Nikon Introduces AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm F/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR

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Continuing its innovation in lens design and manufacturing, Nikon has introduced the AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm F/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR at CES 2018, which features a Nikon first, a built-in 1.4x teleconverter, in addition to a new advanced optical formula. The FX-format super-telephoto zoom is especially suitable for sports and wildlife photography with its wide focal-length range and constant ƒ/4 aperture.

In addition to Nikon’s VR image stabilization with up to 4 stops of compensation, even handheld, optical construction is comprised of 27 lens elements in 19 groups (8/5 for the teleconverter), including 8 Extra Low Dispersion (ED) elements, plus a 9-blade rounded diaphragm. The teleconverter can be activated with one finger so photographers can focus on the subject, turning the lens into a 252-560mm zoom. When used on DX-format DSLRs, the lens has an equivalent focal length of 270-600mm (378-840mm with the teleconverter in use).

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The lens also features an electromagnetic diaphragm for shooting consistent high-speed bursts, and the AF tracking algorithm that controls the motordrive has been improved to increase tracking performance. It’s sealed against dust and moisture for operation in challenging outdoor conditions, plus a fluorine coating helps to repel dirt and water, and Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat fights ghosting and flare. For seamless shooting from horizontal to vertical and back again, the lens has a new ball-bearing tripod collar ring.

Priced at $12,399.95, the AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm F/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR lens is scheduled for March 2018 delivery.

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And, if you’re attending CES 2018 in Las Vegas, stop by Nikon’s booth, #14018, where the company’s speaker schedule includes former astronaut Scott Kelly, who will discuss his photography during his year in space. Nikon also will be live-streaming from the booth: Additionally, the CES 2018 Nikon Theater Presentation schedule is below, an impressive list of photographers shooting everything from editorial, wedding and landscape photography to sports and photojournalism.

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 LAS VEGAS — CES BOOTH #14018 (January 8, 2018) – Today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Nikon Inc. announced the new AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR super-telephoto zoom lens, which is ideally suited for photographing sports and wildlife with astounding speed and clarity. This professional level FX-format lens is more versatile than ever, and has been updated with the newest NIKKOR lens technologies including Nikon’s first ever built-in teleconverter and an advanced optical formula to enhance performance and minimize weight.

“This lens is a great example of how Nikon continues to push the boundaries of innovation and what’s possible with pro-level optics and high-end imaging equipment,” said Kosuke Kawaura, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc.

Popular Pro-Level Lens Gets Even More Versatile

This new NIKKOR lens is a professional super-telephoto zoom lens, which is even more versatile with an extended wide range of 180-400mm, and a constant f/4 aperture to easily isolate a subject from the sidelines, even in challenging light. This is also the first NIKKOR lens to include a built-in 1.4X teleconverter, allowing photographers to seamlessly swap to a 252-560mm1 (FX-format) focal range. The teleconverter is engaged at the flick of a switch, and is easily operated with a single finger while looking through the viewfinder. When used on the Nikon D500 and other DX-format DSLRs, the focal length is the equivalent of 270-600mm (378-840mm with teleconverter engaged).

Whether capturing fast-moving winter sports on the slopes or elusive wildlife at a distance, photographers can shoot with confidence from this high performance NIKKOR lens. The new 180-400mm f/4 is optimized for high-speed capture, and features an electromagnetic diaphragm, helping to create smooth and consistent exposures while shooting high-speed bursts of images. What’s more, the AF tracking algorithm controlling the motor drive has been enhanced to increase tracking performance of fast moving subjects. When using cameras equipped with Nikon’s advanced 153-point AF system (D5, D500, D850), the outer row of AF points are activated as cross-type sensors to significantly enhance the AF coverage throughout the frame.2

Enhanced Performance with the Addition of New Technology

The lens now uses a fluorite element, which contributes to improved balance while minimizing weight. To further enhance handling and agility, the lens has adopted a new ball-bearing tripod collar ring to create a seamless transition from shooting horizontal to vertical composition. The VR mechanism offers a normal and sports mode, with up to four stops3 of compensation to help create sharp images, even when handheld.

The lens construction includes the use of durable magnesium alloy for weight reduction, while the lens is also sealed against dust and moisture. A fluorine coating is also used to help repel water droplets and dirt.

The optical formula of the lens uses eight Extra Low Dispersion (ED) elements, doubling the amount of ED elements used by its predecessor, the NIKKOR 200-400mm. These help to provide extremely sharp and detailed images and 4K UHD / 1080p video, and is ideally mated to high resolution Nikon DSLR cameras. Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat is used to effectively suppress instances of ghosting and flare.

Price and Availability

The AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR lens will be available in March 2018 for a suggested retail price of $12,399.954. For more information on this NIKKOR lens and other Nikon products, please visit

 Nikon 100th Year Anniversary

Since the company was established in 1917, Nikon has cultivated its status as a pioneer of optical technologies around the world. Guided by a corporate philosophy of “Trustworthiness and Creativity,” Nikon provides a wide range of products and services globally by harnessing advanced opto-electronics and precision technologies. Nikon is proud to celebrate their 100th anniversary from July 2017 to July 2018.

About Nikon

Nikon, At the Heart of the Image™. Nikon Inc. is a world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology; globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for an award-winning array of equipment that enables users to tell their stories through amazing photos and videos. Nikon Inc. distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics as well as the Nikon 1 compact interchangeable lens camera system and KeyMission line of action cameras. Nikon Corporation, the parent company of Nikon Inc., announced the production of 100 million NIKKOR lenses in 2016, creating a new milestone in Nikon’s heritage of superior optics. For more information, dial (800) NIKON-US or visit, which links all levels of photographers to the Web’s most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities. Connect with Nikon and other photographers on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Vimeo, Flickr and Snapchat (@NikonUSASnap).

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  1. When the built-in or an external teleconverter is used, the focal length may not be displayed correctly in shooting information / Image data.
  2. This feature will be available with a firmware upgrade for the D5, D850 and D500 as of March 2018 
  3. Based on CIPA Standard. This value is achieved when FX-format compatible lenses are attached to a FX-format digital SLR camera and zoom lenses are set at the maximum telephoto position.
  4. SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

Specifications, equipment and release dates are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.


 LAS VEGAS — CES BOOTH #14018 (January 8, 2018) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced its plans for the 2018 Consumer Electronic Show (CES), including a captivating speaker schedule featuring retired astronaut Captain Scott Kelly, as well as the unveiling of the new AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR super-telephoto zoom lens. In addition to Nikon’s full lineup of leading products, visitors to the Nikon booth in Central Hall will experience the future of imaging technology and robotics with a demonstration from Mark Roberts Motion Control (MRMC).

For those unable to attend CES, Nikon will livestream the presentations from the Nikon Theater throughout the week. For those interested in tuning into the livestream, please visit

“The 2018 Consumer Electronics Show provides an opportunity for Nikon to tell our story of innovation on a global scale, and how we can work with consumers and different industries to empower them with ever-changing imaging technologies,” said Kosuke Kawaura, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc.

The New AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR Lens

Nikon will showcase the new AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR, a professional-level super-telephoto zoom lens designed for photographing sports and wildlife in stunning clarity. This incredibly versatile addition to the NIKKOR lineup has been updated with the latest Nikon lens technologies for enhanced performance and image quality. Additionally, this new lens features Nikon’s first ever built-in 1.4x teleconverter, and combines the use of a fluorite lens element and durable magnesium alloy construction for decreased weight and improved balance.

The AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR lens will be available in March 2018 for a suggested retail price of $12,399.95*. For more information about this NIKKOR lens and other Nikon products, please visit

Captain Scott Kelly to Present at Nikon Booth

Retired astronaut Captain Scott Kelly will present at the Nikon Theater on Tuesday, January 9, sharing his experience as an astronaut, stories of his space missions and how he used photography to document his yearlong mission to the International Space Station with Nikon DSLR cameras. Since returning from his record-breaking stint in space, Captain Kelly’s main mission now is to bring his insights and experiences to audiences all over, and challenge them to embrace risk and fulfill their dreams.

Nikon Innovation with Mark Roberts Motion Control (MRMC)

In addition to the roster of high-performance imaging products that will be on display at the show, Nikon will also be exhibiting the latest in robotic image capture with MRMC (Mark Roberts Motion Control, a Nikon Company). MRMC creates robotic still and video capture solutions for a wide variety of applications from the world’s largest motion control arm to E-commerce systems built to capture with precise detail. Throughout the show, attendees will have the opportunity to experience the live demonstration firsthand and see what this new innovative technology can achieve.

CES 2018 Nikon Theater Presentation Schedule

The Nikon Theater will feature a full schedule of the world’s most inspiring and engaging photographers throughout CES. All presentations will also be livestreamed — those interested in watching remotely should visit to tune in.

Day 1 – Tuesday, January 9 (Show Hours: 10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. PST)

  • 11:00 – 11:30 AM: Jerry and Melissa Ghionis – Soul to Soul: The Soul Society
  • 11:45 – 12:15 PM: Jen Rozenbaum – Empowering Women Through Boudoir Photography
  • 12:30 – 1:30 PM: Captain Scott Kelly – A Year in Space
  • 1:30 – 2:30 PM: Captain Scott Kelly Signing
  • 2:45 – 3:15 PM: Ami Vitale – The Lens of Nature and Conservation
  • 3:30 – 4:00 PM: Stacy Pearsall – The Genesis of Veterans Portrait Project
  • 4:15 – 4:45 PM: Tamara Lackey – Beautiful Together: The Power of Photography to Affect Real Change
  • 5:00 – 5:45 PM: Jim Balog – The Human Element: A Photographic Journey in the Anthropocene

 Day 2 – Wednesday, January 10 (Show Hours: 9:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. PST)

  • 10:00 – 10:30 AM: Jen Rozenbaum – Top Tips for Posing Any Woman
  • 10:45 – 11:15 AM: Michelle Valberg – Wild Creatures, Extreme Conditions
  • 11:30 – 12:00 PM: Ami Vitale – The Art and Evolution of Storytelling
  • 12:15 – 12:45 PM: Joe McNally – The Color, Quality and Direction of Nikon Speedlights
  • 1:00 – 1:30 PM: Stacy Pearsall – Personal Projects: Harnessing Your Talent
  • 1:45 – 2:15 PM: Dixie Dixon – The Art and Soul of Fashion Photography
  • 2:30 – 3:00 PM: Tamara Lackey – The Joy, Magic and Challenges of Photographing Children
  • 3:15 – 3:45 PM: Mandy Lea – Life on the Road as a Landscape Photographer
  • 4:00 – 4:30 PM: Mathew Jordan Smith – Five Steps to Success in Photography
  • 4:45 – 5:15 PM: Lucas Gilman – Taking the Mystery out of Making Beautiful Time Lapse Movies

Day 3 – Thursday, January 11 (Show Hours: 9:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. PST)

  • 10:00 – 10:30 AM: Adam Woodworth – Cosmic Vison: Capturing the Milky Way and Aurora
  • 10:45 – 11:15 AM: Deanne Fitzmaurice – Storytelling with Heart
  • 11:30 – 12:00 PM: Chris Hershman – One Man Band: The Art of Making Music Videos
  • 12:15 – 12:45 PM: Joe McNally – Big Productions, Small Flash: Air and Ground
  • 1:00 – 1:30 PM: Deborah Sandidge – The Art of Travel Photography
  • 1:45 – 2:15 PM: Neil Ever Osborne – People, Planet and Protected Places
  • 2:30 – 3:00 PM: Jerry Ghionis – Creating Iconic Photography
  • 3:15 – 3:45 PM: Corey Rich – Capturing Timeless Home Videos
  • 4:00 – 4:30 PM: Mike Mezeul II – Images That Happen When You Connect with Nature
  • 4:45 – 5:15 PM: Rod Mar – Secrets to Stunning Sports Images

Day 4 – Friday, January 12 (Show Hours: 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. PST)

  • 11:30 – 12:00 PM: Joshua Cripps – Chasing Light: Stories from a Wilderness Photographer
  • 12:15 – 12:45 PM: Kristi Odom – The Passion of Wildlife Photography
  • 1:00 – 1:30 PM: Nicole Holmes – The Sky is NOT the Limit
  • 1:45 – 2:15 PM: Charleton Churchill – Exploring Destination Weddings on Mt. Everest
  • 2:30 – 3:00 PM: Lindsay Silverman – One for the Road: Tales of a Traveling Photographer

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