Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm and 400mm f/2.8G ED VR lens reviews: legendary performers in the range

By Kevin Carter - Friday July 19 2013

Lens Review
Introduction | Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f2.8G ED VR II lens performance | Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f2.8G ED VR lens performance | Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f2.8G ED VR II Versus Competition | Nikon AF-S Nikkor 400mm F2.8G ED VR Versus Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM | Conclusion

If we compare the Nikon lens mounted on the D800 against rival offerings from Canon (mounted on 5D mark III) and Sony (mounted on SLT A99), the Nikkor performs very similarly to the newer $6,599 Canon model and even comes close to that lens in chromatic aberration (quite a feat considering the use of fluorite in the Canon). The same can be said for the $7,500 Sony, though in terms of sharpness that model is slightly disappointing, at least when mounted on the Sony SLT A99.