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Nikon Unveils New Z-mount 800mm f/6.3 lens

The longest focal length NIKKOR Z Super Telephoto Lens has just been announced, providing overwhelming reach in a compact and lightweight design, adding to Nikon’s already extensive armoury of lenses.

Following the recent release of the Z-mount 400mm f/2.8, Nikon has now unveiled its latest addition to its Z-mount range for mirrorless cameras. The new S-line full frame 800mm f/6.3 lens is currently the longest focal length offered for the Z-mount system, and comes in at 48% lighter and 16% shorter than its F-mount counterpart due to the use of a PF (Phase Fresnel) lens element.

Weighing in at 2385g, the lens has a minimum aperture of f/32 and a maximum aperture of f/6.3, with a maximum magnification of 0.16x and minimum focus distance pf 5 metres.

The focal length can be further extended to 1,120mm with the Z Teleconverter TC-1.4x, and 1,600mm with the Z Teleconverter TC-2.0x, while maintaining “outstanding resolution”.

Nikon Z 800mm f6.3 S Lens

Despite this impressive focal length, the lens measures 140mm (5.6″) by 385mm (15.2″), making it easy to pack and carry. With the lens’ light weight and centre of gravity positioned closer to the user’s body, it can be handheld and offers enhanced smooth panning.

The lens is constructed with 22 elements in 14 groups, including 1 PF element, 3 extra-low dispersion (ED) elements, and 1 Short-Wavelength Refractive (SR) element.

The built-in optical Vibration Reduction function provides up to 5 stops of stabilisation (when paired with the Nikon Z 9, an effect of 5.5 stops is achieved with Synchro VR activation).

According to Jay Vannatter, Executive Vice President of Nikon Inc., the Nikkor Z-mount 800mm F6.3 is “not only surprisingly easy to carry, but also gives photographers the fast focus response, intense sharpness and beautiful color reproduction they need to create amazing images from extreme distances.”

The Nikkor Z 800mm F6.3 VR S will be available to order starting this month at a RRP of £6,299/$6,499.95.

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