Nikon has released details of its new AF-S Nikkor 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR super-telephoto zoom lens, which features a built-in 1.4x teleconverter.
The new AF-S Nikkor 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR super-telephoto lens. (Source: Nikon.)
Designed for Nikon FX-format DSLR cameras, the new lens covers a broad range of focal lengths and has been designed to be user-friendly and meet the demands of professional shooting in various locations and situations. The teleconverter switch can be operated while gripping the camera, allowing immediate switching from the 180-400mm range of focal lengths to the 252-560mm range while looking through the viewfinder. The lens weighs approximately 3.5 kilograms and includes dust- and drip-resistance and dirt repellency. Its optical design includes one fluorite lens element and eight ED glass elements plus Nano Crystal Coat and other anti-reflective treatments to suppress ghosting and flare. The algorithm that controls the AF drive motor has also been enhanced for better AF tracking performance and the built-in Vibration Reduction (VR) mechanism that provides camera shake compensation equivalent to four f-stops in NORMAL mode, with or without the use of the built-in teleconverter. The VR modes include SPORT mode that provides a stable viewfinder image when shooting sporting events and other moving subjects.
The lens comes with a tripod collar ring that uses bearings to ensure smooth transition between horizontal and vertical shooting. Users can easily reach the zoom ring while holding the tripod collar. An electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism enables stable exposure control. The new AF-S Nikkor 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR will be available from March 2018. For more information, visit www.mynikonlife.com.au.