Nikon AF-S 400mm f/2,8 D IF-ED II Review

General information

This is a prime lens manufactured by Nikon and the model was launched 2001.
The lens belongs to the category  telephoto prime lenses, a telephoto lens where you do not have the possibility to zoom in and out.

Compatibility, autofocus and focal length

This lens is constructed to fit all models of Nikon cameras, regardless of camera model or type of sensor.

The ability to use autofocus is available for all cameras.

The lens has a focal length of 400 mm. Depending on which camera the lens is used, the experienced and perceived focal length will be different. Please visit the list of compatible cameras below, it will provide the equivalent focal length you get on each camera.

Lens brightness and image stabilizer

The lens brightness and aperture value is f/2,8.

This aperture value indicates that the lens is very bright.This aperture value indicates that the lens is very bright.  This will make it so much easier shooting in darker environments where you do not want or can use flash lighting, for example in churches or at different sports venues. Lenses with good aperture values and longer focal lengths, such as this lens, tend to be popular amongs sports and nature photographers.

The lens lacks image stabilization, which otherwise os good for avoiding the blur that can occur when using slow shutter speeds. Since the lens is bright, with good aperture value, the lack of image stabilization might not be that big of a deal, although a image stabilizer is always an advantage to have.

Filter and Lens Hood

If you want to use filters on this lens the slot-in filters  would be the ones to use, which is very common at these larger telephoto lenses.

If you buy this lens it will come with a lens hood, whose model name is "HK-27".

Tripod Mount

This lens is equipped with a tripod mount, which makes use of a tripod easier and more stable.

Different versions of the lens

This lens has been replaced by several newer versions. Prior to purchasing the lens, please compare the various editions.

Pictures (product and sample images)

In order to see larger product images of the lens, click the link below.

Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.

Things to consider before buying

Below you will find some summarized points and facts that can be considered as the 'pros and cons' of this lens. These are based entirely on the facts and values that are accessible through the lens specification, so we highly recommend that you also read the reported reviews available (see tab 'Reviews'); this in order to get a more complete view of the lens and its capabilities. Reviewer opinions reflect the lens, its use and its optical performance in a more accurate way, but any way - here a few different points to consider before buying this lens.

  • The lens brightness, f/2,8
  • Long focal length with its 400 mm
  • Works on all sensor types
  • Has a built-in autofocus motor
  • A lens hood is included
  • A tripod mount is included
  • This lens has been replaced by several newer versions
  • The lens is not sealed against moisture and dust
  • Heavy (4800 gr)
  • The price (more info)

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Reviews

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Pictures (product and sample images)

In order to see larger product images of the lens, click the link below.

Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.

Different versions of this lens

Nikon AF-S 400mm f/2,8 D IF-ED II has released different versions of this lens. Please make sure that you study the differences before buying.

Nikon AF-S 400mm f/2,8 D IF-ED II (2001) Nikon AF-S 400mm f/2,8 D IF-ED II
Nikon AF-S 400mm f/2,8 G ED VR (2007) Nikon AF-S 400mm f/2,8 G ED VR
Nikon AF-S 400mm f/2,8 E FL ED VR (2014) Nikon AF-S 400mm f/2,8 E FL ED VR

Alternatives to Nikon AF-S 400mm f/2,8 D IF-ED II for Nikon photographers

Below you will find four interesting alternatives to Nikon AF-S 400mm f/2,8 D IF-ED II. Make sure to compare these (and other) options before deciding which lens you will buy.

Nikon AF-S 300mm f/2,8 G IF-ED VR II Nikon AF-S 300mm f/2,8 G IF-ED VR II
Nikon AF-S 200-400mm f/4 G IF-ED VR II Nikon AF-S 200-400mm f/4 G IF-ED VR II
Nikon AF-S 400mm f/2,8 G ED VR Nikon AF-S 400mm f/2,8 G ED VR
Nikon AF-S 500mm f/4 G ED VR Nikon AF-S 500mm f/4 G ED VR

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