Micro-Nikkor AF 200mm f/4 D ED - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Nikon / Nikkor (APS-C)

Sample Images

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Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 200.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1.0s
Size 3898x2613
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 200.0mm
Exposure Data: f/4.8 @ 0.33333334s
Size 3898x2613
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 200.0mm
Exposure Data: f/22.0 @ 6.0s
Size 3898x2613
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 200.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 0.625s
Size 2263x3385
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 200.0mm
Exposure Data: f/4.2 @ 1/10s
Size 2613x3898
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 200.0mm
Exposure Data: f/5.6 @ 1/6s
Size 2613x3898

Verdict

The Micro-Nikkor AF 200mm f/4 D ED is an excellent lens with no real weaknesses. The resolution figures are very good to excellent. You may argue that the new AF-S 105mm f/2.8G VR is somewhat sharper but the AF 200mm f/4 offers a longer working distance of 26cm vs 14cm - a good argument in favor of the old lens when it comes to nervous critters in macro photography. The vignetting at f/4 is not field relevant and both the distortion and CA characteristic are outstanding. The bokeh (out-of-focus blur) is exceptionally smooth and buttery. Typical for such oldies the build quality is superb whereas the old-style AF (driven by the camera) is very slow but then macro photographers tend to prefer to focus manually anyway. At around 1400€/US$ the entry hurdle for this lens is a bit steep.

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