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


As one would hope for a lens costing a cool $7,000, the AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II performs well, achieving an overall DxOMark Score of 25. Sharpness isn’t up to the fixed focal length equivalents (which vary from 28-25P-Mpix over the same range) but it has very good sharpness across the frame at full aperture throughout the zoom range, though peak performance is at 250mm f/4. Transmission is quite a bit lower than the stated maximum and chromatic aberration while low isn’t quite at the same level as the primes but in all other respects the lens is consistent with those models.

DxOMark Lens ranking for Nikon mount telephoto zoom models

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II699925
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR270022
Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED19620
Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED66920
Tamron SP 70-300 F/4-5.6 Di VC USD Nikon44919
Sigma 120-400mm F4.5-5.6 DG APO OS HSM Nikon99919
Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG OS Nikon35919
Nikon AF VR Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED166518
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR105017
Tamron AF 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical [IF] Macro Nikon 60016