Sample images: see the monster Nikon Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S lens in action

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

The Nikon Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S supertelephoto is one of the most interesting - and most expensive - lenses to be launched for the Nikon full-frame mirrorless system to date. Launched earlier today, this long-tom lens is unusual in two major respects.

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).

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 15 Pro Max.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.