New Nikon Z 400F2.8

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Wrogu

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Unique lens. Invaluable with external converter. I would guess it will be priced equally to other 400s. However it is still a 400mm lens and with tc and crop it is 800m.

The whole new nikon line up got me thinking ... and wile this lens sounds awesome I think it would be even greater if it was a 300 2.8 with inbuilt TC. If it costed as much as other 300mm 2.8 lenses it would be backordered for ever and it would make such a great combo with 800 6.3.
 

FB101

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Yeah but... it's the wrong color :devilish:
Ok, I am running away as quickly as I can now.

Btw, I firmly believe it will be stellar. Nikon's track record on F mount and Z mount speaks for itself in that category.
 

RichF

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Supporting Member
Here are Canon and Sony specs (sorry international friends, US focused)

Canon - 6.4" x 14.4", 6.4 Lbs, $12,000
Sony - 6.1" x 14.1", 6.4 Lbs, $12,000

Current Nikon FX
Nikon - 6.3" x 14.1", 8.4 Lbs, $11,200

Above from B&H

Where will the Nikon Z TC 400 fall?

Hopefully weight will be close to 6.5 lbs, perhaps Nikon was able to weight below 6 lb? Great engineering feat if they could.
Diameter around 6.1-6.4", length ? Will the TC add length? Canon and Sony 400 ML lens are the same length as the Nikon FX lens.
Price - hopefully not over $13,000. ideally $12,000 or $12,500.
 

Wrogu

New member
Given Z9 pricing I expect 12k. Nikon has been behind canon in market share and has lost its best customer base imho - wildlife shooters. And in wildlife department sony and canon both have been brutal to nikon. They have to regain market. And with Z9 they did well! Time to follow up with this lens.

Regarding weight - I have not seen a nikon patent of a telephoto with a single front element (the heaviest one). Thus it might be a bit heavier, but who knows :) Let them suprise us.

In terms of the telephoto roadmap nikon has the most interesing one atm.
 

Darwin

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Supporting Member
Here are Canon and Sony specs (sorry international friends, US focused)

Canon - 6.4" x 14.4", 6.4 Lbs, $12,000
Sony - 6.1" x 14.1", 6.4 Lbs, $12,000

Current Nikon FX
Nikon - 6.3" x 14.1", 8.4 Lbs, $11,200

Above from B&H

Where will the Nikon Z TC 400 fall?

Hopefully weight will be close to 6.5 lbs, perhaps Nikon was able to weight below 6 lb? Great engineering feat if they could.
Diameter around 6.1-6.4", length ? Will the TC add length? Canon and Sony 400 ML lens are the same length as the Nikon FX lens.
Price - hopefully not over $13,000. ideally $12,000 or $12,500.
Hmm, well I would guess the weight to be in line with 6.1-6.4 range. Even if they manage to shave some weight off, the tc has to ad to the overall size. It doesn't look long though. The whole time he holds it, I kept thinking how stubby and light it looked. If it falls in the 5lb range, and is 14" or shorter, I will bite the bullet and trade in my 500E. If it's heavier and more then 12, say 14k, then I will hang on to the 500 and get the 800PF when it comes out.
 

pwaring

New member
It does seem to have 2 control rings in addition to the focus ring. I would guess they're both configurable unless Nikon have some special function on one of them.
 

Nimi

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Supporting Member
idly, i wonder how much actual money that Nikon letting him handle that lens early and make that video earned Jared.
He was probably the most visible detractors/defectors when he s**t so publicly on the D6, so whatever they paid him it was worth it.
 

Charlie Lasswell

Well-known member
It appears that the lens is very light. That seems to be the message Nikon wanted to get out because that's all he was allowed to say about it. They seem to be trying to generate a little pre-announcement hype. Hopefully we'll know more soon.
 

O

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EXCLUSIVE Nikon Z 400mm 2.8 TC PREVIEW | The MOST EXPENSIVE Lens You Will Never OWN!


Built in TC is clever and great but then can you add another TC as well ???? what if i want to use a TC x 2 ????? which is more often the case in what i do.

I think it looks like a brilliant lens, looking at the weight factor and offering F2.8 or F4 with the TC. It can serve well in low light.

Very Interesting, the 400 2.8 G series has traditionally been superb but monster heavy.

I am seeing 400 2.8 G VR lenses going for $4500 USD, i would rather lug a 300 2.8 VR II over that 400 G.

The price tag of this new 400 say could be $12000 to $14000 USD ???? Interesting but gee the bucks are getting up there and i ask, what else can i do with that money that will compliment what i do or need.........Makes my 300 2.8 VR II with a 1.4 TC III and optional 2x TC III look look great value, dose the extra 100mm really matter ?, with 45mp and shot well cropping that whisker more is ok.

The 400 has a great weight advantage, optically should be better i assume than previouse 300 and 400 lenses, it is slightly better optically than the 300 2.8 VR II by how much in the real world though i don't know, but gee is it worth another guessing $9000 USD for i am guessing 5% or 10% gain optically.

They have removed the TIFF option in the Z9, I like using my D850 say at 500 mm in DX mode which gives me so called 700mm, add to that a 1.4 TC is 980mm, add to that TIFF setting i have a 60mb DX file with lots of meat to deal with, realistically in physical distance its all at 700mm in the real world.

The Z9 in Raw will be i think only 24mp in DX ????

The 400 is a very interesting lens, i prefer the 600 f4 FL as its light and sharp and i can always take a few steps back instead of risking going forward if at all even possible.
Also a 600mm F4 at F4 dose what a 300 2.8 dose at F2.8 if anything the 600 has even a shallower DOF.
Remember sharpness comes more from you not just the gear.

I think in primes, i like the 300 F2.8 or 600 F4 options, using te 1.4 or 2x TC be it the new FL series or even the G series.
 

txstone

David
Supporting Member
It does seem to have 2 control rings in addition to the focus ring. I would guess they're both configurable unless Nikon have some special function on one of them.
Any ideas on what the ring with ridges like piano keys - Jarod referred to it as the piano ring - does?

B&H says lens does not accommodate an external TC.
 
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