Nikon NIKKOR Z 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 VR S Lens

NikonSKU: 4960759906557

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Nikon NIKKOR Z 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 VR S Lens

  • Perfect for sports, action, and wildlife photography
  • Composed of 25 premium elements arranged in 20 groups
  • Incorporates 6 ED and 2 super-ED optical elements
  • Nano Crystal & ARNEO coatings enhance image quality
  • A flexible and versatile aperture range from f/4.5-40
  • 9 rounded diaphragm openings offer smooth bokeh
  • Impressive 5.5 Vibration Reduction (VR) technology
  • A steady and reliable internal focusing (IF) system
  • Surprisingly small minimum focusing distance
  • Fluorine coating on the front optic provides protection
  • Exceptional, sleek, and stylish construction quality
  • The lens offers effective Weather/Dust Sealing

Offering super-telephoto reach in a portable design, the NIKKOR Z 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 VR S, from Nikon, is a versatile zoom well-suited for sports and wildlife applications. Covering a broad telephoto range, the lens manages to remain relatively lightweight and compact, making it ideal for travel as well, and it incorporates Inner Balance technology that maintains stability when tracking moving subjects and shooting atop a gimbal head.

Optical Design

Featuring a combination of Super ED and ED glass elements, chromatic aberrations and colour fringing are effectively eliminated throughout the zoom range for notable clarity and colour accuracy.

ARNEO and Nano Crystal Coats are used to prevent ghosting, reflections, and flare in order to realize improved contrast and clarity when working in strong lighting and backlit conditions. The Nano Crystal Coat controls incidental light from a diagonal direction while the ARNEO Coat controls incidental light from a vertical direction.

Autofocus and Vibration Reduction

Multi-focus system incorporates two separate AF drive units, which are synchronized, to deliver especially fast and accurate focusing throughout the zoom range. This system uses stepping motors, which offer impressively smooth and quiet autofocus performance that is well-suited to both stills and video applications.

Full-time manual focus override is also possible and an internal focusing design is used, where only the internal lens groups are moved during focusing, to maintain the overall length of the lens during use and to promote faster-focusing speeds.

A minimum focusing distance of 2.5', along with a maximum magnification of 0.38x, benefits working with close-up subjects.

Vibration Reduction Image stabilization helps to reduce the appearance of camera shake by approximately 5.5 stops to better enable handheld shooting in low-light situations.

Handling and Design

Short zoom throw rotation of just 80° permits quick changing between the 100mm to the 400mm positions.

Programmable Control Ring is, by default, set to adjust manual focus, but can also be used to control aperture or exposure compensation.

Integrated OLED lens information panel allows you to quickly confirm aperture setting, focus distance, and depth of field figures right on the lens in both bright and dark situations.

Two assignable L.Fn buttons work in conjunction with camera-based Fn buttons to provide seamless points for quickly changing exposure settings and other functions.

Dust and moisture-resistant lens barrel, along with a front fluorine coating, benefits the lens' use in inclement conditions.

Inner Balance technology helps maintain a consistent centre of gravity when shifting the zoom position, offering greater stability when tracking moving subjects using a gimbal head.

Rotating tripod collar offers mounting stability when shooting atop a monopod or tripod.

Compatible with optional Z-Teleconverter TC-1.4x and TC-2x to further extend the reach of this lens.

Type Nikon Z mount
Format FX
Focal length 100 – 400 mm
Maximum aperture f/4.5 to 5.6
Minimum aperture f/32 to 40
Lens construction 25 elements in 20 groups (including 6 ED elements, 2 super-ED elements, elements with Nano Crystal and ARNEO coats, and a fluorine-coated front lens element)
Angle of view FX format: 24°20' to 6°10', DX format: 16° to 4°
Focal length scale Graduated in millimeters (100, 135, 200, 300, 400)
Focusing system Internal focusing system
Minimum focus distance 100 mm zoom position: 0.75 m (2.46 ft), 135 mm zoom position: 0.78 m (2.56 ft), 200 mm zoom position: 0.8 m (2.63 ft), 300 mm zoom position: 0.87 m (2.86 ft), 400 mm zoom position: 0.98 m (3.22 ft) (measured from focal plane)
Maximum reproduction ratio 0.38x
Vibration reduction Lens shift using voice coil motors (VCMs), VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization
No. of diaphragm blades 9 (rounded diaphragm opening)
Aperture range 100 mm zoom position: f/4.5 to 32, 400 mm zoom position: f/5.6 to 40
Coating Nano Crystal Coat, Fluorine coat, ARNEO coat
Filter attachment size 77 mm (P = 0.75 mm)
Diameter x length (extension from lens mount) Approx. 98 mm x 222 mm (3.9 in. x 8.8 in.)
Weight With tripod collar: approx. 1435 g (3 lb 2.7 oz), without tripod collar: approx. 1355 g (2 lb 15.8 oz)
Autofocus Yes
Internal focusing Yes
Focusing Auto, Manual
Focus limit switch Two positions: FULL (∞ to 0.75 m) and ∞ to 3 m
Supplied accessories LC-77B Lens Cap (front cap), LF-N1 Lens Cap (rear cap), HB-103 Lens Hood, CL-C3 Lens Case

 

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Understanding: Aperture

Aperture is the opening in a camera lens that controls how much light enters the camera. It's measured in f-stops like f/2.8 or f/8. Lower f-stop numbers mean wider openings, letting in more light and creating a shallow depth of field (blurry background). Higher f-stop numbers mean smaller openings, letting in less light and creating a larger depth of field (more of the scene in focus). Aperture also affects the quality of out-of-focus areas in the image (bokeh).

Understanding: Lens Types

Different lenses have different purposes to achieve different styles of images, some popular ones include:
Prime Lens: Fixed focal length, sharp images, great for portraits and dark settings.
Zoom Lens: Variable focal length, versatile for different shots and everyday use..
Wide-Angle Lens: Captures wide scenes like landscapes.
Telephoto Lens: Magnifies distant subjects, ideal for sports & wildlife.
Macro Lens: Perfect for close-up photography of small subjects.
Fisheye Lens: Ultra-wide perspective, creates unique images.

Understanding: Lens Mounts

Different camera brands use different lens mounts, which are like connectors that attach lenses to camera bodies. Each mount is specific to a particular brand and camera series. For example, Canon uses the EF and RF mounts, Nikon uses the F mount, Sony uses the E mount for its mirrorless cameras. These mounts dictate which lenses are compatible with which cameras. Some brands offer adapters to use lenses from other systems, but it's essential to ensure compatibility for proper functionality and autofocus performance.

Understanding: Manual and Autofocus

Manual focus and autofocus are two ways to adjust the sharpness of a camera lens. With manual focus, you turn a ring on the lens to bring the subject into focus yourself, giving you full control over what appears sharp in the image. Autofocus, on the other hand, relies on the camera's built-in technology to automatically adjust the focus for you, usually by detecting contrast or phase differences in the scene. Autofocus can be convenient, especially for fast-moving subjects or when you need to capture a quick shot, whereas manual focus allows for precise adjustments and creative control over the final image.

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