Nikon 800mm lens gets official release date and price… are you sitting down?

Nikon 800mm lens gets official price… are you sitting down?

Nikon has announced a new super-telephoto, fixed-focal length optic. Officially unveiling the Nikon 800mm lens at the CP+ show in Japan, the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR lens’ price tag comes at a hefty £15,599.99 / €19,000.00.

But the Nikon 800mm lens offers a number of professional specifications, using high-end components and advanced technologies to lower weight, improve handling, and enhance image quality, Nikon says.

Nikon 800mm lens gets official price… are you sitting down?

The new Nikon 800mm lens is also the first NIKKOR optic to use technologies and materials such as electromagnetic diaphragm control and fluorite lens elements, alongside more standard features like Vibration Reduction and Nano Crystal Coat.

The Nikon 800mm lens becomes the longest focal length in the NIKKOR range, and is aimed at professional sports and press photographers. However, government departments, the military and other such organisations could also be tempted by the Nikon 800mm lens.

The new Nikon lens’ optical system contains a total of 20 elements in 13 groups, including two fluorite and two ED elements. Using fluorite for the front two elements makes the Nikon 800mm lens’ front portion lighter, the company says, and shifts its centre of gravity to the rear, ensuring comfortable handling and stable operation.

The fluorite elements also deliver superior optical performance, achieving high transmission rates with minimal chromatic aberration and lower dispersion properties than even super ED glass, according to Nikon.

The new Nikon lens also employs the manufacturer’s antireflective Nano Crystal Coat to help keep flare and ghosting to a minimum.

The Nikon 800mm lens is supplied with a 52mm NC filter, with a slip-in filter holder on the back of the lens.

Prototypes of the new Nikon super-telephoto lens were shown at Photokina and Nikon’s Olympic events in London last year, but press were not allowed to handle the optic.

Some of the Nikon 800mm lens’ specs were made available last year, but the addition of a 1.25x teleconverter supplied with the optic is a new detail – extending the super-telephoto lens’ focal length to a staggering 1000mm.

The AF-S Teleconverter TC800-1.25E ED is the first teleconverter to use an ED glass element to correct chromatic aberration, Nikon says, and was developed exclusively for use with the new Nikon 800mm lens – meaning it won’t be sold separately.

The Nikon 800mm lens also incorporates a Silent Wave Motor, and employs three focus modes: A/M (autofocus with manual override, AF priority mode), M/A (switch from autofocus to manual operation in any AF mode instantly), and M (manual).

The Nikon 800mm f/5.6 official spec sheet:

·         Focal length: 800 mm
·         Max. aperture: f/5.6
·         Min. aperture: f/32
·         Lens construction: 20 elements in 13 groups (plus one protective glass)
·         No. diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded)
·         Closest focusing distance: 5.9 m (19.4 ft) in AF mode; 5.8 m (19.0 ft) in MF mode
·         Filter/attachment size: 52 mm
·         Diameter x length: Approximately 160 x 461 mm (6.3 x 18.1 in.)
·         Weight: Approximately 4,590 g (161.9 oz) or 4,725 g (166.7 oz) with the teleconverter attached

The new Nikon 800mm lens release date is expected t be 4 April 2013.


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