Nikon Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S Review

January 24, 2022 | Mark Goldstein | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Half rating star


Type Nikon Z mount
Format FX
Focal length 100 – 400 mm
Maximum aperture f/4.5 to 5.6
Minimum aperture f/32 to 40
Lens construction 25 elements in 20 groups (including 6 ED elements, 2 super-ED elements, elements with Nano Crystal and ARNEO coats, and a fluorine-coated front lens element)
Angle of view FX format: 24°20' to 6°10', DX format: 16° to 4°
Focal length scale Graduated in millimeters (100, 135, 200, 300, 400)
Focusing system Internal focusing system
Minimum focus distance 100 mm zoom position: 0.75 m (2.46 ft), 135 mm zoom position: 0.78 m (2.56 ft), 200 mm zoom position: 0.8 m (2.63 ft), 300 mm zoom position: 0.87 m (2.86 ft), 400 mm zoom position: 0.98 m (3.22 ft) (measured from focal plane)
Maximum reproduction ratio 0.38x
Vibration reduction Lens shift using voice coil motors (VCMs), VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization
No. of diaphragm blades 9 (rounded diaphragm opening)
Aperture range4 100 mm zoom position: f/4.5 to 32, 400 mm zoom position: f/5.6 to 40
Coating Nano Crystal Coat, Fluorine coat, ARNEO coat
Filter attachment size 77 mm (P = 0.75 mm)
Diameter x length (extension from lens mount) Approx. 98 mm x 222 mm (3.9 in. x 8.8 in.)
Weight With tripod collar: approx. 1435 g (3 lb 2.7 oz), without tripod collar: approx. 1355 g (2 lb 15.8 oz)
Autofocus Yes
Internal focusing Yes
Focusing Auto, Manual
Focus limit switch Two positions: FULL (∞ to 0.75 m) and ∞ to 3 m
Supplied accessories LC-77B Lens Cap (front cap), LF-N1 Lens Cap (rear cap), HB-103 Lens Hood, CL-C3 Lens Case
  1. This lens is not guaranteed to be dust- and drip-resistant in all situations and under all conditions.
  2. With tripod mount attached, the lens weighs approx. 1440 g.
  3. Number of assignable functions depends on the Nikon Z camera you are using.
  4. The value displayed at minimum aperture may vary with the exposure increment selected on the camera.