Nikon’s new 800mm lens for Z-mount cameras lightens the load

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Nikon has announced the Nikkor Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S lens, primarily aimed at sports and wildlife photographers.

Weighing in at 5.3 pounds and 15.2 inches, the lens stands out because it’s half the weight and 16% shorter than the equivalent 800mm f/5.6 lens for Nikon’s long-standing SLR cameras with F- mount, making it much easier to lug around, and also to shoot with when working without a tripod.

Nikon has released a number of short videos (below) showing professional photographers using the new lens in the field, with the images giving a clearer idea of ​​the size and shape of the new lens and how it will look against a camera body.

Nikon says the new lens was built with optimal balance in mind, a consideration that led it to move the lens’ center of gravity closer to the photographer’s body to aid in smooth panning when following a fast-moving motion. topic.

For handheld shooting, the 800mm lens also features an Optical Vibration Reduction (VR) function that provides compensation that Nikon claims is equivalent to shooting at a shutter speed up to 5.0 stops faster.


“Smaller and lighter than ever imagined, this 800mm lens is a true testament to Nikon’s advanced optical expertise and the next-generation technology at the heart of the Nikon Z system,” said Jay Vannatter, executive vice president of Nikon in a statement. release. “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 capture stunning images from extreme distances.”

Nikon’s new super-telephoto prime will be the longest lens for its Z-mount mirrorless system, which it introduced in 2018. So far, the company has released eight Z cameras, most of them full-frame devices. The range of lenses has also gradually expanded, with nearly 30 being released so far, 14 of which are primes.

The Nikkor Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S lens will go on sale later this month for $6,500.

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