The rumored Nikon NIKKOR Z 28-400mm f/4-8 VR lens is now officially announced


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The previously rumored Nikon NIKKOR Z 28-400mm f/4-8 VR lens is now officially announced. Here is what you need to know (this post is still being updated, refresh this page for the latest version):




Nikon NIKKOR Z 28-400mm f/4-8 VR lens primary features:

  • Covers a broad range of focal lengths — from 28 mm to 400 mm, a first among NIKKOR Z lenses.
  • Realizes approx. 14.2x zoom, the highest zoom ratio in its class.
  • A minimum focus distance of 0.2 m at the maximum wide-angle position and a maximum reproduction ratio of 0.35x, allow users to get closer to their subjects for dynamic expression.
  • A total length of approx. 141.5 mm and a weight of approx. 725 g, the lightest lens in its class, make this compact and lightweight lens easy to carry and less of a burden during hand-held shooting.
  • Stable VR performance equivalent to a 5.0-stop increase in shutter speed effectively reduces blurring in dimly lit surroundings and with hand-held shooting.
  • When paired with a compatible camera, Synchro VR can be activated to achieve up to 5.5-stop stabilization*1 by combining in-camera VR and lens VR.
  • Adoption of a stepping motor (STM) enables high-speed AF drive.
  • The design takes video recording into consideration with stable exposure, and provides functions such as focus-breathing suppression that effectively reduces shifting of the angle of view when focusing.
  • Support for linear MF drive enables smooth focusing.
  • Comes with a compact, square lens hood that combines superior performance and usability, offering ghosting reduction and enabling zooming operation even when attached inverted.
  • Designed to be dust- and drip-resistant with thorough sealing on various portions including movable parts of the lens barrel to keep dust and water droplets from entering the lens.*2

*1Measured in accordance with CIPA standards with VR function set to “NORMAL” when combined with cameras that support Synchro VR.
*2Thorough dust- and drip-resistance is not guaranteed in all situations or under all conditions.

Press release:

THE ALL-IN-ONE LENS THAT GOES THE DISTANCE: NIKON RELEASES THE NIKKOR Z 28-400MM F/4-8 VR FULL-FRAME SUPER ZOOM

Versatility and Portability with Wide-Angle to Super-Telephoto Coverage

MELVILLE, NY – March 27, 2024Today Nikon Inc. announced the release of the NIKKOR Z 28-400mm f/4-8 VR, a supremely versatile high-power super-zoom lens for Nikon Z series full-frame/FX-format mirrorless cameras. This latest addition to the expanding line of NIKKOR Z lenses offers the highest zoom ratio in its class1, making it a must-have for travel, sports, backyard wildlife and more.

“So many photographers and creatives will love the versatility of the NIKKOR Z 28-400mm, which gives you clarity, range and fantastic backgrounds,” said Naoki Onozato, President and CEO, Nikon Inc. “Wherever your travels lead, this is definitely a lens to consider packing.”

The NIKKOR Z 28-400mm f/4-8 VR is a high-magnification zoom lens that covers a broad range of focal lengths — from 28mm to 400mm. Whether up close or far away, from landscapes to distant vistas, users will appreciate the extreme versatility and powerful capabilities of the 14.2× zoom. Although it is a super-telephoto zoom lens with a range up to 400mm, it’s also the lightest in its class1, weighing only approximately 1.6 lbs (725 g), making it easy to carry when traveling.

This new lens also has a remarkably close minimum focus distance2 of only 7.8 in. (0.2 m) at the maximum wide-angle position and 3.9 ft. (1.2 m) at the maximum telephoto position. The maximum reproduction ratio of 0.35x lets users capture close-ups at short distances for food, flowers and animals. When shooting far away, users can fill the frame with their subject and still have a pleasing blurred background.

The NIKKOR Z 28-400mm f/4-8 VR uses a stepping motor (STM), which enables fast and quiet autofocusing, allowing rapid focus on moving subjects. The lens also features a vibration-reduction (VR) function with performance equivalent to 5.0 stops, which helps achieve sharp photos and stable video with ease, even when handheld.3

Primary features of the NIKKOR Z 28-400mm f/4-8 VR

  • Covers a broad range of focal lengths— from 28mm to 400mm, with a 14.2× zoom which is a first among NIKKOR Z lenses.
  • A minimum focus distance of 0.2 m at the maximum wide-angle position and a maximum reproduction ratio of 0.35× allow users to get closer to their subjects for dynamic expression.
  • A total length of approx. 5.57 in. (141.5 mm) and a weight of approx. 1.6lbs (725g)– the lightest lens in its class– make this an easy lens to carry and shoot hand-held.
  • Stable VR performance equivalent to a 5.0-stop increase in shutter speed effectively reduces blurring in dimly lit surroundings and with hand-held shooting. When paired with a compatible camera, Synchro VR can be activated to achieve up to 5.5-stop stabilization4 by combining in-camera VR and lens VR.
  • Stepping motor (STM) enables high-speed AF drive.
  • Support for linear MF drive enables smooth focusing, which is especially useful for video shooting.
  • Comes with a compact, square lens hood that combines superior performance and usability.
  • Designed to be dust- and drip-resistant with thorough sealing on various portions including movable parts of the lens barrel to keep dust and water droplets from entering the lens.5

Price and Availability
The new NIKKOR Z 28-400mm f/4-8 VR lens will be available in mid-April for a suggested retail price of $1299.95*. For more information about the latest Nikon products, including the vast collection of NIKKOR Z lenses and the entire line of Z series cameras, please visit Nikonusa.com.

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