Nikon 400mm f/2.8G ED VR AF-S

Last updated (02 November’11):
- Review by Camerasdirect

The Nikon 400mm f/2.8G ED VR AF-S features 400mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/2.8. The lens construction has 14 elements in 11 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 6°10′. Closest focusing distance at 9.5ft.(m)(2.9m)AF / 9.2ft.(2.8m)MF and has a filter size of 52mm. The Nikon 400mm f/2.8G ED VR AF-S lens weighs 163 oz. (4,620g) and it measures 6.3 inches in diameter and 14.5 inches long.

Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Nikon 400mm f/2.8G ED VR AF-S Reviews

CamerasDirect reviews the Nikon 400mm f/2.8G ED VR AF-S and writes;
“Lateral chromatic aberration was also well inside the ‘insignificant’ level of 0.04% of distance to corner. We found no evidence of coloured fringing in any test shots. Vignetting (edge darkening) was also negligible at all apertures and we saw no signs of rectilinear distortion. Bokeh (out-of-focus blur) was very smooth and attractive and, thanks to the long focal length and large maximum aperture, true out-of-focus backgrounds were easy to achieve.”
rating: N/A reviews the Nikon 400mm f/2.8G ED VR AF-S and writes;
“When fitted to the Nikon D3, which has an inherently fast AF system, focusing was very fast and accurate and we found no instances of hunting in low-light conditions. Imatest testing showed the supplied lens to be an excellent performer, with top resolution achieved between F/3.5 and f/8.0 followed by a slow decline to a slightly lower level at f/20 and f/22.”
Rating: ★★★★½

KenRockwell reviews the Nikon 400mm f/2.8G ED VR AF-S and writes;
“The performance of the 400/2.8 AF-I is just about perfect. It is completely sharp across the entire field at every aperture. Autofocus accuracy on my F100 is dead on, so I get all the sharpness I paid for, with and without the TC-20E converter. There is no visible distortion.”
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User Opinions

Nikon 400mm f/2.8G ED VR AF-S User Reviews

Superb telephoto lense, | Rating: ★★★★★
“I have been a staunch Nikon supporter for the last 4 years. I purchased this telephoto lense for a dual Safari adventure to Kenya and South Africa. Although I purchased this used on Ebay this lense is phenomenal. It is quick and precise. I took my new Nikon D3x with two Lexar 16 GB compact flash and my 14 mm wide angle lense and all my photo’s are stunning. The color is rich, vibrant and accurate. This is an expensive set-up but for an avid non professional photographer it was money well spent. I will have my website up in a few months and I will place my Safari pictures. You will be impressed.” – by Serge Marinkovic MD

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Nikon 400mm f/2.8G ED VR AF-S User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Nikon 400mm f/2.8G ED VR AF-S Specifications

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.

Three Extra-low Dispersion (ED) elements control chromatic aberrations while enhancing color, sharpness and contrast, even at the widest aperture settings. Rugged, reliable and lightweight, this lens features a magnesium die-cast barrel and professional-grade dust- and moisture-resistant construction. New A/M focus mode provides fast, secure switching between auto and manual focus operation.

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Comment by Art X Subscribed to comments via email
2011-02-11 22:37:34

I’ve recently been using this lens and have found it to be a brilliant addition to my Nikon lenses. Versatile and technically well built it helps me produce sharp crisp images (I suppose for the price tag you’d want it to drive your car too but alas maybe Nikon can work on that:) ).


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