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Nikon Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 S Zoom Lens For Z Mount

Nikon Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 S Zoom Lens For Z Mount

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With powerful VR and outstanding optics delivering great image quality, the Nikon Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S Zoom Lens is one of the most versatile telephoto zoom lenses for full-frame mirrorless Z cameras.

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  • Versatile workhorse telephoto zoom lens provides professional results for full-frame Nikon mirrorless cameras
  • Highly effective vibration reductions (VR) of up to 5.5-stops compensation enabling handheld shooting in low light
  • Fast, accurate and near silent AF which is fully compatible with subject recognition and tracking found in Z bodies
  • S-Line image quality with Nikon’s lens coatings effectively reduce chromatic aberrations, ghosting and flare
  • Robust build with comprehensive weather sealing made for outdoor photography and videography
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Nikon Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S Zoom Lens Summary

The Nikon Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S Zoom Lens is a fast, sharp and versatile companion to Nikon Z cameras. The telephoto zoom focuses quickly and quietly to track fast-moving subjects with absolute precision, even if they’re moving erratically. Its 100-400mm telephoto zoom range and superior optical performance deliver exceptional results across a huge range of situations, whether the subject is relatively close or far away.

Additionally the powerful VR performance is equivalent to 5.5 stops, which lets photographers shoot handheld at slower shutter speeds without sacrificing sharpness. The minimum focus distance is just 0.75m at the wide-angle end of the zoom range, and 0.98m at full extension, with a large 0.38x magnficiation ratio for tele-macro style close-up images.

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Sample image with Nikon Z6. 400mm 1/400 sec. f/5.6. ISO 320

Whether you capture wildlife, sports, aircraft, portraits or landscapes this Nikon mirrorless lens redefines versatility with customisable controls, effective stabilisation and outstanding S-Line image quality.

Nikon’s optical design for the Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S lens includes 6 ED elements and 2 super-ED elements, ensuring results are sharp across the zoom range, even when you’re shooting wide open. Chromatic aberrations are also extremely well controlled, and creators who record video benefit from all but eliminated focus breathing.

Key Nikon Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S Lens Features

  • Sharp even when wide open
  • High-quality S-Line optics with 6 ED elements and 2 super-ED elements
  • 9 rounded diaphragm blades
  • Maintains its centre of gravity when zoomed
  • 5.5 stops of optical vibration reduction (VR)
  • Minimum focus of 0.75m (wide) and 0.98m (tele)
  • Well controlled flare and ghosting from anti-reflective ARNEO and Nano Crystal coatings
  • Customisable control ring and two programmable Fn buttons
  • Video ready thanks to well controlled focus breathing
  • Fluorine coat repels dust and moisture
  • 80° zoom ring rotation
  • Practical 77mm filter thread
  • Weighs approximately 1.35kg

Read our Nikon Z 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6 VR S Review

Learn more about the lens features which can help elevate your photography in our review. Read the Review

Nikon Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S in More Detail

Fast, accurate, and quiet AF performance

Whether capturing subjects from near to far, birds, wildlife or sporting events this lens’ AF performance is fast, accurate, and exceptionally quiet. Tracking performance is exceptional when combined with Nikon cameras which offer Animal, Vehicle and other subject detection modes such as the Z8 and Z9.

Sharp and detailed results

Sharpness is noticeably high throughout the frame when capturing images with the Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S lens. Nikon's ED and Super ED glass effectively minimise chromatic aberration across the entire image, from centre to edge, ensuring clarity and colour accuracy even when shooting at the widest aperture or in close-range photography.

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Sample bird photo with Nikon Z6. 400mm 1/3200 sec. f/14. ISO 1800

Resolution remains outstanding even when using either the Nikon Z 1.4x Teleconverter or the Z 2.0x Teleconverter, which extend the lens’ reach to 560mm and 800mm respectively. Image quality is further maintained by Nikon’s proprietary anti-reflective ARNEO and Nano Crystal coatings. These virtually eliminate flare, ghosting and coma by suppressing incidental light coming from any direction and results are exceptionally clear, with high contrast, even in backlit situations.

Powerful VR performance

With 5.5-stops of vibration reduction you can shoot handheld at far slower shutter speeds without sacrificing image sharpness. This enables you to capture images both indoors at events and outside during low light situations.

For outdoor photographers Nikon has utilised comprehensive weather sealing in order to keep out dust and moisture, especially around the lens mount and all moving parts. The front element is coated in a non-stick fluorine coat, which repels dust and moisture and wipes clean for maintenance.

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Intuitive and customisable

A compact zoom-ring rotation angle of only 80° allows for quick zooming from wide-angle to full telephoto without needing to adjust your grip, ensuring you capture every shot without delay. The zoom and focus rings of this lens are also engineered with an optimal level of torque, ensuring precise adjustments. Further enhancing ergonomics, the slim and unobtrusive control ring is conveniently positioned for one-finger operation, providing versatility when controlling aperture, exposure compensation, or ISO settings, all while maintaining silent operation.

What’s more, the lens design ensures it remains securely extended after zooming in, eliminating any retraction or lens creep. There's no need for a lock it in place, simply point it upwards and you're ready to shoot!

You can assign a huge number of different functions to the lens’ two Fn buttons, in order to experience a professional level of operational versatility familiar to Nikon DLSR users.

Video ready features

The Nikon Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S virtually eradicates focus breathing, allowing for focus adjustments without altering the shot's angle of view and it offers smooth and stable aperture control, ensuring seamless and natural exposure transitions throughout any scene.

What’s in the box

  • Nikon Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S Lens for mirrorless Z mount
  • LC-77B Lens Cap (front cap)
  • LF-N1 Lens Cap (rear cap)
  • HB-103 Lens Hood
  • CL-C3 Lens Case

Nikon Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 S Zoom Lens For Z Mount Specifications

Mount Nikon Z mount
Focal length 100 - 400 mm
Maximum aperture f/4.5 - 5.6
Lens construction 25 elements in 20 groups (including 6 ED glass elements, 2 Super ED glass elements, elements with Nano Crystal Coat and ARNEO Coat, and a fluorine-coated front lens element)
Angle of view FX format: 24°20′-6°10′ DX format: 16°00′-4°00′
Focusing system Multi-focusing system, Internal focusing system, manual focus can be used.
Vibration reduction mechanism (lens-shift system w/ voice coil motor)  
Vibration reduction (VR) Yes (OFF / NORMAL / SPORT) *Switch with camera body
When a tripod is used Enabling the VR function is recommended (OFF is recommended when shooting with a fixed composition)
Diaphragm blades 9 (rounded diaphragm opening)
Aperture system Automatic aperture with electro-magnetic diaphragm mechanism
Aperture range • At a focus distance of 100 mm: f/4.5 - f/32 • At a focus distance of 400 mm: f/5.6 - f/40
Minimum focus distance 0.75 m from focal plane (at wide-angle position, 0.98 m at telephoto position)
Maximum reproduction ratio 0.38×
Weight Approx. 1,355 g (excluding a tripod mount), approx. 1,435 g (including a tripod mount)
Maximum diameter x length (distance to end of lens from camera lens mount flange) Approx. 98 × 222 mm (measured in accordance with CIPA Guidelines)
Filter-attachment size 77 mm
Colour Black
AF drive motor STM (stepping motor) × 2
Nano Crystal Coat Yes
ARNEO Coat Yes
Focus-mode switch Yes (A/M)
Front lens cap LC-77B Lens Cap (supplied, 77mm snap-on)
Rear lens cap LF-N1 Lens Cap (supplied)
Lens case CL-C3 Lens Case (supplied)
Lens hood HB-103 Lens Hood (supplied, bayonet type) NEW
Lens only
With hood
Compatable accessories 77 mm screw-on filters 77 mm Neutral Color (NC) Filter 77 mm New Soft-Focus Filter 77 mm Circular Polarizing Filter II
Offers: N/A
Offer Category: N/A
Offer Product Type: N/A
Autofocus: Yes
Aperture ring: N/A
Constant Aperture: N/A
Lens CIPA Image stabilization rating: N/A
Colour: N/A
Diameter (mm): 98
Length (mm): 222
Weight (g): 1355
Distance scale: N/A
DoF scale: N/A
Elements: 25
Environmental Sealing: N/A
Focus distance limiter: Yes
Focal length: 100 - 400 mm
Focus method: N/A
Filter Thread: N/A
Full time manual: N/A
Groups: 20
Hood supplied: Yes
Lens Image stabilization: N/A
Lens mount: N/A
Lens Materials: N/A
Maximum focal length: 400
Maximum magnification: 0.38
Maximum aperture (number): 4.5
Maximum aperture (text): N/A
Max Format size: N/A
Minimum focal length: 100
Lens Minimum focus distance (m): 0.75
Minimum aperture (number): 40
Minimum aperture (text): N/A
Motor type: N/A
Number of diaphragm blades: 9
Power zoom: N/A
Special elements / coatings: 6 ED elements, 2 Super ED elements
Tripod collar: Yes
Lens type: N/A
Wide/Tele: N/A
Lens Level: N/A
Best For: N/A
Best For Holiday and Landscape: N/A
Best For Interior and Architecture: N/A
Best For Fashion and Portrait: N/A
Best For Macro and Still Life: N/A
Best For Astro: Yes
Best For Street: N/A
Best For Wildlife and Sport: Yes
Zoom lock: N/A
Zoom method: N/A
Notes: N/A

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  • Like New – The equipment is in a condition as if you have just bought it from the manufacturer. The item is still considered to be ‘Like New’ even without the original packaging and accessories. The product has been fully tested and is in perfect working order. Lenses are optically clear. There may be light dust present that will not effect the imagery.
  • Excellent – The equipment should be close to being ‘Like New’ but there may be some small cosmetic blemishes that lower its grade. The product has been fully tested and is in perfect excellent order.
    • Cameras – Should have no marks on the LCD screen
    • Lenses – Should have no marks on the elements and optically clear. There may be light dust present that will not effect the imagery.
  • Very Good – The equipment may have some slight cosmetic wear to the paintwork and cosmetic blemishes  with only light signs of use and the product has been fully tested and is in great working order.
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    • Lenses – The mount of the lens will start to show signs of wear
  • Good – The equipment is showing more obvious signs of cosmetic wear and blemishes, but the product has been fully tested and is in great working order.
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    • Lenses – May have slight dust inside that does not affect images. The mount shows signs of use.
  • Well Used – The equipment will show significant signs of wear. The paintwork will be coming away in large areas exposing the metal work, but the product has been fully tested and is in great working order.
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    • Lenses – The lens has dust inside that may affect images. The rubber zoom/focus ring is coming away from the barrel of the lens.

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