Nikon 800mm f/5.6 E FL ED VR: new, big, black

Nikon 800mm f/5.6 E-FL-ED-VR lens design

Nikon 800mm f/5.6 E-FL-ED-VR (lens design)

Nikon has decided to start renewing some of its sports- or wildlife-oriented long lenses this year (and probably in 2014 too). Starting in January 2013, they offer a monster of a lens, the Nikkor 800mm f/5.6 E FL ED VR.

It’s a monster of price (18000 USD list price, but slightly better at B&H or Amazon), of weight (4.59 kg or 10.12 lb). But it’s also one of the longest focal you can really find on the market (older 1200mm heavy-weights are out-of-market, in all senses of the word).

The most prominent features are a dream for all photographers (in this category):

  • Two ED glass elements (“fluorite” for those more used to Canon language, despite the small differences between these technologies)
  • Electro-magnetically-controled diaphragm (like in the PC-E line of lenses)
  • Included TC800-1.25E ED extender designed specially to create a 1000mm f/7.1 beast (the first extender ever to include an ED glass element).
Nikon 800mm f/5.6 architecture

Nikon 800mm f/5.6 (architecture)

Nikkor 800mm

Nikkor 800mm

Nikkor TC800 1.25x

Nikkor TC800 1.25x

1 comment for “Nikon 800mm f/5.6 E FL ED VR: new, big, black

  1. April 15, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    This lens is delayed by a few weeks (officially, end of April). Probably nothing very noticeable, though.

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