Nikon Releases US$12,000 AF-S 400mm f/2.8E and Matching 1.4x AF-S Teleconverter

Nikkor AF-S 400mm f/2.8E FL E VR
Nikkor AF-S 400mm f/2.8E FL E VR

Not to be outdone by Canon’s recent release of a pair of ultra-wide angle lenses, Nikon has released a new super telephoto. This is an update to the AF-S 400mm f/2.8G ED VR and costs US$3,000 more. The newly released AF-S 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR features a new magnesium alloy die-cast barrel and 2 fluorite elements (hence the FL moniker), shaving 820g off the weight of the predecessor.

Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III
Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III

Along with the lens, Nikon has also released the matching AF-S TC-14E III 1.4x teleconverter costing US$500. This gives you 40% more reach with any compatible AF-S lenses at the loss of only 1 stop of light. The new teleconverter features revised optics, with a 7-element, 4-group configuration in a barrel with improved moisture and dust resistance.

The lens and teleconverter will be available from August 2014 at US$12,000 and US$500 respectively.

YS: Well, it is a World Cup year, and I guess Nikon felt the need to give something that’d appeal to the press crowd. While I’m never getting one of these, I wonder how working pros are liking the price increases Nikon seems to be making with every new release (see D4 vs D3s, 200-400 II vs 200-400, etc).

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