A new, huge lens has joined the Nikon family. NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR is a super-telephoto lens with a built-in 1.4x teleconverter. It lets you extend the focal length from 180-400mm to 252-560mm on full-frame cameras. Used with crop bodies, that’s the equivalent field of view to full frame 378-840mm with the teleconverter activated.
The lens seems to be designed with sports and wildlife photographers in mind. It has plenty of great features, and they come with a price tag of nearly $12,400.
Nikon promises ease of operation with their new 180-400mm lens, as well as adaptability to all shooting situations. You can operate the teleconverter switch while looking through the viewfinder. The tripod collar ring enables smooth switching between horizontal and vertical orientation, and the zoom ring is easily operated while holding onto the tripod collar.
The optical design of the lens promises sharp and detailed images with accurate color rendering. The lens is designed to minimize color fringing, chromatic aberrations, ghosting, and flare.
The lens is equipped with Vibration Reduction image stabilization to reduce the camera shake. Additionally, it has a SPORT mode for additional stabilization. Another feature of the lens is its Silent Wave Motor autofocus mechanism. This should contribute to quick, quiet, and precise autofocus performance.
Nikon’s new 180-400mm is also splash-, dust- and dirt-proof. The fluorine coating repels the elements, as well as fingerprint smudging.
Let’s take a look at more detailed specs:
NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR will soon be available for preorders, and it will set you back almost $12,400 ($12,399.95 to be exact). If you plan to invest in this lens, you can check out more details and a few sample photos on Nikon’s website. The exact release and shipping date hasn’t been announced yet, but we’ll update this post as soon as it happens, so stay tuned.