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Nikon announces new 180-400mm f/4E zoom lens with built-in 1.4x teleconverter for just $12,400 USD

Discussion in 'Photography News Forum' started by MikeB, Jan 9, 2018.

  1. MikeB

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    Nikon is now producing an upgrade to its 200-400 telephoto, a constant aperture f/4 beauty having 27 lens elements in 19 groups. The optimized, built-in teleconverter has 8 elements in 5 groups. Nothing is too good for this lens, instead of a friction-type tripod collar, the 180-400mm f/4E sports a ballbearing equipped tripod collar.

    It uses nano crystal coatings throughout, 8 ED glass elements (that's extra-low dispersion not the other ED), and one flourite lens element all tied up into a 3.5KG package that will help you with your goal to compete in the Mr. Universe contest.

    Available in a store near you soon.

    https://www.nikonusa.com/en/nikon-p...s-nikkor-180-400mm-f%2f4e-tc1.4-fl-ed-vr.html
     
  2. Kevin Fox

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    I'll stick with the 200-500. With the converter on, that lens is a 5.6. Can't justify that price tag.
     
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  3. MikeB

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    Can't say that I blame you. That's a pretty steep price.
     
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    If I need one I can rent it.
     
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    It is a lot of money but I imagine it will blow the 200-500 out of the water. I bought the 200-500 when it first came out but I will consider the 180-400 once I see some comparison tests. I'd sell my 500 f4 and 200-500 f5.6 to part-fund the purchase if I do go for one. It looks like it's going to cost somewhere close to ten or eleven thousand pounds [guessing].
     
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    i'll take 2... oh ooops sorry nope wont fit on my Oly....... damn me thats a ludicrous price for such a slow lens. just get a tamron 150-600 for a 2oth or the price
     
  7. MikeB

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    LOL - get an adapter. Slow? It's not like having a sweet bokeh is in much demand for these focal lengths and I expect that it delivers on a short depth of field. Besides Nikon's 400mm f/2.8 at $11,200 and Canon's 400mm f/2.8 at $10,000 every super telephoto is f/4 with some f/5.6. But it does seem a bit expensive given similar focal lengths of other OEMs. If we're looking for a reason not to buy it, it's the wrong color for me.
     
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    This is interesting for me as i am looking at a 400mm for shooting hummingbirds in CR, i was initially aiming for the 400mm 2.8 prime and adding a 1.4iii TC,
    but may be i´ll wait until March when the reviews come out for this new model as the older 200-400 was quite soft on the long end..
     
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