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Keywords: Nikon Nikkor Tele Prime Macro 35mm Tested


Registered: December 2006
Posts: 3
Nikon 200mm f/4D ED-IF AF Micro Nikkor review by toondesmit
Review Date: 8/24/2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

Pros: sharpness, tripod collar, enormous focusing ring
Cons: week plastic ring to set Manual or Autofocus

Most of the time I use the Nikon 300mm f/4 AFS with the Nikon extension tubes for macro. Working distance is great and depth of field a bit more forgiving than the 200mm Micro.

However for smaller critters I started using this lens again. In combination with the D300 and D200. I am thrilled with the results. I always use a tripod and Mirror Lock Up. Sharpness is terrific. I don’t miss VR and the tripod collar is sturdy enough.

See for yourself:

Sometimes I have a hard time choosing between the 300mm with the PN-11 and the 200mm Micro!

Registered: November 2005
Posts: 9
Nikon 200mm f/4D ED-IF AF Micro Nikkor review by bradhill
Review Date: 10/30/2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $1,800.00| Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharpness; long working distance
Cons: AF performance

The sharpness of this lens is well-known, and I find it to be one of my sharpest lenses (though not as sharp as the amazing 200 f2 VR). However, I find its longish working distance (especially when paired with a camera with a DX sensor) when working with many macro subjects to be of even higher importance.

I agree with almost everyone's view that the AF performance on this lens is poor. However, this is a MICRO/MACRO lens and, as such, I believe that AF performance is pretty much irrelevant to its intended use. If anyone is looking for a good macro lens with a good autofocus system, they should probably look at the Nikkor 105 f2.8 VR.

Registered: November 2006
Posts: 8
Nikon 200mm f/4D ED-IF AF Micro Nikkor review by Zed
Review Date: 11/15/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

Pros: Very sharp!
Cons: Slow autofocus, heavy

I tried this lens out one day in a camera store because I was curious about it. The store let me use their D50 and I used my memory card to record the images and review later.

This lens produces amazing image quality, but is terrible when using auto focus. I would not recommend using this lens if you plan to chase bugs, unless they are sitting and not moving unless you manually focus. It takes a good 10 seconds to acquire focus after making loud noises while the gears inside shift around. If you want to use this lens, do not waste your time with the auto focus.

If you have some jewelry, plants, or non-moving items that will not scurry away from the loud noises it produces, this lens will produce images beyond your expectations.


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