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A renowned super-telephoto zoom lens for professionals.

Nikon’s first AF-S super-telephoto zoom lens to feature VR image stabilization, the AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED has empowered sports and wildlife photographers to bring home some of their most amazing shots yet. Its superior NIKKOR optics and Nikon’s advanced lens technologies deliver consistent, exceptional performance, even on the most challenging assignments. How will it inspire you?
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
IF Lens
Silent Wave Motor
M/A
Vibration Reduction

Amazing images

The AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED combines the reach and functionality of four super-telephoto prime lenses into a single compact super-telephoto zoom lens. Its broad focal length is complemented with Nikon’s VR image stabilization for enhanced low-light performance—shoot at shutter speeds up to three times slower than would otherwise be possible.

Reliable performance

The world's first AF-S VR super-telephoto 200-400mm zoom lens employs a host of Nikon's exclusive technologies to deliver spectacular images. Besides its two VR modes, the AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED automatically detects when you’re panning and compensates accordingly. Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables ultra-fast, ultra-quiet autofocusing with seamless manual override. And 4 Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements minimize chromatic aberration and provide higher resolution and superior contrast.
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
An optical glass developed by Nikon that is used with normal optical glass in telephoto lenses to obtain optimum correction of chromatic aberrations.
IF Lens
IF Lens
A NIKKOR lens in which only the internal lens group shifts during focusing. Thus, IF NIKKORS do not change in size during AF operation, allowing for compact, lightweight lenses capable of closer focusing distances. These lenses will be designated with the abbreviation IF on the lens barrel.
Silent Wave Motor
Silent Wave Motor
AF-S NIKKOR lenses feature Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM), which represents a significant advance in AF lens technology. SWM uses ultrasonic vibrations—rather than a gear system—to focus the lens, providing incredibly smooth, silent and precise autofocus operation.
M/A
M/A
Select NIKKOR lenses have a focusing mode which allows switching from automatic to manual focusing with virtually no lag time by simply turning the focusing ring on the lens. This makes it possible to seamlessly switch to fine manual focusing while looking through the viewfinder.
Vibration Reduction
Vibration Reduction
A Nikon in-lens technology that improves image stability by automatically compensating for camera shake. Lenses that offer VR will feature the abbreviation VR on the lens barrel.
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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
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Can this lens be used with D5100?

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If yes, can anyone please share some pics taken with D5100 & this lens.
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Yes it will work, but bear in mind that if you do buy one you will almost certainly need a decent tripod and head and or a decent monopod to put it on as it is a beast and gets extremely heavy trying to hand hold it.
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Yes it will work but might feel a little awkward in the compact body of a D5100. Why not invest a few hundred dollars and rent one. Well worth it before spending almost $7000 on a lens.
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Best lens choice for youth sports?

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I use a D90 with a monopod and have been capturing photos with the AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED. I would like to upgrade.

Which would be the best single choice?
AF-S Nikkor 300mm f2.8G ED VRII
AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm f4G ED VRII
AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm f4G IF ED

Any other good alternatives?
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Please click on the link below for the lens simulator; it will help you to make the decision on what lens you need.
http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Produ...
Please click on the link below for sporting events:
http://support.nikonusa.com/app/ans...
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