NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S


The Smallest, Lightest 400mm Prime in its Class

Travel light and move fast. Comfortably shoot handheld with unwavering accuracy. Capture the sharpness and beautiful bokeh only a prime lens can deliver. The NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S is the super-telephoto prime for those who use agility and speed to nail decisive views of birds, wildlife, sports and aircraft.

Product Description

Super-Telephoto Prime for the Traveler

Just over 9 inches long and 2.5 lbs., the NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S pairs great with Z cameras and fits most gear bags and backpacks, so you can always have it on-hand.


400mm. Bring the Action to You.

400mm is an ideal lens for birds, wildlife and action. It provides the massive reach you need to get closer with enough field of view to easily acquire and track fast subjects. You can even focus on subjects as close as 2.5 meters away to reveal every little detail.


Prime Image Quality

  • Sharpness: Super ED, ED and SR glass elements virtually eliminate chromatic aberration and color fringing.
  • Clarity: Point-light sources are rendered sharp.
  • Coverage: Outstanding resolution that extends all the way to the frame edges with minimal vignetting.


Bokeh beyond f/4.5

The optical design of the NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S is optimized for a smooth bokeh effect that enhances the natural compression of 400mm.


S-Line. Premium Optics.

The NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S bears the S-Line designation, reserved for premium NIKKOR Z lenses with the most advanced optics, superior resolution, beautiful bokeh, robust weather sealing and precision design.


Up To 6.0 Stops of VR

Extraordinary built-in optical VR achieves an effect of shooting up to 6.0 stops* faster on a camera that supports Synchro VR and 5.5 stops* faster on all other Z cameras. Drag the shutter with confidence for smooth panning shots.
*Based on CIPA Standard; in NORMAL mode; this value is achieved when attached to a mirrorless camera equipped with a 35mm film size image sensor.


Quick. Quiet. Accurate.

Autofocus is powered by Nikon’s STM stepping motor, a highly efficient type of motor that moves in precise intervals at remarkable speed and in near silence, ideal for video and capturing skittish wildlife.


Outstanding Balance & Handling

Designed for on-the-go handheld shooting, the lens’ center of gravity is closer to the camera body. This makes it easier to bring the camera to your eye, acquire your subject and fluidly track it.


Pairs Great with Z Teleconverters

The lens becomes a 560mm f/6.3 lens with the Z Teleconverter TC-1.4x or an 800mm f/9 lens with the Z Teleconverter TC-2.0x.


Tight Compositions with DX Crop Mode

Mimics the field of view of a 600mm lens for a closer framing of your subject.


Advanced Weather Sealing

Rubber gaskets keep dust, dirt and moisture out of moving parts, including the lens mount. The front element has Nikon’s nonstick Fluorine Coat, which repels oil, moisture and smudges and easily wipes clean.
Perfect dustproof and waterproof performance is not guaranteed under all conditions.


Nano Crystal Coat Blocks Flare

Shoot into harsh backlighting with virtually no internal reflections, glare or cross-lighting. Capture sharp, high contrast images at the most challenging times of day.


Recall Stored Focus Positions

Save a focus position with the Memory Set button. As your subject approaches the decisive moment, instantly snap back to that saved position using the Fn or Fn2 buttons.


Convenient. Screw-On Filters.

Uses standard 95mm threaded circular filters.

Mount Type: Nikon Z Mount

Focal Length: 400mm

Maximum Aperture: f/ 4.5

Minimum Aperture: f/ 32

Format: FX

Maximum Angle of View (DX-format):

Maximum Angle of View (FX-format): 6° 10′

Maximum Reproduction Ratio: 0.16x

Lens Elements: 19

Lens Groups: 13

VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization: Lens shift using voice coil motors (VCMs)

Diaphragm Blades: 9

Nano Crystal Coat: Yes

ED Glass Elements: 1

SR (Short-Wavelength Refractive) Glass Elements: 1

Super ED Glass Elements: 2

Fluorine Coat: Yes

Autofocus: Yes

AF Actuator: STM (stepping motor)

Internal Focusing: Yes

Minimum Focus Distance: 8.21 ft (2.5m) from focal plane

Focus Mode: Auto/Manual

Focus Limit Switch: Two positions: FULL (∞ – 2.5 m) and ∞ – 6 m

Filter Size: 95mm

Accepts Filter Type: Front: screw-in

Approx. Dimensions (Diameter x Length): 4.1 in. (104 mm)  x  9.3 in. (234.5 mm) Distance to end of lens from camera lens mount flange ; Based on CIPA guidelines

Approx. Weight: 41 oz. (1160 g) Based on CIPA guidelines; without tripod collar, 44 ounces (1245) with tripod collar

Lens Type: Prime