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The Micro-Nikkor AF 200mm f/4 D ED is an excellent lens with no real weaknesses. The resolution figures are very good to excellent. You may argue that the new AF-S 105mm f/2.8G VR is somewhat sharper but the AF 200mm f/4 offers a longer working distance of 26cm vs 14cm – a good argument in favor of the old lens when it comes to nervous critters in macro photography. The vignetting at f/4 is not field relevant and both the distortion and CA characteristic are outstanding. The bokeh (out-of-focus blur) is exceptionally smooth and buttery. Typical for such oldies the build quality is superb whereas the old-style AF (driven by the camera) is very slow but then macro photographers tend to prefer to focus manually anyway. At around 1400â‚¬/US$ the entry hurdle for this lens is a bit steep. READ FULL REVIEW
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By any measure, AF 200mm f/4 is a truly superb lens, delivering exceptional sharpness, low distortion, and uniform exposure across its aperture range. It is large and quite heavy though, and its autofocus performance is on the slow side. If you’re looking for superb macro performance and tack-sharp images, you can’t do better within the Nikon line. That said though, the Sigma 150mm f/2.8 delivers images that are almost as good (with just slightly higher distortion and a bit more chromatic aberration), at a price point that’s hundreds of dollars lower. READ FULL REVIEW
AF 200mm f/4 is among Nikon’s sharpest and most distortion-free lenses ever. It’s also built like a tank. If you want one, just get it. It’s unbeaten for use as a regular telephoto as well as for macro. READ FULL REVIEW