Nikon announces fast super-telephoto prime lens NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S

Nikon today announced the release of the NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S, a fast, super-telephoto prime lens compatible with full-frame (Nikon FX-format) mirrorless cameras for which the Nikon Z mount has been adopted. The NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S, the first NIKKOR Z super-telephoto prime lens, belongs to the S-Line of NIKKOR Z lenses. It realizes the rendering of realistic images by achieving large, beautiful bokeh unique to the f/2.8 fast maximum aperture, and high resolution.

NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S lens features a built-in teleconverter that extends the focal length by 1.4x, allowing the lens to cover two focal lengths — 400 mm and 560 mm. The easily accessible teleconverter switch enables smooth changing of the focal length without changing shooting posture. The lens supports an optical VR function with an effect equivalent to a shutter speed 5.5 stops faster, with a powerful effect regardless of whether the teleconverter is in use. Synchro VR is available when paired with the Nikon Z 9.

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The lens features a newly developed coating — Meso Amorphous Coat — that boasts the highest anti-reflection performance in NIKKOR history, handling incident light from various directions effectively. The result is superbly clear pictures even in the scenes that are most susceptible to ghost and flare. Further, the NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S adopts the newly developed Silky Swift VCM (SSVCM) for its AF drive, allowing fast, highly accurate and quiet AF control.

A highly robust magnesium alloy is used for the lens barrel. Sealing is applied everywhere, including the moving parts of the lens barrel, and a lens mount rubber ring is used to ensure high dustproof and drip-proof performance. In addition, a fluorine coat is also used on the front surface of the lens, which has excellent antifouling performance and is resistant to dirt, and can be easily wiped off even if it does. User can concentrate on shooting with confidence even under harsh conditions.

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This is the first NIKKOR Z lens to adopt the Memory Recall function, with which a frequently used focus position can be stored and quickly recalled by rotating the Fn ring. Various aberrations, including chromatic aberration, are effectively compensated with the adoption of two ED glass elements, a super ED glass element, two fluorite lens elements, and an SR lens element, which also contributes to a lightweight body. The lens features a lightweight body of approx. 2,950 g, giving consideration to portability.

NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S is scheduled to be released on February 18, 2022 in Japan.Pre-order sales will start at 10:00 on January 21st. The Suggested retail price in Japan is 2,013,000 yen ($17,597) including tax.