Comparing the new Nikkor AF-S 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR lens with the old version

Here is a quick specifications comparison between the new and old Nikkor 400mm f/2.8 versions:

 NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR (new version)

 NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR (old version)

Nikon-400mm-f2.8E-FL-ED-VR Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-400mm-f2.8G-ED-VR-lens
MTF Chart Nikkor AF-S 400mm f:2.8E FL ED VR lens MTF chart NIKKOR-400mm-f2.8G-ED-VR-lens-MTF-chart
Lens Design NIKKOR-400mm-f2.8E-FL-ED-VR-lens-design NIKKOR-400mm-f2.8G-ED-VR-lens-design
Focal Length 400mm 400mm
Maximum Aperture f/2.8 f/2.8
Minimum Aperture f/22 f/22
Format FX/35mm FX/35mm
Maximum Angle of View (DX-format)
Maximum Angle of View (FX-format) 6°10′ 6°10′
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 0.16x 0.16x
Lens Elements 16 14
Lens Groups 12 11
Compatible Format(s) FX
FX in DX Crop Mode
35mm Film
VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization Yes Yes
Diaphragm Blades 9 9
Nano Crystal Coat Yes Yes
ED Glass Elements 2 3
Super Integrated Coating Yes Yes
AF-S (Silent Wave Motor) Yes Yes
Internal Focusing Yes Yes
Minimum Focus Distance 8.53ft. (2.6m) 9.5ft. (2.9m)
Focus Mode Auto
Filter Size 40.5mm 52mm
Accepts Filter Type Slip-in Slip-in
Approx. Dimensions (Diameter x Length) 6.3in.(159.5mm)x14.09in.(358mm) Based on CIPA Guidelines 6.3in.(159.5mm)x14.5in.(368mm)
Approx. Weight 134oz.(3800g)Based on CIPA Guidelines 163oz.(4,620g)
 Price $11,999,95  $8,999
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