Nikon announces the AF-S 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II super telephoto zoom lens today. It offers sports and wildlife photographers a generous telephoto range with a constant f/4 maximum aperture. The new lens also features Nikon’s VR II vibration reduction system and is due to be released in late May.
With a die-cast magnesium construction, the new 200-400mm is resistant to dust and moisture. It also uses Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat in an effort to reduce flare and ghosting. The inclusion of VR II vibration reduction gives photographers a gain of up to four stops. VR is also engaged automatically when shooting in movie mode.
The AF-S 200-400mm f/4 features three focus modes: manual M, autofocus M/A with the ability to override manually, and an A/M mode for autofocus priority to avoid accidentally cancelling auto focus by bumping the focus ring. An AF recall button is also available, allowing the user to return to a pre-determined focus point quickly. Also included in the lens’s makeup are four ED (extra-low dispersion) elements and Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor technology for quiet focusing operation.
It’s been a busy few months for the Nikkor brand. Pre-PMA 2010, Nikon launched two wide angle lenses (a 24mm and a 16-35mm) and a new 300mm f/2.8 was launched back in December. With today’s launch of the 200-400mm, Nikon doesn’t show any signs of slowing down in lens development.
Price and availability
The AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II lens should reach consumers sometime in late May 2010. It will sell at an estimated $6999.95.