AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II
It's a great lens with smooth & fast focus & the VRII working perfect
the most best thing in this lens you can go between the normal zoom 200mm to the super tele zoom 400mm I use it to photograph birds with the TC-14E II the focus will be little bet slower with the teleconverter
the only problem is the wight of lens you will need a tripod to help you with it.
February 24, 2014
I owned the VRI edition for seven years which I sold for the VRII edition.
It's my main wildlife lens and I love it.
It's sharp, versatile and fast.
In the very beginning I had some issues regarding sharpness on long distances but that happened to be human error.
Nowadays I use it on a D800E with the TC2.0III at F/8 and it is absolutely stunning.
December 5, 2012
What a lens!!
I have owned this lens for a few months now. I still am amazed at how clear and crisp the pictures are. I have had the wonderful opportunity of photographing NFL teams, many local high school teams, and the United States Olympic Wrestling Trials in Iowa. The clarity of the pictures made me look so good.
Weight is only a problem if you don't use a monopod or tripod. I look forward to the photographic opportunities when I can use this amazing lens.
I have now attached a 2x teleconverter and have taken simply amazing pictures of the moon. Very graphic and detailed. I can't wait for the next adventure when I get to use this lens.
December 5, 2012
Not good, but yes excellent
The 200-400mm is sharp, fast to focus and great vr. Many people say that it is heavy, well is heavy, but not too heavy that made impossible carry in a hand hold. I walked 6 km with this lens on my hand, also in a rainforest, here in Brazil and don´t get any problem. I have a tripod for the 200-400mm, because the wildlife photography have some moments that you stay in a place for several hours, and this is a sittuation to use the tripod.
May 29, 2012
Better than the VR I
I find it interesting to read the other reviews. :)
Sharper than its predecessor by far. I have put this lens through its paces for more than a year now on both a D700 and a D300s and it rocks. For both sports and wildlife an excellent choice. I shoot on a monopod with a ball head most of the time. Although having shot hand held when necessary. The results are sweet. I did have issues with deep crops and the 1.7 teleconverter at long distances with the D700 (I did not try this combination on the D300s). With the 1.4 teleconverter no issues at all on the D700 or the D300s. Remember at apertures above 5.6 on any body you may have focusing issues. Although with the D4 out now it appears that is no longer an issue, at least with the D4.
There is so much that goes into getting the shot. Deep crops are always tough especially at long distances, as guaranteeing your focus point without it being locked on a tripod is very difficult. If you are shooting an elk at 500 yards the smallest movement can change your focus lock from the elk to the grass or tree. Therefor at distance I do not recommend that you hand hold this beast.
With the DOF on a crop sensor being less than on an FX sensor the focus point becomes all that more important.
I recommend a good solid support when shooting with this piece of glass.
Alas per my wife you need a small Sherpa to carry this lens.
January 13, 2012