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Nikon NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S Lens

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Nikon NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S Lens
Key Features
  • Z-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Built-In 1.4x Teleconverter
  • Super ED, ED, Fluorite, and SR Elements
Shoot for greatness with the NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S from Nikon. Ideal for sports and wildlife and offering impressive reach with impressive speed, this super-telephoto lens is characterized by its bright f/2.8 maximum aperture and sophisticated optical, autofocus, and VR systems. Distinguishing itself among most prime lenses, this 400mm lens features a built-in 1.4x teleconverter to allow for on-the-fly switching to an effective 560mm f/4 lens for greater reach.
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Nikon NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2
  • 3Built-In 1.4x Teleconverter
  • 4S-Line Optics
  • 5Refined Anti-Glare Coatings
  • 6Silky Swift VCM Autofocus
  • 7Vibration Reduction
  • 8Professional Durability and Intuitive Handling
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Pinnacle Prime Lens for Sports, Action, and Wildlife

Shoot for greatness with the NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S from Nikon. Ideal for sports and wildlife and offering impressive reach with impressive speed, this super-telephoto lens is characterized by its bright f/2.8 maximum aperture and sophisticated optical, autofocus, and VR systems. Distinguishing itself among most prime lenses, this 400mm lens features a built-in 1.4x teleconverter to allow for on-the-fly switching to an effective 560mm f/4 lens for greater reach.

Built-In 1.4x Teleconverter

  • Built-in 1.4x teleconverter allows you to instantly extend your reach to 560mm 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.
  • When the teleconverter is in use, this 400mm f/2.8 becomes an effective 560mm f/4 lens

S-Line Optics

  • Fast f/2.8 maximum aperture excels in low-light situations and also benefits controlling depth of field to separate and isolate subjects from a busy background.
  • Helping to virtually eliminate chromatic aberrations, color fringing, and comatic aberrations, this lens features two ED (extra-low dispersion) and one Super ED glass elements, two lightweight fluorite elements, and an SR (short-wavelength refractive) element.
  • The SR element features a specialized high-dispersion design that refracts wavelengths shorter than blue; this helps achieve truly accurate color rendering and also aids in making the lens design more compact.

Refined Anti-Glare Coatings

  • Newly developed Meso Amorphous Coat offers the the greatest anti-reflective performance from a NIKKOR lens, and outperforms the Nano Crystal Coat in regard to diagonal incident light and matches the performance of the ARNEO Coat for vertical incident light.
  • ARNEO and Nano Crystal Coats are still applied for even more well-rounded anti-glare protection from all angles, and help to suppress ghosting, reflections, and flare for higher contrast and more accurate color response when working in strong lighting and backlit conditions.

Silky Swift VCM Autofocus

  • Silky Swift Voice Coil Motor (VCM) uses magnets instead of gears to move the focusing groups at higher initials speeds and with greater accuracy and smoothness. A guide bar is also employed, which helps reduce focusing vibrations for greater continuous focusing speeds. (WARNING: Do not use this product if you have a pacemaker or other medical device. The magnet or magnets in this product could cause medical devices to malfunction.)
  • Using a high-precision sensor from the robotics industry, this lens features an optical ABS (absolute) encoder to detect and communicate lens position information with extreme accuracy to optimized fast and accurate AF performance.
  • Benefitting video use, the Silky Swift VCM is also especially quiet and the multi-focusing system also greatly reduces focus breathing for greater compositional accuracy when racking focus.
  • 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 8.2' and a maximum magnification of 0.17x without the teleconverter in place and 0.23x with the teleconverter in place for working with close-up subjects.

Vibration Reduction

  • Vibration Reduction image stabilization reduces the appearance of camera shake by approximately 5.5 stops to better enable handheld shooting in low-light situations.
  • Synchro VR is also supported when paired with compatible cameras featuring sensor-shift VR, which combines in-body VR with optical VR for improved results.

Professional Durability and Intuitive Handling

  • Updated design weighs 6.5 lb, making it 20% lighter than the F-mount 400mm f/2.8—and this Z-mount version features an built-in teleconverter.
  • Physical design focuses the center of gravity around the tripod mount for smoother, more responsive panning, especially when working atop a tripod or monopod. The tripod mount also rotates for easier switching between vertical and horizontal shooting orientations.
  • Advanced weather sealing incorporates rubber gaskets to prevent dust and moisture ingress, the lens body is made from lightweight and durable magnesium alloy, and the front and rear elements have a fluorine coating that easily repels dirt, moisture, and oils and is easier to clean.
  • Compatible with optional Z-Teleconverter TC-1.4x and TC-2x to further extend the reach of this lens.
  • Intuitive "no-look" control layout puts all of the frequently-used buttons and dials in easy-to-reach locations to prevent the need to move your eye from the viewfinder.
  • Store a focusing position using the Memory Set button so you can instantly return to this by position by rotating the Fn ring—perfect for capturing fleeting movements.
  • Two customizable L-Fn buttons can be set to configure subject tracking, AF lock, image playback, or other modes. The L-Fn2 button is also accessible from four different locations on the barrel for easy reach.
  • Focus limiter switch can constrain the focus range to 19.7'-infinity and 8.2'-infinity ranges.
  • Programmable Control Ring can also be used to control aperture, ISO, or exposure compensation.
  • Kensington lock support for securing the lens in place during remote shooting sessions.
  • Uses drop-in 46mm filters via the included filter holder.

Nikon NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S Specs

Focal Length400 to 560mm
Maximum Aperturef/2.8 to 4
Minimum Aperturef/22 to 32
Lens MountNikon Z
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View6° 10' to 4° 30'
Minimum Focus Distance8.2' / 2.5 m
Maximum Magnification0.23x
Optical Design25 Elements in 19 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationYes
Tripod CollarFixed and Rotating
Filter Size46 mm (Drop-In)
Dimensions (ø x L)6.1 x 15" / 156 x 380 mm
Weight6.5 lb / 2950 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight11.33 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)22.4 x 10.7 x 10.6"

Nikon NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S Reviews

Arrived with a defective tripod collar

By Daniel
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-02

Unfortunately I did not notice until after the return period expired that the tripod collar was defective as it would not completely tighten up. I did not notice this immediately because I don't use tripods. I advise all new owners of this lens to test not only the sharpness of the lens (which I did and it looks good), but also every other aspect of the lens to make sure everything works as it should and nothing is wrong before your return period is expires. For a $14K lens, I am severely disappointed in Nikon's quality control and the most expensive purchase in my life has become a huge headache in trying to get fixed.

Silent! Light! Fast Autofocus, Excellent IQ

By Stephen
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-28

First thing you notice - it's light. It's *very* light - you can easily hand hold for long periods, the balance is perfect. Next thing you notice is that the autofocus is dead silent and fast - and accurate (on a Z9 at least) even when wide open. Images snap into focus without motor noise, and seem to be spot on. Bokeh is smooth. Did a decent job shooting on water with sun directly overhead (better than other glass) - nothing weird, just the inevitable 'flatness'. IQ even with the TC seems excellent, physically though the TC toggle is a slight stretch - I'm sure I'll get used to it, eventually. Until then, I determine if I'm in 400/560mm by looking at the aperture in the EVF (assuming you're shooting wide open). New lens cover is an improvement (faint praise, since I immediately replaced other Nikon long glass lens covers as useless) - although I'm not sure how effective it will be for dust (loose). New lens shade seems okay - although for the cost doesn't appear to be carbon fiber, but still light. Durability may be an issue. Usual complaint - no Arca-Swiss foot - and Nikon has gone to a new mounting screw alignment so existing RRS and others after market replacement feet will not work - you need the dreaded 2 screw to Arca-Swiss plate adapter. New travel case seems okay - it'll look good on the shelf with all the rest, I'm sure... Overall, a very expensive lens, but if weight, IQ, accurate, fast, and silent autofocus, and a 400 f/2.8 and a 560 f/4 in the same lens are important, you won't go wrong with this piece of glass. Looking forward to comparing the IQ with the eventual 600 f/4 - but it may be too late by then - the flexibility of also having a 400mm lens at the same time will be hard to beat, even if you gain an extra 40mm.

amazing performance and image quality

By Raul
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-27

As expected, this lens did not disappoint! AF performance is noticeably better than the F versions with FTZ-II and the TC is amazing. Except for when shooting in harsh direct sunlight overhead, I noticed absolutely no difference in image quality with the TC in place.

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