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Nikon 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED, AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor, with Lens Hood and Case - USA

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The world's first AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED lens with Nikon's advanced Vibration Reduction (VR) technology and highly regarded Silent Wave Motor technology incorporated into a compact design that is easily hand held. Designed for news, sports/action, wildlife and nature photographers, this innovative lens is based on a optical system that features 4 ED glass elements.

Nikon's advanced VR technology overcomes one of the fundamental problems photographers face while photographing under conditions where it is difficult to hold the camera steady. VR technology eliminates image blur caused by camera shake, particularly when shooting in low-light conditions, allowing photographers to use shutter speeds up to three stops slower than they would ordinarily use to get sharp, well exposed images.

It also allows them to use faster shutter speeds with the added benefit of VR technology in well lit environments to freeze the action and further diminish any camera shake blur effect. The VR technology in the AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED lens offers users a choice of either Normal or Active mode. Normal mode detects camera shake when the lens is hand held and the photographer is on a stable base. The Active mode goes a step further to detect vibration caused by photographing from a moving platform, such as a car or a helicopter. Its VR system is smart enough to detect a panning motion and correct vibration on the vertical axis.

Its new optical system features four ED glass elements that minimizes chromatic aberration and produce high quality images. Through low dispersion characteristics the lens' color performance is enhanced by virtually eliminating secondary chromatic aberrations that are common to telephoto optics that do not include ED glass. This technology enhances image quality with added visible sharpness and contrast to the image.

In addition to VR technology and ED glass elements, the AF-S VR Zoom- Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED lens includes a selection of Nikon advanced technologies such as Manual/Automatic mode, Silent Wave Motor Technology (SWM) and G-Type design (aperture control exclusively from camera body). Offered exclusively in Nikon's AF-S optics, the Manual Automatic mode (M/A) allows for instant switching between autofocus and manual focus, virtually eliminating lag time in the transition and enabling photographers to make a last minute adjustment, even if the autofocus system has locked onto the subject.

This performance is complimented by Nikon's automatic Focus Tracking with Lock-on(R), a technology that will enable the system to maintain sharp focus even if the subject is momentarily obscured from view, or if the camera's AF sensor momentarily moves off the main subject. The lens also features Nikon's Silent Wave Motor technology. This innovative technology is highly regarded by professional photographers for its silent and fast auto focusing.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Strong construction (15) , Fast / accurate auto-focus (13) , Durable (5) , Rugged (5) , Consistent output (4) , Easy to use (3) , Simple controls (3)
Heavy (7)
Best Uses:
Wildlife (12) , Sports/action (9) , Shooting outdoors (4) , Wildlife photos (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (10) , Tech savvy (3) , Pro photographer (2) , Semi-pro photographer (2) , Film professional (1) , Landscapes are my main (1) , Sell publish photos (1) , Semi-professional (1) , Serious amateaur (1) , Wildlife professional (1)

Key Features

  • The world's first AF-S VR super-telephoto 200-400mm zoom lens
  • Combines four fixed focal length super-telephoto lenses into a single compact super-telephoto AF Zoom Nikkor lens
  • VR operation offers the equivalent of using a shutter speed 3 stops faster
  • Two VR Modes: Normal mode or Active Mode for when taking pictures with extreme movement
  • Automatically detects when photographer is panning and compensates
  • Compatible with AF-S Teleconverters: TC14E (II) and TC20E (II)
  • Exclusive Silent Wave Motor enables ultra-high-speed autofocusing with exceptional accuracy and powerful super-quiet operation
  • 4 Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements minimizes chromatic aberration and provides higher resolution and superior contrast
  • Minimum focus distance of 6.2 feet at all focal lengths
  • Internal Focusing (IF) design for smoother focusing and great body balance
  • M/A mode enables instant switching from autofocus to manual with virtually no time lag even during AF servo operation
  • No power consumption during manual focus operation
  • Rounded diaphragm (9 blades) for natural blur
  • Nikon D-type design provides precise distance information for flash and ambient light exposure processes
  • Detachable tripod mounting collar provided
  • G design enables apertures to be selected from select Nikon AF SLR camera bodies
  • Fully Compatible with D1X, D1H, D2H, D100, F5, F100, N80, N75 and N65

Technical Specs

Construction 24 elements in 17 groups
Extra Low Dispersion (ED) Lens: 4 Elements
Lens Drive: Silent Wave Motor
Compatible Format FX
FX in DX Crop Mode
35mm Film
Angle of view Picture Angle : 6° at 10 ft. 12° at 20 ft.
Nikon DX Format: 8º 4º
Focal Length: 200-400mm (picture angle with DX Format digital SLRs is equivalent to 300-600mm)
Focusing Type: Internal Focus
F stop range Maximum Aperture: F stop: 4
Minimum F stop: 32
Closest Focusing Distance 6.5 ft. / 2m to infinity (AF)
6.4 ft. / 1.95m to infinity (MF)
Maximum Magnification Max. Reproduction Ratio: 1/3.7 (0.27)
Filter Size 52mm Rear
Dimensions (Length x Diameter) Approx. 4.9 in. dia. x 14.1 in. / 124mm dia. x 358mm
Weight Approx. 3150g / 6.9 lbs. (without protective glass) ; 3,275g / 7.2 lbs. (with pr otective glass)
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