Over the past few years I have been using the original Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VR Lens, this is an older lens which I purchased at the start of my photography journey and it has been a great lens, the centre image quality is fantastic and I have had some really great results from using it, so why upgrade it? Well, I have a few issues with this lens, firstly the balance of the lens is very front heavy meaning that after a days shooting it just feels tiresome to use and secondly the flare from the lens during summer shoots is becoming an issue for me as I try new techniques for my clients.
So, whats the benefit of the new Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 FL VR Lens?
I initially tried out a friends VR2 version of the same lens and that weighs more than the original one, although it's much better balanced and doesn't suffer from the lens flare problems so my initial reaction was to purchase this, then I tried the newer Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 FL VR Lens at my local store and was instantly blown away.
The new lens offers a few new features, firstly the FL (Fluorite) elements for super sharp images, the overall balance of the lens is perfect and weighs less than the original VR lens, the image stabilisation is much improved and the best thing is that this is just so darn fast in low light, even at f4 - f5.6 which makes shooting moving subjects more consistent.
For a full review of the lens I would suggest you look at the Ken Rockwell website who says:
"This new Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 E FL is the world's best 70-200mm lens because it's the sharpest, the best made, and most importantly, the lightest and closest-focusing f/2.8 70-200 ever made. It focuses nearly instantaneously and has great vibration reduction so you won't need a tripod."