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

BH #NIZ10040045 • MFR #20106
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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
  • 2
  • 3Optical Design
  • 4Autofocus and Vibration Reduction
  • 5Handling and Design
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

Wildlife Lens

By Paul
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-08

So far so good Images are crisp. I will be taking it to Yellowstone, Glacier and Grand Tetons in a week and a half. I am looking forward to using it for wildlife

Well Built - Super Fast Focusing

By Randy
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-01

The Nikon Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S lens is my first piece of native glass for the Z9. The lens is well built, compact, and well balanced, with lightning fast focusing. The built in VR which utilizes the cameras IBIS is amazing.

Z100-400 a winnter

By Thomas
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-01

Replacing my 200-500 with the 100-400 for Z system. It's lighter, easier to hold and sharper too. I use this for mostly Yacht Racing Photography (Sports). I have had it hit with salt water spray and just wipe it down when I get home. Overall a great lens....

An incredible lens!

By Michelle
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-27

This lens has been very exciting to use and has a very fast focus. I notice a big difference with the camera's ability to focus on a fast moving subject vs. my other lens that I used with the converter. I have used it to photograph whales and dolphins as well as a landscape from a moving car and have been extremely pleased with my image results, very sharp photos. It is the perfect wildlife lens for my Nikon z7ii.

Great lens, but sometimes I need an f/2.8 in really low ligh

By Thomas
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-26

This lens works great with my Nikon Z9. It's awesome for most shooting, even at f/5.6 at 400mm. I use my F mount 70-200mm f/2.8 in poor lighting conditions, but the Z9 ISO/noise is so good, I'm able to use slower lenses and still take great shots.

More Useful than Expected

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-25

This is more about me that the lens itself which an excellent performer and handles superbly well. I often pair this with my Z 24-70 2.8 for a compact kit unless there's going to be little light. The 30mm gap hasn't been a problem...so far.

2 weeks in Africa on Safari

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-05

Not a novice, but no expert either, but wanted to share my recent 2 week trip to Africa with my Z100-400 on my Zed 7II. All I can say is I was very happy with the pics. Fast focus, good stabilization and performed great. With that range it is perfect for Safari in my opinion. Wish I had the 1.4 teleconverter, but found I would have only needed it on a few circumstances. Was my 4th trip there over last 8 years, and switched from my D500 and 300 and 500 PF lenses. The weight was just right, very balanced, and hand held it the entire trip. Shot about 3000 pics over the two weeks. Fully recommend this lens. S quality is superb.

NIKKOR Z 100-400mm Lens

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-03

I am an amateur bird photographer and my usual rig is a D500 with an Nikon 200-500 lens. This is a heavy package which I wear on a Spider Belt. For overseas travel I wanted less weight so the Z50 with the 100-400 lens weighs 4 pounds and I'm obtaining wonderful photos. It is also smaller and thus easier to pack. Will add a 1.4 teleconverter once back in stock to get the reach I need. Couldn't be happier with the lens.

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