Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II lens review: Versatility and solid image performance

By Kevin Carter - Thursday July 25 2013

Lens Review
Introduction | Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II lens performance | Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM vs Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II | Conclusion
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II lens review: Versatility and solid image performance

As arguably the most versatile model in Nikon’s range of telephoto lenses, the 200-400mm f/4 is very popular with professional users and enthusiasts alike. At a shade under $7,000, however, it’s quite a substantial investment.  Read on to see if how well this highly regarded and versatile lens performs in our labs.

For over three decades Nikon users have had the option of a uniquely versatile lens. The first 200-400mm f/4 was introduced in 1983 but as a manual focus model offered to NPS members initially it failed to capture the imagination of the wider public. It was not until the lens was totally redesigned and offered as an AF model with image stabilization that the lens started to attract attention. Indeed, it was to become one of the most popular of the super-telephoto models in the firm’s line up, so much so that Canon has since launched it’s own version.  Upgraded in 2010, this iteration adds VR II and Nano Crystal Coat to the existing construction of 24 elements in 17 groups (with four ED glass elements), focuses to 2m (1.95m in manual) and weighs in at a quite hefty 3.36kg (7.4lbs).

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II lens performance

Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM vs Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II

Conclusion