Pure perfection from afar. Introducing the first super-telephoto lens in the NIKKOR Z lineup – the NIKKOR Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S. Bringing together superior optical performance and operability, it’s lighter than the typical lens in this category. See how this stunning piece of engineering can bring you even closer to your creative vision.
Experience true versatility with this lens. Capture a range of subjects, from high-speed motor races and distant birds in flight, to close-up shots of stunning flora and fauna with the longest focal length1 available in the current NIKKOR Z lens line-up at 100mm to 400mm. Get even closer to your subjects and extend your focal distance to 560mm and 800mm respectively with the Z TELECONVERTER TC-1.4x and Z TELECONVERTER TC-2.0x2 – all while maintaining excellent resolution.
Preserve unpredictable and fleeting movements with increased accuracy on birds, automotives, trains and airplanes when paired with the Z 9’s “Animal” (birds included) and “Vehicle” AF subject detection options.
Engineer the extraordinary with this optical masterpiece. Realise sharp and clear images from edge-to-edge with Extra-low Dispersion (ED and Super ED) lens elements that suppress chromatic aberrations with minimal colour bleed. Utilising Nano Crystal Coat and ARNEO Coat further reduce ghost and flare effects, even in the presence of a strong light source, such as stadium lights.
Capture not only distant subjects, but also close-up ones, such as flowers or insects easily with a maximum reproduction ratio of 0.38x, and with the shortest minimum focus distance in its class3, the NIKKOR Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S is able to acquire focus with a minimum distance of 0.75m4 at the widest focal length.
Focus, frame, and shoot even at a lower shutter speed with Vibration Reduction (VR) performance that compensates up to 5.5-stop. Take things to the next level with VR sport mode that enables you to capture erratically moving subjects – great for capturing scenes such as football players on a pitch. Further minimise blur and expand imaging possibilities when used together with the powerful in-body 5-axis VR image stabilisation on a Z series FX-format camera6.
Experience great balance and handling with this lens. Eliminate the need to constantly shift the position of your hands on the lens barrel with the newly developed Inner Balance Technology that maintains a constant centre of gravity when zooming in and out, for minimal interruptions. The lens barrel also prevents accidental retraction, otherwise known as lens creeping, with no torque adjusting ring, which is especially helpful when shooting upwards to capture birds or planes. To enable quicker zooming, the lens has the smallest rotation angle of 80˚ in its class7 – making it great for capturing fast moving objects at sporting events or wildlife situations. Perfect for those working in the field, the NIKKOR Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S is the lightest in its class with the lens weighing approximately 1,355g7.
Built to withstand unpredictable weather conditions8, a sealant and rubber gasket on the lens mount prevents external contaminants from entering the lens. A fluorine coat on the lens’ surface prevents any debris from sticking onto the glass and makes it easier to clean for better usability and greater longevity all-round.
Built with consideration for videos, the NIKKOR Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S is designed to deliver a great video recording experience. Enjoy fewer audio distractions with the adoption of a stepping motor (STM) and a click-less control ring, which reduces stray sounds during video recording. Capture natural looking videos with a design that minimises focus breathing as the angle of view does not change when focus pulling, and achieve better control of focus and brightness with a smooth operation control ring.
Designed to up your game. An information panel at the top of the lens delivers vital details at a glance, such as aperture, shooting distance, and depth of field without the hassle of looking through the camera's viewfinder or monitor. Assign frequently used functions to L-Fn and L-Fn2 customisable buttons at your preference for a more efficient shooting experience.
1 As at 28 October 2021.
2 AF performance may deteriorate depending on the subject, brightness and focus position regardless of the camera body, causing inaccurate focus, slow focusing speed or flashing of the focus point.
3 Among 100-400mm zoom lenses for digital cameras with interchangeable lenses available as of 28 October 2021. Statement based on Nikon research.
4 At the maximum wide-angle position; minimum focus distance is 0.98m at the maximum telephoto position.
5 Measured in accordance with CIPA standards with VR function set to NORMAL.
6 Z series FX-Format cameras as at 28 October 2021.
7 Among full-frame (Nikon FX-format) interchangeable lenses with a minimum focal length range of 100-400 mm and maximum apertures of f/4.5 - f/5.6 for interchangeable-lens digital cameras available as of 28 October 2021. Statement based on Nikon research.
8 The lens is not guaranteed to be dust- and drip-resistant in all situations or under all conditions.
Nikon Z mount
100 – 400 mm
f/ 4.5 to 5.6
f/ 32 to 40
25 elements in 20 groups (including 6 ED elements, 2 super-ED elements, elements with Nano Crystal and ARNEO coats, and a fluorine-coated front lens element)
Nikon Z mount
Angle of view
FX format: 24°20‘ to 6°10‘ DX format: 16° to 4°
Focal length scale
Graduated in millimeters (100, 135, 200, 300, 400)
Internal focusing system
Minimum focus distance(measured from focal plane)
100 mm zoom position: 0.75 m (2.46 ft) 135 mm zoom position: 0.78 m (2.56 ft) 200 mm zoom position: 0.8 m (2.63 ft) 300 mm zoom position: 0.87 m (2.86 ft) 400 mm zoom position: 0.98 m (3.22 ft)
Maximum reproduction ratio
VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization
Lens shift using voice coil motors (VCMs)
No. of diaphragm blades
9 ( rounded diaphragm opening )
100 mm zoom position: f/4.5 to 32 400 mm zoom position: f/5.6 to 40 * The value displayed at minimum aperture may vary with the exposure increment selected on the camera.
Nano Crystal Coat, Fluorine coat, ARNEO coat
77 mm (P = 0.75 mm)
Dimensions (maximum diameter × distance to end of lens from camera lens mount flange)
Approx. 98 mm x 222 mm (3.9 in. x 8.8 in.)
Weight (with tripod collar)
Approx. 1435 g (3 lb 2.7 oz)
Weight (without tripod collar)
Approx. 1355 g (2 lb 15.8 oz)
Focus limit switch
Two positions: FULL (∞ to 0.75 m) and ∞ to 3 m
LC-77B Lens Cap (front cap), LF-N1 Lens Cap (rear cap), HB-103 Lens Hood, CL-C3 Lens Case
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