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NikonTelephoto AF Micro Nikkor 200mm f/4.0D ED-IF Autofocus Lens
 
4.9

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Pros

  • Strong construction (51)
  • Durable (47)
  • Rugged (47)
  • Consistent output (43)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (27)

Cons

  • Heavy (30)
  • Slow focus (18)
  • Poor in low light (3)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (56)
  • Wildlife photos (20)
  • Landscape/scenery (10)
  • Night photography (4)
  • Portraits (4)
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The Best Money Can Buy

Let me begin by stating that the 200mm Micro-Nikkor is a specialized tool for serious macro photography. There are cheaper and more suitable alternatives for casual photographers or even advanced photographers who just want...Read complete review

Let me begin by stating that the 200mm Micro-Nikkor is a specialized tool for serious macro photography. There are cheaper and more suitable alternatives for casual photographers or even advanced photographers who just want to experiment in close-up imaging. Yes, this lens is extremely sharp, but if you get too caught up in things like MTF charts, you'll miss its true beauty. The main two reasons to buy this lens over the excellent 105mm Micro-Nikkor (or similar macro lens) are the extra working distance and the built-in rotating tripod collar. The working distance is great for photographing skittish creatures, and the non-removable rotating tripod collar provides a much faster and more stable way of setting up vertical shots. It rotates a full 360 degrees and locks down very securely at any angle.

This lens does NOT have a built-in focus motor, so be sure your camera body has one if you expect to use AF. The camera's focusing motor makes more noise than an AF-S motor, but I don't find AF to be especially slow. It focuses faster than the 105VR on my D300. In fact, it can focus much faster on the macro end because this lens actually has a USEFUL focus limiter. The 105VR can only limit focus to the infinity end, which always seemed silly since it's a macro lens; the 200mm can limit to either end. My only problem with the AF system is that there's no full-time manual override (you have to rotate the switch from A to M). The manual focusing ring feels great and works very well. It rotates about 270 degrees from infinity to 1:1 and does so more smoothly than the 105VR's focusing ring. A large turn of the ring makes a small difference in focus, which is very helpful for precise manual focusing. I find that a focusing rail is not necessary unless you're working beyond a 2:1 magnification (which requires an extension tube, diopter or the like).

There seems to be a misconception that this lens has an unusually shallow depth of field. DOF is determined by magnification and aperture alone. Shooting at a magnification of 1:1 with an aperture of f/16 using the 200mm and 105mm lenses will yield images with the same depth of field. The main difference is that you don't have to get as close to your subject to do so with the 200mm lens. Another difference is that the 200mm lens has a narrower angle of view. The backgrounds will be equally out of focus, but the image made with the 200mm lens will simply contain a smaller portion of the background. This can give the appearance of a cleaner, more diffused and generally more pleasing background.

This lens is heavy and does not have VR (which is practically useless for macro work anyway), so hand-holding is quite difficult. It can be done with fast enough shutter speeds and good technique, but don't expect consistency without the use of a very stable tripod. Ideally, you should use a large ball head with an Arca-style QR plate and heavy tripod legs. Even then, you will still need to use Mirror-Up and a cable release for slower shutter speeds. For reference, my Manfrotto 190XPROB legs and 322RC2 head were not up to the task until I took a trip to the hardware store and made a few modifications. Tip: you'll probably need to use BOTH of the collar's tripod holes. I'm in good shape, but not especially muscular, and I would say that the 200mm lens mounted on a D300 + tripod + backpack with one wide-angle lens, two macro flash units, polarizer, diffusers, other miscellaneous accessories, water and snacks is about the limit of what I can handle on a long day hike.

A lens hood is not included, but I would highly recommend buying one. It will increase contrast and saturation while providing some protection to the lens' front element. If you're concerned with appearance, I would get Nikon's HN-30, as its finish matches the lens perfectly. It can be reversed, but it won't lock into place like the newer bayonet hoods. It's not ideal, but it works fine for storage in a backpack. The included hard case is nice enough quality, but I don't see myself ever actually using it. In my opinion, Nikon should have included the HN-30 hood instead of the hard case. Bottom line: the 200mm Micro-Nikkor is the best macro lens money can buy, but flawless technique and very sturdy support are required to fully realize its potential.

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Nice lense so far, but had difficulty...

I cannot remove the lense from my camera without first loosening the ring for the tripod adjustment, found that to be annoying at best, a time eater at worst. Have not yet taken...Read complete review

I cannot remove the lense from my camera without first loosening the ring for the tripod adjustment, found that to be annoying at best, a time eater at worst. Have not yet taken enough pictures to assess the expected improvement in picture quality..

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5.0

One of the best lenses in the Nikon line

By JD

from NYC

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Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Slow Focus

Best Uses

  • Macro Photography
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF Micro Nikkor 200mm f/4.0D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

I researched this lens online before purchasing. The reviews were very positive however there were some that stated that bokeh was sacrificed in this lens. That is incorrect. The lens takes bokeh to the extreme which I suspect is why some may think it is not present. Simply put if the background is too distant it becomes solid.
A great lens for both macro and as an intermediate telephoto.

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5.0

Great Micro

By Jeb

from Jacksonville, MD

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Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Slow Focus

Best Uses

  • Macro Photography

Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF Micro Nikkor 200mm f/4.0D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

In my opinion, this lens is the top of the line...I can't imagine finding a better micro lens anywhere.

It's a quirky, kind of odd lens to operate. The auto-focus is slow and loud. It sounds like you're focusing a blender. And it's not a light lens...it tested my shoulder strength after a little while walking around with it. But, it produces breathtaking images.

As is custom for Nikon's high-end lenses, it feels as if it's constructed from cast iron. I'm pretty sure you could run over it several times and it would laugh at you. Durability is an understatement.

Once I got used to it, it's became a ton of fun to use. Wide open at f/4, the DOF is nice and shallow, with crisp images all the way to the corners with no significant chromatic aberration (at least none that I've seen so far). Bokeh is beautifully smooth.

For its intended purpose...helping to create really cool micro shots...it's worth every penny of its price tag.

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5.0

Extremely sharp lens

By Kentucky birdman

from Northern Kentucky

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Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Macro Photography

Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF Micro Nikkor 200mm f/4.0D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

This lens will be used primarily for nature macro photographs. I have paired it with a Nikon D800 and the results are nothing short of outstanding. Sharpness is fantastic.
I suppose some photographers would prefer to have an AF-s version and perhaps VR but with macro lenses I don't feel these features are needed.

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5.0

Very nice micro lens Super Sharp

By Photo Enthusiast

from Brea, CA

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Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography

    Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF Micro Nikkor 200mm f/4.0D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

    This is my first time using micro lens. The Nikkor Micro 200mm/f4 is super sharp. It's quiet fast on auto focus on my D800, but it's signaficantly slower on my D200. This lens is very long and even longer with the hood on. Somehow, It's very comfortable holding this lens and it's not that heavy. Overall, I rate this lens 5 stars regardless the cost. I strongly recommand getting the UV filter and the HN-30 lens Hood. These protect this lens so good and I don't feel ever to put on the lens cap.

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    5.0

    Great lens

    By paul

    from Albany, CA

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    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography

    Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF Micro Nikkor 200mm f/4.0D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

    Most useful for 1:3 or better shots of skittish subjects, like insects.

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    5.0

    Way better than expected

    By bhot

    from San Francisco, CA

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF Micro Nikkor 200mm f/4.0D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

    Got this lens to get more working distance for macro flower photos, and it has done even better than I hoped.

    Wonderfully sharp and contrasty images, even at full aperture (though limited DOF, of course).

    The lens is rather large and heavy, and does not have VR, so not really suitable for hand-held work. Auto-focus seems rather slow and uncertain.

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    5.0

    Smiling!

    By Smiling Smitty

    from Layton, UT

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography

      Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF Micro Nikkor 200mm f/4.0D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

      I had another macro lens and I was never very happy with the results.
      This lens has been amazing! The detail of flowers and insects has been fun to see, details I have never seen with my eyes alone.
      I look forward to using it every day, especially when I get to see the downloads on the computer.
      If you want a true close up lens this is the best!

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      5.0

      This is the Best I Have Used

      By Dr. Dave

      from Boston area

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Rugged
      • Sharp as a tack
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF Micro Nikkor 200mm f/4.0D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

        Yes it's long & heavy and the autofocus is the old kind. BUT, I always use it on a tripod so the first two don't matter, and of course one uses manual focus in macro mode. What matter is the superb sharp & flat field that you get from this classic Nikon lens. If you want you can use it as a telephoto, but if that is what you want you really should get the 70-200 f/2.8 VR for its better focussing and the VR.

        This classic lens is a perfect match to my D800E. As another reviewer said, get yours now before they replace it with a "modern" G version.

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        5.0

        Nikkor 200 Micro

        By Dr Tom

        from Davis, CA

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        Pros

        • Clarity
        • Construction
        • Durable
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF Micro Nikkor 200mm f/4.0D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

          Amazing clarity

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          5.0

          Nice lens

          By Whataguy

          from Arkansas

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          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy
          • Poor in Low Light
          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF Micro Nikkor 200mm f/4.0D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

          Only used a little so far, but tried macro and used as a telephoto. Very sharp. Heavy lens and as others say, it is slow to focus. I bought primarily to use for macro. I have been using a Tamron 90mm macro for years. Very good lens also. I wanted the extra minimum focus distance with the Nikon, and the undisputed Nikon sharpness in this lens. Handheld in lowlight will be impossible due to the weight, length, and my inability to hold steady. I use flash on all my macro, so I can overcome the movement issue with higher shutter speeds, and of course a tripod if desired.

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          5.0

          Great for Closeups

          By AZ Mounty

          from Tempe, AZ

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          Pros

          • Durable
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography

            Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF Micro Nikkor 200mm f/4.0D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

            This lens is a high quality product that meets all of my expectations for demanding closeup work. Images are sharp and crisp. If you strive for high quality closeup work, this lens is well worth the investment. The pivot collar is smooth and greatly eases the transition between horizontal to vertical formats. This lens should include a lens hood - bayonet mount would be perfect.

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            5.0

            TOP OF THE LINE- PRECIE MACRO LENS *****

            By Walt@ waltsphotography

            from Coburg, Oregon.

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography
              • Night Photography
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF Micro Nikkor 200mm f/4.0D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

              I purchased this lens after trying all of the nikon and sigma macro lenses.
              I have owned the nikon 60mm & 105mm VR and I also purchased the sigma 180mm F/2.8 new macro lens. The Sigma went back to B&H the same day that I received it. The lens is advertised as a 2.8 lens and only shows F/4.5 when focused to max macro. That is NOT what sigma said in all of there advertising.
              I now have the nikon 200mm and for the first time I am getting the quality macro photographs that I have been striving for.
              I have also just purchased the new nissin macro ring flash with modeling light and ITTL for nikon. The two working together are exactly what I was looking for in my macro work. Love this lens.

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              3.0

              Nice lense so far, but had difficulty...

              By Better pics

              from Texas

              Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF Micro Nikkor 200mm f/4.0D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

              I cannot remove the lense from my camera without first loosening the ring for the tripod adjustment, found that to be annoying at best, a time eater at worst. Have not yet taken enough pictures to assess the expected improvement in picture quality..

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              5.0

              Sharp and Slow

              By Logical Idiot

              from Hampton, VA

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF Micro Nikkor 200mm f/4.0D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

              Great macro lens but is not limited to just macro. Many great uses for this lens but the auto-focus is very slow. However, being that it is a macro lens, most will be using manual focus anyway. So this really isn't problem. Fantastic lens, don't hesitate... just buy it.

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              5.0

              A Superb Lens

              By Small stuff

              from Schenectady, New York

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              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography

              Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF Micro Nikkor 200mm f/4.0D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

              My early impressions of this lens are entirely positive. The longer focal length and close-focuising makes it possible to photograph insects from a (to them) comfortable distance, and to create nicely blurred backgrounds when photographing small flowers and other subjects. The optics are extremely sharp, the lens operates flowlessly. Atogether a superb lens.

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              3.0

              Telephoto AF Micro Nikkor 200mm f/4.0 ED

              By Paula

              from Atlanta, GA

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              Pros

              • Rugged

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF Micro Nikkor 200mm f/4.0D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

                  Looks pretty cool but had to return it as I could not get the cap off the business end (faces camera body). I will be getting another sent to me and I can write more. B&H conveniently helped me by phone on a Sunday get this resolved.

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                  5.0

                  Razor sharp up close and personal

                  By Dave

                  from Elizabethton,TN

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                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Night Photography
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF Micro Nikkor 200mm f/4.0D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

                  If you have ever wanted to take extreme close up razor sharp pictures and just cant find the lens to do the job, this one is for you.

                  It focuses in roughly 10" all the way to infinity, built like a abrams tank, and can bring out the suttle details of things you didn't even know was there, even when you were taking the photo.

                  Just look at the attached pic of the leaf made with this lens and you be the judge

                  The only fault I really have is the weight, but then again that is attributed to the build quality, so its kinda a catch 22 deal. And i can live with the weight for such rich vibrant and razor sharp images it produces.

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                  5.0

                  One of the sharpest lenses I own

                  By unclemikey

                  from Richmond VA

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF Micro Nikkor 200mm f/4.0D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

                  I use several other macro lenses in my professional work but decided to obtain the Micro Nikkor 200mm f/4 when a researcher asked me if I could make a photograph of a minute part of an insect she was studding. I tried shooting with my Tamaron 180-300 macro but could not achieve the sharpness I needed. Ordered the Nikkor 200mm and bam right out of the box we finished the project. This is a heavy piece of glass and even outdoors I use a tripod with gimbal attached. Two weeks ago I shot a little league ball game and dropped my DX down to 1/3 crop to extend the capture image and got some very good shots using a monopod with the lens attached directly to the ball head. Just watch out this is a front heavy piece of glass. Edge sharpness is very good in general photography and amazing in macro.

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                  5.0

                  Macro at it's best

                  By SolBox

                  from Campbell, CA

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                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF Micro Nikkor 200mm f/4.0D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

                  This is the best macro lens I have ever used.
                  At 200mm focal length, you can keep a good distance and get amazing shots.
                  This is one of the sharpest lenses I have ever used.
                  Highly recommend.
                  Disapointed that the expensive lens hood does not come with the lens. I would rather have the lens hood than the hard case provided.

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                  5.0

                  Superb!

                  By SBE Media

                  from Stafford, Virginia

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                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography

                  Comments about Nikon Telephoto AF Micro Nikkor 200mm f/4.0D ED-IF Autofocus Lens:

                  Macro champ. Clear. Bright.

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