8 comments on “Lens Review: Nikon 200mm f/2 AI-s ED

  1. I remember you once wrote you were waiting for the Nex 9 which ended up being the A7. So I’m curious, are you planning on upgrading to the A7 series and if not, why? I had an Nex 7 prior and I upgraded. It’s quite nice!

    • Hey Rishio! A while back I also wrote a little snippet on the A7 series. Back with the buzz of their announcement, I preordered both the A7/A7r cameras to see which one would suit me better. Don’t get me wrong, they are great cameras (particularly that A7s). However, to make a long story short, the slow frame rate is the biggest concern for my event/sporting shoots. Once you get used to that 10 fps of the NEX-7, it’s hard to go less than half that speed (cancelled both preorders). I am still hoping for either an A7 or A9 series camera that has a faster frame rate (as well as fast write time), but we will see. For now the NEX-7 is still holding up alright. 🙂

      • I upgraded from the nex 7 to the A7r in January before heading to India. I liked it a lot but something about it didn’t sit too well with me. A few weeks ago I sold it and switched to the A7s. Loving it! It’s like a dream camera- fine tuned in the specs the way I like it. The silent shooting mode and high ISO capabilities are particularly wonderful. Got a decent lens lineup also for what I do: Canon fd 20mm f/2.8, Olympus 135mm f/4, Sony 55mm f/1.8, Sony 35mm f/2.8. Awesome to hear your nex 7 is still serving you. I hear you about the fast frame rates, but it doesn’t affect me because I’m kind of a slow cook shooter 🙂 The best part about owning a great camera is to see them worn out from serving well for a long time. It’s just me and the A7s for the next couple years!

      • Awesome to hear, Rishio. Sony really did pull something magic with that A7s. It will definitely be the benchmark for just what a FF low-light camera can do for a good long time. That said, Photokina is right around the corner… 😀

  2. great review Mat, I am gonna buy one to try it onmy canon 6d and shoot rugby and soccer night games under stadium spotlight…you convinced me. These sonies look great but I don’t like smallness in photography equipment.

    • Hey there, glad you liked the review! I am unfamiliar with how well Nikon lenses, especially large aperture primes like the 200mm f/2, will adapt to the full-frame 6d, particularly in regards to achieving accurate focus. Get back to me on how it all works out for you!

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