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A remarkable super-telephoto prime lens in a class of its own

With an ultra-fast f/2.8 maximum aperture, Nikon’s superior Vibration Reduction (VR II) image stabilization system, a host of performance enhancing innovations and legendary NIKKOR optics, the AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR is the 400mm super-telephoto prime lens of choice for professionals and serious photographers. Its light and durable magnesium die-cast barrel and professional-grade dust- and moisture-resistant construction delivers a lifetime of reliability, and its exceptional performance makes it an optical masterpiece.
Vibration Reduction
Silent Wave Motor
Nano Crystal Coat
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
M/A
A/M
IF Lens

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Get inside the action
Ultra-fast f/2.8 400mm super telephoto

With 400mm of reach, an ultra-fast f/2.8 maximum aperture and superb image quality, you won’t just get closer to the action—you’ll get inside it. Whether shooting high-speed outdoor sports action or dimly lit stage productions, you’ll capture moments most people miss, and in stunning clarity. If you need more reach than 400mm, the AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR is fully compatible with all Nikon Teleconverters.
Unrivaled image quality
Outstanding NIKKOR optical performance

The durable and lightweight AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR is loaded with performance-enhancing features to ensure you’ll always deliver exceptional images. Nikon VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization provides 3.0 stops* of blur free handheld shooting, assuring dramatically sharper still images and HD video capture. Silent Wave Motor (SWM) provides ultra-fast, ultra-quiet autofocusing. Nano Crystal Coat (N) and Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass help produce images with superior color, sharpness, contrast and minimal noise. Its no surprise so many winning images have been produced with this lens.

*Based on CIPA Standard. This value is achieved when: FX-format compatible lenses are attached to an FX-format digital SLR camera.

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.
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.
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 solves ghost effects caused by red light and effectively reduces ghost and flare caused by light entering the lens diagonally.
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.
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.
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.
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Lens is everything they said it would be - great Recently purchased the Nikkor 400mm f/2.8 VRII and had the opportunity to photograph a wide range of subjects ranging from wildlife, auto racing, soccer and track & field events. In all instances this lens tracked and re-focus extremely fast. My lighting ranged from bright sunlight to overcast and snowing and the f/2.8 with VRII was very useful. I have tried to hand hold this lens with mixed results but have gotten great results with a tripod and gimbal head, do not recommend a ball head. I would recommend this lens to anyone that shoots in lighting conditions that can go from good to bad and require a fast lens. Pictures were tack sharp. August 4, 2010
400mm f/2.8 VR - the dream lens I have used my Nikkor 400mm f/2.8 VRII lens with my D300 camera for more than one year. I take it to zoos and wildlife refuges. I have been able to capture sharply detailed images of animal portraits, perched birds, and flying birds. The results are outstanding. I support the lens with a tripod and gimbal head. I purchased a thickly padded rubbery shoulder strap to tote this configuration. Typically I spend 5 hours walking around a zoo with this 22 lb. combination over my shoulder. I have also used this setup with my Nikkor TC-20eII teleconverter and with my Nikkor TC-17eII teleconverter. Under ideal conditions I can get ultra sharp images even with the teleconverters. Friends of mine purchased the Nikkor 300mm f/2.8 and they get sharply detailed bird and animal portraits - and they can hand-hold their rig. Nonetheless, I would still recommend the 400mm lens if you are strongly committed to nature photography and want to explore and expand the limits of your creative potential. July 30, 2010
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i want to use it with a nikon 200d what do you think?

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It is one of Nikon's finest telephoto lenses. It will work fine with your D200. The effective field of view will be 600mm, this lens also accepts Nikon's teleconverters.
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If I were to attach a 1.4 teleconverter to a 400 mm lens would i get the same quality as using a 600 mm lens as is or would the teleconverter decrease the quality significantly. Also, overall which lens do you think is better for a d300s? Thank you so much. This is a big purchase and I just want to make sure that I am getting the best lens for me
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Depends on what you are going to be using them for, a 400mm with the 1.4 will give you 560mm though iq remains very good as it does on the 600mm. Cant really help beyond that as no idea on what you intend to use either lens for.
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i am confused 600 f/4 or 400/f2.8. for bird photography ,please suggest me?

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Depends how big the birds are and how far away they are, there is no real answer im afraid, you would be better off renting both an see which one suits your needs best.
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VR setting for monopods

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When using a monopod which is the appropriate VR setting- Normal or Tripod.
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To be honest either will work, there is not that much difference between the two settings
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