Reviews and Problems with Nikon 400mm f/2.8G ED VR AF-S
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Does this Great Lens Need a Refresh?
Donald Scarinci, Amazon
6 July 2014
Summary: It is hard to improve upon the best, but somehow Nikon is trying to do it. Whether the new Nikon 400mm is worth the extra money remains to be seen, but I have to wonder why Nikon felt the need to issue a refresh for this lens when there are so many other Nikon lenses that need a refresh. Here are some thoughts on the comparison.
Summary: WOW. Seeing is believing and now I am a believer. The Nikkor 400 2.8 is one remarkable engineering marvel. I am simply astounded by this lens, a super-fast and super sharp u201cinstrumentu201d. I have never owned a lens as wonderful as this Nikkor, it delivers images so intense at near 3 dimensional realism your jaw drops.
Summary: I have had this for a while. It gets beat around in the back of my SUV and I have had no problems with it. The image this produces is exceptional and for wildlife in low light situations there is nothing better. When I first received it I was not prepared for how heavy it was. I am 65 and can only hand hold the lens for a few seconds. At this magnification level I wouldn't recommend hand holding it anyway.
Summary: This is one of the best lenses that I own. It's sharp and fast focusing. I love it. Be warned, it's heavy but I knew that when I bought it. If weight isn't an issue, this is the telephoto lens for you.
Absolutely extraordinary lens for wildlife & sports/action.
Michael L. Cappy, Amazon
18 September 2013
Summary: Yes its big, bulky and heavy but that's what it takes to get a fast 400mm lens. I have not yet put the lens through its paces on the extremes but it promises to be ultra fast and sharp with the VR feature a real benefit by a couple of stops. The only criticism i have is with the front glass cover. No hard cover? Just a clumsy sock? Fortunately AquaTech and Don Zeck offer alternatives.
Summary: I had to get a big lense. Call it ego call it Want or desire.. I had no idea what it would do for my photography. I have shot stuff with this thing that only I had dreamed of. Super crisp super clear.. Cons. Heavy ... DUh.. you almost need a sherpa to carry it. If distance, sharpness, VERY good tripod and cool shots are in your future.. Get it. Was it worth the money>? Yea, I think so.
Summary: I am an avid bird photographer, using a 300mm F/4 nikon with TC-14E II. I had been thinking about upgrading to the 300mm f/2.8, but since I always shoot on a tripod, I decided to go one bigger, and get the 400mm f/2.8. This is a HUGE lens. As already mentioned, don't even think about shooting this thing handheld. I use it with a Jobu pro2 Gimbal, and it is literally weightless. As for the optics, going from the 300mm f/4...it's like taking a veil off the lens.
Summary: Optically, this lens is without peer. But if you haven't seen it in person, it's shockingly big and heavy. Much of the weight is at the end of the lens away from the camera, which makes it difficult to hand hold this lens stably. I have no trouble hand holding the Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 lens on a D3s all day long, but I was unable to hold this lens steady enough long enough to even engage the autofocus on a designated subject.