ANNNNNND their off, Nikon announces a brand new telephoto lens, which is sure to be a head turner at this years CES, the brand new AF-S Nikkor 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR; say that five times fast, combines for the first ever a built-in 1.4X teleconverter with a new optical design, advanced lens technologies and comprehensive weather sealing, the AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR can help pros shooting sports, wildlife and events perform at their absolute best.
Weighing in around 7.7 pounds, it’s lighter than comparable lenses on the market thanks to one Fluorite lens element, its magnesium alloy lens barrel and Internal Focusing (IF) design.
Nikon wants its photographers to harness the lens speed, consistency, low-light performance and image quality across its versatile 180-400mm focal length range to capture powerful photos. Thanks to an advanced optical design that includes eight Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements, one Fluorite element and Nano Crystal Coat for maximum sharpness and minimal distortion, this allows the photographer to capture amazing images in nearly any lighting condition.
With the flick of a switch you will be able to comfortably engage the 1.4X teleconverter and increase the lens’ focal length to 560mm, f/5.6, this is an 840mm equivalent angle of view when using a DX camera like the Nikon D500. This can all be done by using your right-hand finger without releasing the camera grip or taking an eye off the viewfinder. And because the teleconverter is built into the lens it maximizes light transmission to the sensor with very little falloff for tack-sharp images.
In a future firmware upgrade, that will be available in March of 2018, the AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR will be able to use the sensors outer areas of the frame as cross-type sensors, drastically improving acquisition speed when a subject enters the frame. This will be effective on the newer camera bodies, Nikon D500, D850, and D5. There is an enhanced servo drive control and higher-speed inversion of the Silent Wave Motor (SWM) that improves tracking, even with subjects that radically change speed or direction.
Other notable features of the lens are the redesigned tripod collar, which is smaller, lighter and more comfortable for handheld shooting and transport. Assignable custom function buttons, activate AF/AE Lock or switch between AF Area Modes and more. Like all high end lenses from Nikon, the lenses have advanced dust and moisture sealing on all moveable parts, a rugged magnesium alloy lens barrel and protective front meniscus.
The AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR incorporates Nikon’s latest Vibration Reduction (VR) design for up to 4 stops of shutter speed increase, even when using the built-in teleconverter. This new VR system starts up immediately after powering on the camera, and it includes three shooting modes, including one for sports and fast action and one specifically for tripod shooting.
This lens looks to be an exciting announcement from Nikon with retail starting at $12,399.95 and can be pre-ordered by calling Allen’s Camera