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

Here is a quick comparison for the Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E vs 200-400mm f/4G vs 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G telephoto zoom lenses.

The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR lens features 3 ED elements and a 9-blade rounded aperture. It has a minimum focus distance of 2.2m/7.1ft throughout the entire focal range, uses 95mm filters and also supports 1.4X, 1.7X, and 2.0X teleconverters.

The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR has a completely redesigned internal focus optical formula with Nano Coating, Super Integrated Coating and extra-low dispersion glass elements.

The Nikon 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II lens features a 20-elements/17-groups construction with Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat lens coating and four ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens elements which help to yield color-corrected images with minimal distortion and aberrations.

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

Feature Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR Nikon 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
Focal Length Range 200-500mm 200-400mm 80-400mm
Zoom Ratio 2.5x 2.0x 5x
Focal Length
Maximum Aperture f/5.6 f/4 f/4.5-5.6
Minimum Aperture f/32 f/32 f/32-40
Format FX/35mm FX/35mm FX/35mm
Maximum Angle of View (DX-format) 8°00′ 20°
Minimum Angle of View (DX-format) 3°10′
Maximum Angle of View (FX-format) 12°20′ 12°20′ 30°10′
Minimum Angle of View (FX-format) 5°00′ 6°10′ 6°10′
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 0.22x 0.27x 0.2x
Lens Elements 19 24 20
Lens Groups 12 17 12
Compatible Format(s) FX
DX
FX
DX
FX in DX Crop Mode
35mm Film
FX
DX
FX in DX Crop Mode
35mm Film
VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization Yes Yes Yes
Diaphragm Blades 9 9 9
Nano Crystal Coat Yes Yes
ED Glass Elements 3 4 4
Aspherical Elements
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)
Close Range Correction
Focus Mode Manual
Manual/Auto
Auto
Manual
Manual/Auto
Auto
Manual
Auto/Manual
Rear Focusing
Filter Size 95mm 52mm 77mm
Accepts Filter Type Screw-on Drop-in Screw-on
Approx. Dimensions (Diameter x Length) 4.2in.(108mm)x10.5in.(267.5mm) 4.9in.(124mm)x14.4in.(365mm) 3.8in.(95.5mm)x8.0in.(203mm)
Approx. Weight 81.2 oz.(2300g) 118.5 oz.(3360g) 56 oz.(1570g) including tripod collar
 Price   $1,396.95  $6,996.95 $2,299.95