Nikon Super-Tele Primes For Mirrorless

Image of the NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S

NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S

Nikon currently offers three super-tele primes for its Z mirrorless system. The newest is the NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S, a good example of the lighter and more affordable options available today that balance performance and portability. The NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S weighs just 2.55 pounds—about 60 percent less than the NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S at 6.5 pounds. It’s also much shorter at 9.2 inches in length versus 15 inches with the larger ƒ/2.8 lens. The smaller, lighter design will make the lens much easier to shoot with handheld, and it includes built-in Vibration Reduction for up to 5.5 stops of image stabilization, or 6 stops when used with a Nikon Z 9 and that camera’s Synchro VR technology. The lens is priced at $3,249—that’s $10,750 less than the NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S.

Image of the NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S

NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S

Nikon also offers the NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S. This lens uses a phase fresnel element to reduce size and weight. At 5.25 pounds, it’s about 50 percent lighter than the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR for DSLRs.

LENS LENGTH WEIGHT PRICE
NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S 15 inches 6.5 pounds $13,999
NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S 9.2 inches 2.6 pounds $3,249
NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S 15.2 inches 5.3 pounds $6,499