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(based on 7 ratings)
Brand: Nikon
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Nikon's first AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED lens with Nikon's advanced Vibration Reduction (VR) technology and highly regarded Silent Wave Motor technology incorporated into a compact design that is easily hand held. Designed for news, sports/action, wildlife and nature photographers, this innovative new lens is based on a new optical system that features four ED glass elements.

Nikon's advanced VR technology overcomes one of the fundamental problems photographers face while photographing under conditions where it is difficult to hold the camera steady. VR technology eliminates image blur caused by camera shake, particularly when shooting in low-light conditions, allowing photographers to use shutter speeds up to three stops slower than they would ordinarily use to get sharp, well exposed images.

The VR technology in the AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED lens offers users a choice of either Normal or Active mode. Normal mode detects camera shake when the lens is hand held and the photographer is on a stable base. The Active mode goes a step further to detect vibration caused by photographing from a moving platform, such as a car or a helicopter. Its VR system is smart enough to detect a panning motion and correct vibration on the vertical axis. Its new optical system features four ED glass elements that minimizes chromatic aberration and produce high quality images. Through low dispersion characteristics the lens' color performance is enhanced by virtually eliminating secondary chromatic aberrations that are common to telephoto optics that do not include ED glass. This technology enhances image quality with added visible sharpness and contrast to the image. In addition to VR technology and ED glass elements, the AF-S VR Zoom- Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED lens includes a selection of Nikon advanced technologies such as Manual/Automatic mode, Silent Wave Motor Technology (SWM) and G-Type design (aperture control exclusively from camera body).

Offered exclusively in Nikon's AF-S optics, the Manual Automatic mode (M/A) allows for instant switching between autofocus and manual focus, virtually eliminating lag time in the transition and enabling photographers to make a last minute adjustment, even if the autofocus system has locked onto the subject. This performance is complimented by Nikon's automatic Focus Tracking with Lock-on(R), a technology that will enable the system to maintain sharp focus even if the subject is momentarily obscured from view, or if the camera's AF sensor momentarily moves off the main subject. The AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED lens also features Nikon's Silent Wave Motor technology. This innovative technology is highly regarded by professional photographers for its silent and fast autofocusing with superior accuracy and ultra-quiet operation. This technology is exclusive to Nikkor optics and is incorporated in a large assortment of lenses that bear the AF-S mark.

The G-Type feature in this lens is designed for the newest Nikon SLR models, including both 35mm and digital, all of which feature a built in Sub-Command Dial, from which aperture control is possible. The design facilitates better lens handling, and helps photographers keep a more positive grip on the camera as they use their right index finger to adjust aperture. This firmer grip and excellent balance will help photographers get sharper images, even as they adjust exposure and quickly shoot their pictures.

The AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED is fully compatible with all Nikon SLR models that include a built-in aperture control Command Dial. It will also operate using Shutter Priority and Program Mode operation in many Nikon models that do not have a built-in aperture control.

Review Snapshot®
Avg. Customer Rating:
 
4.9 stars
(based on 7 reviews)
100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Describe Yourself:
Enthusiast(3)
Pros:
Consistent output(4), Durable(4), Fast / accurate auto-focus(6), Rugged(4), Strong construction(4)
Best Uses:
Sports/action(3), Wildlife(4)

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
A very Remarkable lens
By DavidVerified Reviewer from Manchester, NH on 10/15/2009
Pros:
Smooth Focus Zoom Rings, Superior Optics
Cons:
Heavy but doable, Need Long Lens technique
Best Uses:
Shooting Outdoors
Describe Yourself:
Parent
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon 200-400mm f/4G VR IF-ED AF Zoom Lens:

A great lens but you need practice practice and get more practice. Strong long lens technique is a must. Can be hand held for short periods of time, but to get all you can out of it use a sturdy tripod with a Wimberly II Gimbal head.

 
Superior Wildlife Lens
By Gerry Mc from Eagle River, Alaska on 2/7/2009
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Quick Focus, Rugged, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Night Photography, Sports/Action, Wildlife
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon 200-400mm f/4G VR IF-ED AF Zoom Lens:

I use this lens when I know I want to reach out and bring home the sharpest possible images. This lens is fast and can be hand held in low light situations.

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Impeccable Long Lens From Nikon
By RichVerified Purchaser from Las Vegas, NV on 8/6/2008
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Pros:
Consistent Output, Crisp Images, Durable, Powerful, Rugged, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction
Cons:
Heavy, Requires Monopod, Tough To Attach
Best Uses:
Equestrian Events, Sports/Action, Wildlife
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon 200-400mm f/4G VR IF-ED AF Zoom Lens:

I love this lens. While its on the heavy side, it produces amazing images, allows me to shoot a broad range of shots within an equestrian arena from one position without having to move. Exposure speeds are relatively fast at f4 and resultant images are crisp and powerful. Cost is a factor but cheaper lens do not produce the quality of images or have the speed of this impeccable lens.

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Nikon 200-400 VR lens is superb
By ChuckVerified Purchaser from Omaha, NE on 7/29/2008
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Pros:
Consistent Output, Lightweight, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
General Use, Sports/Action, Wildlife
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon 200-400mm f/4G VR IF-ED AF Zoom Lens:

Great lens.... one of the best that NIkon makes. The VR is crucial for a lens
of this size and magnification. Fantastic for animals and distant objects.
Couldn't find the lens anywhere else, but Ritz had it.

[5 of 7 customers found this review helpful]

 
Great for Wildlife
By egdelacitrevVerified Reviewer from Northern Utah on 4/7/2008
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Pros:
Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Easy To Clean, Rugged, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction
Cons:
Heavy
Best Uses:
Wildlife
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon 200-400mm f/4G VR IF-ED AF Zoom Lens:

I was able to rent this lens during a visit to Bosque del Apache Wildife Refuge and was happy with the results I got.

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[7 of 11 customers found this review helpful]

 
Great Lens
By dlm5009Verified Reviewer from State College, PA on 4/9/2007

Comments about Nikon Nikon 200-400mm f/4G VR IF-ED AF Zoom Lens:

I was able to use this lens this past week at a baseball game. Lets just say I was impressed. The light wasn't that great but the lens was able to pull of the proper shutter speeds. Got some pretty good shots with it.

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[6 of 12 customers found this review helpful]

 
great zoom and aim
By CJ from Houston,Texas on 1/16/2007
Pros:
Durable, Rugged, Sharp Focus
Cons:
Tough To Attach
Best Uses:
Professional Work
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon 200-400mm f/4G VR IF-ED AF Zoom Lens:

Great for pros. Can't get much better!

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