Nikon 200-400 f4 testing

Started Jun 17, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP AlexandreH Regular Member • Posts: 115
Re: Nikon 200-400 f4 testing

Nice weather is finally back to go outside and do some testing. Now have a Gitzo 5 series and Wimberley Gimbal. It does help to take pics at 400mm and above.

Last year I was unable to get any decent pics with the 200-400 with the TC-17.

Was finally able to get pretty decent shots this year. Difference is a sturdy support and usage of LiveView autofocus. With the 200-400 alone or with the TC-14 I can focus precisely as long as for distant objects (100 meters +) I set the fine tuning to "minus 8". But with the TC-17 nothing was sharp. Using LiveView gives pretty good shots as long as you crank it to f9.

Latest results are for my lens copy:

200-350mm:  Excellent wide open

350-400mm: Excellent at f5 and f5.6.   f4 and f4.5 have loss of contrast and aberration on bright subjects

Autofocus requires fine tuning à -8 on long range shooting or usage of live view focusing (more accurate)

200-400mm + 1.4x :  Great results at f8

200-400mm + 1.7x:   Good results at f9.  LiveView focusing is a must

 AlexandreH's gear list:AlexandreH's gear list
Nikon D4 Nikon Df Nikon D500 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II +5 more
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