Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Lens

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Lens

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Lens

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Product Highlights

  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Two Fluorite and Two ED Elements
  • Nano Crystal & Super Integrated Coatings
  • Fluorine-Coated Front Lens Element
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System
  • Vibration Reduction, Sport/Tripod Modes
  • Electromagnetic Diaphragm Mechanism
  • Detachable, Rotatable Tripod Collar
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
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Nikon 400mm f/2.8 overview

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Pairing impressive reach with impressive speed, the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR is a super telephoto lens characterized by its bright f/2.8 maximum aperture and sophisticated optical, autofocus, and VR systems. Helping to achieve a high degree of clarity, sharpness, and color accuracy, the optical design uses two extra-low dispersion elements and two fluorite elements, which also contribute lessening the overall weight. Individual elements also feature both Nano Crystal and Super Integrated Coatings, which control lens flare and ghosting for improved contrast when working in bright and backlit conditions. And for protection, a front fluorine-coated meniscus glass element that, when paired with the weather-resistant magnesium-alloy barrel, supports working in inclement conditions.

A Silent Wave Motor AF system produces fast, near-silent focusing performance that suits both stills shooting and movie recording, which can instantly be manually overridden by simply turning the manual focus ring. Further contributing to photographing in fast-paced situations and difficult lighting, VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization compensates for the effects of camera shake by up to four shutter speed steps. Additionally, an electromagnetic aperture mechanism is integrated into the lens design to provide greater exposure control stability that is especially beneficial when working with faster continuous shooting rates.

Super telephoto prime is designed for FX-format Nikon F-mount cameras, however can also be used with DX models where it will provide a 600mm equivalent focal length.
Impressively bright f/2.8 maximum aperture excels in difficult lighting conditions and also enables extensive control over depth of field for isolating subjects using selective focus techniques.
Two fluorite and two extra-low dispersion lens elements work to reduce chromatic aberrations; improve overall image sharpness, clarity, and color fidelity; and help to minimize the overall weight of the lens.
A Nano Crystal Coat, along with a Super Integrated Coating, has been applied to lens elements to minimize surface and internal reflections for a marked reduction in lens flare and ghosting.
Vibration Reduction image stabilization helps to reduce the appearance of camera shake by up to four shutter speed stops, benefiting this lens's use in low-light conditions. Additionally, a designated Sport Mode is well-suited to working in fast-paced conditions and a Tripod Mode helps to suppress subtle ground vibrations when working atop a support system.
Silent Wave Motor affords quick, quiet, and precise autofocus performance along with full-time manual focus override. An internal focusing design is also used, where only the internal lens groups are moved during focusing, to maintain the overall length of the lens during use and to promote faster focusing speeds.
Fluorine-coated front meniscus glass element affords protection to the optical system.
Dust- and moisture-resistant magnesium-alloy lens barrel benefits the lens' use in inclement conditions.
A removable tripod collar is included with the lens for well-balanced support when working from a monopod or tripod. The collar ring also incorporates ball bearings for smooth transitions between horizontal and vertical shooting orientations.
Specialized electromagnetic aperture mechanism provides greater exposure control stability that is especially beneficial when working with fast continuous shooting rates.

This mechanism limits the compatibility of this lens to the following cameras: D5, D4, D3 series, Df, D850, D810, D810A, D800/E, D750, D700, D610, D600, D500, D300/S, D7500, D7200, D7100, D7000, D5600, D5500, D5300, D5200, D5100, D5000, D3400, D3300, D3200, D3100, Z6/Z7 with FTZ Mount Adapter, Nikon 1 J1, J2, J3, J4 with FT-1, Nikon 1 V1, V2, V3 with FT-1, and Nikon 1 S1, S2 with FT-1.
Compatible with optional AF-S Teleconverter TC-14, TC-17, and TC-20 teleconverters.
UPC: 018208022175

Nikon 400mm f/2.8 specs

Performance
Focal Length 400mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Angle of View 6° 10'
Minimum Focus Distance 8.53' / 2.6 m
Magnification 0.16x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:6.25
Optical Design 16 Elements in 12 Groups
Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar Yes Removable - rotating
Physical
Filter Thread Drop-In: 40.5 mm
Dimensions (DxL) 6.28 x 14.09" / 159.5 x 358 mm
Weight 8.36 lb / 3800 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 25.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 26.0 x 16.0 x 13.0"

Nikon 400mm f/2.8 reviews

AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Lens is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 22.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding telephoto performance For wildlife photography in low light situations this lens does not seem to have a match. Its ability to focus rapidly and generate tack sharp images with beautiful bokeh at fully (or nearly so) open aperture on the D4 and D810 with 1.4x, 1.7x and 2x TCs renders it the most flexible high-performance telephoto lens among all alternatives I can think of. Though much lighter than its predecessor, the lens is too heavy for me to handhold and I therefore use it almost exclusively on a sturdy tripod with the Wimberley WH-200 Gimbal head. For travel I prefer the 80-400mm, 300mm f/4 or 200-500mm options, all three of which are superb but no match optically to the 400mm f/2.8 FL beauty.
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply the best ! This new Nikon 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR is giant leap in 400mm telephoto lens world !I already own the fantastic AF-I 400mm f/2.8 so why buy that new $12.000 400mm f2.8 ?Well, first (and most important) is the weight, that lens weight only half of my AF-I 400mm f/2.8 !Also, instant manual focusing is a real +, I don't care much about the VR because the lens is used mostly on monopod or tripod.The AF is fast (but not faster than the AF-I, tested on a Nikon D800).The picture quality is great, even with the x1.7 Nikon telephoto converter, but no real improvement over the AF-I 400mm f/2.8, I guess the AF-I 400mm f/2.8 was already at the top with its 4 ED elements.The minimal focusing is also improved at 2.6m (3.0m for the AF-I)
Date published: 2015-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent birding lens! I primarily use my lens for birding. The high cost of this lens is not a negative, you know it's expensive and you bought it for a reason. The reason I bought it is that I looked it up on DXOMark and this produces sixteen megapixels on a D7100, the other two contenders, the 500mm and 600mm produce 10 megapixels to 9 megapixels. This means this lens on that body actually works better on my camera. After taking it out on a test run I was able to pick out a band on a sea gull at 25-30 feet. This lens is truly amazing. One letter is less then 12 pixels. This is hand held in a 25 knot wind at 15Deg F and I really am not that stable (good VR to say the least).
Date published: 2015-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty much perfect in all aspects I had used a 300mm f2.8 VR prior to moving to the new 400mm f2.8 E FL. I have been using it on a D810 and D750 and am just very impressed by the overall performance of the lens. I have been using the lens to shoot traditional festivals in Japan, very high resolution panoramic stitches and some portrait as well. It excels in all these applications, some pretty non typical for this kind of glass. Image quality is simply breathtaking, similar to the Zeiss Otus 55mm f1.4, with great sharpness, micro-contrast and a total apparent lack of chromatic aberations. VR works great and AF very impressive in speed and accuracy. The weight is manageable considering the type of lens and it works great on my RRS monopod set up. The price is high, but this lens is bound to remain near the top for years to come.
Date published: 2015-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spectacular lens I bought the lens for the f2.8, and the 3 lb weight savings over my 600mm. I know, the new 600mm is about the same weight, but it is still f4. The 400mm is spectacularly sharp, and quicker on auto focus than my 600mm. The 400mm paired with the D500 makes for the same field of view as my 600mm with the D810, and it works well with my 1.4TCIII and surprisingly well my 2.0TCIII.
Date published: 2016-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Designed to take you on another journey This new 400mm is breathtaking on so many levels. If you can afford one just buy it. Its that simple. The tonality is very Zeiss like and now that the weight has been cut considerably you can actually carry it around all day and not feel it the next morning. For those sitting on the fence....... time to jump in.
Date published: 2016-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent with and without extender well balance for short periid handheld, Excellent optical & VR performance, auto focusing speed is fast but not lightning fast as some reviewers say, dometimes it hunts even with a D4S body and without extender attached. But generally very fast and precise.
Date published: 2015-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow Can't say it's light but why would you expect big glass to be light. Lightning fast focus, even with the 1.4TC3 it's still faster than my 24-70mm f2.8. With the Nikon D800 I can crop and the images are still tack sharp. Needs a steady tripod and good gimbal head.
Date published: 2015-09-17
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Designed for use with:

  • Nikon D3300
  • Nikon D3400
  • Nikon D4s
  • Nikon D5
  • Nikon D5200
  • Nikon D5300
  • Nikon D5500
  • Nikon D5600
  • Nikon D610
  • Nikon D750
  • Nikon D800E
  • Nikon D810
  • Nikon D810A
  • Nikon D850
  • Nikon Df