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An optical masterpiece: the super-telephoto zoom lens of choice for professionals.

For professionals seeking the ultimate super-telephoto zoom lens, the AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II delivers unrivaled speed, consistency, low-light performance and image quality in the most demanding situations. An advanced lens that draws peak performance from advanced FX-format D-SLRs, its an ideal choice for photographers who want to keep their gear to a minimum while on super-telephoto assignments that require the absolute finest images possible.
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
IF Lens
Silent Wave Motor
M/A
A/M
Nano Crystal Coat
Vibration Reduction

Masterful images

Super-telephoto zoom in a class of its own

Bring home shots that dazzle. The powerful and versatile AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II captures amazing images in nearly any light, making it a perfect lens for serious sports and wildlife photographers. Its f/4 fixed aperture renders beautiful background blur (bokeh) and lets you maintain an exposure across the entire focal length range. Nikon VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization provides 3.0 stops* of blur free handheld shooting, assuring dramatically sharper still images and HD video capture.

Unwavering performance

Stellar NIKKOR optics and advanced Nikon lens technologies

The AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II is an advanced lens designed to meet the demands of today’s professionals. Nano Crystal Coat (N) reduces ghosting and flare. 4 Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements offer superior sharpness, contrast and color correction, even at f/4. Nikon’s exclusive Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables ultra-fast, ultra-quiet autofocusing with seamless manual focus override.  In even the most challenging situations, you’ll deliver brilliant images.

Nikon Vibration Reduction

Learn more about Nikon’s in-lens VR image stabilization which assures dramatically sharper still images and video capture when shooting handheld.
*Based on CIPA Standard. This value is achieved when: FX-format compatible lenses are attached to an FX-format digital SLR camera and zoom lenses are set at the maximum telephoto position.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 uses ultrafine, nano-sized* crystal particles to eliminate reflections inside the lens throughout the spectrum of visible light waves (380 to 780 nm) in ways that far exceed the limits of conventional antireflection coating systems. Nano Crystal Coat not only solves ghost effects caused by red light, which was incredibly difficult for previous systems. It also effectively reduces ghost and flare effects caused by light entering the lens diagonally. The result: clearer images.
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.
AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II 4.7 5 18 18
As Good as it Gets I've been shooting with this lens for the last two years and prior to that the first version for four and a half years. It is as fine a lens as can be had for birds in flight, hand carried, as well as anything else. It's versatility is second to none. Some may complain about it sharpness but I haven't experienced that except when out at longer distances like 200 to 300 yards. Then again even the large primes have their limits and are not as versatile. I used to smile when getting on line and asking what the finest lens was for birds in flight and would always read the Canon 100-400. My shooting friends that shoot with it, now know it's not in the same class. It wasn't until two years ago that Canon finally came out with their 200-400. The lens and camera weigh 10.5 lbs. I'm not exceptionally strong being 68 years old but do hand carry it with no sling, allowing me to shoot at any angle. Getting close is the key to taking great photos and lots of practice. Don't be one that just sits and admires the lens, go out and shoot and shoot and shoot. By the way I've come to depend on three shot bursts multiple times if needed. I wish all of you happy shooting. October 23, 2014
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
Great lens 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
Great lens 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
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What cameras is compatible with this?

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All DSLR's are compatible and older film nikon's with F-bayonet mounts
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I need to order parts from small screws to focus rings, so need this or a link to same ASAP.
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Please get in contact with the Nikon Parts Department
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How can i get the dedicated dedicated slip-in filter holder of my 200-400/4G lens?

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Due to the careless,i lost the dedicated slip-in filter holder of my 200-400/4G lens. Can you tell me how i can buy this accessories?Product No.?thanks
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You can get the dedicated Slip-in filter holder at our Nikon Store:
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What is the best Nikon telephoto lens for shooting from a bean bag rest on a jeep on safari?

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I just returned from an African safari. Since my D 4 body, on order for months, never came in I used a D 700 body. My 70 to 200 mm Nikon lens even with the 2x teleconverter was too short. The photo store recommended a Sigma 150-500 mm that I ended up using most of the time. This inexpensive lens did an ok job up close but was not clear enough at distance. I would like a better Nikon lens for a return safari. The Nikon 200-400 zoom had mixed reviews at distance and I would need to use the teleconverter on it. Would a 500mm or 600mm Nikon lens work satisfactorily from the bean bag mount on a jeep? What lens would you recommend for this purpose?
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Please click on the link below for the lens simulator; it will help you to make the decision on what lens you need.
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Is a neutral density filter available for the 200-400/f4?

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If not, is it possible to rig one from a spare filter holder and a regular, screw-on 52mm ND filter?
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Nikon does not have an ND filter available for the AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II lens. However, a 52mm filter can be screw into the dedicated slip-in filter holder included with the lens.
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can i take the out the glass filter and just leave the bracket empty on the slot..

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Yes, filter can be left out.
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