AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II
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
I love the lens, excellent image quality
The image quality is excellent. The lens a little on the heavy side, but again if you want great quality, you need glass and not plastic.
The VR works great, much improvement from the previous version.
November 21, 2011
WOW...What a lens!
Not for the faint of heart. This lens is the REAL deal, and takes getting used too. However, once you dial it in and realize you CANNOT shoot like you normally do. WOW...what results. Worth the Cost, weight and every other negative people may say. Just a FANTASTIC lens! Great job Nikon!!!!!!
May 5, 2011
Sometimes no one can explain how a lens turns out great. All the gods smile on a manufacturer and everything turns out right. That is what happened with this lens. Incredible detail, flexible. Shoot with a D3s and it just becomes an animal. The only downside is that it is heavy, but you need the work out anyway, right?
April 14, 2011
Beautiful Sharp Lens
I own a lot of Nikon lenses but the 200-400 F4 is the greatest of them all.
For absolute sharpness it is the best. It is not as heavy as I would have expected and in emergency situations where the action was happening and I did not have time to get my tripod out, I have handheld it and had great results.
The case it comes in adds great protection. I wish Nikon would include such a case for all their larger lenses.
The lens is very expensive but I have no regrets in getting it.
April 14, 2011
What a lens!!!
So far it has been great. It is large and heavy so a monopod or tripod with a good head makes it easier to handle. You can shoot it handheld though. Photos are sharp and the focus is quick and dead-on. With double the reach of my 70-200 I'm looking forward to better wildlife shots. Even the lens case is incredible. Nikon quality throughout!!!
April 14, 2011
Fast and Crisp!!
It has been my pleasure to use my Nikkor 200-400 mm VRII for action photography of Para-gliders and aircraft at Air shows in B.C., Canada. This lens is ultrafast in focussing and I believe it is one of the sharpest zoom Nikkor lenses I have used in the 42 years that I have been a Nikkor shooter. I absolutely love this lens for bird photography and anywhere there is action. The fit and finish of the lens is superb and second to none.
February 6, 2011
I purchased this lens in mid-June with a Nikon D300S camera, mainly for photographing birds. I had previously used a high-end point-and-shoot with a super zoom lens. This camera and lens combination is AWSOME! Focus is very crisp and very fast. So far I've been shooting the combination hand-held at speeds as low as 1/250 of a second... great results! As you can see from the dragonfly photo, the lens is also great for closeup photography!
September 22, 2010
Amazing Detail !
I’ve been using the AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II for a little over a month now and have been extremely pleased by the results I’ve had. I’m a photo hobbyist/enthusiast and have never had as large a lens as this before but it is quickly becoming a favorite. In the short time that I have had the lens, I’ve mainly taken wildlife photos. What has impressed me most is how quickly the lens focuses and how spot-on the focus is. People are amazed when they see the detail the lens provides. I’ve actually handheld the lens using the VR II feature and the images were just as sharp as the tripod-mounted photos. Very impressive!
All-in-all, I’m very pleased with the results and have no buyer’s remorse whatsoever. I would recommend this lens to anyone looking to jump into the high power zoom category.
August 3, 2010
Piqué superbe. definition super, bonne vitesse de mise au point.
Il est un peu lourd et avec le pare-soleil il est tres encombrant (longueur)
Ne peut s'utiliser à main levé comparativement au 300 mmf/2,8
Malgré tout c'est une exellente lentille pour le sport et la nature surtout les oiseaux
August 13, 2013
I'm sorry to say in all the years I have used Nikon equipment I have never had any problems until I received the 200-400 lens. I sent the lens back to Nikon to have them look at a focus problem and Nikon did a minor repair with a major part. The lens did work better but when I received it back from Nikon it arrived with two dents on the shade holder ridge which Nikon said I sent in that condition..The lens also produces a soft image at all f stops.
April 15, 2011
expensive,heavy and not so sharp
this is an expensive and heavy lens and for the price its' performance should be stellar. should be. if you use it at relatively close ranges (ie under100m) it is a decent lens. but how often will you use a lens of this range at close range? i do surveillance work and it is always at long range. it is quite soft when you try to do really large crops with it. i was not pleased with the quality. i talked to others online who have (had) the lens and they experienced the same problems with it. so it is obviously a design problem. it is fine for shooting birds and such at close range, but pretty much worthless at long range. my 300 2.8 blows it out of the water even with a 2x attached to it. i no longer have the lens for obvious reasons.
April 24, 2011