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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

200-400mm super-telephoto zoom with VR

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

Renowned NIKKOR optics and advanced Nikon lens technologies

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.
AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED 4.9 5 20 20
I can't get along without it. Works great for the soccer, football and softball games I cover. September 22, 2010
Outstanding Lens!! This lens is fantastic. I saw another photographer using this lens on the sidelines last year and decided I had to have one. Very fast AF and tack sharp images. Was rather disappointed to find out ten days after I purchased the lens they were coming out with a new improved version. Hard to believe they could improve on this lens. August 13, 2010
Outstanding I obtained this lens when it first became available so I have had several years experience. This is one of the best lenses I have every owned. I have used it primarily for sports and nature photography. For photographing crew races at very long distances a nikon 2x converter really brought in the subjects with a only slight decline in resolution. The versatiity made this my lens of choice over a prime 400 or 600 mm. Never a had a moments trouble with this lens.although it is slow to focus with the 2x converter but that was expected. August 2, 2010
Wonderful zoom lens Great optic quality, fast focus, smooth optical movement. Could improve the tripod mount location closer to the center of gravity of the lens. Needs to extend the tripod mount foot so that it makes it possible to hand-hold this lens. Difficult to do this now as your hand must be so far forward that it is difficult to shoot many images without a tripod or mono-pod. August 2, 2010
heavy but worth the weight Possibly the greatest lens I have ever used. I used this lens for about 5 weddings and I must say that it was great. At first you think , oh no, this lens is heavy, but the performance of the lens is staggering. I bought a harness so that I could carry this lens on my D300 as well as a D90 with a wide lens. Switching between the two I had the best of all worlds. The focusing of the lens is nearly instant and the clarity is great. Taking low light photos with or without VR, I got razor sharp images every time. I didn't use the ballistic nylon case much, but the construction also looked really rugged and professional. I would recommend this lens to serious professionals and others that can afford it. A++ July 30, 2010
A game-changing lens In 1990 when I switched to Nikon, I was envious of those few photographers who had been able to get their hands on the older manual 200-400 lens at a cost of $10K used. When Nikon came out with this new model which is just as sharp with incredibly fast AF and image stabilization for only a bit more than $5K, I had to buy it and it changed my life. I achieved more first-class tele shots in my first year with the lens than I had gotten in 20 years with other, less versatile lenses, including several that I have sold to national calendars. Pairing this with the 18-200 and converters, I can travel just about anywhere and come back with great nature photos. Lastly, it's ability to focus very closely makes it useful for some macro applications, especially with a converter. A versatile gem of a lens! July 30, 2010
The Best I purchased the old model before VRII & Nano Chrystal coating. Had I known, I would have opted for the new model. The Nikkor 200-400 is simply one of the best lenses I have owned. It is Heavy but still hand holdable. I have shot handheld when I simply didn't have a tripod handy & the images were sharper than some lenses on a tripod. I am 73 years old & have had Nikon products since 1980 & I am pleased with Nikon. July 30, 2010
Incredible One fantastic lens! I have had this for a few years now. I have used it on my former D2hs' as well as my current D3's. Jaw dropping quick focusing and tack sharp. I do quite a bit of racing photography and love the ability for a nice tight shot and to pull back for a wider shot without having to run to a more distant location. I use this in combination with a 70-200mm f2.8 VR on the other D3 and could not be happier at the combination. July 30, 2010
Great lens Great close focusing lens I have used for Pro Hockey, and wildlife images. Just about the best lens out there for wildlife and scenics, light enough to carry around with out getting tired. Being 200-400 mm focusing down to 6.5' gets some nice wildlife full body and head images in one great lens! July 30, 2010
Best all purpose lens for wildlife I have had the Nikon 200-400 VR lens for a couple of years now. I added it to my camera bag when I began making regular trips to Grand Teton and Yellowstone NP to photograph wildlife. This lens produces incredibly sharp images, and the zoom range is great for wildlife photography whether in the field, or shooting with a bean bag from a vehicle. The VR is fantastic as I have hand-held this lens on many occasions and still produced great images. I also carry the Nikon TC-14E II and use it regularly with this lens giving me a 550mm f/4. The extra zoom gives me the reach I need to make pictures of wildlife further away. I also use this lens regularly for sporting events. The zoom range is great for action. I HIGHLY recommend this lens! July 30, 2010
Terrific lens Purchased the lens to photograph bears and other wildlife in Alaska. The lens worked great in all conditions. It was extremely sharp, with blazing fast focus and incrediably sharp, even handheld in less than desirable light. The color and contrast is amazing. July 30, 2010
Extraordinary Quality The AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED lens is simply one of the most extraordinary lenses I have ever used in my career as a nature photographer. Sharp, quick, and easy to handle. With the smaller sensors in the D300s, the lens is more like a 600mm lens. The VR technology helps both on and off the tripod to ensure a sharp image. It has become my go-to willdife lens when I'm traveling...it's much lighter than my 600mm and saves space when flying. For any nature photographer, this is a must have lens. July 30, 2010
Crystal clear pictures but a little heavy This was good investment for me. I take sports pictures and usually in the evening. The pictures are crystal clear. The only draw back - the lens and camera get heavy later into the shoot. Since I'm moving all the time, a tripod or monopod gets in the way. I have no regrets with this len purchase. July 30, 2010
Closeup a Beast, No So Much for Distant Subjects I can;t say enough good things about this lens... but there is one thing I wish Nikon had ironed out: Distant Subjects. This lens does not pair well with older cameras like the D2Xs and subject distance is greater than 100 yards. It just falls appart. Images will be either soft or completely OOF. On the D3 it is a bit better but not by much. If you add a TC14 or TC17 things get much worse very quickly. Only the TC2 III seems to pair well with this lens, even correcting some flaws!! Flexibility and the cheapest way to get a quality 400mm lens from Nikon. May 26, 2011
Good lens, but... This lens does amazing things, but if you are using a tripod - it might be best to turn the vibration reduction off. You will get blurry images. Also, the images are not quite as perfectly clear as I would expect for the high price of the lens. Overall, it is a truly amazing lens with lightening fast focus and near perfect optics. July 30, 2010
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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.
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