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The smallest, lightest 400mm prime in its class.1

Travel light and move fast. Comfortably shoot handheld with unwavering accuracy. Capture the sharpness and beautiful bokeh only a prime lens can deliver. The NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S is the super-telephoto prime for those who use agility and speed to nail decisive views of birds, wildlife, sports and aircraft.


Premium Optics


Super-Telephoto Prime




Image Stabilization (5.5 stops)2

2.5 M

Close Focusing


Full-Frame Z Cameras

Bring the action to you.

400mm is an ideal lens for birds, wildlife and action. It provides the massive reach you need to get closer with enough field of view to easily acquire and track fast subjects. You can even focus on subjects as close as 2.5 meters away to reveal every little detail.

Prime image quality.


Super ED, ED and SR glass elements virtually eliminate chromatic aberration and color fringing.


Point-light sources are rendered sharp.


Outstanding resolution that extends all the way to the frame edges with minimal vignetting.

Up to 6.0 stops of VR.

Extraordinary built-in optical VR achieves an effect of shooting up to 6.0 stops* faster on a camera that supports Synchro VR and 5.5 stops* faster on all other Z cameras. Drag the shutter with confidence for smooth panning shots.

*Based on CIPA Standard; in NORMAL mode; this value is achieved when attached to a mirrorless camera equipped with a 35mm film size image sensor.

Outstanding balance & handling.

Designed for on-the-go handheld shooting, the lens' center of gravity is closer to the camera body. This makes it easier to bring the camera to your eye, acquire your subject and fluidly track it.

Pairs great with Z teleconverters.

The lens becomes a 560mm f/6.3 lens with the Z Teleconverter TC-1.4x or an 800mm f/9 lens with the Z Teleconverter TC-2.0x.

Tight compositions with DX Crop Mode.

Mimics the field of view of a 600mm lens for a closer framing of your subject.

Nothing holding you back.

Advanced weather sealing.

Rubber gaskets keep dust, dirt and moisture out of moving parts, including the lens mount. The front element has Nikon’s nonstick Fluorine Coat, which repels oil, moisture and smudges and easily wipes clean.
Perfect dustproof and waterproof performance is not guaranteed under all conditions.

Nano Crystal Coat blocks flare.

Shoot into harsh backlighting with virtually no internal reflections, glare or cross-lighting. Capture sharp, high contrast images at the most challenging times of day.

Recall stored focus positions.

Save a focus position with the Memory Set button. As your subject approaches the decisive moment, instantly snap back to that saved position using the Fn or Fn2 buttons.


Mount Type: Nikon Z Mount
Focal Length: 400mm
Maximum Aperture: f/ 4.5
Minimum Aperture: f/ 32
Format: FX
Maximum Angle of View (DX-format):
Maximum Angle of View (FX-format): 6° 10′
Maximum Reproduction Ratio: 0.16x
Lens Elements: 19
Lens Groups: 13
VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization: Lens shift using voice coil motors (VCMs)
Diaphragm Blades: 9
Nano Crystal Coat: Yes
ED Glass Elements: 1
SR (Short-Wavelength Refractive) Glass Elements: 1
Super ED Glass Elements: 2
Fluorine Coat: Yes
Autofocus: Yes
AF Actuator: STM (stepping motor)
Internal Focusing: Yes
Minimum Focus Distance: 2.5m from focal plane
Focus Mode: Auto/Manual
Focus Limit Switch: Two positions: FULL (∞ – 2.5 m) and ∞ – 6 m
Filter Size: 95mm
Approx. Dimensions (Diameter x Length): 104 mm x 234.5 mm Distance to end of lens from camera lens mount flange
Based on CIPA guidelines
Approx. Weight: 1160 g Based on CIPA guidelines
without tripod collar, 1245g with tripod collar
Lens Type: Prime

1 Among f/4.5 and slower lenses, (at 1,160 grams, excluding tripod collar), including those with a focal length of 400mm, for interchangeable-lens cameras equipped with a full-frame (35mm equivalent) image sensor available as of June 29, 2022.

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