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
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.
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Added by ag08025
October 14, 2013
how is it that your assessment is equal to that of the EF 200-400 L IS USM?
Because what I see in the site: "http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=764&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=1&API=0&LensComp=704&CameraComp=614&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=1&APIComp=0" is so different?
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Re: evaluation unserious
Thanks for your feedback. The comparison you linked was performed with other cameras (Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III and Nikon D3x). Here is the comparison on dxomark.com : http://www.dxomark.com/Lenses/Compare-Camera-Lenses/Compare-lenses/%28lens1%29/1161/%28lens2%29/409/%28brand1%29/Canon/%28camera1%29/436/%28brand2%29/Nikkor/%28camera2%29/485
One other important point is the difference between RAW files analysis as we do and RGB final picture. Depending on the raw conversion, results can vary significantly.
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