Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E vs 200-400mm f/4G vs 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G – Specs & Comparison

Nikon 200-500mm f:5.6E vs. 200-400mm f:4G vs. 80-400mm f:4.5-5.6G

Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E vs 200-400mm f/4G vs 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G

These are the Nikon’s top three Big Guns in zoom sections. Though they have similar reach at the long end, inside they are quite different. Affordability & optical perfomance are the two important factor to be considered. The good thing is, for birds & tele photography now you have more options. Have a close look.

Model  200-500mm f/5.6E VR  200-400mm f/4G VR  80-400mm VR
Zoom Ratio 2.5x 2.0x 5x
Focal Length Range 200-500mm 200-400mm 80-400mm
Max Aperture f/5.6 f/4 f/4.5-5.6
Min Aperture f/32 f/32 f/32-40
Compatible Format FX/35mm FX/35mm FX/35mm
Angle of View
DX-format Max: 8°00’Min: 3°10′ Max:  8°Min:  4° Max: 20°Min: 4°
FX-format Max: 12°20’Min:5°00′ Max:12°20’Min:6°10′ Max: 30°10’Min:6°10′
Reproduction Ratio 0.22x 0.27x 0.2x
Lens Elements 19 24 20
Lens Groups 12 17 12
Compatible Format FX/DX FX/DX FX/DX
VR or Image Stabilization Yes Yes Yes
Diaphragm Blades 9 9 9
Nano Crystal Coat Yes Yes
ED Glass Elements 3 4 4
Super Integrated Coating Yes Yes
AF-S (Silent Wave Motor) Yes Yes Yes
Internal Focusing Yes Yes Yes
Minimum Focus Distance 7.2ft.(2.2m) 6.6ft.(2.0m)6.41.95 5.74ft.(1.75m)
Focus Mode Manual/Auto Manual/Auto Auto/Manual
Filter Size 95mm 52mm 77mm
Accepts Filter Type Screw-on Screw-on Screw-on
Approx. Dimensions (Diameter x Length) 4.2in(108mm)
Design Nikon-Nikkor-200-500mm-f5.6E-ED-VR-lens-design nikon-200-400mm-f4G-ED-VR-II-2 Nikon AF-S 80-400mm f:4.5-5.6G optical design
MTF Nikon-Nikkor-200-500mm-f5.6E-ED-VR-lens-MTF-chart-wide Nikon-Nikkor-200-500mm-f5.6E-ED-VR-lens-MTF-chart-tele Nikon-200-400mm-f4G-ED-VR-II-MTF-chart-teleNikon-200-400mm-f4G-ED-VR-II-MTF-chart-wide Nikon-80-400mm-f4.5-5.6G-ED-VR-lens-MTF-chart-wide Nikon-80-400mm-f4.5-5.6G-ED-VR-lens-MTF-charts-tele
Approx. Weight 81.2oz.(2300g) 118.5oz.(3360g) 56oz.(1570g)
 Price   $1,396.95  $6,996.95 $2,299.95
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