Melville, NY—Nikon Inc. released the Nikkor Z 400mm F4.5 VR S in its Nikkor Z lens line. The super-telephoto prime lens is compatible with full-frame/FX-format Nikon Z–mount mirrorless cameras. Moreover, it offers the company’s latest optical tech in a compact, lightweight lens.
“Handheld shooting is easy with the lightest weight in its class, approximately 2.55 pounds (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,” the company announced.
Nikon Nikkor Z 400mm F4.5 VR S Specs
Moreover, the lens is compatible with the Z teleconverters TC-1.4× and Z TC-2.0×, expanding the ability to bring distant subjects closer. The teleconverters extend the lens’s reach to 560mm and 800mm, respectively. In addition, the lens offers balance by shifting the center of gravity closer to the camera for more stable operation during handheld shooting.
The Nikkor Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S is part of Nikon’s high-end S line lens series, which features Nikkor’s highest optical performance. In addition, it is constructed with one ED (extra-low dispersion) glass element; two super ED glass elements; as well as one SR (specialized dispersion) lens element.
As a result, the formula contributes to the compact size and light weight while suppressing chromatic aberration. Furthermore, the adoption of Nano Crystal Coat effectively reduces 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 lens also realizes three-dimensional rendering to make the subject stand out. It also employs an optical vibration reduction (VR) mechanism that provides a compensation effect equivalent to shooting at a shutter speed 5.5 stops faster; this is currently the highest among Nikkor Z lenses.
What’s more, when users pair it with the Nikon Z 9, optical VR combines with in-camera VR for more powerful shake compensation—equivalent to 6.0 stops faster with Synchro VR.
In addition, a stepping motor supports fast, precise AF control for erratically moving subjects, such as in sports. With video recording in mind, the lens includes a focus-breathing compensation function to reduce shifting of the angle of view when focusing, and stable exposure.
The dust- and drip-resistant lens also has a fluorine coat for anti-fouling performance. Another beneficial feature is its memory recall function; it instantly recalls focus positions that are stored in advance, via pressing an assigned button.
Nikon’s Nikkor Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens has a suggested retail price $3,249.95.