Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Lens

Model #2217

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Weight 8.38 lb (3.8 kg)
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 6.28 x 14.09" (159.5 x 358 mm)
Filter Thread Drop-in:40.5 mm


Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of View 6° 10'
DX Picture Angle: 4°
Minimum Focus Distance 8.53' (2.6 m)
Magnification 0.16x
Focal Length 400mm
Diaphragm Blades 9
Elements/Groups 16/12
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Nikon F


Tripod Collar Yes Removable - rotating
Autofocus Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Expert Reviews
3 July 2017

Testing both lenses on my simple 1951 Air Force target showed some interesting results. For the new AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR lens, sharpness and contrast were excellent at f/2.8, with not much difference at f/4 or f/5.6, which is a boon to wildlife photographers especially if they use the...

8 December 2014

Have you recently won the lottery? Do you like to shoot sports? Nikon's latest flagship 400mm f/2.8 may be for you then. The price of over £10,000 means only lottery winners and large news agencies may be able to justify the cost.

25 September 2014

It is almost as if with this lens, Nikon wanted to prove what they can do, if money were no object. This lens performs so well that it is very difficult to find fault with anything aspect of the lens, except for the price.

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    Outstanding optical quality, Super fast focusing, Virtually no CA, Virtually no distortion, Excellent build quality, Light weight for 400mm f/2.8, Effective VR system, Weather sealing, Customisable buttons on lens, Comes with its own flight case, Fluorine coating on lens to repel dirt and moisture

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    It costs a lot of money

User Reviews
10 September 2014

Today I picked up my new 400 2.8 FL. It came earlier than I expected so I was pleasantly surprised. Once I got it home and took it out of the cool case and held it, wow, that's when it hit me: It is noticeably lighter!

21 October 2016

Amazing lens, what is there really to say? The first evening right before dark I took this photo of a raccoon in my backyard while sitting on my sofa - thru a glass window.

2 days ago

After Taking the Picture of my friend from this lens, that friend appeared in front of me..Man these lens are magical

1 July 2017

Selling kidneys also will not help

28 May 2017

I'm willing to make 2 new and very very healthy friends. Both should have 2 kidneys intact and for rest of the money i will sell my haya busa off!

18 May 2017

Its just just words for this. I love to click photos. I bought nikon dslr at 5.50 lakh and uses this at dslr. I cant say .. what the pictures i get. OMG go for it.

8 September 2016

Having rented and now own the lens, it has already proven itself to be an exceptional lens. The weight and balance makes it easy to travel (compared to my 600mm f4), and it provides versitility by paring up with both the 1.4 and 1.7 TCs without problem.

26 April 2016

Can someone buy me this lens? I want it so bad!!!!

1 October 2015

Fantastic performance, sharp, fast, well balanced and works well with the TC 14 III and TC 17. It is everything you would expect in a lens of this price and a major bonus is that it is light enough to handhold all day. I have used it with a D4S and D810 with outstanding results on both bodies.

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    Consistent Output, Durable, Lightweight, Quick Focus, Rugged, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction

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    Price, Soft Lens Hood

13 July 2015

Nikon's highest resolution super telephoto.

Product Highlights
  • Nikon F Mount
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • VR Image Stabilization with Sport Mode
  • Two Fluorite and Two ED Elements
  • Silent Wave Motor and MF Override
  • Nano Crystal Coat
  • Fluorine-Coated Front Meniscus Element
  • Weather-Resistant Magnesium Alloy Barrel
  • Specialized Electromagnetic Diaphragm
  • Removable Monopod Collar
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In The Box
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Lens
  • Front Lens Cover for 200mm, 300mm, 200-400mm Lenses
  • LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
  • HK-38 Lens Hood for AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Lens
  • NC 40.5mm Neutral Color Filter
  • LN-2 Lens Strap for NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR
  • 40.5mm Slip-in Filter Holder
  • CT-405 Trunk Case
  • Monopod Collar
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Limited 4-Year USA Extension upon Registration
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