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Nikkor 200mm f2.0 ED IF & 200mm f4.0 lenses

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Nikkor 200mm f/2.0s IF-ED fast speed telephoto lens

When you stepped into this 'exclusive' territory of the fast exotic telephoto lenses, either you are quite well off financially as a serious amateur or you must be one of the selected few in the market that depending on photography to make a living and naturally, you need the best in optical lens to supplement your profession.

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Simply because - although it is only 20 millimeter longer in focal length and just 1° narrower in its angle of view, this lens costs almost THREE TIMES more than the Nikkor 180mm f2.8s ED ! However, the bonus with the hefty extra cost you need to cough out to pay for the lens is - it comes with a full f-stop gain in its maximum aperture than the corresponding Nikkor 180mm lens and almost 2 full stops faster than the comparing Nikkor 200mm f/4.0.

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Credit: Image of the Nikkor 200mm f/2.0s Telephoto lens displayed in this site courtesy of Mr Bill Mayes® <> Copyright © 2003.

Sensibly, most would settle for a forgiving 180mm lens which is slightly shorter in its focal length, more compact and a compromise in a full stop slower in its maximum aperture. The main issue still is the huge difference in their respective cost incurred. if you still persist, the medium must be quite rewarding to justify such an investment and your works usually settle with no compromise on optical quality. Well, joke aside, when combining with moderately fast modern films, this lens is an ultimate solution to answer the need for a high speed and top performance optical telephoto lens for any assignments in available light photography. If I can still recalled, this lens, along with another equally exotic Nikkor 300mm f2.0 S ED IF which was introduced in 1981. Both lenses were used to be the fastest manual focus 200/300mm lens available in the market during early '80 (the record at 200mm was eventually superseded by the Canon FDn 200mm f/1.8 which was strangely introduced quite late and after announcement of discontinuation of FD mount lenses by Canon). The Nikkor 200mm f/2.0 lens has a far earlier history than the Nikkor 300mm f/2.0 EDIF. A similar version in similar lens spec was introduced as early as January, 1977. Earlier demo version may not have an ED glass and soon substituted with an ED version but there was no Internal focus mechanism.

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Credit: Image of the Ai-Nikkor 200mm f/2.0s telephoto lense displayed in this site courtesy of Mr Richard Heathcote ® <> Action Images plc Image House, Station Road, London N17 9LR Tel: +44 (0)20 8885 3000 Fax: +44 (0)20 8267 2067 website: Image Copyright © 2003. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer. An even larger image can be viewed by clicking on the respective image.

The version revised in an Ai lens coupling system in 1977 was believed to have been the first model that incorporated an ED glass and internal focusing mechanism employed within its design which bear many other similar features found in a modern high speed Nikkor telephoto lens. According to Nikon Hand Book, Peter Braczko stated that series may have a starting serial number from 176111. The remarkable Nikkor 200mm f/2.0 ED IF lens was given another upgrade as Ai-S lens which has serial number from 178501. However, a facelift was also being done to the last of the series which occurred during mid of '80 where the high speed telephoto lens was again redesigned with a fixed 122mm built-in UV filter which serves more to protective its front lens element. A Gelatin filter with slide-in design was also added to enable change of filters.

The remarkable lens speed of f/2.0 of the Nikkor 200mm lens making it an ultimate tool for indoor sports photographers and photojournalists to cover events that only permits available light photography. With a teleconverter such as TC-14B, it will turn into a 280mm f/2.8 lens and when used with a TC-201 which gives 2X extension, it will transformed into a Nikkor 400mm f/4.0 super telephoto lens ! It was generally seen as a perfect solution for those who often covers news, stage, fashion and sport photography. Its fast lens speed with a moderate long reach of 200mm focal length, when used creatively with a fast film is best used for satisfying such kind of needs. It is a heavy optic, weighing a massive 2.4 kg (the last revised model was the heaviest, weighing an even more massive 2.55kg !). Although it is still hand holdable but works best with a monopod or adequately good supporting photographic tool ! The lens may have packed some of the very original Nikon optical innovations and technologies within its design such as Internal focus, two large front lens elements of rare earth glass (ED) lens elements to correct chromatic aberrations and some other secondary features aimed to improve its handling and users' responsiveness. Like the Nikkor 300mm f/2.8s ED IF, it also has a four click stop rotable tripod mount and a very practical lens hood with long extension which provide a good shading to its huge front lens element.

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Credit: Mattsnapper (He highlighted a useful hints: "With a Nikon D1 or D1x Digital SLR camera, this lens is a 300mm f/2.0.....". It is not usual to come across such a lens and I hope I can have the permission to use these images in this website. If you have any pictures good enough to substitute (with permission granted to publish), PLEASE mail me.

Credit: Image of the Nikkor 200mm f/2.0s high speed Telephoto lens displayed in this site courtesy of Mr Bill Mayes® <> Copyright © 2003.

Some of it technical Highlights are: * Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass holds chromatic aberration to the absolute minimum, providing exceptional resolution throughout the entire aperture range. * Internal Focusing (IF) design makes the lens easy to focus and hold. * 360° rotable tripod socket collar offers quick and secure change from horizontal- to vertical-format shooting. * Built-in telescopic "bayonet-type" lens hood. * Bright viewfinder available for critical focusing in dim light.

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Recently via a web search, I came across Mr.Vincenzo Montalto who operates the popular Ebay store of "Bestdeals$$$" - with a stroke of luck, Vencenzo permited me to use some of these beautifully taken images of his auctioned item in the rare Nikkor 200mm f/2.0 IF-ED lense. Cool ...

Credit: Image(s) appeared herein courtesy of Mr. Vincenzo from Bestdeals$$$® <> "Best deals$$$", who also operates a very popular Ebay Store, selling many unique camera equipment of various brands and labels and some of the images shown here was kindly granted permission by the Company. All images appeared herein are Copyright © 2003. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.
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Focal length/Aperture: 200mm f/2.0 with Ai-S Lens Coupling system
Lens construction: 10 elements in 8 groups; Picture angle: 12°20'; Diaphragm: Automatic

Aperture scale: f/2 - f/22 on both standard and aperture-direct-readout scales
Exposure measurement: Via full aperture method, meter coupling ridge provided for Al cameras and meter coupling shoe for non-AI cameras
Distance scale: Graduated in meters and feet from 2.5m (8 ft.) to infinity (oo)

Weight: approx. 2400g; Dimensions: 138mm dia. x 222mm long (overall); 214mm extension from lens flange
Filters: 122mm front screw-in; Front lens cap: Slip-on
Lens hood: Built-in telescopic type with click-stops; Lens case: CL-63 hard leatherette (Supplied)
Usable teleconverter(s):
TC-200, TC-201s or TC-14, TC-14B Warning: Certain AE modes (Programmed AE and Shutter Priority AE) on selective Nikon SLRs will not work efficiently with older TC devices. Use an Ai-S version for better compatibility, read the respective Tele-Extender(s) sections.




200mm F2.0 EDIF

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180mm f/2.8 IF-ED series (UPDATED)

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Nikkor 200mm f/4.0s
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Pre AI -
Nikkor 200mm f/4.0
200mm f/4.0 Auto

Nikkor 200mm f/2.0s ED IF
Relative: Micro-Nikkor 200mm f/4.0 IF
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