AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR
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
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
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 17, 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