Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200mm 1: 4D review

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In this review, I will abbreviate the Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200mm 1: 4D lens Nikon 200 / 4D.

Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200mm 1: 4D

Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200mm 1: 4D on Nikon D40

In short

Nikon 200 / 4D is a macro lens for full-frame DSLR cameras with the ability to shoot at a maximum magnification of 1: 1. It has excellent build quality and very good image quality.

It is believed one of the best macro lenses of all times and peoples.

The disadvantages include the lack of a stabilizer and a built-in fast and quiet focusing motor.

Very interesting: Nikon 200 / 4D lenses and MINOLTA AF APO TELE MACRO 200mm 1: 4 (32) [better known as'Minolta 200/4 Macro APO G', announced in 1998] use the same optical design (animation of the circuit).

Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200mm 1: 4D

Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200mm 1: 4D on Nikon D40

History

Nikon (formerly Nippon Kogaku Japan) has been producing macro 1mm Medical-NIKKOR Auto 5.6: 200 f = 1962mm for medical purposes since 1978. In 200, the classic Nikon Micro-NIKKOR 1mm 4: 1982 (AI-type, not Medical-NIKKOR) was released, a little later, in XNUMX, it was updated to AI-S version.

В December 1993 Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200mm 1: 4D is released (shown in this review). It also becomes the first autofocus lens of its kind among Nikon Nikkor.

В September 1997 another "long" and unusual macro lens comes out Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 70-180mm 1: 4.5-5.6D ED with a variable focal length. The variable focal length compensates for the 'Focus Breathing' effect that affects the angle of view. The 'Focus Breathing' of macro lenses is huge and can be a major nuisance when composing your shot.

Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200mm 1: 4D

Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200mm 1: 4D on Nikon D40

Main technical characteristics of Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200mm 1: 4D:

Review Instance Name Gold plate inscription: Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200mm 1: 4 D Made in Japan
Basic properties
  • Microphone - macro lens
  • AF - automatic focusing (by means of a motor in the camera)
  • ED (Extra-low Dispersion) - the use of special low dispersion elements in the optical scheme
  • D (Distance) - transfer of focusing distance to the camera
  • CRC (Close Range Correction) - image correction at short focusing distances
  • Virtually internal focusing
  • Full / limit - focusing distance limiter
  • Macro 1: 1 - Possibility of macro photography with 1: 1 magnification
  • SIC (Nikon Super Integrated Coating) - special integrated enlightenment of optics
  • Aperture control ring
  • Tripod foot, 2 tripod slots
  • Dedicated focus mode switch M - A
  • Professional lens
Front Filter Diameter 62 mm, metal thread for filters
Focal length 200 mm, EGF for cameras with APS-C sensor Kf = 1.5 Nikon DX 300 mm, EGF for cameras with Nikon 1 sensor with Kf = 2.7 (Nikon CX) is 540 mm
Zoom ratio 1 x
Designed by for full-frame film SLR cameras
Number of aperture blades 9 (see block of text in the aperture overview)
Labels
  • focusing distance in meters and feet
  • bayonet mount mark (also known as aperture mark)
  • three marks for the orientation of the tripod foot
  • magnification scale for values ​​1:10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.5, 2, 1.8, 1.6, 1.4, 1.2, 1.1, 1
  • depth of field scale for f / 32
  • aperture ring retainer mark
Diaphragm From F / 4 to F / 32 at infinity and from F / 5.3 to F / 45 on MDF.

The maximum value depends on the focusing distance:

  • from infinity to 2 meters f / 4
  • 2 meters F / 4.2
  • 1 meter f / 4.5
  • 0.8 meters F / 4.8
  • 0.65 meters F / 5
  • 0.52 meters and less F / 5.3

Aperture control ring (Non-G, Non-E lens type). Aperture values ​​4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16, 22, 32

MDF (minimum focusing distance) 50 centimeters, maximum magnification ratio 1: 1
The weight
  • 1190 grams (claimed)
  • 1180 grams (measured)
Optical design 13 elements in 8 groups including 2 ED elements (marked in yellow)

Optical design Nikon Micro Nikkor 200 f4

The picture is clickable for enlargement. The lens is built on the same optical scheme. MINOLTA AF APO TELE MACRO 200mm 1: 4 (32)

Lens hood must be screwed into the thread of the front light filter, marking HN-30
Manufacturer country MADE IN JAPAN (Japan)
Period Since December 22, 1993. At the end of 2021 is considered the current model
Price

For macro lens high aperture not typical. Maximum aperture of f / 3.5-4 is used by many other similar lenses, for example,  Tamron 180 / 3.5 SP, Canon 180 / 3.5 L, Sigma 180 / 3.5 EX, Minolta 200/4 AF there are even darker solutions, such as Micro Nikkor 70-180 / 4.5-5.6D.

Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200mm 1: 4D

Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200mm 1: 4D on Nikon D4

Assembly

The build quality of the Nikon 200 / 4D is excellent. The lens is made in Japan. The Nikon 200 / 4D is very sturdy and reliable to the touch.

Nikon 200 / 4D uses a metal mount. The focusing ring is rubberized. The diaphragm ring is also metal.

The lens itself weighs almost 1200 grams. For such professional solutions, heavy weight is not a major issue.

Nikon 200 / 4D uses a fixed tripod foot. There are 3 marks on the lens barrel for quick orientation of the lens in a strictly vertical or horizontal orientation. The foot is secured with a convenient clip. The foot has 2 tripod slots.

Unfortunately, the Nikon 200 / 4D can only use a lens hood that is screwed into the thread of the front filter.

From the bayonet side there is light-cutting rectangular hood, the inside of which is coated with a special dust collecting material.

The overall finish of the lens is reminiscent of other professional solutions of the time. Outwardly, this is a very beautiful lens, absolute perfection for that time.

Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200mm 1: 4D

Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200mm 1: 4D on Nikon D4

Focusing

Nikon 200 / 4D auto focus speed very low. The running time from infinity to MDF and back is very long.

During focusing, the filter frame remains motionless... During focusing, the front lens in the middle of the body performs undulating motion... Goes forward during focusing from infinity to 80 centimeters and drives back when focusing from 80 centimeters to MDF. During focusing, the front lens does not leave the frame of the body, we can assume that the lens is using virtually internal focusing. This is the first time I've come across this behavior of the front lens during focusing (I've often seen this before, but only when changing the focal length). The rear lens remains stationary during focusing. This lens incorporates Nikon technology CRC (Close Range Correction) - image correction at short focusing distances, allowing to obtain high optical performance at any focusing distance.

The focus ring rotates to 225 degrees (5/8 full turn)... The movement of the ring is smooth. Upon reaching the extreme positions, the ring abuts. The focusing ring is very wide with rubberized inserts. The minimum focusing distance is 0.5 meters. The maximum magnification ratio is 1: 1.

It's important: the range from infinity to 1 meter is poorly stretched, it is very difficult to focus manually on this range. The lens is designed in such a way that it is primarily aimed at shooting at close focusing distances.

Working distance is 26 centimeters (distance from subject to lens while focusing on MDF), which is excellent.

To switch focusing modes, there is a special M-A switch, made in the form of a ring. The ring is locked with a small metal button. To switch the lens from 'M' mode to 'A' mode or vice versa, press this metal button and turn the ring in the desired direction. This type of focus switch is used by many older lenses. Such a switch is not always convenient.

In auto focusing AF, the focus ring remains stationary, it can rotate freely without affecting focus, while it is convenient to hold the lens by it.

The lens has a Full / Limit focusing distance limiter. In Full mode, focusing is available over the entire range of focusing distances from infinity to MDF. In the LIMIT mode, focusing is available from infinity to 0.75 meters, or from 0.7 meters to MDF. The limiter works in both manual and automatic focusing modes. Such a limiter is simply indispensable for easy and quick use of the lens.

When used on a camera Nikon D4 the lens behaves well without any major focusing issues.

It's important: auto focus with this lens is available only when using him on cameras with built-in motor focusing.

Exact list Nikon DSLR cameras with a built-in focus motor, on which this lens will focus automatically:

Exact list Nikon DSLR cameras without a built-in focus motor, on which this lens will not focus automatically:

Only auto focus and sound confirmation of focus will not work with these cameras, all other important functions, such as automatic exposure metering and automatic iris control, will work well.

You will find a lot of useful information on the types of cameras and lenses Nikon here.

Focus Features:

  1. There is a depth of field scale, but only for F / 32
  2. Focus speed may vary slightly depending on the camera used. This issue has been considered. here.
  3. During focusing, the lens and camera are quite noisy.
  4. There is a very strong effect of 'Focus Breathing' (changing the viewing angle during focusing). During focusing towards MDF, the viewing angle decreases
  5. Nikon 200 / 4D transmits the value of the focusing distance to the subject to the camera and is a lens of the type Nikon D.
  6. The lens has a scale with a focusing distance in meters and feet in the form of a window. There is a scale with a magnification.
  7. Unknown compatibility with teleconverters.
  8. Nikon 200 / 4D does not have hard stop (hard infinity mechanical stop) which allows you to accurately and quickly focus the lens at infinity under any external conditions.
Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200mm 1: 4D

Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200mm 1: 4D

Diaphragm

The lens has a manual aperture ring. To be able to control the value aperture from camera or for automatic installation aperture on modern digital cameras, you need to turn the control ring to F / 32, after which you need to fix it with a small special lock button, which is located to the right of the labels aperture. If this is not done, then on a number of cameras, the display will display an error - 'fEE' (ring is not installed aperture) Some cameras having diaphragm rheostatallow you to control the aperture using the ring aperturebut only in metering modes exposure 'M' and 'A'. You can read more about this issue in the section on Non-G Lenses. Ring aperture rotates with clicks, and is marked with F / 4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16, 22, 32 (full feet). Other intermediate values ​​can only be set using the camera menu. The F / 32 value on the aperture control ring has an orange color, which corresponds to the mark near the lock-button, this was done on purpose, to visually align these values.

Nikon 200 / 4D uses aperture on 9 petals... The diaphragm blades are rounded. At F / 5.6, the petals form a small jagged hole (example). At F / 8-F / 32, the hole has the shape of a regular nine-sided.

Note that the Nikon 200 / 4D only shows its maximum open aperture of f / 4 during focusing from infinity to XNUMX meters.

During focusing on the MDF, the maximum relative aperture becomes 1: 5.3.

During focusing, you can clearly see how the aperture blades slightly close, thereby changing the maximum relative aperture.

The change in the number F when changing the focusing distance is introduced specifically to achieve accurate metering exposure. In almost all macro lenses, during focusing towards the MDF, the effective aperture value changes. This is due to the fact that during focusing towards the MDF, the effective focal length of the lens changes.

This behavior of the F number is quite important when working with manual pulsed light, where you need to set a certain power for each shot, and when changing the focusing distance, you should always take this into account and make the necessary correction.

Other macro lenses with which I had to deal with behave in a similar manner. This is not a problem, just such a feature of macro lenses.

Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200mm 1: 4D

Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200mm 1: 4D

Image quality

Nikon 200 / 4D is optically good. When working with the lens, the sharpness and very low level of chromatic aberration are immediately evident. The lens was developed for film cameras, but it also performs wonders on modern digital cameras with high pixel density (tested on Sony a3500).

Sharpness

  • good / very good sharpness at open apertures in the center of the frame at open apertures
  • in real shots, it is impossible to track the drop in sharpness even in the far corners of the frame, even at F / 4. The lens has very good resolution over the entire field of the frame.
  • in the range of F / 5.6-F / 11, the sharpness reaches its maximum level
  • the lens focusing system is optimized to achieve good resolution both at close focusing distances and at long range
  • good micro-contrast

Distortion

  • distortion level is very low
  • it is extremely difficult to visually observe distortion in real shots

Vignetting

  • tangible vignetting open aperture and focus on infinity
  • vignetting is reduced by closing the aperture
  • vignetting is reduced when focusing towards the MDF
  • at F / 5.6 (while focusing at infinity), the vignette disappears almost completely

Aberration

  • general level HA is at a low level even in the far corners of the frame, only in very difficult scenes can you get a noticeable amount of HA (example)
  • there is a tangible amount of freezing (example)

Rest

  • disks of unsharpness in the form of nenagons at F / 8-F / 32
  • discs of unsharpness with small notches at F / 5.6
  • the lens can sometimes produce very nice bokeh
  • the lens tolerates side and back light well, the amount of glare and artifacts from strong light sources in the frame is quite small
  • special magic of old professional optics

For Nikon 200 / 4D there are lens profiles for ADOBE CAMERA RAW converters (and for Lightroom, respectively).

Modern Nikon cameras can recognize this lens, which automatically corrects vignetting, distortion and some chromatic aberration. Paired with enhancement algorithms, the Nikon 200 / 4D can be just wonderful. Modern digital photography is not only an objective lens and a camera sensor, but also post-processing of the obtained result.

Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200mm 1: 4D

Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200mm 1: 4D

Sample photos on Nikon D4 (FX, Full Frame)

Converting original RAW files with the original Nikon Capture NX-D v 1.4.6 utility.

Download / view original photos in RAW format ('.NEF') can be at this link (21 files, Google Drive gallery).

Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200mm 1: 4D

Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200mm 1: 4D

Sample photos on Nikon D40 (DX, APS-C)

Jpeg from mine legendary Nikon D40 (6 MP, CCD APS-C):

You can download / view the original photos in JPEG format ('.jpg') at this link (50 files, Google Drive gallery).

Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200mm 1: 4D

Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200mm 1: 4D

Sample photos on Sony a3500 (APS-C)

All photos in the review are shown without processing. Camera used Sony a3500 (high pixel density sensor, 20MP Exmor APS-C HD CMOS). All photos are on-camera JPEG. On this camera, I used a lens with a conventional adapter. Nikon F -> Sony NEX / Alpha.

You can download / view the original photos in RAW format ('.ARW') at this link (13 files, Google Drive gallery).

Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200mm 1: 4D

Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200mm 1: 4D

Sample photos on Nikon D800 (FX), D70s (DX)

Examples of photos on Nikon 200 / 4D for this review kindly shared photographer Olga Koldina.

Look for Olga on the site 35Photo, and so in VK.

Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200mm 1: 4D

Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200mm 1: 4D

My experience

The Nikon 200 / 4D is just wonderful, it feels like Nikon's 'old school'. The same Tamron 180 / 3.5 SP AF MACRO good too, but still inferior to the original Nikon 200 / 4D. Truth, Tamron 180 / 3.5 SP AF MACRO chromatite is significantly less.

Such lenses for the Nikon F mount have a stabilizer only on Sigma 180 / 2.8 Macro OS и Sigma 150 / 2.8 MACRO OS... In general, more or less modern solutions with a fast ring motor and image stabilizer are more preferable. At equivalent apertures, they practically do not lose to the Nikon 200 / 4D in terms of resolution.

What could be optically better than the Nikon 200 / 4D? It is hard to say. It is because of this that the Nikon 200 / 4D has not yet been updated. After Nikon 200 / 4D shorter Nikon Micro Nikkor 105 / 2.8G VR seems like a child's toy.

Macro photography is a tricky business. Stacking technology is often used for macro photography, as well as many other tricks. For some situations Nikon 200 / 4D will not be the optimal solution and in general Sigma 150 / 2.8 MACRO OS may be a better choice.

By the way, in our time, manual similar macro lenses are produced, for example, quite interesting IRIX 150 f / 2.8 Macro 1: 1 Dragonfly... Automatic focusing for macro photography is often not important, and therefore you should not pass by near manual solutions.

I've heard the opinion that this lens is also great for portraits, with excellent contrast, color and bokeh. But everyone has to decide for himself whether it is worth using such a specialized macro lens for a portrait.

Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200mm 1: 4D

Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200mm 1: 4D


All autofocus MICRO / MC NIKKOR lenses

Z-mount FX:

  1. Nikon Nikkor Z MC 50 mm 1: 2.8 S
  2. Nikon Nikkor Z MC 105 mm 1: 2.8 VR S

F-mount FX:

  1. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 50 mm 1:2.8 R-UW
  2. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 55 mm 1:2.8
  3. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 60 mm 1:2.8
  4. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 60 mm 1: 2.8D
  5. Nikon N AF-S Micro Nikkor 60 mm 1: 2.8G SWM ED IF Aspherical Nano Crystal Coat (Japan or Thailand)
  6. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 105 mm 1:2.8
  7. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 105 mm 1: 2.8D
  8. Nikon N AF-S Micro Nikkor 105 mm 1: 2.8G ED VR SWM IF Micro 1: 1 Nano Crystal Coat (Japan or China)
  9. Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200 mm 1: 4D
  10. Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 70-180 mm 1: 4.5-5.6D ED

F-mount DX:

  1. Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 40 mm 1: 2.8G SWM
  2. Nikon DX AF-S Micro Nikkor 85 mm 1: 3.5G ED VR SWM IF Micro 1: 1

Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200mm 1: 4D

Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200mm 1: 4D

Price

Current prices can be look at E-Katalog and ROZETKA... Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200mm 1: 4D is a rather rare lens and it is sometimes very, very difficult to find it on sale as a new one.

Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200mm 1: 4D

Tsar's case Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200mm 1: 4D

Results

Nikon 200 / 4D is a very interesting macro lens with good optical performance. There are quite a few such solutions, and each macro lens with a focal length of more than 90-100-105 mm deserves close attention. Unfortunately, Nikon 200 / 4D is in many ways inferior to some similar newer lenses from Sigma (by type Sigma 150 / 2.8 OS, Sigma 180 / 2.8 OS), but it is still a very attractive solution for professionals. The Nikon 200 / 4D is considered one of the best macro lenses of all time and has an iconic status. It is very sharp, practically free of chromatic aberration, and very pleasant to handle.

10 main advantages:

  1. top quality professional lens workmanship
  2. maximum magnification ratio 1: 1
  3. comfortable swivel tripod foot
  4. focusing virtually internal type, fixed focus ring during autofocus
  5. focusing system CRC
  6. focus distance limiter
  7. low-dispersion optical elements in the optical scheme
  8. there is a lens profile for popular RAW converters
  9. high / very high optical performance
  10. legendary status

10 main disadvantages:

  1. for a long time there is no update for this lens (an updated version has not been released for almost 30 years, most likely it will not be released due to migration to the Z mount)
  2. absence built-in SWM motor focusing (critical for users of amateur Nikon cameras without motor focus and cameras Nikon Z series, for example, S has HSM motorigma 150 / 2.8 Macro OS)
  3. no dust and moisture protection (for example, modern Nikon Nikkor Z MC 105 / 2.8 VR S well protected)
  4. noisy auto focus
  5. slow autofocus (slightly dependent on the camera used)
  6. the tripod foot cannot be removed (for example, on Sigma 180 / 2.8 MACRO HSM OS it is removable)
  7. there is no constant manual focus control (there is, for example, Nikon Micro Nikkor 105 / 2.8G VR)
  8. aperture a step lower than that of some other similar lenses, for example, a modern manual IRIX 150 / 2.8
  9. there is no built-in image stabilizer (for example, there is Sigma 180 / 2.8 MACRO HSM OS)
  10. a hood that is screwed into the thread of the front filter (not bayonet) must be used. For example, like Tamron 180 / 3.5 SP AF MACRO uses a bayonet hood and has an interesting FEC technology

For the provided Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200mm 1: 4D lens many thanks the store ProFotoSalewhere you can find many new and used lenses for different systems, including similar Nikon lenses.

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Comments: 12, on the topic: Review of Nikon ED AF Micro Nikkor 200mm 1: 4D

  • Eugene o

    Arkady, thanks for the review. Pigeons (on Mazepa Avenue, as I understand it) especially, so many details ...
    I consider using macro lenses in a portrait possible only in some cases, excessive sharpness often leads to unnecessary time expenditures in Photoshop. Interestingly, someone tried to reduce the sharpness a bit with filters, for example ND?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Apparently it's easier to use different methods of ansharp in Photoshop

    • Seladir

      In Lightroom, I use a brush over the skin, setting Clarity and Texture a little to minus.

  • Tserg

    Arkady, discernment for a garny look at the whole object. Get rid of the cry of our koristuvachіv! I would like to tell you about the fact that the Cyrillic Internet has a dumb, sensible look at this “macro monster”, as I call him at the entrance. Ob'ktiv is an active resident. Now it’s practical in the Ukrainian online store, and it’s not for sale, it’s not marvelous. I think that the university of special education and training for the people will not stop playing. So, if the sound of the macrik with a great focal point of view, this new one might not be there, but to replace it without a guarantee. Todi vibir zupiniv on Sigma EX 150mm 1: 2.8 APO MACRO DG HSM OS. І having lost his satisfaction. Mayu also sigma makrik 105mm, which is without a stabilizer. Win at me is already 17 years old. Matte pokrittya of the old zrazka continued, autofocus has not been successful for a long time, altogether having turned all one on to the photographer, and continue to use them. I still forgot that I bought it at the dealer Yugkontraktu new everything for $ 280. The infection for such a penny is a good idea to buy a Chinese without autofocus. I want for macro autofocus in 80-90% of vipadks is not required.

    • Tserg

      Matove pokrittya - I got licked. Well, without zaglyuchiv i viklav the word in his own way.

  • Alex

    interesting lens.

  • Alexander

    did not quite understand the aperture. In the table tech. characteristics indicated maximum 2,8, and in other parts of the article and on the lens itself 4. How so?

    • Victor

      Errors in the description (table), of course, there should be f / 4 everywhere

      • Arkady Shapoval

        Fixed

    • Alexander

      From time to time you come across all sorts of paradoxical (for me) things in a certain sense, such as in this article, the movement of the front lens first forward then backward with one focusing “direction” and changing the maximum aperture depending on the focusing distance (and not zooming as usual). I thought maybe something amazing is happening here too)

      • Arkady Shapoval

        the movement of the lens really is, the aperture was corrected, thanks. The rest of the edits from Michael were made. Thank you all for your attentiveness. I read the text 3 times, but all the same errors go away, very large amounts of text.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Fixed

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