Originally Posted by Quantum Man
Nikon's new 70-200 2.8 VR II is looking pretty sweet so far. I've seen samples of hand holding at 1/13 f/2.8 at 200mm and they are SHARP. Pretty insane if you ask me.
I think I saw the same article you're referring to here
The pictures from the new 70-200 looked really nice, but the second shot taken with a 70-200 VRI 1/13th, f/2.8 @200mm kinda threw me for a loop. In fact the camera shake appeared way exaggerated. I don't like VR period for sports and wildlife cause I think it has a problem with dynamic AF which I use alot. With VR, you have to acquire your subject, engage VR and then wait for it to "settle". Not a good situation for sports or fast moving twichy animals.
My 400mm f/2.8 has VRII and quite frankly, I dont see alot of difference from VRI.
Anyway, I mounted my 70-200 VRI on my D3 and took some shots of a pillow, (by no means flat) under incandescant lighting, same conditions. VR on, 1/13th, f/2.8 @ 200mm hand held. These are jpegs out of the camera with in camera sharpenig set to 5, no pp except for cropping, exif intact.
100% crop at center focus point:
Now when viewing the 100% crop, don't forget this is not a flat object, it's 6 feet away from me, hence the dof is very small. But you can see the individual threads hand held at 1/13th ss.
I myself was pondering selling my 70-200 VI and geting the new lens, but I just can't convince my self to take the hit cash wise.
In my opinion, Cliff Mautner's comparison of VRI vs. VRII smells fishy. I guess if Nikon sent me a new lens to try, I'd try and make it look good too.
It looks like they've fixed the edge sharpness issue at full apeture on FX, but I shoot my 70-200 90% of the time as a second soccer lens on my D300 (DX) with my backgrounds out of focus so it's really not an issue for me.
Two extra ED elements is always a good thing, but the five in my lens seem to provide awesome color reproduction anyway.
I guess if I didn't own the VRI version and were in the market, I would wait for the new lens to hit the streets next month. For the people that do decide to upgrade, they'll be some good deals on some used VRI's which will be an awfully good thing for folks who couldn't afford or didn't want to pay the asking price for a new 70-200.
But I'm definately keeping my VRI...