RIP: Nikon is axing its most outrageous and impressive camera of recent times

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Nikon has a rich history of producing some incredible lenses. Legendary optics like the 1970 Fisheye-Nikkor 6mm f/2.8, and the 1994 Zoom-Nikkor 1200-1700mm f/5.6-8P IF-ED. But there's a much more recent lens that I'd argue belongs in the same league; a future classic, the likes of which we may never see again, and one which even comes supplied with a camera.

Turn the clock back to the mid 2010s and the bridge camera zoom wars were in full swing. Canon, Nikon, Sony and Panasonic were going all-out to release cameras with ever-increasing optical zoom ranges, smashing through 50x, 60x and even 70x. Then in 2015, Nikon set what should have been an unbeatable benchmark: 83x optical zoom, courtesy of the Coolpix P900. That equates to a full-frame equivalent range of 24-2000mm, and no digital zoom cheatery was involved. With that kind of reach, surely, SURELY the bridge camera zoom wars were over - who could possibly need any more zoom that that, and even if there was such demand, could a lens even be made with a greater zoom range?

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Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.