Melville, NY—Nikon Inc. announced that the Nikon Nikkor Z 800mm F6.3 VR S super-telephoto lens for Nikon Z series mirrorless cameras will ship this month. The S-line full-frame lens offers photographers a super-telephoto focal length to fill the frame at extreme distances.
Moreover, the new lens is approximately 48% lighter and 16% shorter than its F-mount counterpart. That’s due to the use of a PF (Phase Fresnel) lens element. While the lens benefits from the latest optical technologies, its significantly lighter weight makes it easier to trek out to the best vantage point and shoot comfortably, even handheld.
“This 800mm lens is smaller and lighter than ever imagined; a true testament to Nikon’s advanced optical expertise as well as the next-generation technology that’s at the core of the Nikon Z system,” said Jay Vannatter, executive vice president, Nikon Inc.
“This latest Nikkor Z lens is not only surprisingly easy to carry but also gives photographers the fast focus response, intense sharpness and beautiful color reproduction they need to create amazing images from extreme distances.”
Nikon Nikkor Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S Details
Nikon built the lens with an emphasis on “comfortable usability and extreme optical performance.” Furthermore, its Phase Fresnel element is optimally positioned to minimize ghosting. In addition, it combines with three extra-low dispersion (ED) elements and one short-wavelength refractive (SR) element to suppress axial chromatic aberration.
What’s more, Nano Crystal coat as well as the optimized shape and location of the PF lens element contribute to a reduction in ghosting for clarity. Plus, the lens’s optical VR function provides a 5.0-stop compensation effect. When paired with the Nikon Z 9, an effect of 5.5 stops is achieved with Synchro VR activation.
Nikkor engineers also paid close attention to balance. Consequently, the lens’s center of gravity is positioned closer to the user’s body to enhance a smooth panning motion while tracking moving objects.
For pro-level outdoor performance, rubber gaskets keep dust, dirt and moisture out of the moving parts and the lens mount. The barrel is also constructed of magnesium alloy, offering a balance of strength and light weight. In addition, the front element has Nikon’s nonstick fluorine coat. The coating repels oil, moisture and smudges as well as easily wipes clean.
Notable is a memory recall function; it instantly recalls focus positions stored in advance, via pressing an assigned button. For example, this function makes it simple to quickly acquire an anticipated subject on a branch or perch.
Moreover, customizable controls include four L-Fn2 buttons and one L-Fn button, to which users can assign a variety of functions. They include subject tracking, AF lock as well as playback. Photographers can also customize the control ring to adjust ISO, aperture and exposure comp.
Additionally, the focal length is extendable to 1120mm with the Z teleconverter TC-1.4x. Or photographers can extend it to 1600mm with the Z teleconverter TC-2.0x. Resolution is maintained while using both teleconverters. Owners of the Z 9 and Z 7II cameras will also appreciate the ability to shoot in DX mode; it permits a further extended reach (1200mm).
Finally, weighing 5.25 pounds with a 5.6×15.2-inch footprint, the lens is easier to pack as well as carry.
The Nikon Nikkor Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S lens ships this month with a suggested retail price $6,499.95.