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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

Key Specs
Focal Length
100 to 400mm
Maximum Aperture
f/4.5 to 5.6
Lens Mount
Nikon Z
Lens Format Coverage
Full-Frame
Focus Type
Autofocus
Image Stabilization
Yes
Filter Size
77 mm (Front)
Maximum Aperture
f/4.5 to 5.6
Minimum Aperture
f/32 to 40
Lens Mount
Nikon Z
Lens Format Coverage
Full-Frame
Angle of View
24° 20' to 6° 10'
Minimum Focus Distance
2.5' / 75 cm
Maximum Magnification
0.38x
Optical Design
25 Elements in 20 Groups
Diaphragm Blades
9, Rounded
Focus Type
Autofocus
Image Stabilization
Yes
Tripod Collar
Fixed and Rotating
Filter Size
77 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)
3.9 x 8.7" / 98 x 222 mm
Weight
3.2 lb / 1435 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
4.305 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
14.9 x 7 x 6.3"

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

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I have a Nikon Z6II. Will this lens fit my ...

I have a Nikon Z6II. Will this lens fit my camera?
Asked by: Brian
Yes the Nikon NIKKOR Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S Lens is fully compatible with the Nikon Z6II camera.
Answered by: Dan W
Date published: 2022-12-22

Is there a Nikon or third party tripod collar for ...

Is there a Nikon or third party tripod collar for this lens?
Asked by: John
While there are no third party collars for this lens, it does include its own tripod collar.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2023-01-24

what is the recommended arca plate?

what is the recommended arca plate?
Asked by: Mardi
The Kirk LP-70 Lens Foot for Nikon Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S, Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S, and Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S Lens, BH #KILP70, is an Arca-Type compatible replacement foot for the Nikon NIKKOR Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S Lens.
Answered by: Lawrence C
Date published: 2023-06-23

Does it have memory (focus point recall) ...

Does it have memory (focus point recall) function?
Asked by: Todd
Staff member Stephen's Nov. 1, 2021 reply needs to be updated as it is now obsolete (wrong) due to recent firmware updates to Z cameras. For the Z7 (which I own), a new addendum to the latest firmware says this: "You can save the current focus position by assigning 'Save focus position' to 'Lens Fn button' and then pressing and holding the lens 'Fn' button. The saved position can be instantly restored by assigning 'Recall focus position' to 'Lens Fn2 button' and pressing the lens 'Fn2' button (memory recall)." I have programmed my Z7 this way and with my 100-400 lens I have verified it works as described.
Answered by: Mark
Date published: 2023-10-13

Since no lens case is included, does anybody have ...

Since no lens case is included, does anybody have a recommendation for a 3rd party case ideally with a shoulder strap?
Asked by: Carol
I found the LowePro Lens Case 11x26 to be a great fit. Although the interior diameter is a little snug with both the reversed lens hood and the Kirk LP-70 Lens Foot attached, the vertical fit is perfect. To me, the snug diameter was preferable to the vertical gap the 13x32 leaves. If you store the lens with the foot but without the hood the fit is perfect.
Answered by: William S
Date published: 2023-11-27

How does it compare to 70-200 2.8s with 2x ...

How does it compare to 70-200 2.8s with 2x teleconverter( which translates to 140-400 5.6)?
Asked by: Pawel
The performance of the 70-200 f/2.8 with the 2X teleconverter is excellent. It honestly depends on the type of photography you're doing. The autofocus is pretty fast and not limited like it used to be with these 2X extenders. The image quality is a little softer than using the 70-200 without a converter but that's normal. If you find yourself needing the long range consistently, it's a better choice to just buy the 100-400. However, the 70-200 with the 2x converter is a great combo and serves to be more flexible than just having the 100-400.
Answered by: Stephen M
Date published: 2022-12-01

What is the minimum focus distance at 400 mm? ...

What is the minimum focus distance at 400 mm? Does it change within the zoom range and if so how?
Asked by: John
The minimum focus distance of the Z 100-400 lens is 2.5' / 75 cm.
Answered by: Jessica G
Date published: 2023-06-15

Weight

Weight
Asked by: Linda
The Nikon NIKKOR Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S Lens weighs 3.2 lb / 1435 g.
Answered by: James P
Date published: 2023-12-17
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