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Ideal when tracking fast action, SPORT mode delivers a stable viewfinder image with virtually no loss of the maximum frame rates that are possible when VR is turned off.

Nikon 400mm f2.8E FL ED VR AF-S NIKKOR Lens


  • Lens is suitable for: Nikon APS-C (DX) & Full Frame (FX)
  • Fitting: Nikon FX / DX
  • Telephoto PRIME
  • Filter Size: 40.5mm (Drop In Only)
  • Lens/Image Stabilisation: Yes

Product code: 218074 (018208022175)

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Nikon 400mm f2.8E FL ED VR AF-S NIKKOR Lens


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Product Details

Professional FX-format 400mm super telephoto lens. With fast f/2.8 maximum aperture and advanced optical formula, this lens is ideal for sports and news photographers who demand peak performance.

  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Two Fluorite and Two ED Elements
  • Nano Crystal & Super Integrated Coatings
  • Fluorine-Coated Front Lens Element
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System
  • Vibration Reduction, Sport/Tripod Modes
  • Electromagnetic Diaphragm Mechanism
  • Detachable, Rotatable Tripod Collar
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

Thrilling views of the world's most thrilling moments.

Lighter and more rugged than its acclaimed predecessor, the AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR frees professionals and passionate shooters to capture the thrill of sports, action and wildlife with staggering clarity and precision, even when shooting handheld in challenging lighting conditions. A fast f/2.8 maximum aperture paired with Nikon VR technology delivers exciting new low-light capabilities and beautiful bokeh, while a specialized diaphragm maintains consistent exposure during high-speed shooting. Pro-grade dust- and moisture-sealing and a fluorine coated front meniscus glass element protect the lens' superb NIKKOR optics on tough assignments while Nikon's advanced lens technologies give you every advantage for catching the shots that matter.

Fast f/2.8 400mm prime lens

When it comes to capturing sports or wildlife where the action is fast and the conditions are rarely favourable, lens speed can mean the difference between a great shot and a miss. At f/2.8, the AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR gathers maximum light and renders beautiful bokeh. Nikon VR enhances that speed with up to 4 stops of blur-free handheld shooting, including a new mode specifically for shooting Sports and Action, while a specialized electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism achieves remarkably consistent exposures when shooting at high frame rates. You might not be able to predict the spontaneous, but you certainly can prepare for it.

Lightweight, rugged and reliable

Thanks to lightweight fluorite lens elements and a magnesium alloy die-cast lens barrel, the AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR is nearly 2 lbs. lighter than its predecessor, AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR. Anyone who has spent time in the field with a large super-telephoto lens knows every pound counts. And since wildlife and action often mean harsh conditions, it features professional grade dust- and moisture-resistant sealing and a fluorine coated meniscus protective glass element at the lens front. Wherever your assignments or passion take you, the AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR is ready.

Superb NIKKOR optics and Nikon lens technologies

The AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR is an advanced lens designed to draw peak potential from high-resolution Nikon D-SLRs. The lens' ultra-fast, ultra-quiet Silent Wave Motor (SWM) provides outstanding autofocus performance with seamless manual override (just spin the lens barrel). Two fluorite lens elements (FL) provide superior optical characteristics while minimizing overall weight, while two Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements nearly eliminate chromatic aberration, even at f/2.8.

ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass

An optical glass developed by Nikon that is used with normal optical glass in telephoto lenses to obtain optimum correction of chromatic aberrations.

Fluorite Lens Element

Fluorite (FL), a lightweight mono-crystal optical material, has excellent optical properties while reducing overall lens weight to improve balance and handling, especially useful in longer focal length lenses.

IF Lens

A NIKKOR lens in which only the internal lens group shifts during focusing. Thus, IF NIKKORS do not change in size during AF operation, allowing for compact, lightweight lenses capable of closer focusing distances. These lenses will be designated with the abbreviation IF on the lens barrel.

Nano Crystal Coat

An anti-reflective coating developed by Nikon that virtually eliminates internal lens element reflections across a wide range of wavelengths. Nano Crystal Coat solves ghost effects caused by red light and effectively reduces ghost and flare caused by light entering the lens diagonally.

Silent Wave Motor

AF-S NIKKOR lenses feature Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM). This technology converts “traveling waves” into rotational energy to focus the optics. This enables high-speed autofocusing that's extremely accurate and super quiet.

Vibration Reduction

A Nikon in-lens technology that improves image stability by automatically compensating for camera shake. Lenses that offer VR will feature the abbreviation VR on the lens barrel.

Product Reviews


It is almost as if with this lens, Nikon wanted to prove what they can do, if money were no object. This lens performs so well that it is very difficult to find fault with anything aspect of the lens, except for the price.


Testing both lenses on my simple 1951 Air Force target showed some interesting results. For the new AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR lens, sharpness and contrast were excellent at f/2.8, with not much difference at f/4 or f/5.6, which is a boon to wildlife photographers especially if they use the...


Have you recently won the lottery? Do you like to shoot sports? Nikon's latest flagship 400mm f/2.8 may be for you then. The price of over £10,000 means only lottery winners and large news agencies may be able to justify the cost.

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Fantastic performance, sharp, fast, well balanced and works well with the TC 14 III and TC 17. It is everything you would expect in a lens of this price and a major bonus is that it is light enough to handhold all day. I have used it with a D4S and D810 with outstanding results on both bodies.

B&H Photo

You get what you pay for with this lens. If you know how to use a super telephoto you will not be disappointed. The weight is amazing and it handles a 1.4 teleconverter like it isn't even on. I notice no difference in IQ when needed. Match with the Nikon D850 and you have an amazing combo.

B&H Photo

This new 400mm is breathtaking on so many levels. If you can afford one just buy it. Its that simple. The tonality is very Zeiss like and now that the weight has been cut considerably you can actually carry it around all day and not feel it the next morning. For those sitting on the fence.......

B&H Photo

I'm just getting acquainted with this lens. I use it with my D810 and D500. I read the specs before I bought this but did not see one in person until it arrived. It is BIG!! Some people may hand hold, but I can't begin to. So I bought the Wimberley gimbal rig. Glad I did.

B&H Photo

For wildlife photography in low light situations this lens does not seem to have a match. Its ability to focus rapidly and generate tack sharp images with beautiful bokeh at fully (or nearly so) open aperture on the D4 and D810 with 1.4x, 1.7x and 2x TCs renders it the most flexible high-performance...

B&H Photo

Wow. Wow. Wow. If you shoot large mammals (bears, elk, horses, big cats, etc. this is the lens for you. I'm 6'2. 220lbs and I can hand hold it but not for long. Put the lens on a good camera and rigid tripod and you will smile when you get the images back. Immaculate lens that makes shooting fun.

B&H Photo

Lens on the heavy side for me, but the performance is definitely worth the weight.

B&H Photo

Ive been a pro wildlife photographer for 30 years, so have used an array of Nikon pro tele lenses. 300 2.8, 500 f4, 600 f4, 200 f2 plus an array of long zooms. This Nikkor 400 f2.8 is without doubt the finest lens I have ever used.

B&H Photo

the lens is very versatile used with the 1.4 multiplier. clarity and quick focus is rewarding. balance is very good. costly but worth the expense if in your budget.

B&H Photo

I'd guess that an individual's purchase of this category of lens is a substantial commitment for most. It's not likely to be repeated often and odds on it's going to be with you through a variety of camera bodies over many years.

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