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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 17 17
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
Spectacular 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
Excellent lens! 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
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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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