Adding a used long macro lens to my kit
Posted on 30 Apr ’09 by Earl Moore
Every once in a while I’ll check online photographic merchants and Ebay for bargains in used camera equipment–mostly for lens or flash units.
Last week I found an on-going auction on Ebay for a used Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 200mm f/4 D IF-ED lens that appeared to be in great shape. The big down side of the auction was the seller was located in Taiwan but I decided to put in a low-ball bid anyway, sure I’d lose and never hear anything from it. To be honest I was thinking it was possibly a scam and that who ever won the auction would be lucky to ever get the lens.
Long story short, I unexpectedly won the auction at my original bid and have since received the lens. It’s in excellent shape–looks like new. I was able to register the lens with Nikon without a problem (it’s not hot). It’s a big lens, almost as long as my Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8.
While the 200mm Macro lens has been around since 1993 it’s still being produced by Nikon in limited quantities.
I’ve only taken a few handheld shots with it thus far but it seems to work perfectly. I’ve noticed the AF is slow but normal for this f/4 lens.
The good thing about a long micro lens is that you don’t have to be right on top of what your shooting–great for shy insects and other creatures. It’s a good 200mm prime lens as well.