Nikon’s new NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR super-telephoto lens is billed as a versatile lens for professional sports and wildlife photographers. Videographers, of course, can certainly also benefit from the lens’ extreme reach.
The FX-format lens covers full frame sensors and offers a consistent maximum aperture of f/4 throughout the full throw of the lens. It has also been outfitted with the newest NIKKOR lens tech, including Nikon’s first ever built-in teleconverter. With the 1.4x teleconverter, shooters get access to a second focal length range of 252-560mm in the same lens, effectively extending the reach of the lens even further. Combine that with a cropped sensor camera for focal lengths up to 840mm, and it’s hard to think of a situation that would demand a longer lens.
“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.
Nikon also promises smooth and consistent exposure for photographers shooting in high-speed bursts thanks to an electromagnetic diaphragm, and they also claim to have improved the AF tracking algorithm for better performance when tracking fast-moving subjects, especially when combined with Nikon cameras sporting Nikon’s 153-point AF system.
To further improve performance and image quality, the new NIKKOR uses a lightweight fluorite element for better balance along with eight Extra Low Dispersion elements and Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat. The housing is made from magnesium alloy and sealed against dust and moisture. A fluorine coating further repels water droplets and dirt, while a new ball-bearing tripod collar ring let's you easily switch between horizontal and vertical compositions.
The AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR lens is slated to start shipping in March 2018 for a lofty $12,400. For more information, visit www.nikonusa.com.