Nikon AF-S Nikkor 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR Review

July 4, 2019 | Mark Goldstein |


Focal length

Without built-in teleconverter: 180 - 400 mm, With built-in teleconverter: 252 - 560 mm

Maximum aperture

Without built-in teleconverter: f/4, With built-in teleconverter: f/5.6

Minimum aperture

Without built-in teleconverter: f/32, With built-in teleconverter: f/45

Lens construction

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

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'

Minimum focus distance

2.0 m (6.6 ft) from focal plane at all zoom positions

Maximum reproduction ratio

Without built-in TC: 0.25x (at 400 mm)
With built-in TC: 0.36x (at 560 mm)

No. of diaphragm blades

9 (rounded diaphragm opening)

Filter attachment size

40.5 mm

Diameter x length (extension from lens mount)

Approx. 128 mm maximum diameter x 362.5 mm (distance from camera lens mount flange)


Approx. 3500 g (7 lb 11.4 oz)

Supplied accessories

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