Nikon has introduced its longest lens for the Nikon Z system thus far, the Nikkor Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S. It’s comparatively cheap, too, with a price ticket of solely $6,496.95 vs the $16,296.95 its f/5.6 F mount predecessor calls for. Positive, it’s a 3rd of a cease slower however for this sort of value distinction, particularly given excessive ISO efficiency will increase of late, does that actually matter?
The brand new super-long prime lens is clearly focused towards sports activities and wildlife photographers, however in addition to being somewhat lighter on the pockets, it’s additionally going to be lighter to hold, coming in at round half the load of its predecessor, too. It’s additionally a couple of inches shorter and somewhat narrower, making it simpler to suit into extra baggage.
The Nikkor Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S has an angle of view of solely 3° 10′ and a minimal focus distance of 5 metres (or round 16 toes). The autofocus lens options as much as 5 stops of Vibration Discount (VR), which is expanded as much as 5.5 stops when used with a suitable digital camera that has sensor-shift VR. It makes use of inside focusing with two synchronised drive models to maintain the lens the identical size all through its focus vary and also you’ve bought full-time handbook focus override while you want it.
|Lens Mount||Nikon Z|
|Area of view||3° 10′|
|Minimal Focus Distance||5m|
|Optical Design||22 Components in 14 Teams|
|Picture Stabilization||Sure (5 Stops / 5.5 with suitable sensor-shift physique)|
|Filter Measurement||46mm (drop-in)|
|Dimensions (ø x L)||140mm x 385mm|
It’s suitable with the TC-1.4x and TC2x Nikon Z teleconverters to get an prolonged attain, however you’ll be dropping one and two stops of sunshine respectively with these. Whereas an aperture of f/6.3 is simply a 3rd of a cease slower than the earlier f/5.6 lens, that’s nonetheless going to push you right down to a most aperture of f/9 or f/13 while you’re utilizing them, so make certain you’re taking pictures in loads of mild or are utilizing a digital camera that thas respectable excessive ISO capabilities.
This comparatively compact and light-weight lens options 22 components in 14 teams, together with a Section Fresnel aspect, which Nikon says replaces a number of typical glass components, to compensate for chromatic aberration and color fringing. It’s a hair over half the load of its F mount predecessor, which tipped the scales at 4,590g. The brand new Z mount lens, alternatively, weighs solely 2,385g. That’s a reasonably huge weight saving when it’s essential lug this factor round all day by means of the wilderness whereas searching for wildlife!
One significantly fascinating characteristic of the lens is a type of “focus recall” kind factor that lets you retailer a spotlight place after which immediately return to this place at will. Very useful in case you’re stalking a selected spot from a static location however wish to often take a look across the atmosphere, too. You should utilize your AF whereas following different topics, faucet a button and the lens has already centered to the place it must be earlier than you’ve even aimed the lens again in the direction of your primary topic.
As one would anticipate, it’s constructed to stability the centre of gravity across the foot on the tripod collar and options superior climate sealing with rubber gaskets to forestall mud and moisture ingress. The entrance and rear components even have a fluorine coating to repel filth, moisture and oils to assist hold them clear throughout a shoot and for simpler cleansing while you’re in significantly hostile and soiled environments.
The Nikon Nokkir Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S lens is accessible to pre-order now for $6,496.95 and is predicted to start out delivery in some unspecified time in the future this month.