Nikon today announced the NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S. The lens is a full frame ‘Z’ mount optic.

Improved optical and AF performance with reduced weight are the strengths. It can become a 1200 or 1600mm teleconverter with compatible converters.

Here are the press release details.

JC (06/04/22).

NIKON RELEASES THE UNIQUELY PORTABLE NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S
London, United Kingdom, 6th April 2022: Today, Nikon is pleased to introduce a uniquely portable super-telephoto full-frame prime lens, the NIKKOR Z 800m f/6.3 VR S. Birds, wildlife, aircraft, motor sports, and winter sports: this tough yet remarkably lightweight S-line lens brings the dynamism of distant subjects close in thrilling clarity. Users can follow even erratically moving subjects with a fluidity previously unheard of at 800 mm—and open up their creative possibilities with steady handheld shooting.

From hunting eagles to banking planes, the phenomenal resolving power of this S-line lens brings out even the tiniest details of difficult-to-capture subjects. Image quality is pin-sharp, whether shooting stills or video, and AF performance is exceptionally fast, smooth, and reliable. In-lens optical VR keeps shots steady, and Synchro VR allows up to 5.5 stops of compensation when this lens is paired with the Z 9. In addition, this super-telephoto lens supports use of Z teleconverters, which can extend the reach to 1120 mm or 1600 mm.

Thanks to its balanced, lightweight design, made possible by the Z mount and a Phase Fresnel (PF) lens element, users can confidently take the NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S off the tripod and shoot handheld. This mirrorless lens is approximately 2.3 kg lighter and 16% shorter than its F-mount counterpart, and its centre of gravity is closer to the camera body—making it easier to pan and stop smoothly. Photographers can customise controls, and advanced weather sealing protects both lens and camera.

Rob Harmon, Senior Commercial Lead, Nikon Northern Europe says: “This new 800 mm lens truly opens up exciting new possibilities for photographers. Gone are the days when the shot you can capture with a long lens is dictated by the flexibility of your tripod or monopod. The dramatically reduced size and weight of this new super-telephoto lens offers the kind of portability and handling that was previously impossible: you get more chances to nail difficult shots, or capture perspectives that were previously unattainable.”

Summary of key features: NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S
Professional super-telephoto lens: 800 mm focal length. Portable, lightweight build and balanced handling.Pin-sharp: a specially shaped and positioned Phase Fresnel (PF) lens element and Nano Crystal Coat significantly reduce ghosting and flare. ED and SR glass control chromatic aberration from the centre to the edge of the image.Fast, quiet focusing: AF is fast, precise, whisper-quiet—tracking is smooth whether shooting jostling race cars or distant wildlife.Powerful Vibration Reduction: in-lens optical VR keeps shots steady. Synchro VR allows up to 5.5 stops of compensation when this lens is paired with the Z 9.Customisable control: assign functions to the conveniently positioned L-Fn buttons and the silent control ring. Use the memory-set button to save focus distances.¹Advanced weather sealing: Sealing around all moving parts keeps dust and moisture at bay, and a rubber gasket on the lens mount protects both lens and camera.²Teleconverter compatible: extend the reach to 1120 mm with a Z TELECONVERTER TC-1.4x, or 1600 mm with a Z TELECONVERTER TC-2.0x.Integrated filter slot: makes it easy to drop in filters for even more control over tricky lighting situations.Easy lens hood: the supplied HB-104 lens hood boasts a sliding release tab, allowing the hood to be removed with one hand.
¹ The memory-set button can be activated following a firmware update.² The lens is not guaranteed to be dust- and drip-resistant in all situations and under all conditions.

End.