Nikon AF Micro-NIKKOR 200mm f/4D IF-ED

Nikon AF Micro NIKKOR 200mm f/4D IF-ED

Lens Summary

Brand: Nikon

Also Known As: Nikon 200mm f/4D IF-ED

Lens Type: Prime Lens

Format: Full Frame / FX

Focus: Autofocus

Lens Mount: Nikon F

Release Date: 1993-12-22

MSRP Price: $1359

Made in: Japan

Infrared Rating: Poor

Production Status: In Production

Lens Description: 10.2-inch working distance (front of the lens to the subject) for easy close-ups of insects and small animals

Nikon AF Micro-NIKKOR 200mm f/4D IF-ED Specifications

Lens Specifications
* Supplied accessories may differ depending on country or area 
Lens TypePrime Lens
Focal Length200mm
Mount TypeNikon F
FormatFull Frame / FX
Compatible Format(s)FX, DX, FX in DX Crop Mode, 35mm Film
Compatible with TeleconvertersNo
Maximum Reproduction Ratio1.0x
Vibration Reduction (Image Stabilization)No
Aperture Information
Aperture RingYes
Maximim Aperturef/4
Minimum Aperturef/32
Maximum Angle of View (APS-C or smaller format)
Maximum Angle of View (Full frame or larger format)12°20'
Optical Information
Lens Elements13
Lens Groups8
Diaphragm Blades9
Extra-Low Dispersion Glass Elements2
Super Integrated Coat (SIC)Yes
Focus Information
Built-in Focus MotorNo
Internal FocusingYes
Minimum Focus Distance1.6 ft. (0.5m)
Distance InformationYes
Filter Information
Filter Size62mm
Accepts Filter TypeScrew-on
Physical Characteristics
Weather / Dust SealingYes
Mount MaterialMetal
Tripod CollarYes
Dimensions(Approx.) 3.0x7.6 in. (Diameter x Length), 76x193mm (Diameter x Length)
Weight(Approx.) 41.8 oz. (1185g)
Other Information
Available in ColorsBlack
Supplied AccessoriesCL-45 Case, 62mm lens cap, Rear lens cap

Lens Construction

AF Micro-NIKKOR 200mm f4D IF-ED Construction

MTF Chart

AF Micro-NIKKOR 200mm f4D IF-ED WTF Curve


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Rick Dezendorf

Could this lens double as a portrait lens?

Nicolaas Strik

The only thing that would make this lens perfect is vibration control. Other than that, the lens is so sharp that it is mindblowing. I believe others who say this lens is the best macro/micro lens ever made.


Build 5/5, quite heavy–will please some people, displease others
Optics 5/5
AF Speed 3/5
AF Accuracy 4/5 on FX (will not AF on newer entry level DX bodies)
Usefulness 5/5

Great macro lens. Lots of working distance, extremely sharp.
Bonus baseball: it’s also well-suited to use as a “regular” 200mm lens as long as you don’t need anything faster in terms of both light-gathering or AF. I use it in this capacity to shoot rugby around f/5.6 and it’s fantastic
Build is rock solid and sits/balances well on D800.
Rumour (March 2014) is that Nikon may update this lens–this version, while 20 years old, works great and at $1500 or so is well worth the money for its quality and versatility.


Superb lens to use with a tripod. Extremely well built and sharp. Working distance is enough not to scare your subject which make it very suitable for shooting insects and other small things.The lens is quite heavy. The AF is a tiny bit noisy but with the limiter ON very accurate and does not need to hunt back and forth for focus (happens when AF is on FULL),it is not a new AF-S lens so focusing is not as silent. Manual focusing is a breeze. Overall a magnificent lens from Nikon in my opinion.