- Model name: AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR
- Release Date: January 8, 2018
- Focus Type: Autofocus
- Format : Full Frame
- Mounts: Nikon F Mount
- Availability: March 2018
- Price: $ 12,399.95
- Purchase options: Adorama | B&H | Amazon
- Fixed f/4 Maximum Aperture
- Blazing fast focus acquisition, locked-on tracking
- Built-in 1.4x teleconverter
- Electromagnetic Diaphragm
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.
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.
|Focal length||· Without built-in teleconverter: 180-400 mm|
· With built-in teleconverter: 252-560 mm
|Maximum aperture||· Without built-in teleconverter: f/4|
· With built-in teleconverter: f/5.6
|Minimum aperture||· Without built-in teleconverter: f/32|
· With built-in teleconverter: f/45
|Lens construction||27 elements in 19 groups (including 8 ED glass elements, 1 fluorite lens element, and lens elements with Nano Crystal Coat) and 1 protective glass element (with fluorine coat); built-in teleconverter has 8 elements in 5 groups|
|Angle of view||· Nikon FX-format D-SLR cameras, without built-in teleconverter: 13°40′ – 6°10′|
· Nikon FX-format D-SLR cameras, with built-in teleconverter: 9°50′ – 4°30′
· Nikon DX-format D-SLR cameras, without built-in teleconverter: 9° – 4°
· Nikon DX-format D-SLR cameras, with built-in teleconverter: 6°20′ – 2°50′
|Minimum focus distance||2.0 m/6.6 ft from focal plane at all zoom positions|
|Maximum reproduction ratio||· Without built-in teleconverter: 0.25x (at 400 mm)|
· With built-in teleconverter: 0.36x (at 560 mm)
|Diaphragm blades||9 (rounded diaphragm opening)|
|Filter-attachment size||40.5 mm|
|Dimensions||Approximately 128.0 mm maximum diameter x 362.5 mm (distance from camera lens mount flange)|
|Weight||Approximately 3,500 g/7 lb 11.4 oz|
|Supplied accessories||LC-K103 slip-on Front Lens Cap, LF-4 Rear Lens Cap, HK-41 Lens Hood, dedicated slip-in Filter Holder, 40.5 mm screw-on Neutral Color (NC) filter, LN-2 Strap, CL-L2 Lens Case|