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

As with the 300mm f/2.8, the Nikkor 400mm has a similar performance to the newer $10,499 Canon, and even surpasses that model in its Sharpness score – though it is important to remember that the Sharpness score and the overall DxOMark Lens score is dependent on the performance of the sensor. If the Canon lens was tested using a camera with a higher resolution sensor and a wider dynamic range the DxOMark score would maybe improve. Be that as it may, when combined with the D800, the Nikkor 400mm f/2.8 is an outstanding performer and even has slightly lower levels of Chromatic Aberration than the pricier Canon.