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Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread

  
 
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p.4 #1 · p.4 #1 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


Question for new owners of this lens, where is it made?


Jul 20, 2022 at 06:30 PM
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p.4 #2 · p.4 #2 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


cvrle59 wrote:
Question for new owners of this lens, where is it made?


China. Same as 500 PF or 105 1.4E. It's assembled there - I doubt all the parts are 'made' there.



Jul 20, 2022 at 06:33 PM
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p.4 #3 · p.4 #3 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


Hot day today - just one random encounter during the evening walk. with TC1.4.


Red-tailed Hawk



Jul 20, 2022 at 11:02 PM
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p.4 #4 · p.4 #4 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


How much of a crop is that @lukemeup?


Jul 21, 2022 at 12:16 AM
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p.4 #5 · p.4 #5 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


Crimson Rosella in the Tea Tree outside my front window.

Z9 + Z 400 f4.5 VR S, 1/250s f/4.5 at 400.0mm iso1000







Edited on Oct 04, 2023 at 04:58 PM · View previous versions



Jul 21, 2022 at 02:02 AM
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p.4 #6 · p.4 #6 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


Beautiful bird!
Decided to get this lens for my Z9, and luckily it should arrive soon.
Faster aperture and non-extending design are big plusses over 100-400S IMO.



Jul 21, 2022 at 07:37 AM
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p.4 #7 · p.4 #7 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


Luftwalk wrote:
How much of a crop is that @lukemeup@?


This one was in DX mode, further cropped. Ended up with 9-10mpix image. The way it was perched and shifting - I knew it would take off soon so didn't give me much time. It was a very fleeting moment.



Jul 21, 2022 at 08:52 AM
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p.4 #8 · p.4 #8 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


I tested the 400 f4.5 + 2x TC on a couple of birds out my front window. So, I am shooting Z9 + 800mm f9 in lowish light due to rain and overcast conditions and thus relatively highish ISO. I used as low a shutter speed as I could to try to keep ISO's as low as I dared to go with a subject that may possible move and at this long focal length, any movement of subject is *noticeable*.

The 2x TC does take the edge off sharpness but it is still very useable. These birds are at about 6-8 mts from the camera so, no cropping required. 800mm for these photos is too close as I could not get the whole bird in the frame with a little room around it for "breathig space" and "correct" composition. Ideally, I would say that for a standard sized bird like these and a pigeon, you would need to be about 10-12 mts away to get a correct frame filling photo with a little room around it. For a larger chicken sized bird maybe 15-20mts away. I have not had the opportunity to shoot at longer distances yet.

In this situation, I would shoot the lens bare and crop if required (see last photo). However, if I was at say 10-20mts away, I would use the 1.4x TC and crop if required. If I were at say 20-30mts away I would possibly use the 2x TC and crop if required or possible. Using a TC is never cut and dry as it depends on distance and ISO used etc and thus you need to weigh up the situation as to whether use a lens bare, with a 1.4x TC, or 2x TC, try to get closer or walk away from the shot.

Most of the seasoned long lens users here will already be well aware of all this but, for those that are considering this set up, 800mm is quite long and excellent long lens craft is required. 800mm and f9 wide open is no point and shoot option as it requires a steady hand, low shutter speeds to keep ISO down and a target that stays still. Any movement of camera, lens or more importantly, subject matter, is magnified even if you have VR and IBIS available. Due to the low shutter speeds involved here, I took many photos to get some decently sharp shots mostly due to subject movement.

No noise reduction is applied, but my usual post processing via Capture One Pro, adding a little saturation, and where required, maybe highlight/shadow, WB and levels. Open in Photoshop reduce for web size and sharpen a little.

Z9 + 400 f4.5 + 2x TC, 1/160s f/9.0 at 800.0mm iso1400







Z9 + 400 f4.5 + 2x TC, 1/160s f/9.0 at 800.0mm iso1800








Just to give context, this shot was taken the day before with the lens bare at about a 1/2 a meter longer distance than the last photo above.

Z9 + 400 f4.5 bare, 1/250s f/4.5 at 400.0mm iso1000 as seen in the post above







Edited on Oct 04, 2023 at 04:58 PM · View previous versions



Jul 23, 2022 at 12:14 AM
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p.4 #9 · p.4 #9 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


Very nice with a 2x, seems to be very usable! Real nice work as always Lance!


Jul 23, 2022 at 08:37 AM
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George DeCamp wrote:
Very nice with a 2x, seems to be very usable! Real nice work as always Lance!


+1
This is very encouraging, the prime is prime!



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p.4 #11 · p.4 #11 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


2 questions Lance. I assume these are handheld? Those are wild birds in your area? If so thatís stunning. Great summary of the way to think through what to do with a lens. Thanks!


Jul 23, 2022 at 09:47 AM
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p.4 #12 · p.4 #12 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


Looks very good to me even with TC 2X


Jul 23, 2022 at 10:19 AM
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p.4 #13 · p.4 #13 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


A bunch from today - nothing super exciting.


Purple Finch



Downy Woodpecker



Bewick's Wren



Family



Red-tailed Hawk



Spotted Towhee



Jul 23, 2022 at 05:42 PM
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p.4 #14 · p.4 #14 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


George DeCamp wrote:
Very nice with a 2x, seems to be very usable! Real nice work as always Lance!


Thank you very much, George.



Jul 23, 2022 at 05:51 PM
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p.4 #15 · p.4 #15 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


cvrle59 wrote:
+1
This is very encouraging, the prime is prime!


Thank you very much, cvrle59.



Jul 23, 2022 at 05:52 PM
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p.4 #16 · p.4 #16 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


FrankA373 wrote:
2 questions Lance. I assume these are handheld? Those are wild birds in your area? If so thatís stunning. Great summary of the way to think through what to do with a lens. Thanks!


Thank you very much, Frank.

Handheld, yes. They are wild birds.



Jul 23, 2022 at 05:53 PM
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p.4 #17 · p.4 #17 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


Thank you for posting the 2x images, Lance! Iím tossing around swapping my 500PF for the 400/4.5, and as I sometimes find need for the 1.4x on my 500PF, Iíd have to sometimes shoot the 400 with the 2x.

It certainly doesnít look like it suffers much for the 2x. I get your point about ď800/9Ē being a tough focal length to shoot. I had such good luck with the Z9 at f/8 in our dark winters last year that Iím tempted to give it a go.

Thanks again for taking the time!



Jul 23, 2022 at 07:52 PM
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p.4 #18 · p.4 #18 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


CKrueger wrote:
Thank you for posting the 2x images, Lance! Iím tossing around swapping my 500PF for the 400/4.5, and as I sometimes find need for the 1.4x on my 500PF, Iíd have to sometimes shoot the 400 with the 2x.

It certainly doesnít look like it suffers much for the 2x. I get your point about ď800/9Ē being a tough focal length to shoot. I had such good luck with the Z9 at f/8 in our dark winters last year that Iím tempted to give it a go.

Thanks again for taking the time!


The 400 f4.5 is excellent and there is little between it and the 500 f5.6 PF, bare. The advantages of the 400 f4.5 are of course f4.5 and adding the 1.4x TC gives you an excellent 560 f6.3 - a very versatile copmbo. However, going longer, I would be more inclined to shoot the 500 PF + 1.4x TCIII than the 400 f4.5 + 2x TC.



Jul 23, 2022 at 10:16 PM
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p.4 #19 · p.4 #19 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


+ a bunch from the evening walk. Very pleased with how it balances on the Z9.


Bruce



Western Tiger Swallowtail



Hummingbird



Hummingbird



Jul 23, 2022 at 10:27 PM
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p.4 #20 · p.4 #20 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


lukemeup wrote:
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52236986088_c1aedcb888_h.jpg

Western Tiger Swallowtail


Is the butterfly picture a crop? Just curious about the field of view the lens can attain w/TC 14.

P.S.: as a general remark, it seems that this lens must be used most of the times with TC 14 ...





Jul 24, 2022 at 06:44 AM
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