On the 14th of December 2021, Nikon announced the exciting development of their new NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S Lens. It comes after the release of their Nikon NIKKOR Z 28-75mm f/2.8 Lens on Tuesday, and looks to follow in the popular footsteps of the Nikon 800mm f5.6E FL ED VR AF-S, the DSLR equivalent.
Update: LENS NOW AVAILABLE
As of the 6th of April 2022, Nikon has released the Nikon NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S Lens and it's pretty impressive!
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As the name suggests this is a super-telephoto prime lens built for mirrorless Nikon Z cameras. We can expect powerful rendering with outstanding resolution and optical performance from this newest S-Line lens. Superb mobility is also on the table, with Nikon boasting this beast to be highly portable despite its long focal length.
This will be the first NIKKOR Z lens to adopt a PF (Phase Fresnel) lens element. This means that chromatic aberration and ghosting is set to be markedly reduced, and fewer lens elements will be required, making this much more lightweight.
A lightweight 800mm?
That’s right! Although we don’t have an official weight yet, Nikon is suggesting that this will, in fact, be a lightweight 800mm. The adoption of the PF element certainly is contributing to this, allowing for the same level of optical excellence with fewer pieces of glass, thus making the lens lighter and more compact.
The DSLR equivalent weighs in at a hearty 4590g, so anything lighter than this is going to be an improvement. It’s a move that makes sense too, as mirrorless cameras are shedding off excess weight, their lenses need to match this in order to avoid feeling overbalanced.
Made to travel
The new Z 800mm f6.3 has positioned itself to be a superb travel companion for any wildlife photographer thanks to its lightweight and compact length. Pair this with the Z9’s impressive 493-point Animal Eye Autofocus, for example, for a winning combination.
Potential price point
If the 800mm DSLR lens is anything to go off, with its heady price point of £16,649*, then this may well be a lens for the pros only. However, Nikon is claiming that for those already with a mirrorless setup it may be more within our reach:
“This lens will reliably support the imaging expression of many photographers ranging from advanced amateurs to professionals.”
*price correct at date of publish
When will this be available?
So, the big question is when will Nikon make this available for pre-order? The answer is we don’t know just yet. But sports and wildlife photographers better be ready when they do – be sure to sign up to our newsletter below to be the first to find out when this exciting new lens drops!
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