Nikon 800mm f/5.6 VR monster super-telephoto announced

Nikon 800mm f/5.6 VR monster super-telephoto lens announced

Nikon is to unveil its a new monster to its lens line-up. The Nikon AF-S 800mm f/5.6 will be the longest focal length in its current range of optic – an honour currently held by its AF-S 600mm f/4G ED VR.

The longer FX full-frame-compatible lens will have an angle of view of around 3° and will be lusted after by wildlife, sports and paparazzi photographers the world over. It will provide a whopping crop-factor-enduced effective focal length of 1200mm when used on popular DX Nikon D-SLR models.

A prototype of the new lens will be shown at the British Open Golf Championships at Royal Lytham ST Annes next week, and again at the bi-annual Photokina trade show in Cologne this September.

The price, or availability, have not been announced yet – but we expect the recommended retail to be well over the £10,000 ($15,000) mark

It is not the first time that Nikon has had a 800mm f/5.6 lens in its range, however. The Nikkor 800mm f/5.6 IF-ED was introduced in 1986 and discontinued in around 2005. It won’t be light either, and will inevitably weigh in more than the 5kg (11lb) 600mm f/4.

Sigma already produce an 800mm f/5.6 EX DG HSM supertelephoto in Nikon AF mount.

The full press release for the lens can be read here.

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