Com­pany an­nounces its first lens with an in­te­grated tele­con­verter

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Nikon has un­veiled a new tele-zoom op­tic, the AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f4E TC1.4 FL ED VR. The lens is the first Nikkor op­tion to be de­signed with a 1.4x tele­con­verter, which echoes the de­sign of Canon’s EF 200-400mm f4L IS

USM Ex­ten­der 1.4x. Here, this in­creases the ef­fec­tive fo­cal length to 252-560mm, and this comes with a one-stop penalty to max­i­mum aper­ture, which drops to f5.6.

Nikon has con­structed the lens with a weather-re­sis­tant mag­ne­sium-al­loy bar­rel and ap­plied a flu­o­rine coat­ing to the front el­e­ment that’s said to help re­pel dust, dirt and mois­ture. The com­pany has also ap­plied both Su­per In­te­grated Coat­ing and Nano Crys­tal Coat tech­nolo­gies on the in­ter­nal el­e­ments to help keep im­age qual­ity high.

The bar­rel has also been de­signed with a fo­cused-dis­tance win­dow and a switch to limit fo­cus to be­tween 6m and in­fin­ity, while a four-stop Vi­bra­tion Re­duc­tion sys­tem can be al­ter­nated be­tween Nor­mal and Sport modes.

The new op­tic will go on sale in March, with a sug­gested price of £10,999/$12,400.

Above COM­PAT­I­BIL­ITY The lens is com­pat­i­ble with both FX- and DX-for­mat bod­ies in Nikon’s DSLR line


TELE SWITCH The 1.4x tele­con­verter is ac­ti­vated through a switch at the rear of the lens

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