The Nikon Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S lens is coming... here's what we know so far

Nikkor Z 400mm f/4.5 lens
This image is a screenshot taken from Matt Granger who recently teased the Nikon 400mm f4.5 VR S in a YouTube video (Image credit: Matt Granger)

Four years ago Nikon launched its full-frame mirrorless camera system, and since then it's been bolstering the Nikon Z mount with a whole new line of camera lenses. We already knew that a Nikkor Z 400mm lens was on its way in the future, as Nikon included the outline of such an optic in its last Z lens roadmap

To make things more exciting, the mystery telephoto was labelled up to become part of Nikon's S-line – a grading which the company gives to its highest performing lenses. Unfortunately that's all we knew about the new 400mm lens – until now. The roadmap didn't tell us the maximum aperture of the Nikkor 400mm, but new details courtesy of Nikon Rumors look to have answered that particular question, confirming a maximum constant aperture of f/4.5. So not quite as fast as the Nikon AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR lens for its DSLRs.

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Lauren Scott
Freelance contributor/former Managing Editor

Lauren is a writer, reviewer, and photographer with ten years of experience in the camera industry. She's the former Managing Editor of Digital Camera World, and previously served as Editor of Digital Photographer magazine, Technique editor for PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, and Deputy Editor of our sister publication, Digital Camera Magazine. An experienced journalist and freelance photographer, Lauren also has bylines at Tech Radar,, Canon Europe, PCGamesN, T3, Stuff, and British Airways' in-flight magazine (among others). When she's not testing gear for DCW, she's probably in the kitchen testing yet another new curry recipe or walking in the Cotswolds with her Flat-coated Retriever.