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A remarkable super-telephoto prime lens in a class of its own

With an ultra-fast f/2.8 maximum aperture, Nikon’s superior Vibration Reduction (VR II) image stabilization system, a host of performance enhancing innovations and legendary NIKKOR optics, the AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR is the 400mm super-telephoto prime lens of choice for professionals and serious photographers. Its light and durable magnesium die-cast barrel and professional-grade dust- and moisture-resistant construction delivers a lifetime of reliability, and its exceptional performance makes it an optical masterpiece.
Vibration Reduction
Silent Wave Motor
Nano Crystal Coat
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
M/A
A/M
IF Lens

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Get inside the action
Ultra-fast f/2.8 400mm super telephoto

With 400mm of reach, an ultra-fast f/2.8 maximum aperture and superb image quality, you won’t just get closer to the action—you’ll get inside it. Whether shooting high-speed outdoor sports action or dimly lit stage productions, you’ll capture moments most people miss, and in stunning clarity. If you need more reach than 400mm, the AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR is fully compatible with all Nikon Teleconverters.
Unrivaled image quality
Outstanding NIKKOR optical performance

The durable and lightweight AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR is loaded with performance-enhancing features to ensure you’ll always deliver exceptional images. Nikon VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization provides 3.0 stops* of blur free handheld shooting, assuring dramatically sharper still images and HD video capture. Silent Wave Motor (SWM) provides ultra-fast, ultra-quiet autofocusing. Nano Crystal Coat (N) and Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass help produce images with superior color, sharpness, contrast and minimal noise. Its no surprise so many winning images have been produced with this lens.

*Based on CIPA Standard. This value is achieved when: FX-format compatible lenses are attached to an FX-format digital SLR camera.

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.
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.
Nano Crystal Coat
Nano Crystal Coat
An anti-reflective coating developed by Nikon that virtually eliminates internal lens element reflections across a wide range of wavelengths. Nano Crystal Coat solves ghost effects caused by red light and effectively reduces ghost and flare caused by light entering the lens diagonally.
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.
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.
A/M
A/M
A/M stands for Auto-Priority Manual Mode. This mode also enables an easy transition from autofocus to manual during AF operation. However, mode switch sensitivity has been altered to reduce the possibility of sudden unintentional switching to manual focus while shooting.
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.
Rated 5 out of 5 by 7 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Outstanding Performance I shot this lens with Nikon D-300 D-700 D-800E With all teleconverters 1.4, 1.7, 2.0 outstanding performance July 23, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 Exquisite Quality WOW. Seeing is believing and now I am a believer. The Nikkor 400 2.8 is one remarkable engineering marvel. I am simply astounded by this lens, a super-fast and super sharp “instrument”. I have never owned a lens as wonderful as this Nikkor, it delivers images so intense at near 3 dimensional realism your jaw drops. Where do I start? Build quality: top notch workmanship, the touch and feel of this lens lets you know it means business. People walk up to admire it and take it’s picture. Performance: Stand aside every other lens, this Nikkor will wipe your drooling mouths with superior performance, the speed and image quality are simply excellent. Have I said astounding yet? How about exquisite? How about mind blowing sharpness? This lens is a monster performer unparalleled. It snaps to focus like a world class gymnast. If you miss a shot with this lens you’re asleep at the gimbal or doing something wrong. Focus: Astounding, Nothing better in the Nikkor lineup – almost instant. Even with 1.4 ~ 2.0 TCs the focus keeps up and is snappy. I had a few shots during sever overcast and mixed background the focus went back and forth. Image Quality: I doubt any Nikkor is sharper at 400mm. This lens is a razor with shaving cream. I have been in the photography world for a number of years. This lens is the real deal, with BOKEH to match. When used with the Teleconverters you will be very pleased, this lens holds up even at 2x at 800mm. I cannot find fault in this lens, it is a wonderment in execution, engineering, and performance. I could have purchased the 500, 600 but I chose 400 because it has the flexibility of everything I need. I see a new version of this lens available - I can only imagine the photos that will be produced. May 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by 400mm f/2.8 Uniquely expansive experience Adequately utilizing and taking advantage of a 400mm f/2.8 AF VR lens takes serious dedication. Handling a 10 lb lens requires a gimbal head and capable tripod - although I have successfully used it with a monopod as well. The payoff is that you can capture fabulously detailed, textured surfaces of flying birds, from herons and eagles to hummingbirds. But it takes patience and commitment to develop the techniques needed to derive the unique results attainable from this 400mm f/2.8 lens. April 21, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Speed! It's all about the speed! This lens is a compromise. I mainly shoot wildlife and a 600mm is an ideal length, but too slow for the type of shooting I do. I opted for 400mm f2.8 as it allows me to shoot fledglings in the nest and other poorly lighted, but protected areas. The same holds true for other skittish, young animals. I prefer to shoot animals in action as opposed to portraits, so speed, not length was the critical criteria in choosing a lens for my kind of work. I can live with the lost 200mm and the extra weight for the advantage of the lens speed. It is sharp throughout and I can pull large prints from a portion of the original file when necessary. It is an extremely impressive piece of glass! February 16, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by You would expect Nikon lens to be good however I ordered one after shooting a Friday night football game under the poorest lighting conditions using the 200 to 400. Love the 200 to 400 but F4 wasn't enough. I received the lens Friday afternoon, opened the box, snapped on the lens and drove to the game. I was wowed considering I had been getting shots that were acceptable. It made me famous among the local circut. I use this lens for everthing including macro with tubes. Really like the portraits shots from a distance catching the impromto moments. I do wildlife mostly and hand hold for flight shots. You can build up to it. I use a 1.7 on it and hardly notice the difference. September 23, 2010
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i want to use it with a nikon 200d what do you think?

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It is one of Nikon's finest telephoto lenses. It will work fine with your D200. The effective field of view will be 600mm, this lens also accepts Nikon's teleconverters.
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If I were to attach a 1.4 teleconverter to a 400 mm lens would i get the same quality as using a 600 mm lens as is or would the teleconverter decrease the quality significantly. Also, overall which lens do you think is better for a d300s? Thank you so much. This is a big purchase and I just want to make sure that I am getting the best lens for me
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Depends on what you are going to be using them for, a 400mm with the 1.4 will give you 560mm though iq remains very good as it does on the 600mm. Cant really help beyond that as no idea on what you intend to use either lens for.
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i am confused 600 f/4 or 400/f2.8. for bird photography ,please suggest me?

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Depends how big the birds are and how far away they are, there is no real answer im afraid, you would be better off renting both an see which one suits your needs best.
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VR setting for monopods

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When using a monopod which is the appropriate VR setting- Normal or Tripod.
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To be honest either will work, there is not that much difference between the two settings
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