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

  • AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR: angle1


  • Employs two fluorite and two ED glass elements plus Nano Crystal Coat to achieve high optical performance with minimized chromatic aberration.
  • Weight of approx. 3,800 g is realized through the employment of fluorites and increased use of magnesium alloy for the lens barrel.
  • The adoption of an electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism contributes to stable exposure control even during high-speed continuous shooting.
  • Tripod mount ring employing bearings ensures smooth switching between horizontal and vertical orientation while providing improved durability.
  • Vibration Reduction (VR) function provides an effect equivalent to a shutter speed 4.0 stops faster* (in NORMAL mode).
    • *Based on CIPA Standard. This value is achieved when attached to an FX-format digital SLR camera.
  • "SPORT" mode, newly adopted as a VR mode option, is specially effective when shooting sports, for example, in which subjects are radically moving.
  • Fluorine coat applied to a meniscus protective glass at the lens front repels dirt or water droplets, ensuring easy removal.


Focal length

400 mm

Maximum aperture


Minimum aperture


Lens construction

16 elements in 12 groups (including two fluorite and two ED glass elements, plus one meniscus protective glass element)

Angle of view

6°10' (4° with Nikon DX format)

Minimum focus distance

2.6 m/8.5 ft

Maximum reproduction ratio


No. of diaphragm blades

9 (rounded)

Filter-attachment size

40.5 mm

Diameter x length
(distance from camera lens mount flange)

Approximately 159.5 x 358 mm/6.3 x 14.1 in.


Approximately 3,800 g/8.4 lb

Supplied accessories

Slip-on Front Lens Cap, Rear Lens Cap LF-4, Lens Hood HK-38, 40.5 mm screw-in NC filter, Lens Case CT-405, Strap LN-2, Monopod collar

MTF Chart

Spatial Frequencies S: Sagittal M: Meridional
10 lines/mm image image
30 lines/mm image image

Lens Construction

  • Fluorites
  • ED glass elements