Nikon announces 400mm F2.8 telephoto lens and 1.4x teleconverter
Nikon announced the release of the AF-S NIKKOR 400mm F/2.8E FL ED VR, a super-telephoto, fixed focal length (prime) lens with a focal length of 400mm and maximum aperture of f/2.8 compatible with Nikon FX-format digital SLR cameras, and the AF-S TELECONVERTER TC-14E III, a 1.4x teleconverter with a new optical design, which is capable of rendering performance close to that of the master lens at maximum aperture. The AF-S NIKKOR 400mm F/2.8E FL ED VR is a fast, 400mm super-telephoto lens for which fluorite lens elements, ED lens elements and Nano Crystal Coat have been adopted for superior optical performance.
In addition to the fluorite lens elements, components made of a magnesium alloy have been adopted for the barrel to make the lens lighter, while a tripod collar ring utilizing bearings ensures smooth transitioning between horizontal and vertical shooting, as well as greater durability. The AF-S NIKKOR 400mm F/2.8E FL ED VR is also equipped with an electro-magnetic aperture mechanism that contributes to better auto-exposure stability with high-speed continuous shooting, and a vibration reduction (VR) function that offers compensation for camera shake equivalent to a 4.0-stop* increase in shutter speed.
The Nikon AF-S TELECONVERTER TC-14E III is a 1.4x teleconverter with a new optical design that enables rendering performance close to that of the master lens with shooting at maximum aperture. The same fluorine coat used for the AF-S NIKKOR 400mm F/2.8E FL ED VR has also been adopted for the extreme front and rear lens surfaces. The construction of the teleconverter has been significantly upgraded for both durability and optical brilliance. Comprised of seven elements within four groups, the outer elements feature a fluorine coating for enhanced resistance to dirt and water droplets.
The AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR lens will be available in August 2014, and will have a suggested retail price (SRP) of $11,999.95. The AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III will also be available in August 2014 for an SRP of $499.95.