Nikon 200-400mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S VR Lens

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August 23, 2007.
Nikon 200-400mm VR LensThis top end lens from Nikon is another that looks like it requires a pilot’s license to operate it! teeming with knobs, buttons and switches, it takes a careful look just to see them all. The world's first AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED zoom lens with Nikon's advanced Vibration Reduction (VR) technology and highly regarded Silent Wave Motor technology incorporated into a compact design that is easily hand held, but not for long periods of time as it weighs 6.9 lbs. Designed for news, sports/action, wildlife and nature photographers, this innovative lens is based on a optical system that features 4 ED glass elements.

This lens comes with a huge trunk case with a combination of interior cushions and partition enables the easy storing of camera bodies, Speedlights and other photographic equipment.

A lens like this brings the photographer right to the heart of the action, even from hundreds of meters away, a very welcome product for any photographer”.  The ideal telephoto zoom lens for the discerning professional telephoto photographer.

 

It also allows them to use faster shutter speeds with the added benefit of VR technology in well lit environments to freeze the action and further diminish any camera shake blur effect. The VR technology in the AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED lens offers users a choice of either Normal or Active mode. Normal mode detects camera shake when the lens is hand held and the photographer is on a stable base. The Active mode goes a step further to detect vibration caused by photographing from a moving platform, such as a car or a helicopter. Its VR system is smart enough to detect a panning motion and correct vibration on the vertical axis.

This performance is complimented by Nikon's automatic Focus Tracking with Lock-on(R), a technology that will enable the system to maintain sharp focus even if the subject is momentarily obscured from view, or if the camera's AF sensor momentarily moves off the main subject. The lens also features Nikon's Silent Wave Motor technology. This innovative technology is highly regarded by professional photographers for its silent and fast auto focusing.

Features

The Nikon 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED VR Lens offers a significant advancement for professional telephoto photography, and is fully compatible with both 35mm and Digital SLR cameras.

AF-L Switch - Autofocus Lock - When auto-focusing, focus may be locked in position by pushng the AF-L switch; an AF-ON switch provides quick auto-focusing on and off. 

A/M - autofocus encompassing manual override, AF precedence mode. that minimizes the sensitivity to the manual focus override to preclude surprising changes from auto mode to manual.

DX - NIKKOR - Compact and lightweight Nikon DX lenses feature a lesser image circle and are specifically created and optimized for the Nikon D-series, digital SLR camera bodies. An ideal option for photographers and enthusiasts who require shooting of expansive landscapes with Nikon DX DSLR

Electronic Focus Preset function - restores a focal preset point in an flick of an eye with a simple click of a button

Four ED- (Extra-low Dispersion Glass Elements)
a necessary element of the Nikon telephoto lens Nikon engineered Extra-low Dispersion optical glass to facilitate the manufacture of lenses that provide superior color correction and sharpness by diminishing chromatic aberrations

FX-format sensor
The leading factor setting the Nikon FX apart from other sensors is the large size of the pixels, which allows for more light collection.

G - labeled after the f-number. A G-lens contains no aperture ring, therefore aperture may only be electronically controlled by the camera and only autofocus camera bodies featuring function dials have the capacity to control G lenses

IF- Internal Focusing
The ability to have a lens focus while it's size remains unchanged. Nikon’s IF engineering allows that to happen. All internal optical travel is contained within the inside of the non-extension lens container.

RD- Rounded Nine Blade Diaphragm
Soft-focus images of point light resources create accepted polygonal shapes that mirror the form of the cavity produced by the diaphragm blades.

SWM- Silent Wave Motor
Nikon AF-S engineering is yet one more rationale why professional photographers like Nikon telephoto optical lenses.

VR - Vibration Reduction
Normal mode Employs a moving optical assembly to minimize the effects of photographic camera shake. Active Mode which provide for shooting from a moving vehicle.

    • Lens mount fitted with rubber ring that is resistant to dust and drops of water

    • Detachable tripod mounting foot provided

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Specifications
Overview
Lens styleZoom lens
Max Format Size 35mm FF  
Lens focal length200 – 400 mm - (picture angle with DX Format digital SLRs is equivalent to 300-600mm)  
Stabilization type Yes (vibration reduction, 3 stops)  
Camera mount Nikon F (FX)  
Angle of view 6° at 10 ft. 12° at 20 ft.  
Aperture (lens diaphragm)
Largest aperture opening F4.0  
Smallest aperture opening F32.0  
Includes aperture ring No  
Total diaphragm blades 9  
Aperture annotations rounded blades  
Optical
Total Elements 24  
Number of Groups 17  
Coatings / special elements 4 ED glass elements and one detachable protective lens  
Focusing
Minimum focus distance 2.00 m (78.74")  
Autofocus type Yes  
Full time manual focus Yes  
Focusing method Internal  
Lens distance scale Yes  
Depth of field scale Yes  
Physical features
Overall weight3275 g (7.22 lb)  
Lens diameter 124 mm (4.88")  
Overall length 358 mm (14.09")  
Construction materials metal mount  
Sealing Yes  
Lens color Black  
Zooming method Rotary (internal)  
Filter thread size 52 mm  
Filter annotations Screw in rear attachment filter  
Lens hood included Yes - HK-30  
Case - Optional CL-L2  
Tripod collar included Yes  

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