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Super-fast, telephoto lens, optimized for edge-to-edge sharpness on both the Nikon FX- (23.9 x 36mm) and DX-format image sensors.

New tripod detection mode reduces vibration that may occur due to shutter release when mounted on a tripod.

Exclusive Nano Crystal Coat and a meniscus protective glass element combine to further reduce ghosting and flare for even greater image clarity.

Rugged, reliable and lightweight, this lens features a magnesium die-cast barrel and professional-grade dust- and moisture-resistant construction.

Fully compatible with Nikon TC-14E II, TC-17E II and TC-20E II (III) Teleconverters

Nikon VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization provides 3.0 stops** of blur free handheld shooting, assuring dramatically sharper still images and HD video capture.

Nikon's Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables ultra-high-speed autofocusing with exceptional accuracy and powerful, super-quiet operation.

Three Extra-low Dispersion (ED) elements control chromatic aberrations while enhancing color, sharpness and contrast, even at the widest aperture settings.

New A/M focus mode provides fast, secure switching between auto and manual focus operation.

AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR 5 5 5 5
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
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
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
Lens is everything they said it would be - great Recently purchased the Nikkor 400mm f/2.8 VRII and had the opportunity to photograph a wide range of subjects ranging from wildlife, auto racing, soccer and track & field events. In all instances this lens tracked and re-focus extremely fast. My lighting ranged from bright sunlight to overcast and snowing and the f/2.8 with VRII was very useful. I have tried to hand hold this lens with mixed results but have gotten great results with a tripod and gimbal head, do not recommend a ball head. I would recommend this lens to anyone that shoots in lighting conditions that can go from good to bad and require a fast lens. Pictures were tack sharp. August 4, 2010
400mm f/2.8 VR - the dream lens I have used my Nikkor 400mm f/2.8 VRII lens with my D300 camera for more than one year. I take it to zoos and wildlife refuges. I have been able to capture sharply detailed images of animal portraits, perched birds, and flying birds. The results are outstanding. I support the lens with a tripod and gimbal head. I purchased a thickly padded rubbery shoulder strap to tote this configuration. Typically I spend 5 hours walking around a zoo with this 22 lb. combination over my shoulder. I have also used this setup with my Nikkor TC-20eII teleconverter and with my Nikkor TC-17eII teleconverter. Under ideal conditions I can get ultra sharp images even with the teleconverters. Friends of mine purchased the Nikkor 300mm f/2.8 and they get sharply detailed bird and animal portraits - and they can hand-hold their rig. Nonetheless, I would still recommend the 400mm lens if you are strongly committed to nature photography and want to explore and expand the limits of your creative potential. July 30, 2010
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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 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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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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How to use the many lens features?

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Love the 400mm f/2.8G ED VR lens. Owned it for only a month, but I still can't find information on how to maximize the AF modes and the AF-L/Memory Recall/AF-on switch and the Focus lock buttons. The User Manual explains what it does, but I need of a little more help on WHEN to use these functions. What are some situations where these buttons and switch are designed for? Thanks
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