New AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II lens, a versatile, powerful super-telephoto zoom 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 NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G 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.
This amazing new lens provides enhanced shooting flexibility along with full compatibility with Nikon's line of Teleconverters, as the latest addition to the Nikon NIKKOR lens lineup.
This lens is acceptably sharp throughout its range. Not too heavy, compared to my 400 2.8, and reasonably compact. I'm now predominately a wild-life shooter. This lens lets me trek with two lenses, two converters (1.3 & 1.7), two bodies, tripod and monopod. Unless I know I'll need the 400 2.8 it can stay off my back. Don't get me wrong, this lens is not a substitute for the 400 2.8 when shooting at dusk and dawn or into hidden dens and nests. I don't miss the 2.8 as much as I thought I would as EXPEED4 handles higher ISOs so well. This lens does exactly what it is intended to do at reasonable heft and size.
I've been shooting with this lens for the last two years and prior to that the first version for four and a half years. It is as fine a lens as can be had for birds in flight, hand carried, as well as anything else. It's versatility is second to none. Some may complain about it sharpness but I haven't experienced that except when out at longer distances like 200 to 300 yards. Then again even the large primes have their limits and are not as versatile. I used to smile when getting on line and asking what the finest lens was for birds in flight and would always read the Canon 100-400. My shooting friends that shoot with it, now know it's not in the same class. It wasn't until two years ago that Canon finally came out with their 200-400. The lens and camera weigh 10.5 lbs. I'm not exceptionally strong being 68 years old but do hand carry it with no sling, allowing me to shoot at any angle. Getting close is the key to taking great photos and lots of practice. Don't be one that just sits and admires the lens, go out and shoot and shoot and shoot. By the way I've come to depend on three shot bursts multiple times if needed. I wish all of you happy shooting.
Just received this lens on 4/23/2014. This lens has fast focus speed, VRII works excellent. For a wildlife photographer the 70-200 F2.8 and the 200-400 F4 will cover 90% of your needs. We sold the 500mm F4 and replaced it with this lens for the added capabilities of the zoom range. Just got back from photographing Mt Goats and this lens works excellent hand held with VR. Have not tried the 1.4 tele-converter but hope it works as good as it did with the 500mm.
It's a great lens with smooth & fast focus & the VRII working perfect the most best thing in this lens you can go between the normal zoom 200mm to the super tele zoom 400mm I use it to photograph birds with the TC-14E II the focus will be little bet slower with the teleconverter the only problem is the wight of lens you will need a tripod to help you with it.
I primarily shoot larger animals from less than 100 yards away; the flexibility of this zoom lens has helped me capture images that I would not otherwise have been able to get. The VR system works great, I have been able to get sharp shots at 400mm with a SS of 1/30th of a second. The two things I dislike most about the lens are how heavy it is and that it can be awkward to handle, especially inside a car. I also wish that Nikon would manufacture the tripod foot to already be notched for the "Arca-Style" tripod heads (just about every "professional" tripod head utilizes this style), it drives me crazy that after spending this kind of money on a lens that I now have to go out and purchase either a lens plate or replace the foot with an after-market version just so I can use my tripod.
I have owned this lens for a few months now. I still am amazed at how clear and crisp the pictures are. I have had the wonderful opportunity of photographing NFL teams, many local high school teams, and the United States Olympic Wrestling Trials in Iowa. The clarity of the pictures made me look so good. Weight is only a problem if you don't use a monopod or tripod. I look forward to the photographic opportunities when I can use this amazing lens. I have now attached a 2x teleconverter and have taken simply amazing pictures of the moon. Very graphic and detailed. I can't wait for the next adventure when I get to use this lens.
I owned the VRI edition for seven years which I sold for the VRII edition. It's my main wildlife lens and I love it. It's sharp, versatile and fast. In the very beginning I had some issues regarding sharpness on long distances but that happened to be human error. Nowadays I use it on a D800E with the TC2.0III at F/8 and it is absolutely stunning.
I had deliberated whether to purchase this lens or not because of its price point and some negative comments on the internet. I wish I had not waited because I love the 200-400. I've been a Nikon owner since my college days back in the sixties at IU and have always been satisfied with Nikon. I get a real kick out of this lens. It is sharp but a little heavy but I can easily shoot air shows and football with a monopod. I use a tripod with a gimbal mount when the situation permits it. I had owned the 80-400 Nikkor, but it doesn't touch this lens. I purchased the lens from Adorama in New York. I must say that these folks got the lens to me fast with no hassle.
The 200-400mm is sharp, fast to focus and great vr. Many people say that it is heavy, well is heavy, but not too heavy that made impossible carry in a hand hold. I walked 6 km with this lens on my hand, also in a rainforest, here in Brazil and don't get any problem. I have a tripod for the 200-400mm, because the wildlife photography have some moments that you stay in a place for several hours, and this is a sittuation to use the tripod.