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Customer Reviews for Nikon Inc. AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR

Nikon Inc. AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR

Incredibly fast f/2.8 super telephoto combined with Nikon’s VR image stabilization and Nano Crystal Coat delivers exceptional speed and optical performance.

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Customer Reviews for AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR
Review 1 for AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Exquisite Quality

PostedMay 15, 2014
Anonymous
Location Virginia, USA
Age 45-54
Favorite Subject Nature
Nikon Family 21+ years
Experience 1-3 months
Role Semi-professional photographer
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WOW. Seeing is believing and now I am a believer. The Nikkor 400 2.8 is one remarkable engineering marvel. I am simply astounded by this lens, a super-fast and super sharp “instrument”. I have never owned a lens as wonderful as this Nikkor, it delivers images so intense at near 3 dimensional realism your jaw drops.
Where do I start?
Build quality: top notch workmanship, the touch and feel of this lens lets you know it means business. People walk up to admire it and take it’s picture.
Performance: Stand aside every other lens, this Nikkor will wipe your drooling mouths with superior performance, the speed and image quality are simply excellent. Have I said astounding yet? How about exquisite? How about mind blowing sharpness? This lens is a monster performer unparalleled. It snaps to focus like a world class gymnast. If you miss a shot with this lens you’re asleep at the gimbal or doing something wrong.
Focus: Astounding, Nothing better in the Nikkor lineup – almost instant. Even with 1.4 ~ 2.0 TCs the focus keeps up and is snappy. I had a few shots during sever overcast and mixed background the focus went back and forth.
Image Quality: I doubt any Nikkor is sharper at 400mm. This lens is a razor with shaving cream. I have been in the photography world for a number of years. This lens is the real deal, with BOKEH to match. When used with the Teleconverters you will be very pleased, this lens holds up even at 2x at 800mm.
I cannot find fault in this lens, it is a wonderment in execution, engineering, and performance.
I could have purchased the 500, 600 but I chose 400 because it has the flexibility of everything I need.
I see a new version of this lens available - I can only imagine the photos that will be produced.
+11points
Review 2 for AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR
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5 / 5
5 / 5

400mm f/2.8 Uniquely expansive experience

PostedApril 21, 2011
ZevB
Location Both La Jolla, CA and Baltimore, MD
Age 55-65
Favorite Subject Nature
Nikon Family 2-5 years
Experience More than a year
Role Serious passion, hobbyist
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Adequately utilizing and taking advantage of a 400mm f/2.8 AF VR lens takes serious dedication.
Handling a 10 lb lens requires a gimbal head and capable tripod - although I have successfully used it with a monopod as well.
The payoff is that you can capture fabulously detailed, textured surfaces of flying birds, from herons and eagles to hummingbirds.
But it takes patience and commitment to develop the techniques needed to derive the unique results attainable from this 400mm f/2.8 lens.
+22points
Review 3 for AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Speed! It's all about the speed!

PostedFebruary 16, 2011
Warren
Location Anchorage, Alaska
Age 55-65
Favorite Subject Nature
Nikon Family 21+ years
Experience Less than a month
Role Semi-professional photographer
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This lens is a compromise. I mainly shoot wildlife and a 600mm is an ideal length, but too slow for the type of shooting I do. I opted for 400mm f2.8 as it allows me to shoot fledglings in the nest and other poorly lighted, but protected areas. The same holds true for other skittish, young animals. I prefer to shoot animals in action as opposed to portraits, so speed, not length was the critical criteria in choosing a lens for my kind of work.
I can live with the lost 200mm and the extra weight for the advantage of the lens speed. It is sharp throughout and I can pull large prints from a portion of the original file when necessary.
It is an extremely impressive piece of glass!
+31points
Review 4 for AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR
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5 / 5
5 / 5

You would expect Nikon lens to be good however

PostedSeptember 23, 2010
Paintedfowl
Location Harrisburg, Pa
Age 55-65
Favorite Subject Nature
Nikon Family 2-5 years
Experience More than a year
Role Serious passion, hobbyist
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I ordered one after shooting a Friday night football game under the poorest lighting conditions using the 200 to 400. Love the 200 to 400 but F4 wasn't enough. I received the lens Friday afternoon, opened the box, snapped on the lens and drove to the game. I was wowed considering I had been getting shots that were acceptable. It made me famous among the local circut. I use this lens for everthing including macro with tubes. Really like the portraits shots from a distance catching the impromto moments. I do wildlife mostly and hand hold for flight shots. You can build up to it. I use a 1.7 on it and hardly notice the difference.
+33points
Review 5 for AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Lens is everything they said it would be - great

PostedAugust 4, 2010
ColoradoShooter
Location Colorado Springs, CO
Age 55-65
Favorite Subject Sports
Nikon Family 11-20 years
Experience 1-3 months
Role Serious passion, hobbyist
Recently purchased the Nikkor 400mm f/2.8 VRII and had the opportunity to photograph a wide range of subjects ranging from wildlife, auto racing, soccer and track & field events. In all instances this lens tracked and re-focus extremely fast. My lighting ranged from bright sunlight to overcast and snowing and the f/2.8 with VRII was very useful. I have tried to hand hold this lens with mixed results but have gotten great results with a tripod and gimbal head, do not recommend a ball head. I would recommend this lens to anyone that shoots in lighting conditions that can go from good to bad and require a fast lens. Pictures were tack sharp.
+36points
Review 6 for AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR
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5 / 5
5 / 5

400mm f/2.8 VR - the dream lens

PostedJuly 30, 2010
Zev
Location La Jolla, San Diego, CA
Age 55-65
Favorite Subject Nature
Nikon Family 21+ years
Experience More than a year
Role Serious passion, hobbyist
I have used my Nikkor 400mm f/2.8 VRII lens with my D300 camera for more than one year. I take it to zoos and wildlife refuges. I have been able to capture sharply detailed images of animal portraits, perched birds, and flying birds. The results are outstanding. I support the lens with a tripod and gimbal head. I purchased a thickly padded rubbery shoulder strap to tote this configuration. Typically I spend 5 hours walking around a zoo with this 22 lb. combination over my shoulder. I have also used this setup with my Nikkor TC-20eII teleconverter and with my Nikkor TC-17eII teleconverter. Under ideal conditions I can get ultra sharp images even with the teleconverters. Friends of mine purchased the Nikkor 300mm f/2.8 and they get sharply detailed bird and animal portraits - and they can hand-hold their rig. Nonetheless, I would still recommend the 400mm lens if you are strongly committed to nature photography and want to explore and expand the limits of your creative potential.
+54points