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Nikon AF400mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S Nikkor 35mm Primes

4.86 star rating
                      4.86 / 5 (7 Reviews)
MSRP : $10000.00
Focal Length : 17mm - 35mm | Max. Aperture : f/2.8  | Focus : Autofocus  


Product Description

Advanced autofocus capability combined with an exceptionally wide maximum aperture make this lens a "must have" for sports or wildlife photography - especially in low-light situations. Nikon Internal Focusing assures smooth focusing action without extension of lens barrel. Built-in D/C coreless focus-driving motor assures lighting fast autofocus operation. ED glass for sharp images.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Ben Miller a Intermediate from Berkeley, CA

Date Reviewed: August 9, 2001

Strengths:    Super fast autofocus (faster than 80-200 af-s as far as i can tell). Razor-thin depth of field is excellent for isolating the subject. Bright aperture for fast shutter speeds.

Weaknesses:    Heavy, $$$

Bottom Line:   
I take NCAA sports photos with this lens often, and always come up with great results. It is large and sturdy enough that i would be temped to beat any would-be muggers over the head with it.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $8000.00

Purchased At:   B&H

Similar Products Used:   Nikon 80-200 AF-S (with doubler)
Tamron 28-300
Sigma 28-200


Type of photography:   Sports


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by michael butler a Expert from orange park florida

Date Reviewed: April 16, 2001

Strengths:    the mfd (minimum focus distance) is about 9 feet great for bird photos super fast AF use all the time with 1.4 tc

Weaknesses:    tough to use with large ball head on birds in flight can be done, best with a gimble design

Bottom Line:   
great construction, super fast, mfd a great asset

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $7000.00

Purchased At:   b&h

Similar Products Used:   500 f4P, 300 2.8

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Todd a Expert from Krefeld

Date Reviewed: March 12, 2001

Strengths:    2.8!!!!
Flawless images..


Weaknesses:    Price, weight, theft.(to be expected)

Bottom Line:   
in regards to the post before this one. You should not downgrade a lens becaus eit is heavy, or expensive, if that what all lenses of this type are. Because a lens is "not for you" does not mean it is a bad lens...
Onwards, this lens is pretty much flawless.
The pics are superb. If its what you are looking for, get it. You will not find a comparable 400mm lens anywhere, except for the leica($12000)
If you dont know if you want 400mm, do your research. If you do want 400mm buy this lens without reserve. It really is that good...

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Similar Products Used:   Nikkor 500mm f/4p
Nikkor 400mm f/3.5


Type of photography:   People


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Matt House a Intermediate from Carmel, IN

Date Reviewed: June 16, 2000

Strengths:    This lens is amazing -- the closeups that I got with it are simply second to none. I can't imagine getting a longer lens -- 400mm was almost too much.

Weaknesses:    Very, very awkward to move quickly. Because the focal length is set, movement is often required in order to get good framing, and even with a monopod, my shoulder hurt after about an hour.

Bottom Line:   
A great lens, but very bulky and almost overkill for my situation. As has been already said, I got lots of comments -- "Hey, that's a big lens," or "Do you work for The Star (the local paper)?" It is kinda fun to set up the lens and see how far away you can read stuff. After spending nine hours shooting with this lens in a hot, humid nadatorium, I'd be hard pressed to do it again. While the combination of this lens and the F5 is simply unreal (it's as if I was one with the camera), the utter inconvienience of lugging the equipment around got old. Unless you're a pro, I don't think this lens is what you're looking for.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Similar Products Used:   None

Type of photography:   Sports


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Doug Babcock a Intermediate from Manchester, NH USA

Date Reviewed: May 2, 2000

Strengths:    I quickly found out that when my son started playing soccer that the 80-200mm wouldn't be enough even with the TC-20E teleconverter for 400mm @ F/5.6. I shoot nature and wild animals as well, using both 1.4X and 2X AF-I/S teleconverters. Sharp and fast as hell.

Weaknesses:    When I ordered this lens, I had no idea how huge it was, having owned only the 80-200 f/2.8 AF-S previously. I went out and bought a Gitzo monopod and tripod for it, and it's not so bad after all. Also, explaining the "$7800 for that thing?" to my wife wasn't so easy. People keep coming up to me and asking if I work for Sports Illustrated or National Geographic which gets tedious after a while.

Bottom Line:   
With or without teleconverters, an excellent lens. I'm no expert, but the pictures look great to me. AF is really quick with the F5. Shallow depth of field and sharp as a tack.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Similar Products Used:   AF-S 28-70mm f/2.8, AF-S 80-200mm f/2.8

Type of photography:   Other



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