Nikon Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S Review

October 17, 2022 | Mark Goldstein | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star

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This lens isn’t quite as scary sharp as the Nikon Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S but it still has sharpness in abundance. More importantly for most of us, it’s less than half the weight and a quarter of the price. Although it lacks the bigger lens’s built-in tele-converter, but it’s compatible with Nikon’s Z 1.4x and 2.0x tele-converters if you feel the need for extra reach. Build quality, handling and overall performance are epic so if you’re in the market for a super-tele prime for your Z system camera, the smart money’s on this lens.
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Nikon’s Z 400mm f4.5 VR S is a very good telephoto prime lens of an unrivalled low weight. The lens produces very sharp images with virtually no field-curvature or colour aberrations and can confidently be used wide open. Combined with Nikon’s Z TC-1.4x teleconverter it still delivers good image quality but using the TC-2.0x taxes the abilities of the lens a bit.
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Mirrorless cameras are now extending the range of lenses well into the realm of long telephotos. The downside can be that long, fast lenses tend to be very expensive as well as bulky and heavy and mirrorless optics are no exception to this. However, the other option is to restrict the maximum aperture and design a lighter, less expensive lens that is easier to handle and much more convenient to carry around.
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