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Nikon AF-S 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II announced

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The possible announcement date and the Nikon AF-S 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED VR replacement rumors just materialized two hours ago. Here are the main features of the new 200-400 lens:

  • A super telephoto zoom lens supporting Nikon’s exclusive range of focal lengths from 200 to 400mm
  • Nano Crystal Coat significantly reduces ghost and flare
  • Built-in vibration reduction (VR II) offering camera shake compensation equivalent to a shutter speed increase of approximately four stops
  • Four ED glass elements minimize chromatic aberration for higher optical performance
  • Three focus modes are available — A/M, M/A and M
  • Available: late May 2010
  • Price: $6,999.95 (the old model sells for around $6,000)

Nikon AF-S 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II MTF chart

For comparison, here is the MTF chart for the old version (look identical to me):

MTF chart of the old 200-400mm lens

Specifications:

Focal Length 200 - 400 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4
Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of View 12° - 6°
DX Picture Angle: 8° - 4°
Minimum Focus Distance 6.6' (2 m)
Magnification 0.27x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:3.7
Groups/Elements 17/24
Diaphragm Blades 9
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar Yes
Filter Thread 52 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 4.9 x 14.4" (12.45 x 36.58 cm)
Weight 7.4 lb (3.36 kg)

Full press release after the break:

MELVILLE, N.Y. (April 27, 2010) – Today, the evolution of the super telephoto lens continues as Nikon Inc. announced the new AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II lens which delivers optical excellence and stunning image quality for professional photographers. Ideal for bringing to life exquisite detail for sports, nature and travel photography, this new lens affords a constant maximum aperture of f/4 and rugged construction for maximum versatility. Continued refinements and new technologies such as Vibration Reduction (VR) II, Nano Crystal Coat, and optimized autofocus (AF) modes enhance functionality and improve performance for discerning FX and DX-format photographers.

“The AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm lens builds upon a proven design for professional level optics by incorporating the latest Nikon lens technologies to give photographers the edge in the field, and the ability to capture the most intricate of details with extraordinary fidelity,” said Lisa Osorio, general manager of Marketing at Nikon Inc. “As both camera capabilities and the roles of photographers expand, NIKKOR enhancements will continue to meet demands and exceed expectations to remain the pinnacle of optical excellence for all types of photographers.”

Whether photographing the decisive play at home plate or predators of the Serengeti, the 200-400mm f/4 lens is an essential tool for photographers who require long focal lengths and maximum versatility without sacrificing image quality. The 200-400mm lens benefits from the addition of Nikon’s proprietary Nano Crystal Coat to reduce instances of ghosting and flaring. The result is unparalleled clarity and sharpness in challenging lighting environments typical to sports venues or harsh sunlight.

Additionally, this new NIKKOR lens features Nikon VR II image stabilization, which is specifically engineered for each lens for maximum performance. VR II is a valuable asset to those shooting photos or HD video, as image blur introduced by camera shake and telephoto magnification is significantly reduced. Users are able to shoot up to four stops* slower than otherwise possible, overcoming many of the challenges of handheld shooting with such extreme focal lengths. VR functionality is further augmented with Automatic Panning Detection and an Active VR Mode to help compensate for movement from an unstable position such as a moving vehicle. Additionally, VR is always engaged when shooting in the D-Movie mode on select Nikon D-SLRs, helping to stabilize HD video capture.

The new 200-400mm f/4 lens features a host of professional focusing features to further enhance functionality. Photographers can now select from three focus modes to match shooting conditions, including manual mode (M) and autofocus with manual override (M/A) mode, and new A/M mode which is used to avoid cancelling the AF setting by unintentionally moving the focus ring while shooting. The M/A and A/M focus modes enhance AF control with fast, secure switching from automatic and manual focus to adapt to personal shooting preference and techniques. Additionally, photographers can activate the AF Recall Mode at the press of a button that allows for instant return to a predetermined point of focus to confidently capture anticipated shots.

This professional lens is constructed of die-cast magnesium for maximum durability and is sealed to resist dust and moisture, with protective Meniscus glass to safeguard the lens’ front element. The optical formula features four Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements for superior sharpness, color and image quality, while minimizing chromatic aberration. The lens also features Nikon’s exclusive Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology, which enables high-speed autofocus performance with exceptional accuracy and powerful, super-quiet operation. Nikon's Super Integrated Coating further suppresses flare and offers superior color consistency throughout the frame.

Price and Availability

The AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II lens is scheduled to be available at Nikon authorized dealers in late May 2010 with an estimated selling price of $6,999.95**. For more information, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

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  • http://www.mattprattphotography.com Matprat

    Ugggggg! New 85mm f1.4 already!!!!!!

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/sinnfreiermensch Jesus

      i wont be able to pay a 85 1,4, i want a 85 1,8

      • ArtTwisted

        then buy the 85 1.8, its pretty cheap

  • Edward Nafzger

    It´s already on nikon usa

  • pethunia

    I thought for a while this was one of the un-diputable top-lenses of Nikon. Almost flawless. And now THIS is the lense they improve. That is devine, or madness, and not unlikely both..

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/sinnfreiermensch Jesus

    i want some more dx primes, something like 70mm 1,8 dx
    a 16-50 2,8 dx would be cool too…

    MOST IMPORTANT lens: AFS 85mm 1,8 < 400 $

    Nikon should release some affordable primes, there aint much people ready to pay 7 grands for a f4 zoom lens…

    • ArtTwisted

      35 f2, 50 1.8, 85 1.5, you can get all three of those for about a grand, thats pretty affordable.

  • Seppl

    I don’t like the MTF chart. [NR] admin, could you just give us other charts that look cooler? I mean, 7.000 bugs … and a few crappy lines, can’t be, ah?

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