Nikon NIKKOR Z 400mm f4.5 VR S Lens

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Nikon NIKKOR Z 400mm f4.5 VR S Lens

Nimble Super-Telephoto
Described as "the smallest and lightest 400mm Nikon has ever created," the NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S is a super-telephoto prime mixing unique portability with long reach, advanced optics, and apt AF and VR. It's a well-rounded lens for the travelling sports or wildlife shooter looking for a handheld design and capable reach for photographing distant subjects.

Long Reach, Compact Design
Distinct among super-telephoto lenses, this 400mm f/4.5 is especially sleek and lightweight, making it an ideal companion for travel or other shooting scenarios where handheld shooting is preferred.

The sophisticated optical design includes a series of specialized elements that promote a lighter, more compact overall design.
A modest f/4.5 maximum aperture offers a practical balance between size, speed, and weight.
With a size more akin to a 70-200mm f/2.8, this lens measures just 9.2" long and weighs 2.7 lb. Compared to the Z 400mm f/2.8 lens, this f/4.5 version weighs 3.8 lb less and measures 6" shorter in length.

S-Line Optics
Helping to virtually eliminate chromatic aberrations, colour fringing, and comatic aberrations, this lens features one ED (extra-low dispersion) glass element and two Super ED elements, along with one SR (short-wavelength refractive) element.

The SR element features a specialized high-dispersion design that refracts wavelengths shorter than blue; this helps achieve truly accurate colour rendering and also aids in making the lens design more compact.

Nano Crystal Coat has been applied for well-rounded anti-glare protection at all angles, helping to suppress ghosting, reflections, and flare for higher contrast and more accurate colour response when working in strong lighting and backlit conditions.

 

Autofocus and Vibration Reduction
Advanced autofocus system uses stepping motors to deliver quick and accurate focusing performance, along with smooth and quiet AF 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.

Vibration Reduction image stabilization reduces the appearance of camera shake by approximately 5.5 stops to better enable handheld shooting in low-light situations.
Synchro VR is also supported when paired with compatible cameras featuring sensor-shift VR, which combines in-body VR with optical VR for improved results of up to 6 stops of compensation.

Professional Handling and Construction
As part of the lightweight, nimble design, the included tripod foot can easily be removed for a slimmed-down design that's ideal for handheld use.

When used atop a tripod, the tripod mount has a rotating design for easy switching between horizontal and vertical orientations.

Intuitive "no-look" control layout puts all of the frequently-used buttons and dials in easy-to-reach locations to prevent the need to move your eye from the viewfinder.

Front anti-slip rubber grip for stable handheld use.

Separate manual focus ring and a programmable control ring offer distinct levels of tactile control over shooting settings.

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

Weather-sealed design includes rubber gaskets to prevent dust and moisture ingress and the exposed elements have a fluorine coating that repels dirt and oils and is easier to clean.

Two customizable L-Fn buttons can be set to configure subject tracking, AF lock, image playback, or other modes. The L-Fn2 button is also accessible from four different locations on the barrel for easy reach.

Focus limiter switch can constrain the focus range to 19.7' to infinity or from the full focusing range of 8.2' to infinity.

Programmable Control Ring can also be used to control aperture, ISO, or exposure compensation.

Kensington lock support for securing the lens in place during remote shooting sessions.

Uses front screw-in 95mm filters.

Type Nikon Z mount
Format FX
Focal length 400 mm
Maximum aperture f/4.5
Minimum aperture f/32
Lens construction 19 elements in 13 groups (including 1 ED element, 2 super-ED elements, 1 SR element, elements with a Nano Crystal coat, and a fluorine-coated front lens element)
Angle of view FX format: 6° 10', DX format: 4°
Focusing system Internal focusing system
Minimum focus distance 2.5 m (8.21 ft)
Maximum reproduction ratio 0.16x
Vibration reduction Lens shift using voice coil motors (VCMs)
No. of diaphragm blades 9 (rounded diaphragm opening)
Aperture range f/4.5 to 32
Coating Nano Crystal Coat, Fluorine coat
Filter attachment size 95 mm (P = 1.0 mm)
Diameter x length (extension from lens mount) Approx. 104 mm x 234.5 mm (4.1 in. x 9.3 in.) (maximum diameter × distance to end of lens from camera lens mount flange)
Weight Approx. 1245 g (2 lb 12 oz) (with tripod collar); Approx. 1160 g (2 lb 9 oz) (without tripod collar)
Autofocus Yes
Internal focusing Yes
Focusing Auto, Manual
Focus limit switch Two positions: FULL (∞ to 2.5 m) and ∞ to 6 m

 

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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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