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Nikon NIKKOR Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S Lens

BH #NIZ10040045 • MFR #20106
Nikon NIKKOR Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S Lens
Key Features
  • Z-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4.5 to f/40
  • Six Super ED and Two ED Glass Elements
  • ARNEO and Nano Crystal Coatings
Offering super-telephoto reach in a portable design, the NIKKOR Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S, from Nikon, is a versatile zoom well-suited for sports and wildlife applications. Covering a broad telephoto range, the lens manages to remain relatively lightweight and compact, making it ideal for travel as well, and it incorporates Inner Balance technology that maintains stability when tracking moving subjects and shooting atop a gimbal head.
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Nikon NIKKOR Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S Overview

  • 1Description
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  • 4Optical Design
  • 5Autofocus and Vibration Reduction
  • 6Handling and Design
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By B&H Photo's
Offering super-telephoto reach in a portable design, the NIKKOR Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S, from Nikon, is a versatile zoom well-suited for sports and wildlife applications. Covering a broad telephoto range, the lens manages to remain relatively lightweight and compact, making it ideal for travel as well, and it incorporates Inner Balance technology that maintains stability when tracking moving subjects and shooting atop a gimbal head.
Optical Design
  • Featuring a combination of two Super ED and six ED glass elements, chromatic aberrations and color fringing is effectively eliminated throughout the zoom range for notable clarity and color accuracy.
  • ARNEO and Nano Crystal Coats are used to prevent ghosting, reflections, and flare in order to realize improved contrast and clarity when working in strong lighting and backlit conditions. The Nano Crystal Coat controls incidental light from a diagonal direction while the ARNEO Coat controls incidental light from a vertical direction.
Autofocus and Vibration Reduction
  • Multi-focus system incorporates two separate AF drive units, which are synchronized, to deliver especially fast and accurate focusing throughout the zoom range. This system uses stepping motors, which offer impressively smooth and quiet autofocus performance that is well-suited to both stills and video applications.
  • Full-time manual focus override is also possible and an internal focusing design is 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.
  • Minimum focusing distance of 2.5', along with a maximum magnification of 0.38x, benefits working with close-up subjects.
  • Vibration Reduction image stabilization helps to reduce the appearance of camera shake by approximately 5.5 stops to better enable handheld shooting in low-light situations.
Handling and Design
  • Short zoom throw rotation of just 80° permits quick changing between the 100mm to the 400mm positions.
  • Updated zoom design prevents lens creep, regardless if the lens is pointing straight up or down, without having to adjust torque or tension settings.
  • Programmable Control Ring is, by default, set to adjust manual focus, but can also be used to control aperture or exposure compensation.
  • Integrated OLED lens information panel allows you to quickly confirm aperture setting, focus distance, and depth of field figures right on the lens in both bright and dark situations.
  • Two assignable L.Fn buttons work in conjunction with camera-based Fn buttons to provide seamless points for quickly changing exposure settings and other functions.
  • Dust- and moisture-resistant lens barrel, along with a front fluorine coating, benefits the lens' use in inclement conditions.
  • Inner Balance technology helps maintain a consistent center of gravity when shifting the zoom position, offering greater stability when tracking moving subjects using a gimbal head.
  • Rotating tripod collar offers mounting stability when shooting atop a monopod or tripod.
  • Compatible with optional Z-Teleconverter TC-1.4x and TC-2x to further extend the reach of this lens.

Nikon NIKKOR Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S Specs

Focal Length100 to 400mm
Maximum Aperturef/4.5 to 5.6
Minimum Aperturef/32 to 40
Lens MountNikon Z
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View24° 20' to 6° 10'
Minimum Focus Distance2.5' / 75 cm
Maximum Magnification0.38x
Optical Design25 Elements in 20 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationYes
Tripod CollarFixed and Rotating
Filter Size77 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.9 x 8.7" / 98 x 222 mm
Weight3.2 lb / 1435 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.305 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)14.9 x 7 x 6.3"

Nikon NIKKOR Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S Reviews

Exceeds Expectations

By Paul
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-01-24

This lens has fully exceeded my expectations. Smooth, clear, little big/heavy but what can you expect. Waiting on my backordered 1.4 TC to use this on more subjects.

Excellent lens

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-12-16

I purchased this lens for a friend, to replace his Nikon 200-500mm lens. He's an entomologist so the very close focus will be very useful to him. He was impressed with the sharpness and speed of focus. Hope that it works well with the 1.4X TC. Also hope that Nikon makes that TC available soon.

Outstanding lens

By Jo-David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-12-02

This is a superb lens, and the perfect range of range of distances for the wildlife that I usually photograph, especially when a 1.4x teleconverter is added. Like the other Z lenses that I own, the images are sharp all the way out to the periphery, a big improvement over the DSLR lenses that I own. It also does not require the use of a tripod, although I have replaced the Nikon mount with one made by Kirk. I highly recommend this lens.

Great lens

By Dean
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-29

Fast focus and sharp details. Gave me the reach I wanted. Now I want more LOL

Sharp and Lightweight

By Terry
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-18

The Nikkor Z 100-400mm is as sharp as many have noted, and to be expected from a Z mount S lens. What surprised me was the weight of the lens. The lens is lighter than I expected making it more convenient to use. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to capture images using this range of focal lengths.

Versitile

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-17

While it reduces the zoom range compared to the F mount version, It focus much closer and is lighter.A new feature is dedicated function buttons. It has the same quality as the F mount lens.

Wonderful Lens

By Kevin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-12-27

I love this lens and its clarity, range and weight! I plan to add to the range with either the 2.0 or 1.4 teleconverter in the future!

Great Zoom

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-12-19

Purchased for a friend. He is an entomologist and birder. This lens can be used for both interests. Would be better if Nikon could also produce a 1.4X TC. Hope that shows up in stock soon.

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