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Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread

  
 
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p.42 #1 · p.42 #1 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


Bare lens. Pairs really nicely with the 800PF. Wish it had a built in TC.


Sandhill Crane



Wood Duck



Bufflehead



Chickadee



Sandhill Crane



Apr 13, 2024 at 10:53 AM
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Pie-billed Grebe - Z9 with 400 f4.5 plus 1.4 TC, f6.3, 1/1600




Apr 14, 2024 at 02:57 PM
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p.42 #3 · p.42 #3 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


Z8 with 400F4.5 at F4.5, ISO900, 1/2000

Focused on something below.. by DjCj-Foto, on Flickr

Z8 with 400F4.5 at F4.5, ISO640, 1/2000

Blackbird by DjCj-Foto, on Flickr



Apr 14, 2024 at 08:32 PM
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p.42 #4 · p.42 #4 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


Three GHO young ones - Z9 with 400 f4.5 plus 1.4 TC, f6.3, 1/100




Apr 28, 2024 at 09:14 PM
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p.42 #5 · p.42 #5 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


My first major outing with the Z8 400mm 4.5 This lens is light and sharp ! with and w/o 1.4x Spent a week on Galveston Island for the spring migration. Lots of birds I have never shot before in Az. So many images.......more to come

Scarlet Tanager by Steve Paradise, on Flickr

American White Ibis by Steve Paradise, on Flickr

Cattle Egret by Steve Paradise, on Flickr

Female Cape May Warbler by Steve Paradise, on Flickr

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Apr 29, 2024 at 07:25 PM
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p.42 #6 · p.42 #6 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


Sometimes my GAS tells me to go ahead and splurge on 400 2.8... but then I realize that this is 'good enough'.


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May 03, 2024 at 05:29 PM
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p.42 #7 · p.42 #7 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


lukemeup wrote:
Sometimes my GAS tells me to go ahead and splurge on 400 2.8... but then I realize that this is 'good enough'.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/53695236408_bc84516a94_h.jpg

Sandhill Crane


https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/53695374459_cd7fa2421a_h.jpg

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When I was a Sony A1 guy I owned their 600mm f4 Unless you sit in the same spot with a tripod the any of the Nikon pf lenses are far more versatile. Steve Perry has a you tube video talking about how the lighter weight allows slower shutter speeds which to me makes sense. I was perfectly happy with the A1 but the PF lenses made me shift to Nikon. For me these lenses are a real game changer.




May 03, 2024 at 06:09 PM
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lukemeup wrote:
Sometimes my GAS tells me to go ahead and splurge on 400 2.8... but then I realize that this is 'good enough'.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/53695236408_bc84516a94_h.jpg

Sandhill Crane


https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/53695374459_cd7fa2421a_h.jpg

Strike A Pose




Nicely done!... I traded my 400 f4.5 for a 400mm f2.8TC for only one reason...
What long lens did I want to carry? I think that this is something that people need to consider.
I had the 800PF, 180-600, and 400mm f4.5... too much long glass that required a decision before leaving the house.
1. The 800 and 400 f4.5 pair well, but then there is the gap issue... so you need to put the converter on in the field or take it off.
2. The 800 and 180-600 pair well, but then you are committing to two large and bulky lenses that are heavy on the back.

In the end, I sold it all and built back with the 400 f2.8TC, 100-400, and 1.4x converter. Add in the 24-120, and all of bases are covered. While the 800PF might be a 5% improvement on stacking my TC's on the 400 f2.8, I've accepted the penalty as a way to save weight while maintaining flexibility.
If you need to be at 800mm more than you need 400mm or 560mm, then the 800PF / 400 f4.5 (or zoom) is definitely the way to go
just my 2c's

cheers,
bruce



May 03, 2024 at 06:37 PM
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OwlsEyes wrote:
Nicely done!... I traded my 400 f4.5 for a 400mm f2.8TC for only one reason...
What long lens did I want to carry? I think that this is something that people need to consider.
I had the 800PF, 180-600, and 400mm f4.5... too much long glass that required a decision before leaving the house.
1. The 800 and 400 f4.5 pair well, but then there is the gap issue... so you need to put the converter on in the field or take it off.
2. The 800 and 180-600 pair well, but then you are committing to two large and bulky
...Show more

I currently have the Z8 400 pf 1.4x and I am thrilled with the IQ and of course the weight. I decided to buy the 180-600 to have a zoom . My copy of the 180-600 was really soft at 600 so I sent it back. May revisit the lens when they become more abundant.
What did you think of the IQ of your 180-600 ? Former A1 owner 200-600 my copy of the 18-600 was no where near the 2-6.





May 03, 2024 at 10:20 PM
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sparadise wrote:
I currently have the Z8 400 pf 1.4x and I am thrilled with the IQ and of course the weight. I decided to buy the 180-600 to have a zoom . My copy of the 180-600 was really soft at 600 so I sent it back. May revisit the lens when they become more abundant.
What did you think of the IQ of your 180-600 ? Former A1 owner 200-600 my copy of the 18-600 was no where near the 2-6.



I must have had a good copy of the 180-600. I did not sell it because of image or AF issues, it just was not the best fit with the 400 f2.8TC. I found the 180-600 was the perfect 2nd lens to the 800PF... I just don't shoot the subjects to which the 800PF is best suited.

cheers.
bruce



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OwlsEyes wrote:
Nicely done!... I traded my 400 f4.5 for a 400mm f2.8TC for only one reason...
What long lens did I want to carry? I think that this is something that people need to consider.
I had the 800PF, 180-600, and 400mm f4.5... too much long glass that required a decision before leaving the house.
1. The 800 and 400 f4.5 pair well, but then there is the gap issue... so you need to put the converter on in the field or take it off.
2. The 800 and 180-600 pair well, but then you are committing to two large and bulky
...Show more

I've been debating doing this, and after a year hiatus, I'm adding the 400 4.5 back into the lineup to use alongside my 600PF for the ultimate lightweight kit, and to also give me a lower light option. Also have the 180-600/800PF "heavy" kit for when ultimate reach and versatility are needed, but I'm debating whether or not I'll be keeping those two

Strongly agree with Bruce's two points above, and also his statement on the "analysis paralysis" over what to bring each outing. I didn't like the massive gap between the 400 4.5 and 800PF, felt that I was constantly changing lenses and missing shots. Now that I am a 600mm shooter, the 400 4.5 makes more sense, and felt it was a good time to revisit.

"Well, why don't you just forgo the 600PF and just use the 1.4TC on the 400?"

"The 180-600 makes more sense, it does the job of both the 400/600"

Both great points, but I didn't like the IQ of the 400 4.5 + 1.4TC (especially compared to the 600PF), and while the 186 is exquisite, I'm not really a fan of zooms. I like the no nonsense nature that shooting with primes instills, don't like fiddling about with TCs and zooms, and I want to go as light as possible.





May 06, 2024 at 08:20 AM
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Man, I missed this lens...

Song Sparrow by M K, on Flickr

My 600Pf is stuck in Nikon Repair now for 3 full weeks, with no sign of an ETA, so have been lugging the 186+800PF everywhere for birding; quite refreshing to lock this featherweight lens on the Z8 and head out into the field (behind my house) for some testing. Shot w/wo the 1.4TC, and have no complaints about IQ so far, but true test will be comparing it to my 600PF whenever they decide to send it back.

Yellow Warbler by M K, on Flickr
American Redstart by M K, on Flickr



May 10, 2024 at 09:29 AM
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White-faced Ibis - Z9 with 400 f4.5 plus 1.4 TC, f6.3, 1/640




May 10, 2024 at 04:02 PM
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Female Redwing Blackbird having a dragonfly for breakfast




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  NIKON Z 8    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S Z TC-1.4x lens    560mm    f/6.3    1/1250s    560 ISO    0.0 EV  





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  NIKON Z 8    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S Z TC-1.4x lens    560mm    f/6.3    1/1250s    500 ISO    0.0 EV  




May 11, 2024 at 06:41 PM
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From last July




  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S Z TC-1.4x lens    560mm    f/6.3    1/2000s    2000 ISO    -1.7 EV  




May 15, 2024 at 09:22 AM
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p.42 #16 · p.42 #16 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


Puget Sound beach shots, West Seattle...




  NIKON Z 8    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S Z TC-1.4x lens    560mm    f/6.3    1/3200s    560 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 8    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S Z TC-1.4x lens    560mm    f/6.3    1/3200s    500 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 8    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S Z TC-1.4x lens    560mm    f/6.3    1/3200s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 8    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S Z TC-1.4x lens    560mm    f/6.3    1/3200s    360 ISO    0.0 EV  




May 15, 2024 at 09:36 PM
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Great Blue Heron - Z9 with 400 f4.5 plus 1.4 TC, f8, 1/640




May 17, 2024 at 02:43 PM
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p.42 #18 · p.42 #18 · Nikon Z 400 f4.5 VR S Image Thread


Dinner time!




  NIKON Z 8    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/3200s    720 ISO    0.0 EV  




May 17, 2024 at 07:13 PM
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  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/800s    3200 ISO    -2.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/640s    800 ISO    -2.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/500s    640 ISO    -2.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/500s    640 ISO    -2.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/800s    800 ISO    -2.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/640s    800 ISO    -2.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/1000s    800 ISO    -2.0 EV  




May 18, 2024 at 05:11 PM
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  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S Z TC-1.4x lens    560mm    f/6.3    1/800s    1250 ISO    -1.7 EV  




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