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Nikon announces 200-400mm f/4 ED VR II

By dpreview staff on May 4, 2010 at 09:18 GMT

Nikon has announced the AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm f/4 ED VR II, a revised version of its super telephoto zoom lens. The VR II version gains an improved image stabilization mechanism, nano crystal coating and the A/M focus mode that has appeared in recent Nikon lenses. The VR II supersedes the original VR lens, launched in 2003. It is expected to go on sale in May 2010, for a estimated price of $6,999.95/ €7400.00.

Press release:

Ultimate versatility with Nikon's AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II


Amsterdam, The Netherlands, April 27th 2010 – Nikon Europe today announces a new super telephoto zoom lens – the AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II.  This lens replaces the highly acclaimed AF-S Zoom NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED VR and features the new generation of Vibration Reduction technology (VR II), Nano Crystal Coat and a new A/M mode, making it an ideal, versatile choice for sports and wildlife photographers. This type of super telephoto zoom lens remains unique on the market and reflects Nikon's continued dedication to innovation and quality in the industry. 

The evolution of this lens reflects Nikon's commitment to developing a range of products tailored to photographers' needs, and it strengthens the line-up of high-performance NIKKOR lenses.

Zurab Kiknadze, Product Manager Lenses, Accessories & Software, Nikon Europe says: ”Rapid advancements in optical technology and Nikon's continued dedication to provide class-leading products have resulted in recent updates of pro grade lenses. Through its additional features and improved specifications, the AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II delivers the ultimate results and enables even the most demanding of pro photographers to shoot without compromise.”

Sharper images with improved handling

The AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II features second generation built in Vibration Reduction (VRII), providing the ability to shoot at shutter speeds up to four stops slower so sharper images can be achieved when using the camera for hand-held shooting.

In addition, the new A/M mode added to existing M/A and M modes enables autofocus priority even if the focus ring is being handled during shooting.

Reduced ghosting and flare

The AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II now incorporates Nikon's exclusive anti-reflection Nano Crystal coat, which drastically reduces ghosting and flare, along with four ED glass elements to minimise internal reflections and aberrations. This delivers rich, high contrast images even under testing lighting conditions.

This lens features an autofocus with a built-in silent wave motor to ensure fast and quiet focusing. The AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II has a tough magnesium body, incorporating weather and dust sealing and lens protective glass, to withstand the effects of dust and moisture in the toughest of shooting conditions.

Weighing in at only 3,360g, while providing great flexibility in telephoto shooting, this new lens is a practical alternative to carrying several large telephoto lenses. The lens is supplied with a high quality Ballistic, backpack style carry case, allowing for easy and safe transportation.

Specifications

Nikkor AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II specifications
Focal length 200-400mm
Maximum aperture f/4
Minimum aperture f/32
Lens construction 24 elements in 17 groups
Angle of view 12°20´- 6°10´ (8°- 4° for Nikon DX format)
No. diaphragm blades 9 (rounded)
Closest focusing distance 2.0m/6ft. (AF); 1.95m/6.4ft. (MF)
Filter/attachment size 52mm
Diameter x length Approx. 124 x 365.5mm
Weight 3,360g
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