Reviews and Problems with Nikon 200mm f/4D ED-IF AF Micro-Nikkor
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Large, heavy macro
12 September 2013
Summary: This is an excellent quality lens. It's optical performance is unlikely to be surpassed. It's tough to beat indoors in controlled situations. But it is big and heavy. A Nikon full-frame sensor body with this lens attached is awkward to carry outdoors. It is also slower to auto-focus than more modern designs. If I photographed stuff close-up outdoors (especially if the target moves!), I would consider some of the smaller 150 to 200mm alternatives.
Summary: One of Nikon's premier lenses. So so so so sharp. Makes a great telephoto as well as macro lens. Check these Hummingbird photos I shot with it: http://www.flickr.com/photos/30589487@N04/sets/72157633200375916/ and this macro: http://www.flickr.com/photos/30589487@N04/8684864838/in/set-72157633211727541 Worst thing about this lens is the auto-focus. It's the old camera driven type, the AF will work on most digital Nikons but this type of AF technology has never been fast.
Summary: This simply is a fantastic lens. Sharp, detailed, contrasty, vivid images comes from using this lens. Because it's so powerful, It's a bit like using a bazooka to fend off houseflies. But you get terrific sharpness, etc. Combine it with the 6T closeup lens (screwed onto the front), you'll get even greater magnification. The manual focus is a bit sludgy, as others have pointed it out. You get used to nudging and encouraging it to hit optimal focus.
Summary: There's a common theme in these reviews, and I honestly don't have much that I can add, other than to put one more vote up that this is the best macro lens I've ever shot with - and I've shot with several. I've owned the Nikon 60, the Tamron 90, the Sigma 150, and the Nikon 105, but none of them comes close to delivering the stunning images put out by the Nikon 200. In particular, this lens has some of the most amazing bokeh I've ever seen in a lens.
Summary: I've only had this lens (purchased from Amazon) for a few weeks, but it has proven a spectacular tool for creating great macro images, as well as being a really great telephoto lens. I'm using it with a D90 and a D40. AF is OK at normal distances, and even at macro distances if the limiter switch is set for the appropriate range. Of course, manual focus is usually the best choice for macro use, and the focus ring and action on this lens is very nice indeed.
Summary: The price for this lens is on par with most Nikon & Canon primes of this magnitude. There are a couple third party manufactures that perform very well for their cost, but this lens is a true Prime lens. I have tried other models at differing focal lengths and find this one to be absolutely tack sharp. For this reason it is easier to find the best focus more quickly and it feels easily controlled under such high magnification. Coloration and contrast are amazing as well.
Summary: I own both the Canon 180/3.5L USM Macro and this Nikkor 200/4 AF-D Micro. I have also owned (in the past) both the Nikon 105mm (non-VR) Micro, the Canon 100/2.8 USM Macro, and the Sigma 105/2.8 Macro for comparison purposes. I currently own the Canon MP-E 65 as well, but it's really not comparable to any "standard" macro lens. The Canon lens has USM (Ultrasonic Motor) and is Canon's best Macro lens.
Summary: I've been looking for this lens for several months, and then one day noticed it was available on Amazon from Ace Photo. I have and use the 60mm micro (mostly for table top, product shots) and the 105mm VR (fantastic lens too), but wanted the reach and love the tripod collar, as on my 70-200. I did order and try the Tamron 180mm, loved the reach, but images were flat, lens felt cheap and plastic, so sent it back.