AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED
FAST FOCUS and SHARP!
I have used this lens with my D3X for dynamic fashion shoots outdoors where it is very important to freeze a model while she is constantly moving under a directors orders and this lens tracks beautifully giving me tack sharp images, images with a pleasing Bokeh in the background for the client to view immediately on a nearby laptop. Every photo looks like a magazine cover! This is a MONEY lens when you want a telephoto that can perform to the highest expectations. I also use the 200-400 Zoom to photograph Mud Runs where I want to keep my equipment and myself as mud free as possible, with a little help from rain gear and other lens protectors, at the same time isolate the drama of these difficult races by capturing the expressions of the participants. This lens tracks and exposes flawlessly under some of the harshest, dusty conditions and always gives me sellable photos with my Nikon D3S. You must practice good telephoto technique for any long zoom lens. This lens, with it's excellent VR and fast focus allows you to relax a bit and enjoy the shoot. I use a different foot combination only because I prefer the Arca-Swiss style Tripod / Monopod Mounts. It is one of my permanent go to lenses.
April 25, 2013
Great telephoto for sports
I regularly shoot my wife's volleyball team in action. It is a hard sport to shoot in available light. By coupling this great lens with my D3 I am getting great results. It is pricy, heavy, but I still love it.
October 29, 2012
I am utterly happy with this lens
I am super happy with the lens. I should have bought it years ago.
October 10, 2011
Great lens for wildlife.
Having graduated from the 80-400 mm Nikkor to this lens, I can say that the speed of focus and lower apeture over the entire range make it ideal for photographing wildlife. Coupled with a DX SLR such as the D300, it enables the photographer to shoot in low-light conditions. It's worth the added expense.
June 8, 2011
Tack Sharp and Fast
This lens is my go to lens for sports. The clarity and detail of images produced far exceeds the bulk and size of the 200-400 lens. It is fast, sharp and easy to shoot with using a monopod. I shoot primarily alpine ski racing during the winter months and in all kinds of weather. This lens was consistently the best gear choice for me.
April 14, 2011