The full-size Zoom AF-S NIKKOR 180-400 mm 1:4E TC1,4 FL ED VR is designed especially for sports and animal photographers and offers a whole range of high-end functions. In the first place, this includes the integrated tele-converter. This can be activated with a lever and converts the 180-400mm (1:4) into a 252-560 mm (1:5,6).
Switching on the teleconverter should be possible without changing hands or removing the camera from the eye (activation via the middle finger of the right hand).
This allows the left hand to continue to operate the zoom, focus, etc. on the lens without interruption.
The replacement of the positioning of the zoom and focus ring should also ensure better ergonomics in handling.
The integrated image stabilizer (VR) operates both without and with the tele-converter switched on and should compensate for up to 4 f-stops. The SPORT-VR mode is designed to provide a smoother viewfinder image and thus better control of the image detail, in contrast to the normal VR mode when tracking action and faster camera movements.
The optical design of the new NIKKOR 180-400 consists of 27 lenses in 19 groups (8 ED glass lenses, 1 fluorite lens and lenses with nanocrystalline coating) and a protective glass (with fluorine coating); the integrated teleconverter consists of 8 lenses in 5 groups. The close-up limit is 2m and the aperture consists of 9 rounded slats.
Those who want to use filters with the new Nikon Zoom will find a filter slot for 40.5 mm filters.
It is almost self-explanatory at the price that Nikon also points out with the AF-S NIKKOR 180-400 mm 1:4E TC1,4 FL ED VR to an elaborate seal of all moving parts on the lens tube against moisture and dirt.
The AF-S NIKKOR 180-400 mm 1:4E TC1,4 FL ED VR is expected to be available from mid-March 2018 for an EIA of 11.999, - Euro.