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Nikon 200-400mm f/4G AF-S SWM SIC ED IF VR II Nikkor Super Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

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  • 200-400mm f/4G AF-S super-telephoto zoom lens is perfect for sports and wildlife shooting; offers constant maximum aperture
  • Nikon VR II (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization enables handheld shooting at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible
  • Nano Crystal Coat further reduces ghosting and interior flare across a wide range of wavelengths
  • 4 Extra-low Dispersion (ED) Elements; Three Focus Modes; Internal Focus (IF)
  • Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM); Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC)

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Nikon
  • Model: 2187
  • Lens Type: Zoom lens
  • Mounting Type: Bayonet
  • Minimum focal length: 200 mm
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This item: Nikon 200-400mm f/4G AF-S SWM SIC ED IF VR II Nikkor Super Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
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Lens Zoom lens Prime lens Prime lens Zoom lens
Maximum Sensor Size Compatibility 35mm FF 35mm FF 35mm FF 35mm FF
Maximum Aperture Range F4.0 F2.8 F2.0 F4.5 - F5.6
Min Aperture 32 22 22 40
Photo Filter Thread Size 52 millimeters 52 millimeters 52 millimeters 77 millimeters
Minimum Operating Distance 2 meters 2.3 meters 1.9 meters 1.75 meters
Item Weight 7.4 pounds 6.39 pounds 6.46 pounds 3.46 pounds
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 4.9 x 4.9 inches ; 7.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 13.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003JBHSHK
  • Item model number: 2187
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 26, 2010

Product Description

Product Description

The AF-S 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II is a versatile, powerful super-telephoto zoom lens that's perfect for sports and wildlife shooting, while offering a constant maximum aperture throughout the entire zoom range and VR II Image Stabilization which enables handheld shooting at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible. The AF-S 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II features Nikon's exclusive Nano Crystal Coat that reduces ghosting and interior flare for even greater image clarity. Four Extra-low Dispersion (ED) Elements offer superior sharpness and color correction, while the exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables fast, accurate and quiet autofocus. A/M mode joins the familiar M/A and M modes, enhancing AF control versatility with fast, secure switching between auto and manual focus to accommodate personal shooting techniques. FEATURES: Versatile super-telephoto zoom lens - Powerful super-telephoto zoom lens that's perfect for sports and wildlife shooting offering constant maximum aperture and VR II Image Stabilization. Nikon VR II (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization - Vibration Reduction, engineered specifically for each VR NIKKOR lens, enables handheld shooting at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper still images and video capture. Nano Crystal Coat - Further reduces ghosting and interior flare across a wide range of wavelengths for even greater image clarity. 4 Extra-low Dispersion (ED) Elements - Offers superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration, even at the widest aperture settings. Three Focus Modes - A/M mode joins the familiar M/A and M modes, enhancing AF control versatility with fast, secure switching between auto and manual focu

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This versatile Nikon super-telephoto zoom lens is perfect for sports and wildlife shooting offering constant maximum aperture and VR II Image Stabilization.

Lens Highlights

Nikon VR II (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization
Vibration Reduction, engineered specifically for each VR NIKKOR lens, enables handheld shooting at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper still images and video capture.

Nano Crystal Coat
Further reduces ghosting and interior flare across a wide range of wavelengths for even greater image clarity.

4 Extra-low Dispersion (ED) Elements
Offers superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration, even at the widest aperture settings.

Three Focus Modes
A/M mode joins the familiar M/A and M modes, enhancing AF control versatility with fast, secure switching between auto and manual focus to accommodate personal shooting techniques.

Internal Focus (IF)
Provides fast and quiet autofocus without changing the length of the lens, retaining working distance throughout the focus range.

Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
Enables fast, accurate and quiet autofocus.

Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC)
Enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and reduced flare.

Rugged Construction
Featuring enhanced dust and moisture-resistance, magnesium die-cast barrel construction and a protective meniscus front lens.

Close Auto Focusing to 6.6 feet at all focal lengths
Focus to 6.6 feet using AF or 6.4 feet using manual focus enabling striking image perspectives.

Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
Renders more natural appearance of out-of-focus image areas.

Compatibility
Compatibile with Nikon TC-14E II, TC-17E II and TC-20E II/III Teleconverters. AF operation only with TC14E II.

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The lens is very very good.
Kelly J Clark
I've actually handheld the lens using the VR II feature and the images were just as sharp as the tripod-mounted photos.
Miles J. Smith, III
The auto focus on the lens is faster than all the above lenses I mentioned, and stays fast even with the TC-20E.
Mike

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Miles J. Smith, III on August 3, 2010
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I've been using the AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II for a little over a month now and have been extremely pleased by the results I've had. I'm a photo hobbyist/ enthusiast and have never had as large a lens as this before but it is quickly becoming a favorite. In the short time that I have had the lens, I've mainly taken wildlife photos. What has impressed me most is how quickly the lens focuses and how spot-on the focus is. People are amazed when they see the detail the lens provides. I've actually handheld the lens using the VR II feature and the images were just as sharp as the tripod-mounted photos. Very impressive!

All-in-all, I'm very pleased with the results and have no buyer's remorse whatsoever. I would recommend this lens to anyone looking to jump into the high power zoom category.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mike on October 10, 2012
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I have had this lens now for about 4 weeks. I use it for wild life photography in Rocky mountains.
I also use the Nikon 80-200, 80-400 and Sigma 50-500. This lens is as sharp as the 80-200 but with much better reach.
First and foremost the lens dose what Nikon claim it dose.

Here are some things to think about if your considering this lens.
This is a large and very heavy lens. and it gets heaver as the day goes by.
You can hand hold this lens because the VR II is vey effective, however for the best results you really need a good tripod and head. A Gimbal head would be best.
The VR II is very noisy and spooks the birds if you are close to them.

The lens comes with a way over done and large carrying case. It is almost like a back pack. It can be used to ship the lens and I am sure it would work fine. But it is too lager to be practical for every day use unless you work or use it out of your car.
There is a great deal of third party accessory for this lens, replacement foot, lens coat , protective case and hoods, etc. You will need some sort of practical protective case for filed use.

If you use this lens with Nikon's new cameras, D800, or D4, you will be rewarded with the ability to Auto focus at F8. This means you can use all Nikon AFS tele-convertors on this lens and be able to auto focus. This is a big deal since it gives you an 800mm F8 lens with auto focus if you use a Nikon TC-20E III tele-convertor.

I have used the TC-20E and TC-14E Both on the lens and have not notice Image degradation using RRS TC33 Tripods and Gimbal head. I am sure there is a bit of degradation but since I am no Moose Peterson I can't tell.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By K. Herman on March 2, 2011
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I mostly shoot birds and this lens is perfect for shooting birds in flight. My other long lens is a 400 f/2.8 which is too heavy to hand hold, The 200-400 gives me much better flexibility while being not to heavy. I normally use it with a 1.4 tele-converter and that gives me a very workable 580. It is extremely fast to focus either with or without the TC and works very well for birds in flight. Image quality is almost as good as the 400 f/2.8 especially on close subjects, say up to 100 Yards. The VRII allows hand held shots down to about a 250th of a second and slower if I can brace against something when shooting.

I have gotten some fantastic shots with it that I would have missed with the larger lens because of the time required to set up a tripod. The lens is very sharp and easy to use it also provides some interesting features such as memory focus that is excellent for shooting birds coming and going from a nest or other set spot.

I normally carry it with a Black Rapid R-strap and find this allows easy carrying and use.

Overall I am extremely satisfied with this lens. It has become my main wildlife lens.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By FrontPage on December 23, 2012
I have hesitated using this glass because we have 400mm 2.8 pool lenses that I've always used. I've either been too tight or too loose, but the frustration is being too tight. You can never crop out, of course. So recently I've started looking at different approach to shooting. During our first post season series in Arlington, I chose to grab the 200-400mm, instead. With two photographers covering, I wanted to be able to have the versatility to change lens power and be faster at adjusting from my position as the game was played.

This lens did it, and better than my expectations. See, I've always been concerned about shooting at higher ISO ratings; having started on the ground floor with the NC2000 (AP/Nikon) and then the Nikon D1, using ratings higher than ISO 800 was asking for trouble. So I'm trying to wean myself off instinctively using the faster glass, because we now have the D3 and D3S bodies.

Nevermind the widest f-stop of 4.0, using a full frame sensor with the 200-400 is amazing. I can shoot professional sports with this glass at ISO 4000 and stop the action quite well. The price seems reasonable as well; I had thought this type of versatile lens might be $9,000 or more. Seeing this price makes me think that I would buy it in a heartbeat if I had to choose a telephoto for my arsenal.

Teleconverter pairing: The lens is also lighter than the 400mm 2.8, and modestly heavier than a 300mm 2.8. But what I really like, is being able to use a Nikon TC-14E II (1.4x) Teleconverter because it pairs well with my cameras, creating a 280-560mm f 5.6.
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