NIKON AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR Lens

  • Nikon F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/32
  • Built-In 1.4x Teleconverter
  • One Fluorite and Eight ED Elements
  • Nano Crystal & Super Integrated Coatings
  • Fluorine Coated Front Lens Element
  • Silent Wave Motor and Internal Focusing
  • Vibration Reduction, Sport/Tripod Modes
  • Electromagnetic Diaphragm Mechanism
  • Removable, Rotatable Tripod Collar
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Take your ambitions further with the AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR, a high-performance super-telephoto zoom lens that will answer your professional needs in any situation. Using a simple switch, its focal length range of 180-400mm expands to 560mm with the convenience of a built-in 1.4x teleconverter (TC), perfect for covering subjects of ranging distances easily on the field. Weighing just 3500g, its ease of use is accompanied by a steady reliability. You will always get the most out of your shoot, no matter the conditions. Fluorine coating on the lens reinforces dust and drip resistance, and contributes to a high antifouling performance. With the optical design providing exceptionally clear images of minimised ghosting and unwanted flare, and an improved autofocus (AF) tracking with an evolved Vibration Reduction (VR) performance for a faster and more precise focus on your images, the lens will quickly become a staple in your kit wherever you go.


Capture both near and distant subjects in the field with a single lens—the ultimate agility. Covering 180-400mm focal length, with an expanded 20mm on the wide-angle side1, a single push of a finger will extend it further to 252-560mm2 using the built-in 1.4x TC. If you’re looking to cover even further, simply attaching the lens to a DX-format camera super-extends the focal length equivalent to that of a 270-600mm lens in 35mm format; 378-840mm when using the built-in TC. With the smooth controls optimally designed according to shooting posture, your focus will remain uninterrupted throughout the day to help you get closer to capturing the perfect moments.



Every minute detail is yours to capture, with the highest maximum reproduction ratio of 0.25x3 at the minimum focus distance of 2m throughout the entire zoom range. Optimized perfectly for high-megapixel digital cameras, achieve high-resolution images across the entire frame regardless of focal length—even at the maximum aperture or when it is stopped down. The superior optical performance, with Nano Crystal Coat utilised to retain high transmittance, is crafted with 27 elements in 19 groups (including eight lens elements for TC) and one protective glass; which includes a fluorite lens element, and eight ED glass elements to give your images the absolute clarity they deserve.



Upgrades such as a higher-speed inversion AF drive and an enhanced drive control algorithm of the AF motor, for more accurate subject tracking based on AF detection, will help you easily follow fast-moving subjects of different speeds on the field. The high subject acquisition capability, even in the peripheral areas of the frame4, is boosted further with the evolved VR effect equivalent to a shutter speed 4.0 stops5 faster regardless of the built-in TC usage. With VR [SPORT] mode in effect, keeping up with the quick and erratic movements of your subjects for an easier framing is a feat that you’ll be sure to appreciate.



Sharing common operability with the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR focus function buttons6 with the same specifications, the AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR commands a more versatile utility in a lighter frame. Upgrades to the design of the simplest functions include a smaller and lighter tripod collar design, bearings integrated on the tripod collar ring, and a redesigned zoom ring location, for a more natural and comfortable use. Its superb operability is fortified by its weather resistance7—to provide you with a fuller, smoother experience while you take complete advantages of the multi-functions that the lens provides.


1 As compared to the AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II.

 When using the built-in teleconverter, the maximum aperture becomes f/5.6.

 High reproduction ratio of 0.25x at minimum focus distance of 2m at the telephoto end when built-in teleconverter is not used; 0.36x with the built-in teleconverter.

 When attached to the D5, D850, or D500, focus points located at outer areas of the 153-point autofocus system can be used as cross sensors for easier subject acquisition regardless of built-in teleconverter usage. (Note: this feature will be available with firmware to be released successively.)

 Based on CIPA Standards.

 Functions such as “AF-area mode switching” can be assigned (available with higher-class DSLRs including the D4S and later models).

 The lens body including movable parts and other sections is designed considering dust- and drip-resistant performance to protect the inside of the lens against dust and water droplets.




    • Type

    • F mount Type E AF-S lens with built-in CPU and built-in 1.4x teleconverter


    • Format

    • FX/35mm


    • Focal length

    • Without built-in teleconverter: 180 – 400 mm With built-in teleconverter: 252 – 560 mm


    • Maximum aperture

    • Without built-in teleconverter: f/ 4 With built-in teleconverter: f/ 5.6


    • Minimum aperture

    • Without built-in teleconverter: f/ 32 With built-in teleconverter: f/ 45


    • Lens construction

    • 27 elements in 19 groups (including 8 ED lens elements, 1 fluorite element, and lens elements with Nano-Crystal coatings) and 1 protective glass element (with fluorine coating); built-in teleconverter has 8 elements in 5 groups


    • Angle of view

    • Nikon FX-format D-SLR cameras, without built-in teleconverter: 13° 40‘ to 6° 10‘ Nikon FX-format D-SLR cameras, with built-in teleconverter: 9° 50‘ to 4° 30‘ Nikon DX-format D-SLR cameras, without built-in teleconverter: 9° to 4° Nikon DX-format D-SLR cameras, with built-in teleconverter: 6° 20‘ to 2° 50‘


    • Focal length scale

    • Graduated in millimeters (180, 200, 250, 300, 350, 400)


    • Minimum focus distance

    • 2.0 m ( 6.6 ft) from focal plane at all zoom positions


    • VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization

    • Yes


    • No. of diaphragm blades

    • 9 ( rounded diaphragm opening )


    • Coating

    • Nano Crystal Coat, Fluorine coat


    • Diaphragm

    • Automatic electronic aperture control


    • Dimensions

    • Approx. 128 mm maximum diameter x 362.5 mm (distance from camera lens mount flange)


    • Weight

    • Approx. 3500 g ( 7 lb 11.4 oz)


    • Autofocus

    • Yes


    • AF-S (Silent Wave Motor)

    • Yes


    • Internal focusing

    • Yes


    • Focusing

    • Manual, Manual/Auto, Auto/Manual Nikon Internal Focusing (IF) System with autofocus controlled by Silent Wave Motor and separate focus ring for manual focus


    • Focus limit switch

    • Two positions: FULL (∞ to 2.0 m) and ∞ to 6.0 m


    • Focus distance indicator

    • 2.0 m to ∞


    • Zoom

    • Manual zoom using independent zoom ring


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