Saturday, November 8, 2008

nikon micro-nikkor AF 200mm f/4.0D ED-IF

nikon Micro-Nikkor AF 200 mm f/4.0D ED IF (1993 Release)


Focal Length : This is a FX format lens, so you can both use them on typical Film SLR 35 mm cameras and D-SLRs. (fits all of digital nikon models except D40 , D40x and D60 )
Aperture: f/4.0 . Nine-bladed rounded diaphragm stopping down to f/32
Optics: 13 elements in 8 groups. That includes two ED glass elements (shown in yellow below).

Closest Focus: 50 cm(0r 20 inches)
Macro Ratio: 1:1 (real Micro lens)
Filter size: 62mm
Accesories: Lens rear/front caps, Barrel-shaped screw-in type HN-30 Bayonet Lens Hood (optional). CL-45 flexible lens pouch supplied
Dimensions: 76 mm(3") diameter. Extension from lens flange (length excluding rear mount extension) is 193 mm (7.7").
Weight: 1.190 grams (42.3 oz)

The Micro-Nikkor 200mm f/4D is very sharp lens with a very good build quality. According to IMATEST results, barrel distortion level is only 0,05% , not even negligible in lab conditions. Vignetting is almost non-exsistant, even at widest aperture setting of f/4.0.

MTF Resolution results are excellent (at f/4 to f/11). Chromatic Aberrations are increadibly low, even at lab. This lens shows no signs of lateral CA's. Exceptionally rare characteristics.
The focusing speed iseems very slow, if you do not switch off -very handy- "full" switch on the body, which starts from 0,50m to infinity. After "limit" switch, focusing become regular. There is no Silent Wave Motor on this lens. It uses old style -loud and slow- focusing motor.

For makro photographers, this lens is "the lens" you are looking for.

Frankly Suggestion : If your budget is not enough to buy this lens, my personal suggestion is to buy a Sigma 150mm f/2.8 Macro lens for only-macro-obsessed enthusiasts.

- This lens' weakest point is being heavy and slow/loud focusing.
- Relatively high price and 1993 release pushes me twice before purchasing this lens. (But now I own it- February 2010). I believe that nikon will announce a new nikon 200mm nikkor-micro f/4G VR IF ED Nano in few years. But it will be a "G"elded lens and more plastic and Made in Thailand :( ... So, before being a classic, i recommend you own one if you can afford...

VERDICT : It is an expensive and a heavy lens but the build quality, sharpness and almost no CA's are excellent. This lens is indispensible for "more micro" searchers. Highly Recommended (9/10)


Anonymous said...

Who ever give negative comment about this lens my point go to eye doctor and let them look at your fucking blind eyes ;-) % 100 PERFECT LENS FOR MACRO AND SOME STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY,iam Fashion Photographer already have more then 12 lens in my camera bag but this baby is 1 off my favorite,whoever wanna see my work with this lens i can show any time .Best macro lens i ever used before FUCK THAT ALL CHEAP HOMOS CAN'T BUY THIS LENS AND MAKING UNREAL STUPID COMMENT

dsi r4 said...

This is an excellent lens which gives you a sharp photographic image. But it is a little bit heavy.

dsi r4

Oytun PINAR said...

this lens will be a classic and collectable very soon. If you own one, do not sell it and keep it forever