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Nikon 400mm f/5.6E FL ED AF-S VR Nikkor

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Specifications:
Image Circle: 35mm
Type: Telephoto Prime
Focal Length: 400mm
APS Equivalent: 600mm
Max Aperture: f/2.8
Min Aperture: f/22
Diaphragm Blades: 9 (rounded)
Lens Construction: 16 elements in 12 groups, including 2 ED glass and 2 Fluorite elements, with Nano Crystal Coat
Diagonal Angle of View
(Based on image circle): 6.2 degrees
Focus Details: Internal; Silent Wave Motor; A/M/MA/MA switch
Front Element Rotation: No
Zoom System: n/a
Closest Focus: 2.6m / 8.53 ft.
Magnification Ratio: 0.16x / 1:6.3
Filter Size: 40.5mm (slip in)
Dimensions
(Length x Diameter): 358mm x 159.5mm / 14.1 in. x 6.3 in.
Weight: 3.8kg / 8.4 lb
Notes: Electromagnetic Diaphragm; Image Stabilization


 


          
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Location: United States
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Review Date: Jun 1, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Lens is lighter. Lens has much better balance than its predecessor. The tripod foot is much better. The lens seems to acquire and track moving objects slightly more accurately. The lens works better with Nikon tele-extenders. The lens seems to have marginally better color and sharpness.
Cons:
This lens costs as much as a good used car.

I work for the photo operations department at IndyCar. We just received a couple of these new Nikon 400 2.8 FL lenses and I am in love. I shoot a lot of candid driver portraits with long lenses. I hand hold the 400 and shoot at between f-2.8 and f4 for the dramatic effect. Just the 2 pounds of weight saving alone would be enough to make me love this new 400 but that is really only part of the love. The new lens is also much better balanced than the old versions having much less weight up front. The new lens also has a much better mounting foot/handle making it much easier to use hand held. The difference in image quality is probably miniscule but I notice some increase in fine detail and contrast. As far as autofocus is concerned the lens is definitely faster and does a slightly better job of tracking. I actually used it shooting head-on shots of IndyCars coming at me at over 200mph with a 2X extender on it the other day and it tracked pretty close to as well as the 800.

This lens is a great addition to the Nikon lineup.


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Nikon 400mm f/5.6E FL ED AF-S VR Nikkor

Buy from B&H Photo
Reviews Views Date of last review
1 5119 Jun 1, 2015
Recommended By Average Price
100% of reviewers None indicated
Build Quality Rating Price Rating Overall Rating
9.00
9.00
10.0
nikkor400