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Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR Lens

BH #NI1804004E • MFR #20071
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR Lens
Key Features
  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/32
  • Built-In 1.4x Teleconverter
  • One Fluorite and Eight ED Elements
Comprising both length and flexibility, the AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR from Nikon is a medium to super telephoto zoom characterized by its advanced optical design, internal teleconverter, and host of handling assets to suit photographing fast-moving subjects. Distinguishing itself among most zooms, this 180-400mm features a built-in 1.4x teleconverter to allow for on-the-fly switching to an effective 252-560mm f/5.6 lens for greater reach. A constant f/4 maximum aperture is also a key feature for realizing consistent illumination throughout the zoom range and for producing shallow depth of field and selective focusing imagery. Complementing these traits is a sophisticated optical design that utilizes eight extra-low dispersion glass elements and one fluorite element to control chromatic aberrations and color fringing for increased clarity. Nano Crystal and Super Integrated Coatings have also been applied to individual elements to reduce flare and ghosting for greater contrast and color accuracy when working in strong lighting conditions.
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Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED ... Overview

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Comprising both length and flexibility, the AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR from Nikon is a medium to super telephoto zoom characterized by its advanced optical design, internal teleconverter, and host of handling assets to suit photographing fast-moving subjects. Distinguishing itself among most zooms, this 180-400mm features a built-in 1.4x teleconverter to allow for on-the-fly switching to an effective 252-560mm f/5.6 lens for greater reach. A constant f/4 maximum aperture is also a key feature for realizing consistent illumination throughout the zoom range and for producing shallow depth of field and selective focusing imagery. Complementing these traits is a sophisticated optical design that utilizes eight extra-low dispersion glass elements and one fluorite element to control chromatic aberrations and color fringing for increased clarity. Nano Crystal and Super Integrated Coatings have also been applied to individual elements to reduce flare and ghosting for greater contrast and color accuracy when working in strong lighting conditions.

Balancing the optical merits, this 180-400mm is also characterized by its inclusion of a Vibration Reduction image stabilization system that compensates for four stops of camera shake to enable sharper handheld shooting. A Silent Wave Motor also benefits producing sharp imagery, and affords quick and quiet autofocus performance along with full-time manual focus override. As a lens intended for use in trying conditions, it is weather-sealed and features a fluorine coating on the front element to resist fingerprints and smudging. Additionally, a removable, rotating tripod collar is included to assist working with a support system and this lens utilizes an electromagnetic diaphragm to ensure consistent exposure stability when shooting at fast continuous speeds.

Designed for use with FX image sensors, this 180-400mm lens is also compatible with DX sensors where it will provide a 270-600mm equivalent focal length range.
Built-in 1.4x teleconverter allows you to instantly extend your reach to 252-560mm (or 378-840mm equivalent with DX cameras) simply by flipping the right-hand switch. Since the teleconverter is integrated within the lens housing, it is optically matched to the lens for improved imaging performance and also fully maintains the lens's weather sealing.
Constant f/4 maximum aperture, without the teleconverter in position, offers consistent illumination throughout the zoom range. When the 1.4x teleconverter is engaged, the maximum aperture is effectively f/5.6.
One fluorite element and eight extra-low dispersion glass elements are incorporated into the optical design to greatly reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations in order to achieve notable clarity and color accuracy.
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 for up to four shutter speed stops, benefiting this lens' 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.
Focus range limiter allows you to constrict the focus system to a 19.7' to infinity range for faster focusing performance.
Assignable Function buttons can be used for lens-based activation of AF/AE Lock modes or for switching between different AF Area Modes.
Dust- and moisture-resistant magnesium alloy lens barrel benefits the lens' use in inclement conditions.
Fluorine-coated front element affords protection to the optical system, resists smudging and fingerprints, and is easier to clean.
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, 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.
UPC: 018208200719

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED ... Specs

Focal Length180 to 400mm
Maximum Aperturef/4
Minimum Aperturef/32
Lens MountNikon F
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View13° 40' to 6° 10'
Minimum Focus Distance6.56' / 2 m
Maximum Magnification0.25x
Optical Design27 Elements in 19 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationYes
Tripod CollarRemovable and Rotating
Filter Size40.5 mm (Drop-In)
Dimensions (ø x L)5.04 x 14.27" / 128 x 362.5 mm
Length at Maximum Extension14.31" / 363.5 mm
Weight7.7 lb / 3500 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight16.55 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)21 x 12 x 12"

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED ... Reviews

It's a great lens , with a good CG , but still heavy

By Sultan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-27

This is the best lens for Safari , it's very very sharp lens , the only thing wich i don't like is the weight comparing to sony 600mm or canon 600mm iii So , Because it stil the best lens for Safari so it's should have the 5 stars of rating

Pretty Incredible

By Chris
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-18

I know it is a chunk of change but this is an amazing lens. I am using the D6 with this lens and I couldn't be happier. Fast, sharp and in-focus. I have been shooting baseball and it has been doing an incredible job. You will need to eat your Wheaties or put it on a tripod but it's worth it.

Prime image quality that zooms

By Walter A
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-08-23

I had been using the Nikkor 200-500 and was disappointed in its iq at distance. Up close it is not bad, but 500mm at distance it falls apart. This lens is prime lens quality from 180-400 and almost prime with the teleconverter engaged at 560mm. It has become my go to handheld wildlife lens. The 600mm fl ed is still a bit better at long range if you can set up a tripod, but handheld and moving this lens is the best I have used.

Sharp, fast and versatile

By Eric
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-08-06

I traded in my Nikon 200-400 VR II for this lens. While expensive, it is a fantastic lens and I am happy I made the upgrade.

Great Lens!

By Joseph
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-07-15

I have a Tamron 150-600 and was missing the detail which is more than picked up with the Nikon. I have used it on a short 1.5-2 miles hike with my D850 and it becomes a burden to carry so a monopod or tripod is certainly the way to go. Yes, it is expensive but at the end of the day it provides quality I had not realized in the past. Cropping doesn't lose much either. Can't wait to use it on upcoming trip to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons.

Fantastic Images

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-03-23

I have had this lens for a couple of months now and have used it on my D850 and D500 and have found the sharpness and clarity of the images to be excellent. I think it as as good as my 400mm f/2.8 with the versatility of the zoom. It is lighter and focuses just as fast. The built-in 1.4 teleconverter adds to its flexibility. For handheld wildlife photography this is my go-to lens.

Worth Every Penny...

By Ron
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-05

If you're looking for one long lens that can do it all, this is it! I've used Nikon primes (400 2.8, 500 4, 600 4) as well as the earlier version (the 200-400), and this one blows the 200-400 out of the water. Sharpness, clarity, color, you name it, it excels. I've shot Major League Baseball for over 30 years, so I have a good feel as to what works well and what doesn't. The built-in 1.4 teleconverter is sharp, easy to use, and just adds to the overall positive experience when using this lens.\ Pricey? Sure... But if you are looking for ONE lens that can do it all, this is it!

Amazing at 550mm

By russell
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-20

This lens is clearly remarkable and I still can't see any difference with or without the 1.4 TC on as evidenced by the attached photo at 550.

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