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For those who enjoy shooting sports, wildlife, or other telephoto-centric subjects, Nikon has just made it a banner day for you by introducing a new 400mm f/2.8 telephoto F-mount lens compatible with all FX full-frame and DX-format DSLRs, and an updated 1.4x teleconverter.
The AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR lens improves on its predecessor, the AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR, in its workaday aspects, as well as with high-tech optical and performance upgrades that are sure to bring a brief smile to even the most stoic of photojournalists. In an elemental improvement any super-telephoto shooter can appreciate, the new 400mm is almost two pounds lighter than the 400mm f/2.8G. Fluorite (FL) lens elements and an improved magnesium-alloy, die-cast barrel are to be thanked. The lens also has improved dust and moisture seals and a fluorine-coated meniscus glass front element that are ready to withstand the hardships often brought upon lenses required to function in rain, mud, or cold.
A fast f/2.8 maximum aperture provides effective low-light capability, but its Vibration Reduction II image stabilization system has been improved to offer 4 stops of shake compensation, further enabling sharp imaging in low light, even when handheld. Furthermore, the 400mm f/2.8E features a new VR “Sport” mode specifically created for shooting fast action.
Like the recently introduced 800mm f/5.6E lens, this new 400mm is designated an “E” lens due to the electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism in the lens barrel. This technological leap provides more accurate electronic diaphragm control for consistent auto-exposures when working in continuous shooting mode. It is a significant improvement for a lens that is geared for the high-frame-rate demands of sports and wildlife photography.
This new 400mm lens maintains the Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for smooth, quiet and fast autofocus. In addition, features such as Memory Recall, Autofocus Lock and the Focus Range Limiter function are supported, as is full-time manual focus override. The optical design has been upgraded by the addition of the aforementioned two fluorite lens elements and two Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements, which reduce chromatic aberrations and contribute to overall sharp, high-contrast imaging and crisp color delineation.
A rotatable, removable tripod collar has been shifted down, closer to the base of the lens, which provides it with a wider, easier-to-grasp focus ring and a generally sleeker look. Filters are still of the rear slip-in type and, in addition to the HK-38 Lens Hood, a front lens cover, screw-on NC filter, lens strap, and trunk case are included.
|AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Lens||Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR Lens|
|Lens Mount||Nikon F bayonet||Nikon F bayonet|
|Focal Length (35mm Equivalent)||400mm||400 mm|
|Angle of View||DX-format: 4°, FX-format: 6°10'||DX-format: 4°, FX-format: 6°10'|
|Minimum Focusing Distance||8.5' (2.6 m)||9.5' (2.9 m) AF, 9.2' (2.8 m) MF|
|Autofocus Motor||AF-S (Silent Wave Motor)||AF-S (Silent Wave Motor)|
|Weather Resistant||Dust and moisture resistant with flourine coated meniscus protective glass front element||Dust and moisture resistant|
|Lens Construction||Elements: 16 / Groups: 12||Elements: 14 / Groups: 11|
|Filter||40.5mm - Rear Slip-in||52 mm - Rear Slip-in|
|Dimensions||14.1 x 6.3" (36 x 16 cm)||14.5 x 6.3" (16.0 x 36.8 cm)|
|Weight||8.4 lb (3.8 kg)||10.2 lb (4.6 kg)|
|Compatibility||Nikon FX, Nikon FX in DX Crop Mode, Nikon DX, 35mm Film||Nikon FX, Nikon FX in DX Crop Mode, Nikon DX, 35mm Film|
Incorporating the recent improvements in lens design and performance, Nikon has produced an upgraded 1.4x teleconverter to accompany its new and existing telephoto lenses. The AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III increases the reach of compatible telephoto lenses by 40%, providing the above 400mm lens, for example, a 560mm focal length while only sacrificing 1 stop of light loss. Furthermore, the new TC-14EIII enables accurate autofocus, full metering, and even Vibration Reduction with fully compatible lenses. And, like the 400mm f/2.8E, fluorine coating on the front and rear elements and “water-drop resistance” on the barrel grant the teleconverter a durability to match the lenses it was designed to modify.
The TC-14E III teleconverter is compatible with most current AF-S telephoto prime and zoom lenses; however, autofocus limitations apply for some lenses and camera bodies, so please see the accompanying compatibility list. As I wrap up this announcement it is hard to imagine a better, more comprehensive and portable combination for the serious telephoto shooter than this new 400mm lens with the new 1.4x teleconverter.
|AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III||TC-14E II|
|Lens Construction||7 elements / 4 groups||5 elements / 5 groups|
|Maximum Reproduction Ratio||1.4x attached lens' reproduction ratio||1.4x attached lens' reproduction ratio|
|Dimensions||2.5 x 1.0" (64.0 x 24.5 mm)||2.6 x 1.0" (66.0 x 24.5 mm)|
|Weight||6.7 oz (190 g)||7.0 oz (200 g)|
|TC-14E III Compatible Lenses||AF-S VR Micro- NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF ED (AF not possible)
AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II
AF-S VR NIKKOR 200mm f/2G IF-ED
AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED V II
AF-S VR NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G IF-ED
AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR
AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR
AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR
AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR
AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
AF-S VR Zoom- NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED
AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR
AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II
AF-S VR Zoom- NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED
AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR (When attached to f/8-compatible camera body)
AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR (When attached to f/8-compatible camera body)
|Incompatible Lenses with TC-14E III, but Compatible with TC-14E II||AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8D IF-ED II
AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8D IF-ED
AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4D IF-ED
AF-I NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8D IF-ED
AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8D IF-ED II
AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8D IF-ED
AF-I NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8D IF-ED
AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4D IF-ED II
AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4D IF-ED
AF-I NIKKOR 500mm f/4D IF-ED
AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4D IF-ED II
AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4D IF-ED
AF-I NIKKOR 600mm f/4D IF-ED
AF-S Zoom- NIKKOR 80-200mm f/2.8D IF-ED