|AF-S||The lens is equipped with ultrasonic motor to provide very fast and virtually silent autofocus. Learn more|
|G||The lens has no aperture control ring and only supports electronic aperture control from the camera. G lenses provide distance information to the camera as D-type lenses.|
|ED||The lens incorporates one or several low dispersion elements to minimize chromatic aberrations and ensure excellent sharpness and contrast even at maximum aperture.|
|VR||The lens is equipped with optical image stabilizer. The stabilizer allows to increase the shutter speed by several stops and shoot handheld in such lighting conditions and at such focal lengths where without stabilizer you will have to use tripod, decrease the shutter speed and/or increase the ISO setting which can lead to blurry and noisy images.|
|II||Second version of the lens.|
|Position in the lineup|
|Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm F/4G ED VR II||May 2010||⊗|
|Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 200-400mm F/4G IF-ED VR||Jul 2003||⊗|
|Nikon AI-S Zoom-Nikkor 200-400mm F/4 ED||Jun 1983||⊗|
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|Maximum format:||35mm full frame|
|Diagonal angle of view:||12.3°-6.2° (35mm full frame)
8.1°-4° (Nikon APS-C)
|Lens construction:||24 elements in 17 groups, including 4 ED|
|Closest focusing distance:||AF: 200 cm
MF: 195 cm
|Number of diaphragm blades:||9|
|Type of autofocus motor:||Ultrasonic (Nikon F)
|Full-Time Manual Focus:||Yes|
|Stabilizer features:||VR ACTIVE
|Stabilizer efficiency:||up to 4 stops|
|Maximum diameter x Length:||Ø124 x 365 mm|
|Materials:||Metallic barrel, metallic mount|
|Filter size:||52 mm (rear)|
The lens barrel is large, heavy, made of metal. The lens mount is metallic.
The lens features A/M - M/A - M focus mode switch.
|A/M||Autofocus mode that reduces the sensitivity of the manual override to prevent unexpected switching from auto to manual.|
|M/A||Autofocus mode that allows switching to manual focus with virtually no time lag - even during autofocus servo operation and regardless of autofocus mode in use.|
|M||Manual focus mode.|
The lens features AF-L - MEMORY RECALL - AF-ON switch which allows to select the function assigned to the focus function button located on the housing of the lens.
|AF-L||Temporary lock autofocus. Useful whenever any unwanted obstacle comes closer to the camera than the moving subject you are tracking. If the shutter button is still pressed halfway when the focus function button is released, autofocusing will continue as before. This function operates only in autofocus mode.|
|MEMORY RECALL||Focus on preset focusing distance even while you are shooting a different subject. This function operates in any focusing mode. To preset the focusing distance, focus the distance you want to preset and press the MEMORY SET button. To focus on preset distance, set the switch to MEMORY RECALL, keep the focus function button pressed and then take the photograph. The previous focus is restored when the focus function button is released.|
|AF-ON||Autofocus using the focus function button. The shutter button only releases the shutter in this mode. To lock focus or suspend autofocus, release the focus function button. Useful whenever any unwanted obstacle comes closer to the camera than the moving subject you are tracking. This function operates only in autofocus mode.|
The lens features focusing distance range limiter which allows to choose between the following focusing distance ranges:
|FULL||Full range of focusing distances.|
|6 m - ∞||Range of focusing distances suitable for shooting distant subjects.|
By setting the suitable focusing distance range, the actual autofocusing time can be shorter.
Low dispersion elements (AD, ED, LD, HLD, SD, UD etc) and fluorite elements minimize chromatic aberrations and ensure excellent sharpness and contrast even at maximum aperture.
The lens features optical image stabilizer, which, according to the manufacturer, compensates up to 4 stops of shutter speed. Theoretically it allows to capture sharp images of static subjects at shutter speeds down to 1/25 second at focal length of 400 mm(*).
* without the need to increase ISO sensitivity and/or use a tripod, at the same lighting conditions and at the same aperture
At the choice of the photographer the image stabilizer can operate in one of the following modes:
|VR NORMAL||Corrects vertical and horizontal camera shake. Automatically detects panning and then corrects camera shake only in one direction.|
|VR ACTIVE||Corrects vertical and horizontal camera shake when shooting from a moving vehicle, or some other unstable position. Panning is not detected.|
It is often thought that image blur caused by camera shake can be prevented by using a tripod. Actually, however, even using a tripod may result in image blur because of tripod vibration caused by mirror or shutter movement at the time of exposure. The image stabilizer automatically differentiates the frequency of the vibration from that of camera shake, and changes algorithm to correct image blur caused by slight tripod vibration.
Landscape photography1)▪Wild nature photography2)1) Distant landscapes with perspective compression effect
2) On a tripod
|User Manual. Multilingual, Adobe PDF, 6 MB|
Alternatives (AF, 176-448 mm)
|Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 200-400mm F/4G IF-ED VR||2003||⊗|