Courtesy of B&H Photo, I have been working with the Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 200mm f/4.0D ED-IF.
- Excellent image rendition, even wide open.
- Moderately large, but reasonable weight;
- Veiling flare not as well controlled as modern coatings; lens hood recommended.
- Clunky screw-drive autofocus is slow and hunts a lot. However, it proved quite accurate.
- Working distance is much more convenient than with 100mm macro lenses, as well as narrowing the angle of view.
- Exceptionally sturdy tripod collar, among Nikon’s very best.
After working with the 200/4D, I’ve concluded that it’s a must-have for any serious macro shooter, in large part for its very useful working distance, but also for its all-around versatility and very high sharpness.
Anyone shooting rattlesnakes will really like this lens much better than a 100mm lens.
At about $1650, it’s no casual purchase, but will reward the user with outstanding image quality and greater ease with many subjects, simply because one doesn’t have to be right on top of things. Don’t forget the HN-30 lens hood.