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The defining strength for exceptional stills and videos

To bring out the full potential of the D4, look no further than the vast array of NIKKOR lenses designed and tested to match the D4's resolution and image integrity with sharpness, accuracy, and field-proven reliability. Equip the camera for still and video shooting with a NIKKOR lens, and realize each shot without sacrificing delicate tones or nuance. From f/1.4 primes to fast f/2.8 zooms to f/4 zooms with VR, the latest line of FX-format lenses – many featuring our renowned Nano Crystal Coat – is fully optimized for the challenging lighting conditions in which the Nikon D4 is built to excel.

Nano Crystal Coat

Delivers superb, clear results. NIKKOR lenses with Nano Crystal Coat easily manage difficult lighting, even when the light source is behind the subject and distractive "ghosting" would have been considered unavoidable previously. In scenes with strongly contrasted dark foregrounds and bright backgrounds, incredibly clear images with minimized flare become possible. Originally developed for use in the high-precision world of industrial semiconductor manufacture, Nano Crystal Coat minimizes diffused reflections of light within the lens, delivering sharper and more accurate stills and videos.

VR (Vibration Reduction)

With the VR function, the sensor incorporated in the lens detects camera shake, and drives a part of the optics in the direction that compensates it to reduce the image blur it causes. This VR is effective not only for still images but also movies. An empowering advantage for sports photographers, VR effectively reduces the effects of camera shake to the equivalent of using shutter speeds of up to three or four stops faster. This means sharper images across more situations, such as night stadiums and low-lit indoor venues. Creative options can be extended permitting the aperture to be closed down while still maintaining clarity for reliable spot metering, achieving your desired exposure. As the stabilization takes place in the lens, the viewfinder image is also improved, allowing for easier composition, and quicker and more precise AF. Also, Tripod mode is employed on super-telephoto lenses that are likely to be used with a tripod. This mode reduces image blur caused by slight vibration that tends to occur when using a tripod by switching the compensation algorithm.

Compatible CPU lenses1

Lens / Accessory
Camera settings
Focus mode
Exposure mode
Metering system
AF
M (with electronic rangefinder)
M
PS
AM

3D
Color
Type G or D AF NIKKOR2, AF-S, AF-I NIKKOR
Compatible
Compatible
Compatible
Compatible
Compatible
Compatible
-
Compatible3
PC-E NIKKOR series
-
Compatible5
Compatible
Compatible5
Compatible5
Compatible5
-
Compatible3,5
PC Micro 85mm f/2.8D4
-
Compatible5
Compatible
-
Compatible6
Compatible
-
Compatible3,5
AF-S/AF-I teleconverter7
Compatible
Compatible
Compatible
Compatible
Compatible
Compatible
-
Compatible3
Other AF NIKKOR (except lenses for F3AF)
Compatible9
Compatible9
Compatible
Compatible
Compatible
-
Compatible
Compatible3
AI-P NIKKOR
-
Compatible10
Compatible
Compatible
Compatible
-
Compatible
Compatible3
  • Compatible : Compatible
  • -  : Not Compatible
  • 1IX-NIKKOR lenses can not be used.
  • 2Vibration Reduction (VR) supported with VR lenses.
  • 3Spot metering meters selected focus point.
  • 4The camera's exposure metering and flash control systems do not work properly when shifting and/or tilting the lens, or when an aperture other than the maximum aperture is used.
  • 5Can not be used with shifting or tilting.
  • 6Manual exposure mode only.
  • 7Can be used with AF-S and AF-I lenses only.
  • 8With maximum effective aperture of f/5.6 or faster.
  • 9When focusing at minimum focus distance with AF 80-200mm f/2.8, AF 35-70mm f/2.8, AF 28-85mm f/3.5-4.5 (New), or AF 28-85mm f/3.5-4.5 lens at maximum zoom, in-focus indicator may be displayed when image on matte screen in viewfinder is not in focus. Adjust focus manually until image in viewfinder is in focus.
  • 10With maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster.

Compatible Non-CPU lenses1

Lens / Accessory
Camera settings
Focus mode
Exposure mode
Metering system
AF
M (with electronic rangefinder)
M
PS
AM

3D
Color
AI-, AI-modified, NIKKOR or Nikon Series E lenses2
-
Compatible5
Compatible
-
Compatible8
-
Compatible12
Compatible13
Medical-NIKKOR 120mm f/4
-
Compatible
Compatible
-
Compatible9
-
-
-
Reflex-NIKKOR
-
-
Compatible
-
Compatible8
-
-
Compatible13
PC-NIKKOR
-
Compatible6
Compatible
-
Compatible10
-
-
Compatible
AI-type Teleconverter3
-
Compatible7
Compatible
-
Compatible8
-
Compatible12
Compatible13
Bellows Focusing Attachment PB-64
-
Compatible7
Compatible
-
Compatible11
-
-
Compatible
Auto extension rings (PK-series 11A, 12, or 13;PN-11)
-
Compatible7
Compatible
-
Compatible8
-
-
Compatible
  • Compatible : Compatible
  • -  : Not Compatible
  • 1Some lenses can not be used.
  • 2Range of rotation for AI 80-200mm f/2.8 ED tripod mount is limited by camera body. Filters can not be exchanged while AI 200-400mm f/4 ED is mounted on camera.
  • 3Exposure compensation required when used with AI 28-85mm f/3.5-4.5, AI 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5, AI 35-135mm f/3.5-4.5, or AF-S 80-200mm f/2.8D.
  • 4Requires Auto Extension Ring PK-12 or PK-13. Bellows Spacer PB-6D may be required depending on camera orientation.
  • 5With maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster.
  • 6Can not be used with shifting or tilting.
  • 7With maximum effective aperture of f/5.6 or faster.
  • 8If maximum aperture is specified using Non-CPU lens data, aperture value will be displayed in viewfinder and top control panel.
  • 9Can be used in manual exposure modes at shutter speeds slower than flash sync speed by one step or more.
  • 10Exposure determined by presetting lens aperture. In aperture-priority auto exposure mode, preset aperture using lens aperture ring before performing AE lock and shifting lens. In manual exposure mode, preset aperture using lens aperture ring and determine exposure before shifting lens.
  • 11Use preset aperture. In aperture-priority auto exposure mode, set aperture using focusing attachment before determining exposure and taking photograph.
  • 12Can be used only if lens focal length and maximum aperture are specified using Non-CPU lens data. Use spot or center-weighted metering if desired results are not achieved.
  • 13For improved precision, specify lens focal length and maximum aperture using Non-CPU lens data.
  • Reprocopy Outfit PF-4 requires Camera Holder PA-4.
  • Noise in the form of lines may appear during autofocus at high ISO sensitivities. Use manual focus or focus lock. Lines may also appear at high ISO sensitivities when aperture is adjusted during movie recording or live view photography.