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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm F/4G ED VR II
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm F/4G ED VR II
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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm F/4G ED VR II review: 29 facts and highlights

1. widest aperture

With a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.
f/4
Nikon Nikkor 50mm F/1.2: f/1.2

2. maximum focal length

A longer maximum focal length allows you to focus in on a small part of a scene, and offers a narrower angle of view than shorter focal lengths.
400mm
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 800mm F/5.6E FL ED VR: 800mm

3. has a silent focus motor built into the lens

Lenses with built-in focus motor focus faster and more quietly than lenses without a focus motor which rely on the camera's body focus motor.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm F/4G ED VR II
72% have it

4. widest aperture at maximum focal length

With a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.
4f
Nikon Nikkor 50mm F/1.2: 1.2f

5. aperture blades

The aperture controls how much light gets through to the camera’s sensor. More blades is often an indicator of a better quality lens. It also allows you to achieve much nicer looking bokeh when blurring out your background, whereas a lens with less blades will often produce harsher, more polygonal bokeh.
9
Nikon AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR: 9

6. Has full-time manual focus

With full-time manual focus, you can move the focus ring whilst it is in AF (autofocus) mode. This means that you can make manual adjustments once the AF has finished, without changing to manual mode.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm F/4G ED VR II
75% have it

7. Has focus motor

Lenses with a built-in focus motor can autofocus even if the camera does not have its own focus motor.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm F/4G ED VR II
90% have it

8. magnification

A true macro lens has a magnification of 1:1. This means that the image produced is a life-size representation of the subject being photographed.
0.27x
Nikon AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 85mm F/3.5G ED VR: 1.5x

9. vignetting

The vignetting result from the DxOMark set of metrics. Vignetting refers to when the brightness of an image changes from the center towards the edges, resulting in darkened corners. A result of 0 is perfect and the image will have no vignetting. Tested with Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D. Source: DxOMark.
-0.5
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6G ED VR: -0.2

10. transmission

The transmission result from the DxOMark set of metrics. Transmission refers to the amount of light that reaches the sensor through all of the glass elements of a lens, with a lower TStop signifying more light. This is important as less light reaching the sensor can lead to the requirement of higher ISOs or slower shutter speeds. Tested with Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D. Source: DxOMark.
4.9TStop
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm F/1.8G: 1.6TStop

11. has built-in optical image stabilization

Optical image stabilization uses gyroscopic sensors to detect the vibrations of the camera. The lens adjusts the optical path accordingly, ensuring that any type of motion blur is corrected before the sensor captures the image.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm F/4G ED VR II
42% have it

12. minimum focus distance

This is the closest distance that the lens can focus. A shorter minimum focus distance allows you to get closer to your subject, and is particularly important when doing macro photography.
2m
Nikon AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm F/2.8G ED: 0.14m

13. minimum focal length

A shorter minimum focal length allows you to get more of the scene in the photo, and offers a wider angle of view than longer focal lengths.
200mm
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24mm F/1.4G ED: 0.25mm

14. optical zoom

The zoom range is the ratio between the longest and shortest focal lengths. A higher zoom range means that the lens is more versatile.
2x
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR: 16.7x

15. smallest aperture at maximum focal length

A smaller aperture reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor. This is important in bright conditions where a wider aperture could result in your image being overexposed. Another advantage is that with a smaller aperture you get a greater depth of field, and can keep all of the image in focus.
32f
Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm F/4-5.6G: 45f

16. smallest aperture at minimum focal length

A smaller aperture reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor. This is important in bright conditions where a wider aperture could result in your image being overexposed. Another advantage is that with a smaller aperture you get a greater depth of field, and can keep all of the image in focus.
32f
Nikon AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR: 32f

17. Can focus to infinity

Many lenses allow you to focus to infinity. This is essential when you wish to take photos including far off objects, such as when shooting landscapes, in order to make sure everything is sharp and in focus.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm F/4G ED VR II
82% have it

18. chromatic aberration

The lateral chromatic aberration result from the DxOMark set of metrics. Chromatic aberration is a type of distortion which results in color fringing along edges within the image. Tested with Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D. Source: DxOMark.
9µm
Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 200mm F/4D IF-ED: 1µm

19. weight

3.36kg
Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm F/1.8D: 155g

20. Has a metal mount

A metal mount is generally superior to a plastic mount as it is more durable.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm F/4G ED VR II
78% have it

21. Weather sealed

Device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures due to any kind of weather.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm F/4G ED VR II
24% have it

22. sharpness result

The sharpness result from the DxOMark set of metrics. This result is based on the MTF (modulation transfer function) measurement, and gives an overall indication of the sharpness of images produced by the lens. Tested with Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D. Source: DxOMark.
8P-MPix
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm F/1.4G: 15P-MPix

23. DxOMark score

DxOMark is a set of tests to measure the performance and quality of lenses and cameras. The DxOMark score is the overall score given to the lens. Tested with Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D. Source: DxOMark.
14
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm F/1.4G: 28

24. Is a telephoto lens

A telephoto lens allows you to zoom in on far away objects. This is particularly useful when you need to photograph a subject from a distance, such as wildlife photography, or even in some cases street photography where you can’t get near the subject.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm F/4G ED VR II
50% have it

25. Includes lens hood

It comes with a lens hood so that you don’t have to buy it separately. These are used to block strong light sources, such as the sun, from the lens to prevent glare and lens flare.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm F/4G ED VR II
64% have it

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