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Nikkor Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S Lens Introduced

Nikon has introduced a telephoto prime lens that's compact and lightweight making it the ideal travel companion.

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Nikkor Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S Lens Introduced:

Nikon has added a new, super-light and compact 400mm lens designed to be used with Nikon's popular Z series of mirrorless cameras.

The Nikkor Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens will be available from 14 July 2022 with an RRP of £3299 and it has the following specs: 

  • Weight - 1245g
  • Length - 234.5mm 
  • 5.5 stops VR (6 stops with Z9)
  • 19 elements in 13 groups (2 Super ED, 1 ED, 1SR)
  • Weather sealing
  • The front element has a Fluorine coating to repel dust, moisture and grease
  • Nano crystal coatings
  • Compatible with Tcs: 560mm with 1.4x, 800mm with 2x
  • Closest focus 2.5m
  • Max magnification 0.16x
  • Low focus breathing (with vloggers in mind)
  • Smooth aperture control (with vloggers in mind)


Take a look at the sample photos captured with the Nikkor Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens below where you'll also find more information on the new lens from Nikon.


Nikon Nikkor Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S Other sample images


From Nikon UK:

Today, Nikon is pleased to announce a new super-telephoto prime lens, the NIKKOR Z 400m f/4.5 VR S. Designed for extreme portability, this lens lets photographers take advantage of a 400 mm focal length and breathtaking S-line image quality - in a lightweight, travel-friendly package. 

Wildlife, sports, fast action, distant portraits. With its long reach, brilliant resolution, and comfortable handling, this tough yet compact and lightweight super-telephoto lens puts so many shots within reach. Weighing just 1245 g (approx.) and with a total length of just 234.5 mm, its incredibly portable build puts the NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S firmly in a class of its own. Photographers can even keep this super-telephoto lens attached to their camera when walking around - making it easier to trek out to the best vantage points.

Stills or video, the outstanding resolving power of this S-line lens delivers images with beautiful bokeh, colour, contrast, and clarity. Nikon’s powerful, in-lens optical VR keeps shots steady, while Synchro VR allows up to 6 stops of compensation when this lens is paired with the Z 9. The f/4.5 maximum aperture allows plenty of opportunities to work creatively with available light, and AF performance is fast, accurate, and exceptionally quiet. In addition, this super-telephoto lens supports the use of Z teleconverters, which can extend the reach to 560mm or 800mm.


Nikkor Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S Lens Introduced:


The balanced design keeps the lens’ centre of gravity closer to the camera body, which makes it easier to track, pan, and stop smoothly. Photographers can also hold the lens in a more comfortable position when shooting handheld and get into position more quickly to capture fleeting moments. Controls are fully customisable, and advanced weather sealing protects both lens and camera.

Zurab Kiknadze, Product Manager, Nikon Europe says: "This exciting new 400 mm lens lets you take super-telephoto shooting to a new level of fluidity and responsiveness. Whatever you capture, the level of balance and handling here means no shot is beyond your reach. Plus, you won’t feel weighed down if you’re trekking long distances to find the best spot - or your subject."

As well as the Nikkor Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens, Nikon also introduced the Nikon Z30 camera for vloggers today. 

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