AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II
Excellent Pro-Series lens
Just received this lens on 4/23/2014.
This lens has fast focus speed, VRII works excellent. For a wildlife photographer the 70-200 F2.8 and the 200-400 F4 will cover 90% of your needs. We sold the 500mm F4 and replaced it with this lens for the added capabilities of the zoom range. Just got back from photographing Mt Goats and this lens works excellent hand held with VR. Have not tried the 1.4 tele-converter but hope it works as good as it did with the 500mm.
April 26, 2014
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