Nikon 200mm f/4 AF-D IF ED Micro
Too large and heavy for comfortable hand-holding, it works best on a tripod. Optical quality is excellent, with flare and ghosting well controlled. Sharpness is outstanding for close range photography within its optimal range f/4-11. At infinity, it is a little soft wide open and gives best results at f/11. Stopping down further down yields softer images due to diffraction.
Its high price-tag is not reflected in the mechanical construction. The placement of the manual focus ring is awkward, and the A/M collar has a plastic construction that break easily.
To go beyond 1:1, the best option is to add the 6T close-up lens. As with all AF Micro-Nikkors, the close-up lens should probably be mounted in a reversed position for best results.
Rating: Ed: 95, User: - (normalized, 0=useless, 50=average, 100=excellent).
Mount: Nikon F.
Aperture range: f/4 to f/32.
Close focus distance (CFD): 46 cm / 1.51 ft (from sensor plane).
CFD magnification: 1:1 / 1X.
Focus: AF (requires in-body focus motor).
Filter diameter: 62 mm.
L x D, W: 202 x 76 mm, 1190 g.
IR: May produce a hotspot.
Approximate street price: USD 1650 (new, w/o tax).
Nikon is a multinational corporation headquartered in Tokyo, Japan specializing in optics and imaging. Its products include cameras, lenses, flash units, scanners, binoculars, microscopes, measurement instruments, and steppers (used in semiconductor fabrication). The company was founded in 1917 as Nippon Kōgaku Kōgyō Kabushikigaisha (Japan Optical Industries Corporation), and renamed Nikon Corporation, after its cameras, in 1988. Nikon Corporation is one of the companies of the Mitsubishi Group.