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Nikon Intros Nikkor Z 400mm F/4.5 VR S Telephoto Lens

Compact and lightweight lens designed for wildlife and sports photographers
Photo of Nikon 400mm lens

Nikon introduced a new 400mm telephoto lens that might appeal to wildlife and sports photographers this morning. Called the Nikkor Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S, the lens is a relatively compact and lightweight telephoto designed for Nikon Z mount camera system such as the flagship, full frame Nikon Z9.

The Nikkor Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S weighs 2.55 pounds and has total length of 9.2 inches. The lens is also compatible with the Z Teleconverter TC-1.4x and Z Teleconverter TC-2x to get you even closer to distant subjects such as birds or wide receivers. “In addition, the lens offers excellent balance by shifting the center of gravity closer to the camera for more stable operation during handheld shooting,” Nikon said.

The lens won’t be exactly cheap, however, when it goes on sale in July 2022. Retail price for the Nikkor Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S will be $3250.

Here’s a rundown of some of the key features of the Nikkor Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S, according to Nikon’s press announcement this morning:

  • Lightest lens in its class (weighs approx. 2.55 pounds), making it ideal for handheld shooters capturing images of sports, wildlife, and birds
  • Part of Nikon’s S-line of lenses and is constructed with one ED glass element, two Super ED glass elements, one SR lens element to reduce chromatic aberration
  • Employs an optical vibration reduction (VR) function with an effect equivalent to a shutter speed 5.5 stops faster
  • Designed with consideration for video recording, including a focus-breathing compensation function which effectively reduces shifting of the angle of view when focusing, and stable exposure
  • Equipped with Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat to reduce ghost and flare effects
  • Superior dust- and drip-resistance performance and anti-fouling performance thanks to the fluorine coat
  • Focal length can be extended to 560mm with the Z Teleconverter TC-1.4x and 800mm with the Z Teleconverter TC-2.0x

More details about the lens can be found on Nikon’s website.

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