Nikon 200-400 f4 testing

Started Jun 17, 2013 | Discussions thread
RBFresno Forum Pro • Posts: 12,607
Re: Nikon 200-400 f4 testing

Wanchese wrote:

Your tests prove one big flaw with the 200-400 for field sports. Too much DOF. I've had the lens for years. It kicks booty for motorsports. But when shooting across field to a player near the opposite sideline, everything and everyone on the sidelines is in focus....and that's at f4. Good luck at f7.1 and beyond.


It's one of the reasons you still see Photographers on the sidelines using the heavier 400VR (f/2.8) as well as the 600VR lenses despite the higher ISO capabilities of the newer DSLR's.

Also one of the reasons I try to get close enough to some subjects with the 200VR:

Nikon D3 ,Nikkor 200mm f/2G IF-ED AF-S VR
1/2500s f/2.5 at 200.0mm iso400

Nikon D3 ,Nikkor 200mm f/2G IF-ED AF-S VR
1/2000s f/2.2 at 200.0mm iso250

The ability to isolate can sometimes come in handy. wish i had one of these (300 f/2):

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 800 sec, f/2, ISO 6400

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 320 sec, f/2, ISO 6400



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