Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm F/2.8G IF-EDNikon AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm F/4G ED VR II
Top 70%208 points
Top 70%
Top 74%183 points
Top 74%
Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm F/2.8G IF-ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm F/4G ED VR II
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Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm F/2.8G IF-ED vs Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm F/4G ED VR II: 32 facts in comparison

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/2.8
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm F1.2 Pro: f/1.2
f/4

2. 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
Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA: 11
9

3. 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.
1x
Nikon AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 85mm F/3.5G ED VR: 1.5x
0.27x

4. Has full-time manual focus

With full-time manual focus you can move the focus ring whilst it is in AF (auto focus) mode. This means that you can make manual adjustments once the AF has finished, without changing to manual mode.
Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm F/2.8G IF-ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm F/4G ED VR II
74% have it

5. Front element doesn't rotate

The front element doesn’t rotate. This is important if you use filters, as some such as polarising or gradient filters have to be orientated a certain way.
Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm F/2.8G IF-ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm F/4G ED VR II
71% have it

6. 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.
105mm
Sigma 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM: 800mm
400mm

7. 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 VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm F/2.8G IF-ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm F/4G ED VR II
41% have it

8. 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 VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm F/2.8G IF-ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm F/4G ED VR II
89% have it

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.
-0.8
Canon EF 24mm F/2.8 IS USM: 2
-0.5

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.
3.2TStop
Canon EF 85mm F/1.2L II USM: 1.4TStop
4.9TStop

11. 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.
9P-MPix
Zeiss Batis 25mm F2: 22P-MPix
8P-MPix

12. 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.
1x
Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD: 22.2x
2x

13. 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.
32
Pentax HD DA 560mm F5.6 ED AW: 45
32

14. 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 VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm F/2.8G IF-ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm F/4G ED VR II
72% have it

16. 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 VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm F/2.8G IF-ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm F/4G ED VR II
49% have it

17. Has a metal mount

A metal mount is generally superior to a plastic mount as it is more durable.
Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm F/2.8G IF-ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm F/4G ED VR II
78% have it

18. Weather sealed

Device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures due to any kind of weather.
Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm F/2.8G IF-ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm F/4G ED VR II
24% have it

19. has or is a prime lens

A prime lens has a fixed focal length. In general, these are sharper, with a wider aperture.
Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm F/2.8G IF-ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm F/4G ED VR II
51% have it

20. 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.
19
Zeiss Batis 25mm F2: 39
14

21. 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 VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm F/2.8G IF-ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm F/4G ED VR II
81% have it

22. 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.
32
Pentax HD DA 560mm F5.6 ED AW: 45
32

23. weight

2.64kg lighter.
720g
Canon EF 400mm F/4 DO IS II USM: 2.1g
3.36kg

24. 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.
105mm
Canon EF 35mm F/2 IS USM: 0.24mm
200mm

25. maximum angle of view

At the shorter end of the lens you get the widest angle of view. This allows you to fit more of the scene into the photograph (based on APS-C format).
23°
Pentax smc DA 10-17mm F/3.5-4.5 ED IF Fish-Eye: 180°

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