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Over 6 months waiting list for Nikon Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S supertelephoto

Nikkor Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S
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It has been reported by Nikon Japan in an official statement (opens in new tab)  that the scheduled release of the US$14k Nikkor Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S (opens in new tab) for the Nikon Z mirrorless system has received a large number of reservations that have been beyond Nikon’s expectations. For this reason, despite a release date of 18 February, Nikon may not be able to deliver the shiny new Nikkor Z 400mm f/2.8 on the day of release to customers who have already made a reservation. 

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In addition to this bad news Nikon shooters will be left with a sour taste in their mouths as Nikon Japan also reports it may take more than six months for the product to be delivered to customers who make a reservation in the future. The company promises to do their utmost to deliver this new lens as soon as possible.

This type of announcement is not unusual in the modern-day climate that we live in, due to the chronic condition of the global parts industry for the manufacturing process. 

However, it is gutting news to all the customers that have already pre-ordered and put their hard earned cash ( $13,996.95 / £13,499.00 / AU$22,999) into a product that could arrive on their doorstep in August 2022, at the earliest!

For those unfortunate few, we hope you get your lens before then, but for those who are considering this lens to go alongside their Nikon Z9 (opens in new tab) or Nikon Z7 II (opens in new tab) / Z6 II (opens in new tab) we would of recommend you either waiting it out until they are in stock at your nearest retailer OR getting in their early and putting your name down, so August will be the quickest you could get this new super telephoto in your hands - else you might be waiting even longer.

Only you, dear reader, are able to decide which camp to sit in at the moment, but one thing is for certain, whichever route you take, be prepared to wait a long time to use this amazing lens on wildlife or sports.

Pre-order the Nikkor Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S at B&H (opens in new tab)
Pre-order the Nikkor Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S at Adorama (opens in new tab)
Pre-order the Nikkor Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S at Wex (opens in new tab)
Pre-order the Nikkor Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S at Park Cameras (opens in new tab)
Pre-order the Nikkor Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S at Ted's Cameras (AU) (opens in new tab)
Pre-order the Nikkor Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S at DigiDirect (AU) (opens in new tab)

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Sebastian Oakley
Sebastian Oakley

For nearly two decades Sebastian's work has been published internationally. Originally specialising in Equestrianism, his visuals have been used by the leading names in the equestrian industry such as The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), The Jockey Club, Horse & Hound and many more for various advertising campaigns, books and pre/post-event highlights.


He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, holds a Foundation Degree in Equitation Science and is a Master of Arts in Publishing.  He is member of Nikon NPS and has been a Nikon user since the film days using a Nikon F5 and saw the digital transition with Nikon's D series cameras and is still to this day the youngest member to be elected in to BEWA, The British Equestrian Writers' Association. 


He is familiar with and shows great interest in medium and large format photography with products by Phase One, Hasselblad, Alpa and Sinar and has used many cinema cameras from the likes of Sony, RED, ARRI and everything in between. His work covers the genres of Equestrian, Landscape, Abstract or Nature and combines nearly two decades of experience to offer exclusive limited-edition prints to the international stage from his film & digital photography.