AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II
Superior Optics and Manageable Size
For a wildlife lens, the Nikon 200-400mm f/4 zoom lens offers the best combination of resolution, contrast, flexible focal length, and manageable size on the market. Below is a photo of a male African Lion taken with a Nikon D3 camera body at a shutter speed of 1/200 of a second, an aperture of f/7.1, a focal length of 380mm, an ISO of 200, Matrix Metering, Auto White Balance, and fill flash from a Nikon SB-800.
May 11, 2015
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
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