Thursday, January 24, 2013

Nikkor 200mm f/4

An old, cheap, but high quality glass. MF for teles can be hard, though

+ quite small and light for a tele
+ superb image quality, no complaints at all
+ built like a tank

- manual focus is hard; with teles, even more so
- you need a tripod/monopod to get the best of it
- not long (200mm), not fast (f/4), no autofocus. So, what's the point?

It's a sharp lens, that's for sure

Small, with a nice built-in hood

Intended Users
Great for:
  • Exploring older lenses
  • a very cheap but excellent solution for a good quality tele lens
  • static subjects outdoors

Not for:
  • anything that moves
  • indoors or bad light (f/4 way too slow)
  • people

Final Verdict
A good lens, very well built, and very cheap. The problem is, so what? What's the point of a lens that requires manual focus, tripod/monopod, and it's neither particularly fast nor too long? It's hard for me to think of some use for this lens, apart from some nostalgia-driven experimentation.

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