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The New Nikon Z 400mm f4.5 VR S Lens – Compact and Lightweight With Superior Sharpness and Clarity


Nikon has announced the release of the Nikon Z 400mm f4.5 VR S, a relatively compact super-telephoto prime lens for its Z-mount mirrorless camera system. This super-telephoto prime lens is compatible with full-frame/FX-format Nikon Z mount mirrorless cameras and offers both superior sharpness and clarity with a compact size and lightweight design.

Handheld shooting is easy with the lightest weight in its class, approximately 2.55 lbs (1,160 g, excluding tripod collar), and a total length of approximately 9.2 inches (234.5mm) providing superior agility and reducing fatigue over extended shooting sessions of wildlife, birds and sports photography. This lens is also compatible with the Z TELECONVERTER TC-1.4× and the Z TELECONVERTER TC-2.0×, expanding the ability to bring distant subjects even closer. In addition, the lens offers excellent balance by shifting the centre of gravity closer to the camera for more stable operation during handheld shooting.

The Nikon Z 400mm f4.5 VR S belongs to the S-Line lens series that pursues the ultimate in optical performance and is constructed with one ED glass element, two Super ED glass elements, and one SR lens element. This contributes greatly to the compact size and light weight while delivering superior optical performance in which chromatic aberration is suppressed. The adoption of Nano Crystal Coat also contributes to effectively reducing ghost and flare effects, achieving clearer images and accurate depiction of even the finest details of distant subjects.

With a maximum aperture of f/4.5, the Nikon Z 400mm f4.5 VR S realizes three-dimensional rendering that makes the intended subject stand out. It is also equipped with an optical vibration reduction (VR) mechanism that provides a superior compensation effect equivalent to shooting at a shutter speed 5.5 stops3 faster, which is the highest among NIKKOR Z lenses, in addition, a stepping motor (STM) supports fast and precise AF control for certain capture of erratically moving subjects, such as sports.

The Nikon Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S was released alongside the Nikon Z 30 didigtal camera.

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Nіkоn Z 400mm f4.5 VR Ѕ Lеnѕ Fеаturеѕ:

  • Lоng, ѕuреr-tеlерhоtо rеасh іn а соmрасt bоdу
  • 2.5m mіnіmum fосuѕіng dіѕtаnсе іdеаl fоr сlоѕе-uрѕ
  • Реrfесt fоr vіdео wіth fосuѕ brеаthіng ѕuррrеѕѕіоn
  • Wіdе аnd brіght fіхеd f4.5 ареrturе fоr wеll-lіt ѕhоtѕ
  • Рrоvіdеѕ bеаutіful bоkеh, соlоur, сlаrіtу аnd соntrаѕt
  • Рrеmіum соnѕtruсtіоn wіth 19 еlеmеntѕ іn 13 grоuрѕ
  • Ѕuреr ЕD glаѕѕ еlеmеntѕ rеduсе сhrоmаtіс аbеrrаtіоnѕ
  • Nаnосrуѕtаl соаtіng rеduсеѕ аnу ghоѕtіng аnd flаrе
  • Fluоrіnе соаtіng рrеvеntѕ ѕmudgеѕ аnd fіngеrрrіntѕ
  • Wеаthеr ѕеаlіng tо kеер duѕt dіrt аnd mоіѕturе оut
  • Соmраtіblе wіth Z-ѕеrіеѕ соnvеrtеrѕ fоr flехіblе uѕе
  • Ехtrеmеlу роrtаblе buіld wеіghіng оnlу 1.2kg
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Handheld shooting is easy with the lightest weight in its class of approximately 1,160 g (excluding the tripod collar) and a total length of approximately 234.5 mm.

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Focal length can be extended to 560 mm with the Z TELECONVERTER TC-1.4× and 800 mm with the Z TELECONVERTER TC-2.0× (both released in August 2020), while maintaining outstanding resolution.

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Employs an optical vibration reduction (VR) function with an effect equivalent to a shutter speed 5.5 stops faster, which is the highest among NIKKOR Z lenses. When paired with the Nikon Z 9, optical VR can be combined with in-camera VR for even more powerful camera shake compensation—equivalent to a shutter speed 6.0 stops faster with Synchro VR.

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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.

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The employment of an STM ensures high-speed and accurate AF with quiet operational sounds.

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Superior dust- and drip-resistant performance and anti-fouling performance with the adoption of fluorine coat.

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Employs the Memory Recall function that instantly recalls focus positions that have been stored in advance, via pressing an assigned button.

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Nikon’s original Nano Crystal Coat is adopted to effectively reduce ghost and flare effects.

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Chromatic aberration is significantly reduced via the adoption of one ED and two

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Super ED glass elements. In addition, the adoption of an SR lens element controls short-wavelength light that is difficult to compensate for, achieving highly precise chromatic aberration compensation.

Nikon Z 400mm f4.5 VR S Sample Images

Nikon Z 400mm f4.5 VR S Specifications

Lens typePrime lens
Focal length400 mm
Image stab.Yes
Lens mountNikon Z
Max apertureF4.5
Min apertureF32
Min focus2.50 m (98.43″)
Max magnification0.16×
Weight1245 g (2.74 lb)
Length235 mm (9.25″)

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