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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR

23 May 2018
Maciej Latałło

7. Coma, astigmatism and bokeh

The appearance of point-like diode images at different focal lengths in the frame centre, in the corner of APS-C/DX, and in the corner of full frame is beyond reproach. It means the coma and other aberrations connected to deformations of point-like sources of light are corrected very well.

Center, 180 mm, f/4.0 Corner APS-C, 180 mm, f/4.0 Corner FF, 180 mm, f/4.0
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Nikon Nikkor AF-S 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Nikon Nikkor AF-S 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh
Center, 300 mm, f/4.0 Corner APS-C, 300 mm, f/4.0 Corner FF, 300 mm, f/4.0
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Nikon Nikkor AF-S 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Nikon Nikkor AF-S 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh
Center, 400 mm, f4.0 Corner APS-C, 400 mm, f/4.0 Corner FF, 400 mm, f/4.0
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Nikon Nikkor AF-S 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Nikon Nikkor AF-S 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh
Center, 550 mm, f/5.6 Corner APS-C, 550 mm, f/5.6 Corner FF, 550 mm, f/5.6
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Nikon Nikkor AF-S 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Nikon Nikkor AF-S 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh


Astigmatism, understood as average difference between horizontal and vertical MTF50 function values, reached 2.4%. It is a result which we qualify as very low. After switching on the teleconverter, so a movable part so to speak, the astigmatism level increases to 7.1%.

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For a zoom lens the Nikkor 180-400 mm VR offers you very pleasant out-of-focus areas. We didn’t have any objections concerning the appearance of defocused circles of light, both in the standard set and after switching the teleconverter on. One thing is worth your attention: a noticeable truncation of the circle in the corner of full frame. It remains perfectly visible at 300 mm even after stopping down the aperture by 2 EV.

Center, 300 mm, f/4.0 Corner APS-C, 300 mm, f/4.0 Corner FF, 300 mm, f/4.0
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Nikon Nikkor AF-S 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Nikon Nikkor AF-S 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh
Center, 300 mm, f/5.6 Corner APS-C, 300 mm, f/5.6 Corner FF, 300 mm, f/5.6
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Nikon Nikkor AF-S 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Nikon Nikkor AF-S 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh
Center, 300 mm, f/8.0 Corner APS-C, 300 mm, f/8.0 Corner FF, 300 mm, f/8.0
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Nikon Nikkor AF-S 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Nikon Nikkor AF-S 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh

Center, 550 mm, f/5.6 Corner APS-C, 550 mm, f/5.6 Corner FF, 550 mm, f/5.6
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Nikon Nikkor AF-S 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Nikon Nikkor AF-S 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh
Center, 550 mm, f/8.0 Corner APS-C, 550 mm, f/8.0 Corner FF, 550 mm, f/8.0
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Nikon Nikkor AF-S 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Nikon Nikkor AF-S 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh
Center, 550 mm, f/11.0 Corner APS-C, 550 mm, f/11.0 Corner FF, 550 mm, f/11.0
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Nikon Nikkor AF-S 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Nikon Nikkor AF-S 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh