FX AF-S f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR
Nikon 180-400mm f/4E VR TC (built-in switchable 1.4x teleconverter, 40.5mm drop-in filters, 123.5 oz./7.72 pounds/3,500g, 6.5'/2m close focus, about $12,397.) bigger. I'd get mine at Adorama, at Amazon or at B&H.
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Canon 200-400mm f/4 w/1.4x extender (2013-today)
Nikon 200-400mm f/4 VR II (2010-2018)
Nikon 200-400mm VR (2003-2010)
Nikon 180-400mm f/4E VR TC. bigger.
This new 180-400mm replaces the old 200-400mm f/4 VR II of 2010. This lens has a fluorite element and a magnesium alloy body.
This new lens adds a built-in 1.4x teleconverter that switches-in with a finger without taking your eye from your finder. It converts this lens to a 250-560mm f/5.6.
Used on DX, this lens sees the equivalent of a 270-600mm lens on FX, which becomes the equivalent of 380-840mm with the teleconverter.
The VR mechanism offers a normal and sports mode, with up to four stops of compensation to help create sharp images, even when handheld.
This 180-400mm should be available in March 2018 for $12,397.
● Built-in switchable 1.4x teleconverter makes this a 250-560mm f/5.6 lens, too.
● Fluorite element.
● Ball-bearing tripod collar ring for fast, smooth swapping from horizontal to vertical shots.
This is a full frame FX lens, and I'm reviewing it as such.
It works great on DX cameras, too, on which you may make the usual inferences.
It has a new electronic diaphragm; that's the "E" designation.
YES: As of January 2018, this 180-400mm works only on the D5, D4, D4s, D3, D3s, D3P, D3x, Df, D850, D810, D800/e, D750, D700, D610, D600, D500, D300, D300s, D7000, D7100, D7200, D7500, D5600, D5500, D5300, D5200, D5100, D5000, D3400, D3300, D3200, D3100, Nikon 1 J1, J2, J3, J4 with FT-1, Nikon 1 V1, V2, V3 with FT-1, and Nikon 1 S1, S2 with FT-1.
NO: The electronic diaphragm of the 180-400mm will not work on the D1 or D2 series, D100, D200, D90, D80, D70 series, D60, D50, D40 series, or the D3000, and will not work on any 35mm camera. The diaphragm will stay wide-open, which may or may not be a problem for you. If you don't mind shooting wide-open — which is almost always how we shoot this lens — go ahead and shoot it on older cameras if you like. Even on a 1959 Nikon F you can focus manually and shoot wide open.
It won't work with any of the Pronea cameras — but who cares?
See Nikon Lens Compatibility for more.
Nikon calls this the AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR:
AF-S and SWM: Silent Wave Autofocus Motor.
NIKKOR: Nikon's brand name for all their lenses.
TC: Integral teleconverter.
FL: Fluorite element.
ED: Magic Extra-low Dispersion glass for reduced secondary chromatic aberration.
VR: Vibration Reduction.
D: Couples distance information to the Matrix Meter.
IF: Internal focusing; nothing moves externally as focused.
N: Magic anti-reflection "nano" coating that has a variable index of refraction that's far more effective against ghosts and internal reflections than traditional multicoating.
∅40.5: 40.5mm filter thread in drop-in holder.
Nikon 180-400mm internal construction. Fluorite and ED elements. bigger.
Nikon 180-400mm internal construction, with teleconverter switched-in. Fluorite and ED elements. bigger.
27 elements in 19 groups.
Teleconverter adds 8 elements in 5 groups.
One front protective element, fluorine coated to resist dirt and smudges.
One fluorite element for extreme sharpness, nano coated.
One drop-in rear filter.
8 ED extra-low dispersion elements, which help reduce secondary axial chromatic aberration.
No aspherical elements.
9 rounded blades.
Stops down to f/32 (f/45 with teleconverter).
See also Crop Factor.
See also Crop Factor.
Angle of View
13.7º ～ 6.2º diagonal on FX.
9º ～ 4º diagonal on DX.
9.8º ～ 4.5º diagonal on FX.
6.3º ～ 2.8º diagonal on DX.
No external movement as focussed, so no air or dust is sucked in.
6.5 feet (2 meters).
Focus Range Limiter
Yes, one setting limiting it to a 6m (20 foot) close-focus distance instead of the usual 2m (6.5') close-focus distance.
Maximum Reproduction Ratio
1:4 (0.25 ×).
1:2.8 (0.36 ×) with teleconverter.
Rated 4 stops improvement.
NORMAL and SPORT modes.
40.5mm × 0.5mm screw-in filters in a rear drop-in holder.
HK-41 hood included.
CL-L2 included, same as used by Nikon since at least 2003 with their 200-400mm lenses.
5.04" maximum diameter × 14.27" extension from flange.
128.0 mm maximum diameter × 362.5 mm extension from flange.
123.5 oz. (7.72 pounds or 3,500 g).
Nikon's Model Number
9 PM NYC time, 08 January 2018.
09 March 2018.
● LC-K103 front cap ($65 replacement cost; Nikon part number 4197).
● LF-4 rear cap.
● HK-41 hood.
● Rear drop-in filter holder and 40.5 mm threaded neutral color NC filter.
● LN-2 strap.
● CL-L2 case (same as used by Nikon since at least 2003 with their 200-400mm lenses).
$12,397, January 2018.
As with all $10,000 and up ultra-tele lenses from Nikon and from Canon, it's essentially optically perfect — even with the teleconverter switched-in. This lens is ultra-ultra sharp, especially wide-open. The only limitation to picture sharpness will be your skill as a photographer.
Nikon's MTF charts at 10 cyc/mm and 30 cyc/mm:
With Teleconverter switched-in
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