Nikon 200-400mm f/4G ED AF-S VR-II Zoom Nikkor Lens - U.S.A. Warranty

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About Nikon 200-400mm

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.

The Nikon 200-400mm is commonly used for Sports/action, Wildlife photos and more.The Nikon 200-400mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Nikon 200-400mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon 200-400mm: Consistent output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice bokeh, Rugged and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (8),Strong construction (8),Consistent output (7),Rugged (7),Durable (6),Nice bokeh (5),Easily interchangeable (3)
Cons:
Heavy (6)
Best Uses:
Wildlife photos (8),Sports/action (6),Landscape/scenery (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (4)

Nikon 200-400mm 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.
  • 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 andreduced 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.
  • Compatible with TC-14EII (AF/MF), TC-17EII (MF), TC-20EII (MF) and TC-20EIII (MF) Teleconverters.

Nikon 200-400mm Specifications

Maximum Aperture
4
Minimum Aperture
32
Maximum Angle of View (DX-format)
8 Degree
Minimum Angle of View (DX-format)
4 Degree
Maximum Angle of View (FX-format)
12 Degree 20'
Minimum Angle of View (FX-format)
6 Degree 10'
Maximum Reproduction Ratio
0.27x
Construction
24 elements in 17 groups
Compatible Format(s)
FX - DX - FX in DX Crop Mode - 35mm Film
VR (Vibration Reduction) Image
Yes
Diaphragm Blades
9
Distance Information
Yes
Nano Crystal Coat
Yes
ED Glass (Elements)
4
Autofocus
Yes
AF-S (Silent Wave Motor)
Yes
Internal Focusing
Yes
Minimum Focusing Distance
6.6 ft. / 2m to infinity (AF)
6.4 ft. / 1.95m to infinity (MF)
Focus Mode
Auto - Manual - Manual/Auto
Filter Size
52mm Rear
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
Approx. 4.9 in. dia. x 14.4 in. / 124mm dia. x 365mm
Weight
Approx. 3360g / 118.5 oz

Nikon 200-400mm Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.8

(based on 24 reviews)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent lens!

I purchased this lens in mid-June with a Nikon D300S camera, mainly for photographing birds. I had previously used a high-end point-and-shoot with a super zoom lens. This camera and lens combination is AWSOME! Focus is very crisp and very fast. So far I've been shooting the combination hand-held at speeds as low as 1/250 of a second... great results! As you can see from the dragonfly photo, the lens is also great for closeup photography!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

expensive,heavy and not so sharp

this is an expensive and heavy lens and for the price its' performance should be stellar. should be. if you use it at relatively close ranges (ie under100m) it is a decent lens. but how often will you use a lens of this range at close range? i do surveillance work and it is always at long range. it is quite soft when you try to do really large crops with it. i was not pleased with the quality. i talked to others online who have (had) the lens and they experienced the same problems with it. so...

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this is an expensive and heavy lens and for the price its' performance should be stellar. should be. if you use it at relatively close ranges (ie under100m) it is a decent lens. but how often will you use a lens of this range at close range? i do surveillance work and it is always at long range. it is quite soft when you try to do really large crops with it. i was not pleased with the quality. i talked to others online who have (had) the lens and they experienced the same problems with it. so it is obviously a design problem. it is fine for shooting birds and such at close range, but pretty much worthless at long range. my 300 2.8 blows it out of the water even with a 2x attached to it. i no longer have the lens for obvious reasons.

Reviewed by 24 customers

 
5.0

Initial Impressions

By

from Anchorage, Alaska  -  Semi-pro Photographer

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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

As Good as it Gets

By

from Alabama / Florida

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.

 
5.0

Excellent Pro-Series lens

By

from Rapid City, SD, USA

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.

 
5.0

Great lens

By

from Undisclosed

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.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Wildlife Lens!!!

By

from Utah  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

What a lens!!

By

from Springfield, OH, USA

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.

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great lens

By

from Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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.

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Lens..I would buy again.

By

from Mason, Ohio  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.

(21 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Not good, but yes excellent

By

from Undisclosed

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.

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Dream lens for action shots

By

from Boca Raton, FL  -  Photo Enthusiast

This lens is fast focusing and sharp. I am able to hand hold it and get track Ospreys in flight and diving. It is large and fairly heavy. Using a shoulder mount of chest support will make it usable for anyone who finds it too large or heavy by itself. A tripod with a gimble mount is another great way to use this outstanding lens. It is expensive but, in this case, you get what you pay for.

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
Richard O  This lens is the standard for many professional sports photographers. It provides the range and focusing speed work both sides of a baseball or football field. One of the best purchases I've made.
Shopper  Can the TC-20eiii be used successfully on this lens?
GIL L. S  Can't answer that question - I've had the lens for approx s year. Love it - mostly wildlife such as ducks in flight, etcetera.
Shopper  Can I use my Nikon 1.4x teleconverter with this lens?
SESH R  Nikon 200-400mm f4 VRII WITH 1.4x (TC-14) teleconverter: -Overall fair image quality with a few good shots mixed in…probably more unacceptable photos that keepers -Started to notice adverse results of camera vibration from slow aperture and teleconverter - thankfully have a D3S - so I crank up the ISO to keep shutter speed fast to avoid drag... -Autofocus was slow but did fuction most of the time, though it has a tendency to hunt -I would use this with D3S or D4 as high ISO is needed to get decent quality picture out of it as you lose 2 full stops and light and clarity drops.
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