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Nikon NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S Super Telephoto Lens Released

Nikon recently released a new super-telephoto lens for its mirrorless cameras: the NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S. This pretty lightweight and very long prime lens is part of Nikon’s S-Line premium lineup of glasses, and it offers sports and wildlife content creators new creative options. So let’s take a closer look at it!

In January, Nikon launched the Nikon NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S, a stellar super-telephoto prime lens at a premium price.

In the footsteps of Canon, which recently launched the RF800mm f/5.6 L IS USM and RF1200mm f/8 L IS USM lenses, Nikon has unveiled its NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S lens, which is now the company’s longest focal length available for Nikon Z mirrorless cameras.

Nikon NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S features

The Nikon NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S is a long lens at 5.5 x 15.2″/14 x 38.5 cm, but it is relatively light at only 5.2 lb/2.3kg!

This super-telephoto lens covers full-frame sensors and is part of the S-Line, Nikon’s premium NIKKOR Z lenses. This 800mm prime lens has built-in image stabilization up to 5 stops. In addition, if you combine it with the flagship Z 9 mirrorless camera, you’ll have access to Synchro VR image stabilization which combines the in-lens and in-camera systems for up to 5.5 stops stabilization.

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If this lens is not long enough for you, the NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S is compatible with the TC-1.4x and TC-2x teleconverters. Furthermore, if you combine it with the Z 9’s 2.3x crop factor, you can record in 4K/120p with the angle of view of a 1840mm.

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On the lens itself, you’ll find an AF/M autofocus switch, a focus limiter switch, a large focus ring, a user-assignable control ring, and two Fn function buttons. You can use these function buttons to save focus positions.

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Lens design

The lens design of the NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S consists of 22 elements in 14 groups, including three ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) glass elements and one Short-Wavelength Refractive lens to reduce axial chromatic aberrations. Also, there is a Phase Fresnel element to minimize ghosting.

The internal elements feature a Nano Crystal Coat to eliminate internal reflections and cross-lighting. Talking about coatings, you’ll find a fluorine-coated front element to reduce fingerprints and repel dust/oil/water droplets. The aperture diaphragm consists of nine round aperture blades. The minimum focusing distance is 5m/16.4ft.

You can’t attach filters directly to the massive front element, but there is a 46mm drop-in filter slot at the back of the lens. Last but not least, sealing around all moving parts keeps dust and moisture from entering the lens.

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Price and availability

The Nikon NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S will start shipping this month for $6496.95. The lens comes with a tripod collar, a lens hood, strap, case, and front/back caps.

For more information, please visit Nikon’s website here.

What do you think about this new Nikon NIKKOR super-telephoto lens? Do you often shoot with such long lenses? Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments down below!

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