Handheld Mobility.

Light. Compact. 
S-Line Performance.

Take in the distance with this compact and agile super-telephoto prime lens. The NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S provides the reach that you need, and yet is nimble enough for handheld shooting. Acquire clear and crisp images with its powerful Vibration Reduction (VR) and superior S-Line optical performance as you photograph the action in full speed from afar.


Super-Telephoto Prime


Constant Aperture

1,160 g¹


23.45 cm

Compact Size

5.5 stops⁴ 

Powerful Vibration Reduction  (VR)

Handheld shooting made easy.

Photograph distant wildlife and subjects while staying light on the move. Weighing at approximately 1,160g¹, the NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S is the lightest² lens in its class. With its size at 234.5mm (L) x 104mm (D), shooting handheld is even easier. 

So far, yet so close.

With a super-telephoto focal length of 400mm, you can capture every delicate detail of a dolphin breaking the surface, or a squirrel devouring an acorn. Take it even further by attaching either the Z TELECONVERTER TC-1.4x or Z TELECONVERTER TC-2.0x³ to extend the focal length to 560mm or 800mm respectively, so you can get close to your subject without disturbance.

Powerful Vibration Reduction (VR)

Stay sharp with the NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S. Its in-lens Vibration Reduction (VR) compensates up to 5.5-stops⁴, the most effective VR in NIKKOR history, even at super-telephoto distance. Synchro VR, when paired with the Z 9 in-camera VR, effectively compensates up to 6.0-stops. Be it a bird’s colourful plume, or the facial expression of a fox, dive into the exquisite details of your subject with clarity.

Activate SPORT mode

Keep your subjects always in sight with the SPORT mode to effortlessly track fast and erratic movements. The SPORT mode provides a stable image in the viewfinder during panning and continuous burst high-speed when you are shooting handheld, enhancing your action and sports photography experience. 

Showcase the finer details

Be impressed by the excellent optical performance of S-Line. Produce high-resolution images from edge to edge with the Super ED and ED glass elements that suppress axial chromatic aberration and with the SR lens element to effectively control short wavelength light with greater precision.

Crystal clear details

See in clarity with a layer of Nano Crystal Coat applied to the front lens element that greatly reduces flare and ghost effect for superb anti-reflective performance.

Well-balanced for handheld shooting.

Hold your lens with greater comfort. Its anti-slip rubber, knurling and small indents on the lens body provide a stable grip when you are shooting handheld. Pan, track, and shoot in comfort with the lens’s centre of gravity positioned close to your body.

Accentuate your subject

Let your subject take centre-stage against a dreamy backdrop. Easily create large and round bokeh with the NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S’s constant maximum aperture of f/4.5, allowing your subject to stand out.

Quiet and
accurate AF

Go stealth when photographing wildlife or video recording at a wedding. Unique to Z mount lenses, a stepping motor (STM) that operates quietly and focuses fast is utilised, so you can keep photographing or recording while in a sound-sensitive environment.

Keep shooting,
rain or shine

Don’t let the weather hold you back in capturing your favourite subject. The lens is dust- and- drip resistant5, with sealing on various parts of the lens barrel and a rubber gasket on the lens mount, effectively repelling dust and liquid. Remove dirt easily with the fluorine coating applied on the frontmost surface of the lens.

Your preferred setting
with one press

The MEMORY SET button conveniently loads your favourite focus position with just one press of a button. Save your frequently used focus position and recall it whenever opportunity calls.

Image by Matt Irwin. Shot on pre-production model.


Nano Crystal Coat

An anti-reflective coating developed by Nikon that virtually eliminates internal lens element reflections across a wide range of wavelengths. Nano Crystal Coat solves ghost effects caused by red light and effectively reduces ghost and flare caused by light entering the lens diagonally.

Short-Wavelength Refractive Lens

SR is a high- and specialised-dispersion glass lens that refracts light with wavelengths shorter than that of blue. By controlling short-wavelength light, the lens is able to achieve highly precise chromatic aberration compensation so that the colours in your images are more accurately reproduced. It also allows for more flexible optical designs, which allows for compact, lighter lenses to be designed.

Stepping Motor

NIKKOR Z lenses use a stepping motor for fast, accurate, smooth, quiet autofocus with reduced wobbling. This quiet drive system makes the lenses ideal for use when shooting video.

Electromagnetic Diaphragm Mechanism

An electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism in the lens barrel provides highly accurate electronic diaphragm or aperture blade control when using auto exposure during continuous shooting.

ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass

An optical glass developed by Nikon that is used with normal optical glass in telephoto lenses to obtain optimum correction of chromatic aberrations.

Fluorine Coat

Photographers need gear that can withstand the elements. Nikon’s fluorine coat effectively repels dust, water droplets, grease or dirt, ensuring easy removal even when they adhere to the lens surface. Nikon’s fluorine coat endures a high frequency of lens surface wiping and its anti-reflective effect also contributes to the capture of clear images.

Vibration Reduction

A Nikon in-lens technology that improves image stability by automatically compensating for camera shake. Lenses that offer VR will feature the abbreviation VR on the lens barrel.

¹Excluding tripod collar.

²Among f/4.5 and slower lenses, including those with a focal length of 400 mm, for interchangeable-lens cameras equipped with a full-frame (35mm [135] equivalent) image sensor available as of 29 June, 2022. Statement based on Nikon research.

³AF performance may deteriorate depending on the subject, brightness and focus position regardless of the camera body, causing inaccurate focus, slow focusing speed or flashing of the focus point.

⁴Measured in accordance with CIPA standards with VR function set to NORMAL and zoom at the maximum telephoto position.

⁵Perfect dustproof and waterproof performance is not guaranteed under all conditions.