Nikon's new 180-400mm f/4 lens gets a built-in 1.4x teleconverter

Nikon's new 180-400mm f/4 lens gets a built-in 1.4x teleconverter

Nikon's new 180-400mm f/4 lens gets a built-in 1.4x teleconverter

Nikon announces the AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR, the first telephoto in the NIKKOR lineup to boast a built-in 1.4x teleconverter.

Designed for sports and wildlife photographers, the lens uses a constant f/4 aperture.

The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR is the first Nikon telephoto lens to have a built-in 1.4x teleconverter. Nikon's latest pro-level superzoom extends from 180mm to 400mm - and then you can flip a switch to activate a built-in teleconverter for up to 560mm of shooting flexibility. As the name reflects, the lens has a focal length of 180-400mm but its built-in 1.4x teleconverter can extend the focal range to 252-560mm when connected to a full-frame camera. A new electromagnetic diaphragm is also created to enhance the lens' speed, designed for keeping exposure consistent when using fast burst speeds. This change, Nikon says, is designed for more sharpness and detail to match recent the higher still resolution and 4K video capabilities in the latest camera bodies.

While the huge frame could be intimidating, Nikon assures customers that it kept the weight and balance in check through the use of a fluorite lens element and magnesium alloy, which also helps with weather sealing. "Extreme sharpness and advanced AF tracking mean you won't ever miss that all important shot and the fully weather-sealed lens barrel make it the flawless companion for when you're out in the field". It features Vibration Reduction which, Nikon claims, offers four stops of image stabilisation, even with the extender engaged, while a Sport VR mode and advanced AF tracking help the lens to lock onto and maintain focus with fast moving subjects. Keeping images sharp and vibrant, the use of Nano Crystal Coat and other anti-reflective coatings also helps suppresses ghosting and flare.

Emma Fergie, Product Manager: Sport Optics, Lenses & Accessories, Nikon UK, says: "This telephoto lens is built to withstand the intense demands that sports and wildlife pros may throw at it. Improvements in optics and design have allowed us to offer greater versatility and a longer reach without impacting on the performance".

The state-of-the-art lens also comes at a colossal cost, $12,400, and is slated for release in March.

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