Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II

Last updated (26 April’12):
– Review by Ephotozine

The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II features 200-400mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/4. The lens construction has 24 elements in 17 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 12°20′. Closest focusing distance at 6.6ft.AF / 6.4MF and has a filter size of 52mm. The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II lens weighs 118.5 oz. (3360g) and it measures 4.9 inches in diameter and 14.4 inches long.

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

Expert Reviews

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II Reviews

Ephotozine reviews the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II and writes;
“t is capable of producing images with superb resolution and contrast and built to cope with the daily rigours of professional working life. The vibration reduction system appears to work well. I could comfortably get sharp shots at around 1/60secs most of the time and with less frequency at slower shutter speeds.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Kenrockwell reviews the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II and writes;
“Bokeh is usually neutral to nice. If you’re shooting across long distances, atmospheric heat shimmer will make the bokeh look funny, especially from point light sources. This happens with all long lenses. The 200-400mm f/4 VR AF-S has no visible distortion, which is extraordinary for a zoom. There are no lateral color fringes on the D300 or D3, which would correct them if the lens had any.”
Rating: N/A

User Opinions

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II User Reviews

A Great Lens for Wildlife
“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.” – By K. Herman
Rating: ★★★★★

“Just got it after 1 month wait and it was all worth it!!!!Lens is built like a tank super sharp and af is lightning fast.I use it with 1.7 teleconverter and can not see any image degradation.It is best for sports and air shows,” – By nemmka
Rating: ★★★★★

No regrets – don’t compromise with less
“I used this lens with a 1.4 times Nikon teleconverter, behind a Nikon D700. This is a top quality lens that takes extremely clear shots and auto-focusses quickly and accurately even with the 1.4 times teleconverter. I knew it had a big reputation before I decided to spend so much but I am pleased to say that it exceeds my very high expectations.” – By Greg Munyard
Rating: ★★★★★

“It is large and heavy but reasonable sharpness obtained with fast speeds when handheld and with VRII turned on. Great sharpness when utilizing a sturdy tripod/bullhead/gimbal and also when utilizing a rifle stock (Bush Hawk)! The case is good and protects lens AND camera (Nikon D3).” – By John
Rating: ★★★★★

Big Gun | Rating: ★★★★★
“The 200-400VRII is a very large serious piece of glass. You will want a sturdy gimbal mount. I use Monfroto’s. Using a D3s and this lens can be done handheld for a few shots, or a steady rest. It is easy to handle and takes very very clear pictures. The focus lock feature gets used a lot if I have something like a tree branch in the forground. The 1.4 teleconverter ( be sure you get the right one ) maintains auto focus nicely. The 1.7 loses auto focus, but reaches out further and the picture quality is very good even in lower light. This lens and camera combo is incredible..” – by Kelly J Clark

Amazing Detail ! | Rating: ★★★★★
“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!” – by Miles J. Smith, III

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Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II Specifications

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.

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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