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

  • FX coverage
  • Autofocus (in-lens focus motor), internal focus
  • 20 elements in 12 groups, 4 ED, 1 Super ED elements, nano coating
  • 9-blade rounded aperture diaphragm
  • smallest aperture is f/32 (at 80mm)
  • 77mm filter ring
  • 5.74' (1.75m) minimum focus; 1:5 maximum reproduction ratio
  • 14.4 x 4.9" (365 x 124mm) long, diameter
  • 119 ounces (3360g) weight
  • included HB-65 bayonet lens hood, CL-M2 case, caps
  • US$7000
  • Model Number 2187
  • Announced April 2010, shipped June 2010

Thom's Mini Review: This "redesign" was unexpected, and seems to be mostly centered around some small changes to the electronics and VR handling. Having tested the original version and this one side by side, I can find nothing in terms of performance different that isn't well within what would be considered sample error. Optically, this lens is spectacular when focused close, very good at medium ranges, and just good at long distances. This is a versatile lens, though on FX it is a little short in focal length to be a true wildlife/sports lens (though you can "fix" that if you shoot with a D800 in DX crop mode). My 200-400mm travels with me a lot, as the great versatility makes up for the small liabilities, especially if I can keep relatively close to my subjects. Recommended

Note: Markins makes an RN-24 stabilizing plate for the 200-400mm, which replaces the Nikon-supplied foot and provides a ring clamp to stabilize the plate on the lens.

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