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Nikkor Z 800mm f / 6.3 VR S in development

Nikkor Z 800mm f / 6.3 VR S in development

Something was missing in Nikon’s lens park for the new device, compared to the F-mount, the Z system is a really long telephoto. But Nikon intends to tackle that with its Nikkor Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S lens. It is the first lens in the Z system to use what’s called a Fresnel phase lens, which will make the lens both compact and light.

Nikon has previously used this type of lens, for example in the AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR where they succeeded well in keeping the size small and creating a lens that offers high sharpness.

It is not said exactly what this means for the upcoming 800mm f/6.3 VR S, other than that it will be compact and light. If you look at the already existing f/4E PF ED VR 300mm lens, it weighs half the weight of the corresponding lens without the PF lens.

The current 800mm f/5.6 F-mount weighs 4,590 grams, and since the receiver has PF technology and a slightly smaller aperture, you might imagine a weight of around 2,500 grams, but it’s of course pure speculation so far. As indicated by the intended name, the new phone will also have image stabilization feature.

However, it is not entirely clear when it will be launched or what it will cost.

If you look at the roadmap that was published at the same time it announced that the new Super Telecom is in development and compare it to the previous roadmap, we see that despite the introduction of the 400mm f/2.8, there are still 400mm left. It’s probably a cheaper and smaller version of the current f/2.8. What’s left on the roadmap yet to be released are the 400mm, 600mm and 85mm that will be included in the S-line, the professional line of lenses. 24mm and 12-28mm for DX format as well as 200-600mm and 26mm fixed for FX cameras that will not be included in the S-line.

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Nikon has too developed a new standard zoom for its Z cameras, Nikkor Z 28-75 f / 2,8. This is a more wallet-friendly alternative to its 24-70mm f/2.8S model but is also a much lighter option.