Here is a specifications comparison of the Nikon 180-400mm f/4E vs. 200-500mm f/5.6E super telephoto zoom lenses.
Nikon unveiled the AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm F/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR lens at CES 2018 event. The zoom lens comes with built-in 1.4x teleconverter boosts the focal range to 252-560mm with a corresponding 1-stop reduction in maximum aperture.
The AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR lens started shipping. Let’s have a look at the significantly cheaper and lightweight AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR.
Specifications Comparison of the Nikon 180-400mm f/4E vs. 200-500mm f/5.6E Lens
|Nikkor 180-400mm f/4E||Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E|
|F mount Type E AF-S lens with built-in CPU and built-in 1.4x teleconverter||F mount, Type E AF‒S lens with built‒in CPU and F mount|
|Without built-in teleconverter: 180 – 400 mm With built-in teleconverter: 252 – 560 mm||>200 – 500 mm|
|Without built-in teleconverter: f/ 4 With built-in teleconverter: f/ 5.6||f/ 5.6|
|Without built-in teleconverter: f/ 32 With built-in teleconverter: f/ 45||f/ 32|
|27 elements in 19 groups (including 8 ED lens elements, 1 fluorite element, and lens elements with Nano-Crystal coatings) and 1 protective glass element (with fluorine coating); built-in teleconverter has 8 elements in 5 groups||19 elements in 12 groups (including 3 ED elements)|
|Angle of view|
|Nikon FX-format D-SLR cameras, without built-in teleconverter: 13° 40‘ to 6° 10‘ Nikon FX-format D-SLR cameras, with built-in teleconverter: 9° 50‘ to 4° 30‘ Nikon DX-format D-SLR cameras, without built-in teleconverter: 9° to 4° Nikon DX-format D-SLR cameras, with built-in teleconverter: 6° 20‘ to 2° 50‘||Nikon FX‒format D‒SLR cameras: 12° 20′ to 5° 00′, Nikon DX‒format D‒SLR cameras: 8° 00′ to 3° 10′|
|Focal length scale|
|Graduated in millimeters (180, 200, 250, 300, 350, 400)||Graduated in millimeters (200, 300, 400, 500)|
|Minimum focus distance|
|2.0 m ( 6.6 ft) from focal plane at all zoom positions||2.2 m ( 7.22 ft) from focal plane|
|VR image stabilization|
|No. of diaphragm blades|
|9 ( rounded diaphragm opening )||9 ( rounded diaphragm opening )|
|Nano Crystal Coat, Fluorine coat||—|
|Automatic electronic aperture control||Automatic electronic aperture control|
|Approx. 128 mm maximum diameter x 362.5 mm (distance from camera lens mount flange)||Approx. 108 mm maximum diameter x 267.5 mm (distance from camera lens mount flange)|
|Approx. 3500 g ( 7 lb 11.4 oz)||Approx. 2300 g (5 lb 1.2 oz), including tripod collar; Approx. 2090 g (4 lb 9.8 oz) without tripod collar|
|Manual, Manual/Auto, Auto/Manual Nikon Internal Focusing (IF) System with autofocus controlled by Silent Wave Motor and separate focus ring for manual focus||—|
|Focus limit switch|
|Two positions: FULL (∞ to 2.0 m) and ∞ to 6.0 m||FULL, ∞ to 6 m|
|Focus distance indicator|
|2.0 m to ∞||Yes|
|Manual zoom using independent zoom ring||Manual zoom using independent zoom ring|
|LC-K103 slip-on Front Lens Cap, LF-4 Rear Lens Cap, HK-41 Lens Hood, Dedicated slip-in Filter Holder, 40.5 mm screw-on Neutral Color (NC) filter, LN-2 Strap, CL-L2 Lens Case Dedicated accessories are not available for general purchase. Contact a Nikon-authorized service representative for spares or replacements.||95 mm snap‒on Front Lens Cap LC‒95, Rear Lens Cap LF‒4, Bayonet Hood HB‒71, Lens Case CL‒1434|
|—||95 mm (P = 1.0 mm)|
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