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Nikon NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S Lens

BH #NIZ40045 • MFR #20112
Nikon NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S Lens
Key Features
  • Z-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4.5 to f/32
  • SR, Super ED, and ED Elements
  • Nano Crystal Coat
Described as "the smallest and lightest 400mm Nikon has ever created," the NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S is a super-telephoto prime mixing unique portability with long reach, advanced optics, and apt AF and VR. It's a well-rounded lens for the traveling sports or wildlife shooter looking for a handheld design and capable reach for photographing distant subjects.
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Nikon NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Nimble Super-Telephoto
  • 3Long Reach, Compact Design
  • 4S-Line Optics
  • 5Autofocus and Vibration Reduction
  • 6Professional Handling and Construction
By B&H Photo's
Nimble Super-Telephoto
Described as "the smallest and lightest 400mm Nikon has ever created," the NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S is a super-telephoto prime mixing unique portability with long reach, advanced optics, and apt AF and VR. It's a well-rounded lens for the traveling sports or wildlife shooter looking for a handheld design and capable reach for photographing distant subjects.
Long Reach, Compact Design
Distinct among super-telephoto lenses, this 400mm f/4.5 is especially sleek and lightweight, making it an ideal companion for travel or other shooting scenarios where handheld shooting is preferred.
  • Sophisticated optical design includes a series of specialized elements that promote a lighter, more compact overall design.
  • Modest f/4.5 maximum aperture offers a practical balance between size, speed, and weight.
  • With a size more akin to a 70-200mm f/2.8, this lens measures just 9.2" long and weighs 2.7 lb. Compared to the Z 400mm f/2.8 lens, this f/4.5 version weighs 3.8 lb less and measures 6" shorter in length.
S-Line Optics
  • Helping to virtually eliminate chromatic aberrations, color fringing, and comatic aberrations, this lens features one ED (extra-low dispersion) glass element and two Super ED elements, along with one 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.
  • Nano Crystal Coat has been applied for well-rounded anti-glare protection at all angles, helping to suppress ghosting, reflections, and flare for higher contrast and more accurate color response when working in strong lighting and backlit conditions.
Autofocus and Vibration Reduction
  • Advanced autofocus system uses stepping motors to deliver quick and accurate focusing performance, along with smooth and quiet AF 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.
  • 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 of up to 6 stops of compensation.
Professional Handling and Construction
  • As part of the lightweight, nimble design, the included tripod foot can easily be removed for a slimmed down design that's ideal for handheld use.
  • Physical design focuses the center of gravity toward the rear of the lens, around the tripod mount, for smoother, more responsive panning when shooting handheld or working atop a tripod or monopod. The tripod mount also rotates for easier switching between vertical and horizontal shooting orientations.
  • 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.
  • Front anti-slip rubber grip for stable handheld use.
  • Separate manual focus ring and a programmable control ring offer distinct levels of tactile control over shooting settings.
  • Compatible with optional Z-Teleconverter TC-1.4x and TC-2x to further extend the reach of this lens.
  • Weather-sealed design includes rubber gaskets to prevent dust and moisture ingress and the exposed elements have a fluorine coating that repels dirt and oils and is easier to clean.
  • Store a focusing position using the Memory Set button so you can instantly return to this by position by pressing the Fn or Fn2 buttons—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' to infinity or from the full focusing range of 8.2' to infinity.
  • 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 front screw-in 95mm filters.

Nikon NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S Specs

Key Specs
Focal Length
400mm
Maximum Aperture
f/4.5
Lens Mount
Nikon Z
Lens Format Coverage
Full-Frame
Focus Type
Autofocus
Image Stabilization
Yes
Filter Size
95 mm (Front)
Maximum Aperture
f/4.5
Minimum Aperture
f/32
Lens Mount
Nikon Z
Lens Format Coverage
Full-Frame
Angle of View
6° 10'
Minimum Focus Distance
8.2' / 2.5 m
Maximum Magnification
0.16x
Optical Design
19 Elements in 13 Groups
Diaphragm Blades
9, Rounded
Focus Type
Autofocus
Image Stabilization
Yes
Tripod Collar
Removable and Rotating
Filter Size
95 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)
4.1 x 9.2" / 104 x 234.5 mm
Weight
2.7 lb / 1245 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
4.025 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
13.4 x 6.3 x 6.3"

Nikon NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S Reviews

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If paired with the Z 50, would it be safe to hold ...

If paired with the Z 50, would it be safe to hold the combo by the camera?
Asked by: Jacob
If the Nikon NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S Lens BH #NIZ40045 is paired with the Nikon Z50, we would not recommend holding the combination by the camera.
Answered by: samikg
Date published: 2022-12-23

Is the Nikon NIKKOR Z 400mm F/4.5 VR S lens ...

Is the Nikon NIKKOR Z 400mm F/4.5 VR S lens compatible with the Nikon Z Teleconverter TC-1.4x?
Asked by: James
Yes, the Nikon Z Teleconverter TC-1.4x is compatible with the Nikon NIKKOR Z 400mm F/4.5 VR S Lens.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2022-12-23

Does this lens come with a lens hood?

Does this lens come with a lens hood?
Asked by: Mark
Yes, the Nikon HK-42 and boy is it a big one!
Answered by: TIM
Date published: 2022-12-23

Does the Nikon Z 400mm f/4.5 S lens come with a ...

Does the Nikon Z 400mm f/4.5 S lens come with a lens hood?
Asked by: Mark
Yes, Nikon NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S Lens BH #NIZ40045 • MFR #20112 comes with Nikon HB-105 Lens Hood BH #NIHB105 • MFR #4270.
Answered by: samikg
Date published: 2022-12-23

What kind of screw and / or plate can I use to ...

What kind of screw and / or plate can I use to attach the Nikon Z 400mm F4.5 tripod collar to MeFoto carbon fiber travel tripod?
Asked by: Steven
This Wimberley P20 Quick Release Plate is compatible with the Nikon NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S Lens and the MeFoto carbon fiber travel tripod. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/205334-REG
Answered by: Daniel
Date published: 2023-12-11

Will this lens function with the Z-mount ...

Will this lens function with the Z-mount teleconverters?
Asked by: TIM
My understanding is that the 2.0 teleconverter foes not actually double the focus length. Thats a whole other question that deserves to be asked
Answered by: TIM
Date published: 2022-12-15

Does this lens focus internally?

Does this lens focus internally?
Asked by: Richard
Yes, Nikon NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S Lens offers internal and silent autofocus. The lens is designed with an internal focusing mechanism, 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.
Answered by: llinelva
Date published: 2023-10-09

Where is the Nikon z 400mm f/4.5 "S" line lines ...

Where is the Nikon z 400mm f/4.5 "S" line lines made?
Asked by: Steven
The Nikon NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S Lens is made in China.
Answered by: samikg
Date published: 2023-06-27
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