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


Viewed alongside its main rival the recently introduced Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x the older Nikon lens can’t quite match it optically, although the older lens achieves a slightly higher DxOMark Score overall.

Both are excellent and closely match each other (and high-end 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses).The reason for the higher overall score can be attributed to the camera used for test as we take into account the noise levels and dynamic range of the camera used for the measurements.

DxOMark - Compare lenses 2013-07-25 15-32-33

Individual lens metrics provide a clearer indication of the lens performance. While the Nikon lens is a superb performer, the Canon is more consistent in sharpness throughout the zoom range, is slightly ‘faster’, and has lower levels of vignetting and chromatic aberration. Indeed at two microns the Canon zoom has virtually negligible Chromatic Aberration and even the Nikon at 11 microns is quite something given the complexity of a zoom like this.