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Nikon 400mm f/3.5 ED-IF Nikkor AI-S 35mm Primes

4.67/5 (12 Reviews)


Product Description

For capturing fast-moving sports action in a variety of lighting conditions. Nikon Internal Focusing assures smooth focusing without extension of lens barrel. ED glass for sharp images.


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by yaal a Expert

Date Reviewed: October 2, 2011

Strengths:    sharp. great combo with the TC-301

Weaknesses:    heavy.

Bottom Line:   
This is a fantastic lens. agile. small. precise.
see samples at: http://panorama.yaalherman.com/en/?page_id=354

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $14500.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   tamron sp180, tamron mirror sp500 f8

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Patricio Murphy a Expert

Date Reviewed: August 1, 2006

Strengths:    Speed, optical quality, weight (for this kind of beast, 3Kg isn't that much...), fits in my Lowepro MiniTrekker, excellent tripod collar. Works great with TC 301, works not as well but still very good with my Kenko 1.5 TC.

Weaknesses:    Hood is perhaps a little short.

Bottom Line:   
I was actually looking for a 400 f/5.6 qhen I came across this one. For some extra bucks I got the Tc-301 2x TC form this guy who was switching to Canon. I love user who switch to Canon! :-) Mine is actually AI, not AIS, but there's no difference between them in terms of image.
Performance is excellent at all apertures, even wide open, which makes sense, since you'll need speed. Color rendition is optimal, contrast is great, it's a joy to focus and it's definitely handholdable, albeit for short periods.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $680.00

Purchased At:   used

Similar Products Used:   Played with sigma 170-500 (another league, certainly), AF Tokina 400 f/5.6, Nikon 400mm f/5.6 AIS.

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by RogM a Expert

Date Reviewed: February 6, 2005

Strengths:    The big Nikkors are all built to last a lifetime, and there's little to go wrong with these, provided the internal basket mechanism holds up OK, and it should. They are outstanding resolvers and quick focusing, since they are designed for manual use.

Weaknesses:    Heavy, awkward to lug around (but aren't they all?) Lack of AF is generally seen as a weakness, but this depends largely on your application--it could be a virtue, when considering longetivity, freedom from maintenance, weight and size--not to mention price.

Bottom Line:   
Was lucky to find a very clean example of the 400 f/2.8 on eBay, and am elated with its performance. Wide open, it resolves (from my tests) at least 68 l/mm center and edge, and that's all the 14nx's sensor can do. These big Niks were designed for sports coverage, so are intended to be used wide open. The older manual-focus versions of the ED-IF stovepipes are good bargains, but you always need to be careful not to get one that's been a rental for years, or beating around in the back of a trunk, lots of them have seen better days.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Nikkor 200mm f/2 (2 samples), 300mm f/2.8, 400mm f/2.8, 600mm f/5.6, 500mm f/8 reflex, 1000mm f/11 reflex

Type of photography:   Other


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by DanKing a Expert from Northern California

Date Reviewed: March 7, 2003

Strengths:    Relatively light (versus 400/2.8D)
Built like a tank
Very easy to focus
Balances well with a F5/D1H on a mono/tri-pod


Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
As a serious amateur who did not want to spend $6000-$10000 on a new D Nikkor big glass lens, I opted for this lens used. I use it primarily for sports and wildlife (with a TC-301 2X converter). Looking through the viewfinder of a D1H or an F5 with this lens is rather breath-taking because everything is so clear & bright. Image quality is of course superb, but I have not found that image quality holds up really well using the matched Nikkor teleconverter (TC-301).
Nevertheless, on a D1H, this becomes a 600/3.5 with a silky smooth manual focus that works easily of a tripod/monopod. Simply put, you can get exhibitable images with this lens that you just can't get any other way. It is clear at all apertures, and I seem to shoot this lens at f/3.5-4 most the time, particularly since wildlife seem to be more active at dawn and dusk, and night sports photography seems to always want a wider aperture lens to achieve acceptable shutter speeds.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   B&H (used)

Similar Products Used:   Sigma 100-300/4D HSM
Sigma 50-500/4-6.3D HSM
300/4D AF-S


Type of photography:   Fine Art


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John Montijo a Expert

Date Reviewed: July 25, 2002

Strengths:    - Light
- Hand-holdable
- Sharp and contrasty
- Arguably working very well with TC301 (making a still quite fast and sharp 800mm f:7)


Weaknesses:    - Minimum focusing distance (4,5m)
- To heavy front if using other than F4/F5
- Too short hood


Bottom Line:   
A great lens for those who cannot afford paying and carry an AF and/or 500mm or 600mm.
Easily (for a 3 kg lens) hand-holdable, smooth focus, small enough to fit in a LowePro MiniTrekker.

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $1750.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Tokina AT-X 400mm 5.6 AF

Type of photography:   Outdoor



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