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

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Nikkor 200mm f/4.0s Telephoto lens

Nikkor 200mm f/4.0 was used to be one of the most popular focal length at the telephoto range. The lens creates 4 times magnification of the subject when compared with a 50mm normal lens; it has a typical telephoto lens effect of compressing perspective, combining its moderate size and weight which appeals to many photographers which put portability on their priority list, making this Nikkor lens a great companion lens to carried along with for outdoor such as trips, tracking, mountain climbing etc. The Nikkor lens equally has a long lens development history which even began during the rangefinder days with a Nikkor-Q 25cm f/4.0. The first lens with F-bayonet mount was designed was introduced in 1961and carried lens spec:

20.0cm f/4-32 Nikkor-Q Auto Telephoto lens

o 4 elements in 3 groups
12 1/3 degrees angle of view
focusses to 2m
accepts built-in hood and lens case CL-35
52mm accessory size
72.5mm diam by 163mm length
Lens Case $12.50 list (1967) $199.50 list (1961); $210 list (1967) -Michael Liu -

Given the great users' confidence level, which obviously has established over the years with its tremendous built quality and excellent optical performance, perhaps that can explain partly for its wide popularity. It is not exaggerating to quote most Nikon photographers that were actively engaged in photography during the '70 & '80 have, one way or another, some experience with this lens. The immense popularity is well reflected by plenty of the 200mm telephoto lenses surfaced repeatedly at many used equipment sales.

Although the lens has a relatively slow f/4.0 maximum lens aperture which actually contributes greatly to its extremely lightweight of mere 510g as compared with, say the Nikkor 180mm f/2.8s ED's 880g or the 2.4 kg Nikkor 200mm f/2.0 ED-IF ! Considering the lens comes without equipped with Nikon's best optical innovation such as Rare Earth (ED) glass used in the design of 180mm lens or the Internal Focusing (IF) found in some of the more exotic Nikkor optic like the comparing Nikkor 200mm f/2.0s ED-IF and/or the Micro-Nikkor lens series at this specific focal length - somehow no one will even blink his eyes when being asked and doubting what optical performance this lens can deliver.

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Although personally, I do have a little reservation over its limiting maximum aperture at f/4.0 which is on a slower lens speed scale and may not be the perfect option for all photographic needs especially when you ought to decide only on a single telephoto lens to carry along with for an important assignment. Naturally, portraiture is one favourite application for this telephoto lens, so - another factor that may affect a buying decision is its inadequate freedom to control of depth of field with the f/4.0 maximum aperture. This may have caused many photographers turned to the more versatile Nikkor 180mm f/2.8s ED telephoto lens instead. However, if you are not one of those great believer of fast speed optic, this telephoto lens may become a very good and logical alternative especially for those who has a tight budget to spend but still wish to own one of the best of Nikkor for all round general photography.

Nikon did a caring factor to the design of this lens. Where it has a stanrd 52mm filter attachment size and hence most of Nikkor lenses from 20mm to 200mm introduced those days share most 52mm front mounting accessories. The lens also provides a handy built-in telescopic lens hood which has a great extension to call it an effective built-in hood.

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The closest focusing distance for this lens is at 2 meters (6 ft.), although you may still use either a tele-converter such as TC-200 (or the newer TC-201) or extension ring(s) to improve its close focusing capability but the lens may compensate with slower shutter speeds which will darken the viewfinder which may prohibiting effective application on the field. Further, that may also cause uneven exposures at high shutter speed settings. Anyway, naturally everything comes with a little compromise for convenience, but the Nikkor 200mm f/4.0 lens is one of the few Nikkor lens posts the best value over performance ratio in the Nikkor lens family. If you can afford, always select at least with an Ai-Spec lens for greater system compatibility, especially if you own a mix of new and older AF/MF Nikon bodies.

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The easiest way to differentiate the Ai-S and AI lens by locating its minimum aperture of f/32, the newer Ai-S lens is printed in orange which including the aperture direct readout scale. Another more accurate method is by observing its serial number, the Ai-S lenses may have a starting serial number from 900001, while the Ai-Spec lenses started from 710001. (Note: However, Not many manual focus Nikon SLR can take advantage of the Ai-S specification which will auto shift to provides high speed program setting in programmed AE mode). The Ai-S lens only weighs 510g, lighter than Ai' version at 530g but a significantly improved from the bulky 630g of the older non-AI Nikkor-Q 20cm f4.0 Auto !

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Technical Highlights: * Weighs only 510 grams, yet provides four-times magnification of the subject when compared with a normal lens. * Uses popular 52mm filters despite its long focal length. * f/32 minimum aperture provides additional depth-of-fleld control. * Built-in telescopic lens hood reduces ghost images and flare when shooting in strong sunlight. * Very versatile focal length for candid photography, head-and-shoulder portraits, or isolating details in land- or cityscapes.

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Focal length/Aperture: 200mm f/4
Lens construction: 5 elements in 5 groups; Picture angle: 12°20'; Diaphragm: Automatic
Aperture scale: f/4-f/32 on both standard and (ADR) 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 2m (6 ft.) to infinity (
OO); Weight: 510g
Dimensions: 65mm dia. x 124mm long (overall); 116mm extension from lens flange
Filters: 52mm, front screw-in; Front lens cap: Snap-On; Lens hood: Built-in telescopic type with click-stops
Lens case: CL-13 hard leatherette, No.63 soft pouch, or CP-9 plastic
Usable teleconverter: TC-200, TC-201s
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. * Note: Production Serial Numbers believed to have started from 900001 for the Nikkor 200mm f4.0 Ai-S lenses.




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
Nikkor 200mm f/4.0
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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