12 lenses of Christmas: Nikon unveil something huge in April 2022

Nikon Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S
(Image credit: Matthew Richards)

Bigging up telephoto reach while reducing size and weight, the Nikon Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S was officially announced in April. It came as no surprise that it’s a big, pricey lens but that’s not the whole story. It’s actually only a third of the price of the equivalent Nikon 800mm f5.6E FL ED VR F-mount DSLR lens and, thanks partly to featuring a Phase Fresnel optical element, it’s some 2.3kg lighter in weight. And if you feel that 800mm still doesn’t cover the distance, it’s compatible with both of Nikon’s Z-system 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters.

Nikon Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S

At just under 2.4kg, the Nikon Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S is a relative featherweight for a pro-grade 800mm lens, making even extended periods of handheld shooting entirely viable, thanks also to highly effective Vibration Reduction. (Image credit: Nikon)

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.