The Nikon Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens is coming… here’s what we know so far

The Nikon Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens is coming… here’s what we know so far

Four years ago Nikon launched its full-frame mirrorless camera system, and since then it’s been bolstering the Nikon Z mount with a whole new line of camera lenses. We already knew that a Nikkor Z 400mm lens was on its way in the future, as Nikon included the outline of such an optic in its last Z lens road map (opens in new tab) .

To make things more exciting, the mystery telephoto was labeled up to become part of Nikon’s S-line – a grading which the company gives to its highest performing lenses. Unfortunately that’s all we knew about the new 400mm lens – until now. The roadmap didn’t tell us the maximum aperture of the Nikkor 400mm, but new details courtesy of Nikon Rumors (opens in new tab) look to have answered that particular question, confirming a maximum constant aperture of f/4.5. So not quite as fast as the Nikon AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR lens for its DSLRs.

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Further teaser videos have also appeared online from DPReviewTV (opens in new tab)Jared Polin (opens in new tab) and Matt Granger (opens in new tab) and others – which give us a proper look at the Nikon Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens in use. While they curiously don’t help us to confirm the size, weight, price or really, any specifics at all, they do all hint that the 400mm f/4.5 lens will be smaller and lighter than the existing Nikon Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S (opens in new tab). We’d also hope that the new f/4.5 version is substantially less expensive than its f/2.8 counterpart.

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