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

Distortion

The Micro-Nikkor is basically free of distortion.

The chart above has a real-world size of about 120x80cm.

Vignetting

The AF 200mm f/4 is a full frame lens thus enjoying a sweet spot behavior on the D200. There´s a minor degree of vignetting at f/4 but this is hardly field relevant. From f/5.6 onwards the problem is negligible. Vignetting is no issue at very close focus distances.

MTF (resolution)

In the lab the lens performed excellent without being stellar. Please note the MTFs charts below represent the performance near infinity focus. For the time being dedicated macro performance tests are not possible.

At infinity focus it is already no problem to use the lens at f/4 where it achieves very good resolution figures from edge-to-edge. The sweet spot is reached at f/5.6 with excellent results. From f/8 diffraction takes its toll with a continuously decreasing quality. However, at f/16 the resolution is still very good and at f/22 it remains usable. You better avoid f/32 - there´s not much resolution left here (this is an absolutely normal behavior).

Below is a simplified summary of the formal findings. The chart shows line widths per picture height (LW/PH) which can be taken as a measure for sharpness. If you want to know more about the MTF50 figures you may check out the corresponding Imatest Explanations

Chromatic Aberrations (CAs)

Lateral chromatic aberration (color shadows at harsh contrast transitions) are extremely well controlled and absolutely negligible. An exceptional but unfortunately also very rare characteristic.




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