm f4 is lighter. weighs about 850 grams and the f2.8 vr is 1400 grams according to the nikon website. so 40% lighter?

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