Object of Desire: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR
March 6, 2018
Its name may not roll off the tongue, but Nikon’s latest telephoto zoom lens will get you right up on top of distant action. The 180-400mm maintains a constant f/4 aperture as you zoom and is the first NIKKOR lens with a built-in 1.4x teleconverter, which lets you push the focal length to 252-560mm. All you need to do to engage the teleconverter is flip a switch. When the teleconverter is engaged, the aperture narrows to f/5.6. The lens is loaded with new AF tracking algorithms and when paired with cameras that use Nikon’s 153-point AF system (such as the D5, D500, D850), the outer row of AF points are activated as cross-type sensors to improve AF coverage throughout the frame. You’ll enjoy Vibration Reduction good for up to four stops of correction, per CIPA. There’s Nano Crystal Coating to help keep flare and ghosting at bay and a new ball-bearing tripod collar ring to make it easier to switch from horizontal to vertical shooting. There are nine rounded aperture blades that stop down to f/32 or f/45 when the teleconverter is flipped on.
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