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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 200-400 mm f/4G IF-ED VR

Manufacturer Nikon Nikkor
Model AF-S 200-400 mm f/4G IF-ED VR
Lens style Telephoto zoom
Focal length 200 - 400 mm
Maximum aperture f/4
Angle of view 12.2 - 6.1 o
Closest focusing distance 1.95 m
Maximum magnification 1:3.6
Minimum aperture 32
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Auto focus type AF
Lens Construction 24 elements / 17 groups
Filter diameter 52 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Nikon F
Dimensions 124 x 365 mm
Weight 3275 g
Additional information Marketed 2004
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Owners reviews (1)
  1. OwlsEye
    OwlsEye 25 December 2015, 16:52
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    IP 75.168.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: $3000
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: The bokeh at long distances can be a bit nervous. Sharpness is optimized for near range and can fall off a bit beyond 30 meters. Detail can be recovered by stopping down. Front heavy due to optical design. This can make the lens difficult to balance with a smaller camera. At 400mm f4 the lens is sharp but loses some contrast.

    Pros: Super flexible and useful for wildlife photography. The lens is crazy sharp at f4.5 to f8.0 within 30 meters. Sharpness within "sweet spot (see above)" matches that of primes. The lens AF is very fast and locks on nicely with pro-spec bodies. Built to withstand the demands of professional use in all weather conditions. Comes with removable front filter-element that can be replaced without shipping to Nikon. The first version (VR-I) is a bargain in the used market compared to any other lens in this category.

    Summary: I am a wildlife and nature photographer. This is my go-to lens for all of my wildlife. I have been using the lens with a D300, D610, D7200 and D4. The lens is now glued to the D4 as it seems that the lens loves the body and the body loves the lens. Ever since moving to the D4 and find myself to be more than satisfied with the optical output from the 200-400mm VR. Should this lens decide to die on me, I would not hesitate to replace it with the same exact optic. In fact, at the used prices range from $2800-$3400, depending on condition, I am now thinking about buying a second one to serve as a back-up.

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