Super prime

photo of a photographer on a beach using the NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S on a Z series camera
  • S-LinePremium Optics
  • 400mmSuper-Telephoto Prime
  • 1160gLightweight
  • VRImage Stabilization
    (5.5 stops)2
  • f/4.5Maximum Aperture
  • FXFull-Frame Z Cameras

Bring the action to you.

Prime image quality.

Nothing holding you back.

Form meets function.



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    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.

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    Super ED Glass

    Nikon has also developed Super ED glass featuring even lower dispersion properties and extremely high performance in reducing the secondary spectrum, to minimize chromatic aberration even further, as well as other lens aberrations.

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    Short-Wavelength Refractive Lens

    SR is a high- and specialized-dispersion glass lens that refracts light with wavelengths shorter than that of blue. By controlling short-wavelength light, the lens is able to achieve highly precise chromatic aberration compensation so that the colors in your images are more accurately reproduced. It also allows for more flexible optical designs, which allows for compact, lighter lenses to be designed.

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    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.

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    Stepping Motor

    NIKKOR Z lenses use a stepping motor for fast, accurate, smooth, quiet autofocus with reduced wobbling. This quiet drive system makes the lenses ideal for use when shooting video.

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    Fluorine Coat

    Photographers need gear that can withstand the elements. Nikon’s fluorine coat effectively repels dust, water droplets, grease or dirt, ensuring easy removal even when they adhere to the lens surface. Nikon’s fluorine coat endures a high frequency of lens surface wiping and its anti-reflective effect also contributes to the capture of clear images.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Electromagnetic Diaphragm Mechanism

    An electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism in the lens barrel provides highly accurate electronic diaphragm or aperture blade control when using auto exposure during continuous shooting.

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    A/M stands for Auto-Priority Manual Mode. This mode also enables an easy transition from autofocus to manual during AF operation. However, mode switch sensitivity has been altered to reduce the possibility of sudden unintentional switching to manual focus while shooting.

1 Among f/4.5 and slower lenses, (at 1,160 grams, excluding tripod collar), including those with a focal length of 400mm, for interchangeable-lens cameras equipped with a full-frame (35mm equivalent) image sensor available as of June 29, 2022.

2 When combined with the Z 9, the effect of 6.0 stops is achieved with Synchro VR activation. An effect of 5.5 stops is achieved with the lens alone.

LCD, Video and Photo Gallery images are for illustrative purposes only

Tech Specs

  • Focal Length

  • Maximum Aperture

    Maximum Aperture

    f/ 4.5
  • Format

  • VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization

    VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization

    Lens shift using voice coil motors (VCMs)
  • Nano Crystal Coat

  • Approx. Dimensions (Diameter x Length)

    Approx. Dimensions (Diameter x Length)

    4.1 in. (104 mm) x 9.3 in. (234.5 mm)
  • Approx. Weight

    Approx. Weight

    41 oz. (1160 g)
  • Mount Type
    Nikon Z Mount
  • Focal Length
  • Maximum Aperture
    f/ 4.5
  • Minimum Aperture
    f/ 32
  • Format
  • Maximum Angle of View (DX-format)
  • Maximum Angle of View (FX-format)
    6° 10′
  • Maximum Reproduction Ratio
  • Lens Elements
  • Lens Groups
  • Compatible Format(s)
    FX, DX
  • VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization
    Lens shift using voice coil motors (VCMs)
  • Diaphragm Blades
  • Nano Crystal Coat
  • ED Glass Elements
  • Super ED Glass Elements
  • Fluorine Coat
  • Autofocus
  • Internal Focusing
  • Minimum Focus Distance
    8.21 ft (2.5m) from focal plane
  • Focus Mode
  • E-type
  • Filter Size
  • Accepts Filter Type
    Front: screw-in
  • Approx. Dimensions (Diameter x Length)
    4.1 in. (104 mm) x 9.3 in. (234.5 mm)
  • Approx. Weight
    41 oz. (1160 g)
  • Lens Type

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