First, unlike the 800mm lenses designed for pro wildlife and sports photographers using DSLR cameras, this mirrorless lens offers a maximum aperture of f/6.3, rather than the more traditional and wider f/5.6. The advantage is that the lens is lighter - and because there is an electronic viewfinder, you have no worries about the image looking too dark as you look through the lens (even if you use it with teleconverters).
But the price is also remarkable. the $6,500 tag sounds high - but it is much more affordable way of getting an 800mm than buying an f/5.6 version.
But the proof of the lens is in the images - so Nikon USA has released half a dozen sample shots that show just what this lens can deliver, which you can see for yourself below…
Nikkor Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S specifications
Mount: Nikon Z Fullframe: Yes Autofocus: Yes Image stabilization: Yes Lens construction: 22 elements in 14 groups Angle of view: 3 degrees 10' Diaphragm blades: 9 Minimum aperture: f/32 Minimum focusing distance: 5m / 16.41 ft Filtersize: 46mm Dimensions: 140x385mm Weight: 5.25 lb / 2385g
The lens goes on sale later this month for $6,499 / £6,299 / AU$10,499, but is available to preorder today:
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