Nikon Z 600mm f/4 TC VR S review

Is the Nikon Z 600mm f/4 TC VR S super-tele super duper or a bridge too far?

Nikon Z 600mm f/4 TC VR S
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Weighing in at a couple of pounds more than the Nikon Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S and costing more than twice the price, the Z 600mm with its built-in teleconverter isn’t a lens to be taken lightly. At 3,260g, it’s a bit of a beast but has a ton of handling exotica and the 1.4x teleconverter can be engaged or disengaged at the flip of a lever. Image quality is exemplary at 600mm and while it remains impressive at 840mm when calling the teleconverter into play, we did suffer a loss of sharpness towards the close end of the focus range.


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    Built-in 1.4x teleconverter

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    Refined handling

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    Great performance at 600mm


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    Big and heavy

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    Hugely expensive

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    Loss of close-range sharpness at 840mm

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The Nikon Z 600mm f/4 TC VR S follows in the highly capable and very expensive footsteps of the Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S. Unsurprisingly, the 50 per cent longer native focal length comes with a reduction in aperture speed, from f/2.8 to f/4, narrowing to f/5.6 with the built-in teleconverter engaged. This extends the focal length to a mighty 840mm. However, while the internal teleconverter undeniably adds versatility, enabling you to switch between two focal lengths at the flip of a lever, the lens is up against the Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S and the Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S, both of which are more lightweight and more affordable to buy. Indeed, the Z 600mm TC is nearly six times the price of the Z 800mm.


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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.