Nikon Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S Review

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



Nikon Z mount



Focal length

400 mm

Maximum aperture


Minimum aperture


Lens construction

19 elements in 13 groups (including 1 ED element, 2 super-ED elements, 1 SR element, elements with a Nano Crystal coat, and a fluorine-coated front lens element)

Angle of view

FX format: 6° 10', DX format: 4°

Focusing system

Internal focusing system

Minimum focus distance

2.5 m (8.21 ft)

Maximum reproduction ratio


Vibration reduction

Lens shift using voice coil motors (VCMs)

No. of diaphragm blades

9 (rounded diaphragm opening)

Aperture range

f/4.5 to 32


Nano Crystal Coat, Fluorine coat

Filter attachment size

95 mm (P = 1.0 mm)

Diameter x length (extension from lens mount)

Approx. 104 mm x 234.5 mm (4.1 in. x 9.3 in.) (maximum diameter × distance to end of lens from camera lens mount flange)


Approx. 1245 g (2 lb 12 oz) (with tripod collar); Approx. 1160 g (2 lb 9 oz) (without tripod collar)



Internal focusing



Auto, Manual

Focus limit switch

Two positions: FULL (∞ to 2.5 m) and ∞ to 6 m

¹ Based on CIPA Standards: in NORMAL mode, 5.5 stops of compensation is achieved when the lens is attached to a mirrorless camera equipped with a 35mm-film-size image sensor.
² 6.0 stops of compensation is achieved when the lens is used together with the Z 9 and Synchro VR is activated.
³ The memory-set button can be activated following a firmware update.
⁴ This lens is not guaranteed to be dust- and drip-resistant in all situations and under all conditions.