By Andrew Liszewski
If you’re still relying on the kit lens that came with your DSLR I’m not going to say this is the perfect first lens for you, but if you’ve got the cash, or a reasonably priced rental house nearby, I guarantee you’ll have an enjoyable afternoon playing with Nikon’s new AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm ƒ4G ED VR II telephoto zoom lens. By ‘new’ I of course mean the lens is the successor to Nikon’s AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED lens, but the inclusion of Nikon’s VR II image stabilization system now allows handheld shooting at up to “4 shutter speeds slower” with sharper results. In addition to a host of other improvements.
You also get a maximum aperture of ƒ4 across the board, the ability to manually focus on objects as close as 6.4 feet away and a new rounded 9-blade diaphragm which more naturally renders out-of-focus areas. And of course a price tag that’s just a nickel shy of $7,000.