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NikonAF Micro-NIKKOR 200mm f/4D IF-ED Lens
 
4.9

(based on 81 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (74)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (56)
  • Durable (52)
  • Rugged (52)
  • Consistent output (47)
  • Nice bokeh (30)

Cons

  • Heavy (31)
  • Slow focus (19)
  • Poor in low light (3)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (62)
  • Wildlife photos (20)
  • Landscape/scenery (11)
  • Portraits (5)
  • Sports/action (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (28), Photo enthusiast (26), Pro photographer (12), Enthusiast (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (59)

Reviewed by 81 customers

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5.0

Terrific lens.

By Brook

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon AF Micro-NIKKOR 200mm f/4D IF-ED Lens:

Love this lens. I have the 24-70, the 70-200 as well
As the 105. The 200 is tack sharp. Great brokah. It is my go to macro lens.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Why Did I Wait So Long

By Patrick

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon AF Micro-NIKKOR 200mm f/4D IF-ED Lens:

Admittedly, this is a specialty lens, ideal for macro, not so wonderful for anything else. Since I will use it exclusively for macro, I cannot think of anything that needs improvement. Superb "old world" Nikon quality and super sharp images. Perfect for the long run.

(10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

good lens

By oakridge

from tennessee

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon AF Micro-NIKKOR 200mm f/4D IF-ED Lens:

disappointed it did not come with lens hood, $50 option. would suggest to Nikon that the tripod collar foot be an arca plate since the primary purpose is on a tripod. really love this lens. it is my first macro. very sharp edge to edge. would suggest to b@h that any buyer that asks about a macro lens that the employee talk about the very important accessory macro rail. vital to successful and easier use of these types of lenses. I ordered mine after I received the lens.

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Smartest lens buy I have made

By JAMES

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Nikon AF Micro-NIKKOR 200mm f/4D IF-ED Lens:

I have been using this lens for almost 18 months now and it is undoubtedly the smartest lens buy I have ever made.  I normally pair it with either a D810 or D800 or occasionally with a D7000.  The sharpness is outstanding with all three. 
This lens has put my Micro-Nikkor105mm  in semi-retirement especially when dealing with skittish critters.  Its expensive and a little heavy but worth every penny and the extra effort.

(22 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simply incredible, a classic

By John

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Nikon AF Micro-NIKKOR 200mm f/4D IF-ED Lens:

Nikon surely ticked all the boxes for this lens...great working distance for skittish bugs, 1:1 macro, aperture ring, ultra-sharp, negligible distortion, well-controlled diffraction at small apertures, spectacular manual focus ring both functionally and ergonomically, heavy-duty build quality, flexible tripod mount, and an all-mechanical design that will still be working perfectly 100 years from now...a true heirloom.

I have also found other great purposes for this lens, such as shooting large detailed panoramas from a tripod...this might be the very best Nikon lens for this purpose. It is also fun to use for landscape shots in which one really wants to stop down and compress space. Or for getting in close for sharp portraits of faces or other objects.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Everything I expected.

By Doc

from New Smyrna Beach, FL

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon AF Micro-NIKKOR 200mm f/4D IF-ED Lens:

Used primarily for nature photography.

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding Macro

By NikonJunkieGirl

from Western MA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon AF Micro-NIKKOR 200mm f/4D IF-ED Lens:

This lens has been on my wish list for YEARS. My oldest lens is the 105VR, and I picked up a cheap but gorgeous 60 D on eBay, but this was the holy grail for me. I was somewhat surprised at how svelte this lens is. The tripod foot is very close to the lens body—you can't get your fingers between the lens and the foot, as I am wont to do with this lens mounted on my monopod head. That is where I like to put my pressure hand, to apply downward pressure.

These persnickity quibbles aside, this lens is a dream. It is something of a unicorn, but then, that's probably why I lusted after it for so long. (I also have the 135DC and the Df, so it does make sense that the 200 f/4 was in my future.)

In the end what made me finally buy it was a rumor that Nikon would shortly discontinue it and that drove me to user reviews and sample images from this lens and that was what finally pushed me over the edge. I haven't had too much opportunity to use it yet, so forgive my sample photo and look at sample images from other reviewers here and on Amazon.

(2 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

nikon 200mm Macro

By jj

from Oregon

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Macro Photography

Comments about Nikon AF Micro-NIKKOR 200mm f/4D IF-ED Lens:

It is a sharp lens.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(23 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best in Class

By RT

from Charlotte, NC

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography

    Comments about Nikon AF Micro-NIKKOR 200mm f/4D IF-ED Lens:

    I've used various macro lenses over the years including the Nikon 105mm and the Sigma 180mm. I was always hesitant to invest in this lens as it is an "old" design without some of the new bells and whistles that more recent Nikon lenses have. After using this lens for a few weeks I can see that I was mistaken not to have gotten it sooner. I can't imagine that an update could improve this lens. It is amazingly sharp and built like a tank. The build quality reminds me of lenses from the 70's and 80's. Autofocus works well on cameras with an autofocus motor but with macro I'm usually using manual focus. It obviously doesn't have VR but again with macro this is not a feature that I use. The collar is solid although I did add a RRS plate so as to be able to use a macro focusing rail. Focal length is great for portraits, etc but first and foremost this is a serious macro lens for serious macro work! In my opinion it is best in class!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (29 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing sharpness, great bokeh at macro distances

    By Nariophotos

    from Boston, MA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography
      • Portraits
      • Sports/Action
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Nikon AF Micro-NIKKOR 200mm f/4D IF-ED Lens:

      Nikon calls its macro-capable lenses "micro".
      I bought this lens for macro work and it does that very well but I will probably use it for much more than that. I've been very plesantly surprised to find it's a good all around lens. In fact you won't find a better 200mm lens. Just excellent all around. Incredible sharpness at any aperture.

      Built like a tank, it is narrower than other lens of similar focal length.
      It feels good and hefty on your hand.

      I don't normally use manual focus except when needed, but with this lens I often do, specially when doing macro. And what a pleasure it is to manually focus it, as it has a very wide focusing ring/collar that's firm and stays put when you take your hand off it. Pure pleasure. And at macro level you see the different focal planes come into focus.

      Considered by many one of Nikon's best lenses I have nothing to say that disagrees with that statement. I haven't been this happy or excited with a lens in a long time. Maybe since I bought the 85mm 1.4G. But I must confess this 200mm feels so much better to the touch and it's much better built.

      I've used this lens so far to get really close for extreme close-ups of a newborn baby (1 day old) and the results were extremely pleasant. Great color rendition, beautiful unexpected bokeh (even at its higher aperture settings). Her eyelashes came out in pin-sharp focus while the short DOF softened her cheeks and the background melted away. I've also used it as a portrait lens. Amazing.

      I also tested it on the garden after a rainfall, and the flower shots with water drops have incredible color, depth and sharpness. (Check the samples not for composition, but for detail, color and sharpness).

      I can't say enough good things about this lens. I feel like if it was my first.
      It's not 100% weather sealed but like all of Nikon's pro lenses it is built like a tank.

      It has a re-positionable tripod collar and built-in metal hood. Practically everything in this lens that is not glass is made of metal instead of plastic (except for the aperture ring) which by the way, easily locks for ease of use on today's DSLR.

      If I had to pick a negative, due to its high focus range (from a foot plus to infinity) it can appear to take a while to focus specially when at the opposite range of its focus but the auto focus does snaps into focus very nicely.
      Sharpness is this lens best attribute.

      I bough mine here at BH and it came with a beautiful CL-45 authentic Nikon leather case of such high quality, that it fits it like a glove. And it protects this fine quality example of optical engineering. If you don't have the case, you may want to consider getting one. It is as well cushioned as it is good looking.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The Best Macro Lens

      By NGNS

      from Riverside,Ca

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Nikon AF Micro-NIKKOR 200mm f/4D IF-ED Lens:

        I am a Nikon and only Nikon user for last 40 years and B&H costumer since 1983. Best service. Nikon 200 mm micro lens is one of the best I have.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        One of the best Nikon lenses ever

        By Bill

        from La Crosse, WI

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Nikon AF Micro-NIKKOR 200mm f/4D IF-ED Lens:

          I bought this lens way back when it first came out and just purchased a second to replace the first after 20-plus years of heavy use. The technology is old but the optics are second-to-none. Auto focus and VR are irrelevant in macro photography as this lens performs at its best when tripod-mounted. It excels at any close-up photography but it really shines when you need that 200mm working distance with subjects like insects or low-growing wildflowers. And the newer, higher megapixel Nikons are finally able to maximize the resolving power of this lens. If you're a nature photographer and you have this lens in your camera bag, a dew-covered field in the early morning will become like a national park in terms of subject matter to shoot.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          best Micro lens

          By Michael C

          from Laguna Beach CA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Nikon AF Micro-NIKKOR 200mm f/4D IF-ED Lens:

          I own 55 and 105 macro so i was hesitate to get this one. It turned out really sharp and I can really see it's sharper that the other macro lens. I used this for product shooting and the distance make it really nice in term of perspective and depth of the field. The building quality is 1st class.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          One of the best lenses in the Nikon line

          By JD

          from NYC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Heavy
          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Nikon AF Micro-NIKKOR 200mm f/4D IF-ED 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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          • No

          (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Micro

          By Jeb

          from Jacksonville, MD

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Nikon AF Micro-NIKKOR 200mm f/4D IF-ED 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.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Extremely sharp lens

          By Kentucky birdman

          from Northern Kentucky

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Nikon AF Micro-NIKKOR 200mm f/4D IF-ED 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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          • No

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very nice micro lens Super Sharp

          By Photo Enthusiast

          from Brea, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography

            Comments about Nikon AF Micro-NIKKOR 200mm f/4D IF-ED 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.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (0 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great lens

            By paul

            from Albany, CA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography

            Comments about Nikon AF Micro-NIKKOR 200mm f/4D IF-ED Lens:

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

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Way better than expected

            By bhot

            from San Francisco, CA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Heavy
            • Slow Focus

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Nikon AF Micro-NIKKOR 200mm f/4D IF-ED 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.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Smiling!

            By Smiling Smitty

            from Layton, UT

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography

              Comments about Nikon AF Micro-NIKKOR 200mm f/4D IF-ED 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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              • No

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