Nikon AF Mi­cro 200mm f/4D IF-ED

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Get in (not quite so) close with this long ‘Mi­cro’ lens

Re­leased (year): 1993 Price new: £1200/$1800 Price used: £175/$250

We’re cov­er­ing all of Nikon’s lat­est macro lenses in this month’s Big Test (see page 110). They all fea­ture AF-S ring-type ul­tra­sonic aut­o­fo­cus sys­tems, and two of them in­clude VR (vi­bra­tion re­duc­tion). How­ever, the fo­cal length of these lenses is some­what lim­ited. The older 200mm Mi­cro lens lacks any mod cons like AF-S and VR, aut­o­fo­cus drive be­ing re­quired from the host cam­era body. It can’t aut­o­fo­cus on bod­ies like the D5000, but can on a D7200 or any FX (full-frame) body.

The 200mm fo­cal length gives a greater work­ing dis­tance to the sub­ject, ideal for shoot­ing bugs. It’s phys­i­cally longer than the 105mm lens, so the dis­tance be­tween the front of both lenses and the sub­ject is about the same at their clos­est fo­cus dis­tances. How­ever, with your eye to the viewfinder, the 200mm lens gives you a work­ing dis­tance of 50cm, in­stead of 31cm.

Specs

El­e­ments/groups: 13/8 (2 ED) Aper­ture range: f/4 to f/32 Aut­o­fo­cus type: Cam­era-driven Min­i­mum fo­cus dis­tance: 50cm Max­i­mum mag­ni­fi­ca­tion: 1.0x Fil­ter thread: 62mm Di­men­sions: 76x193 mm Weight: 1190g

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