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Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 200mm f/4.0D IF-ED

Courtesy of B&H Photo, I have the Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 200mm f/4.0D ED-IF in hand. I plan on a lens review for it soon in DAP.

Initial impressions:

  • Very sharp image rendition, even wide open at f/4.
  • Moderately large, but reasonable weight;
  • Veiling flare not as well controlled as modern coatings.
  • Clunky screw-drive autofocus is slow and hunts a lot. However, it proved quite accurate.
  • Very useful working distance is much more convenient than with 100mm macro lenses, as well as narrowing the angle of view.
  • Very sturdy tripod collar, among Nikon’s very best.

My initial impressions are favorable enough, and this lens unique enough in its capabilities that I think it would be a useful addition to anyone who like shooting close-up, and it can also double as a compact 200mm lens for other purposes. At about $1650, it’s costly enough that it needs to be thought out in context of one’s other lenses, but I have little doubt that the working distance is well worth it for macro shooters.

Pink on Green
Nikon D3x + 200mm f/4D IF-ED @ f/8, 1/60 sec handheld

This frog is a visual trick. Is it inverted or raised? Strictly as-shot, nothing manipulated.

Frog (as shot)
Nikon D3x + 200mm f/4D IF-ED @ f/8, 1/60 sec handheld
Emerging Pumpkin
Nikon D3x + 200mm f/4D IF-ED @ f/5.6, 1/200 sec handheld

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