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Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED Vibration Reduction II Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR 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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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||HK-30|
|Compatible Mountings||Nikon F (FX)|
|Image Stabilization||Vibration reduction (VR II) up to 4 stops|
|Item Dimensions||4.88 x 4.88 x 14.41 inches|
|Item Display Weight||15 pounds|
|Item Weight||7.4 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Macro Focus Range||2.00 m|
|Material Type||Magnesium alloy barrel, Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F4.0|
|Maximum Focal Length||400 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||200 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||9|
|Number of Elements||24|
|Number of Groups||17|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||52 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||12.33 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||13.15 pounds|
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (FX)|
|Focus Type||Ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic||Ultrasonic||Ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic||Ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||4.88 x 14.41 x 4.88 in||6.3 x 14.09 x 6.3 in||4.88 x 10.55 x 4.88 in||3.78 x 7.99 x 3.78 in||4.88 x 8.03 x 4.88 in||5.51 x 15.39 x 5.51 in|
|Item Weight||7.4 lbs||8.38 lbs||6.39 lbs||3.46 lbs||6.46 lbs||8.55 lbs|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens||Prime lens||Prime lens||Zoom lens||Prime lens||Prime lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||400 millimeters||400 millimeters||300 millimeters||400 millimeters||200 millimeters||500 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||200 millimeters||400 millimeters||300 millimeters||80 millimeters||200 millimeters||500 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||52 millimeters||41 millimeters||52 millimeters||77 millimeters||52 millimeters||52 millimeters|
The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4.0G ED VR II Lens 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/4.0G 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 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
From the Manufacturer
This versatile Nikon super-telephoto zoom lens is 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 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.
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.
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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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.
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. Since all my images has some sort of degradation for other reasons than the use of Tele-convertors anyway. Your experience may vary.
The auto focus on the lens is faster than all the above lenses I mentioned, and stays fast even with the TC-20E.
One last word, Do not dismiss the size and weight issue. It is a real issue if you are going to cary this lens around all day hiking or sports shooting.
Traveling with this lens is also a challenge. You have to develop strategies around carrying this along with all other lenses and camera bodies through airports and deal with flight attendants who want you to check your bag with your all your gear and the $6000.00 lens in it.
I hope this help you, It is hard to justify spending the money on this lens but I have not regret it at all. Just wish I had done it sooner.
Since I have used the lens for sometimes now, I thought I would share my experience:
As I mentioned in my original review I have been using the lens with TC14 and TC20. The images from TC20 at longer distances and wider f stops are much softer and more importantly, I experienced a lot of focusing issues not so much with speed as I am with accuracy, significant back focusing at longer distances (I am using D800). I have examined my technique and tested the combination at controlled environment, but no deference in performance, I also have a Nikon 300, 2.8. The TC20 performs much better with 300, 2.8.
So even though the TC20 is usable, I would not recommend using TC20 with this lens for moving subjects, like Birding or Sports shooting. Since I had issues with TC20, I purchased a TC17. I have to say that TC17 is not much better. On the other hand the TC14 has been a great combination and no issues at all.
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. That gives me the range of having a Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II AF-S on one body, and this puppy holding the other on a monopod. It's not a beast, but a rather tame, lower-profile lens. But I've heard a number of shooters having lens envy.
Vibration Reduction: I swear by it. This feature is great both with shooting in slower shutter speeds but also with shooting clips. It minimizes lens shake when shooting any event using video.
FX (Full frame) vs DX (lenses for cropped sensor cameras): Giving my two cents worth, I highly recommend everyone purchase FX lenses, and avoid the DX lenses. Your investment should actually be in high-quality glass. Spend a little less on cameras, because their chips tend to become outdated in several years time. You'll never see digital camera bodies rise in long-term value. High quality lenses either hold their value or actually appreciate in value, as long as you don't beat up your gear.
Sharpness: Amazingly sharp. No misgivings about any zoom setting. I now shoot scenes a little loose, because between the sensor chip quality and the lens sharpness, I can crop the action with the confidence that the image will still look good. No problems using the TC-14E, or even the Nikon TC-17E II (1.7x) Teleconverter, which yields a 340-680mm f 6.8 lens. If you have a low-quality sensor, you're bound to have issues with image quality. But I'm really happy with the results using these teleconverters on the D3 and D3S. I tried these on the Nikon D7000 DX-Format CMOS Digital SLR but the body was too slow, and it seemed more difficult focusing.
A BIG NOTE FOR AF-Fine Tune settings (some cameras): I was having issues for the longest time, feeling like my gear was just not yielding good focusing results. My colleague Gene told me about adjusting lenses in my cameras with what's called AF Fine Tune. With all three of my Nikon bodies, I can actually calibrate up to 20 different lenses to fine-tune where the focus is sharpest against the sensor plane. Once I took the time to do it, all my lenses, and the two 200-400mm pool lenses look as crisp as I've ever seen them. Make sure to use this function, checking and adjusting every lens in your arsenal.
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