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Lighter and more rugged than its acclaimed predecessor, the AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR frees professionals and passionate shooters to capture the thrill of sports, action and wildlife with staggering clarity and precision, even when shooting handheld in challenging lighting conditions. A fast f/2.8 maximum aperture paired with Nikon VR technology delivers exciting new low-light capabilities and beautiful bokeh, while a specialized diaphragm maintains consistent exposure during high-speed shooting. Pro-grade dust- and moisture-sealing and a fluorine coated front meniscus glass element protect the lens' superb NIKKOR optics on tough assignments while Nikon's advanced lens technologies give you every advantage for catching the shots that matter.
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
Fluorite Lens Element
IF Lens
Nano Crystal Coat
Silent Wave Motor
Vibration Reduction
AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR photo of a water polo player in action

The speed and reach to succeed

Fast f/2.8 400mm prime lens

When it comes to capturing sports or wildlife where the action is fast and the conditions are rarely favorable, lens speed can mean the difference between a great shot and a miss. At f/2.8, the AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR gathers maximum light and renders beautiful bokeh. Nikon VR enhances that speed with up to 4 stops* of blur-free handheld shooting, including a new mode specifically for shooting Sports and Action, while a specialized electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism achieves remarkably consistent exposures when shooting at high frame rates. You might not be able to predict the spontaneous, but you certainly can prepare for it.
AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR photo of soccer players with the ball in air

Built for rough conditions

Lightweight, rugged and reliable

Thanks to lightweight fluorite lens elements and a magnesium alloy die-cast lens barrel, the AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR is nearly 2 lbs. lighter than its predecessor, AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR. Anyone who has spent time in the field with a large super-telephoto lens knows every pound counts. And since wildlife and action often mean harsh conditions, it features professional grade dust- and moisture-resistant sealing and a fluorine coated meniscus protective glass element at the lens front. Wherever your assignments or passion take you, the AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR is ready.
AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR photo of a tennis player in action

Every advantage for landing the shot

Superb NIKKOR optics and Nikon lens technologies

The AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR is an advanced lens designed to draw peak potential from high-resolution Nikon D-SLRs. The lens' ultra-fast, ultra-quiet Silent Wave Motor (SWM) provides outstanding autofocus performance with seamless manual override (just spin the lens barrel). Two fluorite lens elements (FL) provide superior optical characteristics while minimizing overall weight, while two Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements nearly eliminate chromatic aberration, even at f/2.8.
*Based on CIPA Standard. This value is achieved when: FX-format compatible lenses are attached to an FX-format digital SLR camera.
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
An optical glass developed by Nikon that is used with normal optical glass in telephoto lenses to obtain optimum correction of chromatic aberrations.
Fluorite Lens Element
Fluorite Lens Element
Fluorite (FL), a lightweight mono-crystal optical material, has excellent optical properties while reducing overall lens weight to improve balance and handling, especially useful in longer focal length lenses.
IF Lens
IF Lens
A NIKKOR lens in which only the internal lens group shifts during focusing. Thus, IF NIKKORS do not change in size during AF operation, allowing for compact, lightweight lenses capable of closer focusing distances. These lenses will be designated with the abbreviation IF on the lens barrel.
Nano Crystal Coat
Nano Crystal Coat
An anti-reflective coating developed by Nikon that virtually eliminates internal lens element reflections across a wide range of wavelengths. Nano Crystal Coat solves ghost effects caused by red light and effectively reduces ghost and flare caused by light entering the lens diagonally.
Silent Wave Motor
Silent Wave Motor
AF-S NIKKOR lenses feature Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM), which represents a significant advance in AF lens technology. SWM uses ultrasonic vibrations—rather than a gear system—to focus the lens, providing incredibly smooth, silent and precise autofocus operation.
Vibration Reduction
Vibration Reduction
A Nikon in-lens technology that improves image stability by automatically compensating for camera shake. Lenses that offer VR will feature the abbreviation VR on the lens barrel.
AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR 5 5 2 2
Precision This is my third 400mm 2.8 lens so, I have a history of being completely satisfied with the 400mm line of Nikkor lens. As technology moves forward better optics, features and cameras push the performance. I own and have the pleasure of using the latest 400mm instrument from Nikon. If you need all the technical features visit the Tech Specs section for this lens on the Nikon site. I am not here to count pixels or measure each nuance, after owning three you simply know what you have in your hands. I mounted my new 400mm 2.8E VR ED FL on my also new Nikon D810 – this combination is perfect for nature and wildlife work, and sports shooting that I plan on doing later this fall. Focus snaps to attention, the VR works without knowing it is even on, very little noise. Sharpness and Clarity of the images produced are superb with detail well preserved in the NEF images. Most of the images I uploaded below are from very long distances using a TC extender, and you can see the details are still very sharp. Everything just worked. The insects were from closer shooting distance and I was around 30 feet, with fine details very visible. I took no special measure on taking these shots, just stop and shoot. Although you can not see the fine details in the small thumbs - the dogs were quite impressive considering the distance. Hauling this new lens around took some getting used to since the lens foot is now at the rear of the lens and I have been used to the balance of the older lens, it seem harder to balance on my shoulder. I honestly can’t say that after 5 hours of walking with the lens and camera the weight was not noticeable – it was, but I do know for short handheld shots off the tripod was much more comfortable as I did notice the lighter lens overall, not as taxing. This lens works perfect out doors in the weather especially with the fluorite coatings which should offer a long life and many years of professional use – even non-pro use for that matter. A great all weather lens, the overall build is solid and sure with Nikon quality throughout. The wide aperture offered on this lens makes the background simply disappears and not to mention this lens works well with all the Teleconverters Nikon offers making it a very versatile lens. The reason I own a 400 2.8. There is not too much more to say, this lens is a super versatile, sharp, and responsive lens with exceptional performance that should provide anyone with images they will be proud of. This version is the best of my 400mm owned thus far, shipped in an elegant custom case. September 20, 2014
Worth it! Today I picked up my new 400 2.8 FL. It came earlier than I expected so I was pleasantly surprised. Once I got it home and took it out of the cool case and held it, wow, that's when it hit me: It is noticeably lighter! Call me crazy to be happy about this, but if you've ever lugged it's predecessors around all day and felt the pull on your shoulder after a few hours, you would understand me. Now, I'm not going to review the particulars of this lens because lets face it, all the 400mm 2.8s before this guy were great, and still are great, so how much better can you get from great? Incredible? Maybe, but only because all of its predecessors are much heavier. This will basically do the same job as the others and as a benefit go easier on my shoulder! So to me that is worth the price. I like this lens and I'd like to carry it around all day without paying for it the next day. What's more, I like the flexibility of adding on the 14E and the 20E to turn it into a 600mm f4 and 800mm f5.6. Easy to carry around, and now I have three super telephoto lenses for the price of one. Finally, and now that I am older (50+), of all the improvements that have been made over the past 20+ years for this lens (and I have seen them all); there were only 2 things that have improved that have mattered to me, being able to focus closer on my subject and being able to carry this lens on my shoulder all day. Seems to me that these are the real improvements. Slowly but surely we are getting closer to focusing on our subject ( I think something like a foot per upgrade) and with a lighter lens, as I get older I feel like I am getting stronger. It is very easy to hold, well balanced and I will be hand holding this set-up until my friends at RRS make a well balanced foot. : ) So in closing, this may be my last 400 2.8 so I am very happy walking off into the sunset of my life carrying a lighter lens. I am thrilled about about being able to manage my older age and love of photography with lighter lenses so I can keep on clicking away! September 10, 2014
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What does the E after f/2.8 represent?

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Sorry wasn't listed in the glossary, the "E" after 2.8 means electronic diaphragm.
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Glossary of Nikon lens abbreviations https://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/9919/~/glossary-of-nikkor-lens-terms
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Quoting Nikon: "A lighter weight from the adoption of fluorite lens elements and components made of a magnesium alloy"
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