Nikon Announces the New AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR

Nikon has announced updated version of its 400mm f/2.8 telephoto lens. The new Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR 816g (nearly 2lb) lighter than its predecessor.

The AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR telephoto lens uses an electromagnetic diaphragm controller for improved exposure stability during continuous shooting, and a new VR Sport Mode recognizes panning motion to provide accurate compensation for camera shake. The lens also promises improved autofocus, exposure accuracy and speed.

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. Previous version costs $8,999 and this is $3k price increase.

Nikon Announces the New AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR

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Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Lens Price

The AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Lens price is $11,999.95. The super telephoto prime lens will be available from August 28, 2014.

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The New AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR: Superior Optics, Superb Handling

The new 400mm f/2.8 super-telephoto lens delivers upon the NIKKOR promise of uncompromising performance, thanks to overall enhancements to the optical characteristics of the lens, which go beyond simply enhancing image quality. With a refined optical formula, those who shoot fast action sports from a distance or rapidly moving wildlife will appreciate the improved autofocus (AF), exposure accuracy and speed. The lens now contains two fluorite elements that, together with two Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements and Nano Crystal Coat, helps ensure outstanding performance with minimal chromatic aberration and flaring. The internal construction of the lens comprises 16 elements in 12 groups, and features an electromagnetic diaphragm, similar to that employed in the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6 lens. Denoted by the “E” designation, this feature allows for stable exposures during high speed shooting, such as the 11 frames-per-second (fps) possible with the Nikon D4S HD-SLR. Additionally, the lens employs a nine-blade rounded diaphragm that creates a circular, natural looking out of focus area – a requirement for action and wildlife shooters who need clear separation between the subject and the background.

The refined construction of this lens has additional benefits, creating a beautifully balanced instrument for professionals that is nearly two full pounds (816 grams) lighter than its predecessor, tempting the user to shoot handheld when needed. Whether trackside or courtside, photographers will value Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) technology with up to four stops of image stabilization*, and the addition of the new VR Sport Mode. When shooting action, especially on a monopod, the VR Sport Mode recognizes a panning motion to provide accurate compensation for camera shake, resulting in super-sharp images, with motion blur where the photographer intended. For working in challenging environments, the lens features a protective front meniscus element with a fluorine coating, which resists dirt and moisture on the front of the lens. Other pro-minded features include the addition of a rotating tripod collar for seamless switching between compositions, and buttons on the lens barrel compatible with the new AF functions of the Nikon D4S.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR specifications

Lens type Prime lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 400 mm
Image stabilisation Yes (Up to 4 stops stabilisation)
Lens mount Nikon F (DX)
Maximum aperture F2.8
Minimum aperture F22.0
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Aperture notes Rounded blades
Elements 16
Groups 12
Special elements / coatings 2 ED glass elements, 2 Fluorite elements. Nano Crystal Coat
Minimum focus 2.60 m (102.36″)
Maximum magnification 0.16×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Ring-type ultrasonic
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Distance scale Yes
Focus distance limiter Yes; 6m to infinity or 2.6m to infinity
Weight 3800 g (8.38 lb)
Diameter 160 mm (6.28″)
Length 358 mm (14.09″)
Filter thread 41 mm
Filter notes 40.5mm slip-in filters
Hood supplied Yes
Tripod collar Yes