The anticipated Nikkor Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S super-telephoto lens has moved from a development announcement to become available to pre-order locally.

The new Nikkor Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S lens has been designed to allow hand-held use. (Source: Nikon.)

The longest focal length to date in the Nikkor Z line-up, it is approximately 16% shorter and 48% lighter than the previous F-mount equivalent, thanks to the inclusion of a Phase Fresnel (PF) element. The optical design contains 22 elements in 14 groups, including one PF element, three extra-low dispersion (ED) elements and one Short-Wavelength Refractive (SR) element. Nano Crystal Coat has been applied to minimise ghosting and flare and the front element is fluorine coated for easy cleaning. Autofocusing is driven by a near-silent stepping motor, while integrated VR stabilisation is controlled by voice coil motors (VCMs), which provide up to 5.0-stops of shake correction or up to 5.5 stops when combined with the Synchro VR system in the Z9 camera.

The minimum aperture is f/32 and the lens can focus down to five metres, where it provides a maximum magnification of 0.16x. The focus limiter switch has two positions: Full (∞ to 5m) and ∞ to 10 m. Other features include a slot for drop-in 46 mm filters, a nine-bladed iris diaphragm with a rounded aperture and one L-Fn button plus four L-Fn2 buttons, which are customisable to suit individual users’ preferences.

Weighting approximately 2385 grams and just 385 mm long, it has a maximum diameter of 140 mm. This lens is constructed from magnesium alloy and includes weather-resistant sealing for protection when shooting in different environments and under unpredictable weather conditions. It is available to pre-order at an RRP of AU$10,499. Click here for full details.