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Nikon 400mm f/2.8G ED VR II AF-S SWM Super Telephoto Lens for Nikon FX and DX Format Digital SLR (OLD MODEL)

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  • Super-fast, telephoto lens, optimized for edge-to-edge sharpness on both the Nikon FX- (23.9 x 36mm) and DX-format image sensors.
  • Vibration Reduction (VR II) minimizes the effects of camera shake allowing photographers to shoot as many as four shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper images.
  • New tripod detection mode reduces vibration that may occur due to shutter release when mounted on a tripod.
  • Nikon's Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables ultra-high-speed autofocusing with exceptional accuracy and powerful, super-quiet operation.
  • Exclusive Nano Crystal Coat and a meniscus protective glass element combine to further reduce ghosting and flare for even greater image clarity.
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Features:Super-fast, telephoto lens, optimized for edge-to-edge sharpness on both the Nikon FX (23.9 x 36mm) and DX-format image sensors Vibration Reduction (VR II) minimizes the effects of camera shake, allowing photographers to shoot at as many as four shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper images New Tripod Detection mode reduces vibration that may occur due to shutter release when mounted on a tripod

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 6.3 x 6.3 inches ; 10.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 24 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000VDF5JC
  • Item model number: 2171
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

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The color is rich, vibrant and accurate.
Serge Marinkovic MD
Yes its big, bulky and heavy but that's what it takes to get a fast 400mm lens.
Michael L. Cappy
The Nikon 300mm f2.8 is the largest lens that I can effectively hand hold.
Noirist

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By BigToe on April 15, 2012
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I am an avid bird photographer, using a 300mm F/4 nikon with TC-14E II. I had been thinking about upgrading to the 300mm f/2.8, but since I always shoot on a tripod, I decided to go one bigger, and get the 400mm f/2.8. This is a HUGE lens. As already mentioned, don't even think about shooting this thing handheld. I use it with a Jobu pro2 Gimbal, and it is literally weightless.

As for the optics, going from the 300mm f/4...it's like taking a veil off the lens. The sharpness at f/2.8 rivals f/8 on the 300mm, and by f/3.5, it is razor sharp. Furthermore, the colors are amazing! With the 300mm, I still had to bump up the saturation in post, but with the 400mm, the colors are rich and saturated out of the box.

Pairing the 400mm with a TC-14e II (560mm f/4) is still usably sharp at f/4, and by f/5.6 is, razor sharp. Colors are still eye popping as well. Autofocusing is a bit slower, but still quite usable.

There's a reason why the super teles cost so much...no compromising here. This is the best of the best.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Noirist on January 16, 2012
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Optically, this lens is without peer. But if you haven't seen it in person, it's shockingly big and heavy. Much of the weight is at the end of the lens away from the camera, which makes it difficult to hand hold this lens stably. I have no trouble hand holding the Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 lens on a D3s all day long, but I was unable to hold this lens steady enough long enough to even engage the autofocus on a designated subject. The Nikon 300mm f2.8 is the largest lens that I can effectively hand hold. So unless you bench over 200 lbs, I'd recommend that you plan on mounting this lens on a monopod or a high-end tripod with gimble head.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. payne on November 30, 2013
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I have had this for a while. It gets beat around in the back of my SUV and I have had no problems with it. The image this produces is exceptional and for wildlife in low light situations there is nothing better.
When I first received it I was not prepared for how heavy it was. I am 65 and can only hand hold the lens for a few seconds. At this magnification level I wouldn't recommend hand holding it anyway.
However my tripod turned out not to be sturdy enough to hold it either so I had to purchase a heavier one. With a good tripod and a steady hand it will capture amazing images.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By DrCatcher on July 30, 2013
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I had to get a big lense. Call it ego call it Want or desire..
I had no idea what it would do for my photography. I have shot stuff with this thing that only I had dreamed of.
Super crisp super clear..
Cons. Heavy ... DUh..
you almost need a sherpa to carry it.
If distance, sharpness, VERY good tripod and cool shots are in your future.. Get it.
Was it worth the money>? Yea, I think so.
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This is one of the best lenses that I own. It's sharp and fast focusing. I love it. Be warned, it's heavy but I knew that when I bought it. If weight isn't an issue, this is the telephoto lens for you.
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