Nikon has announced a new super-telephoto prime lens for full-frame Z cameras, the NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S. It’s a focal length ideal for wildlife, sports, fast action and distant portraits. Nikon also says it’s the smallest, lightest 400 mm prime it’s ever created.
Here are seven top features of this new lens:
For a super-telephoto prime lens, the NIKKOR Z 400mm is compact and lightweight. It weighs around 2.5 pounds and is a little over 9 inches in length. Nikon suggests that the NIKKOR Z 400mm is small enough to keep attached to your camera while walking around.
Nikon has designed the NIKKOR Z 400mm to keep the lens’ center of gravity closer to the camera body, which makes it easier to track, pan and stop smoothly. You can also hold the lens more comfortably when shooting handheld.
S-line image quality
The NIKKOR Z 400mm has Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat to significantly reduce ghosting and flare. The lens also had Super ED, ED and SR glass to control chromatic aberration from the center to the edge of the image. Whether you are shooting video or stills, Nikon says that the outstanding resolving power of the NIKKOR Z 400mm delivers images with beautiful bokeh, color, contrast and clarity.
As a VR lens, the NIKKOR Z 400mm has powerful, in-lens optical stabilization to keep your shots steady. Nikon states that the lens’s optical stabilization gives you a 5.5-stop advantage. In addition, if you use the lens with Nikon’s Z 9 camera, the Synchro VR feature gives you up to 6.0 stops of compensation.
f/4.5 maximum aperture
A maximum aperture of f/4.5 might not seem very wide compared to some of the lenses many video shooters use to get shallow depth of field. However, the NIKKOR Z 400mm is a new super-telephoto prime lens. As such, Nikon says that with the f/4.5 aperture, you will get beautiful bokeh and dramatic depth of field to isolate subjects from your backgrounds.
Nikon says that the NIKKOR Z 400mm has fast, accurate and exceptionally quiet autofocus. The company also says that tracking is smooth whether shooting rallycross or birds and wildlife.
The NIKKOR Z 400mm has advanced weather sealing and a rubber gasket that keeps dust, dirt and moisture out of all moving parts. The lens also has Nikon’s fluorine coat, making it easy to wipe the front lens element clean.
The NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S is available to pre-order now and is priced at $3,249.