Super Telephoto Runner-Up: NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S

Nikon unveiled three super tele primes in 2022. The most recent 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.

Nikon’s third super tele prime introduced this year is the NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S, priced at $6,499. The lens incorporates a Phase Fresnel (PF) element that allowed engineers to achieve a design that’s approximately half the weight (at 5.25 pounds) and 16 percent shorter than the comparable lens for Nikon F-mount. It includes built-in Vibration Reduction that provides up to 5 stops of stabilization and up to 5.5 stops when paired with the Nikon Z 9 via the camera’s Synchro VR capability. It also offers a Memory Recall to save focus distances and customizable function buttons for quick access to camera settings like subject tracking or AF lock.

All three lenses are compatible with Nikon’s 1.4x and 2x teleconverters for even greater telephoto reach.

Check the price and availability of the NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S at Amazon.