Nikkor Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S: a telephoto lens with melting weight and price compared to the reflex version


Announced in December 2021, the Nikkor Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S telephoto lens will be unveiled in detail. In addition to almost halved weight, it loses more than half its price compared to the reflex version.

The Nikkor Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S is a somewhat specific telephoto lens with a very long focal length. Announced in December 2021, it now replaces the AF-S Nikkor 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR planned for the F mount equipping Nikon’s SLR range.

A weight almost halved

The optic is on the very high side, symbolized by the S on the left, but also by the left edge visible near the focal lens. The design has been revised with an optical construction consisting of 22 lenses divided into 14 groups. The opening is ultimately slightly more modest than the reflex version, but it does make you lose weight.

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The new Nikkor Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S is 16% shorter with a length of 385mm and weighs above all 2.3kg to reach a total of 2385g! Nikon says it has specifically studied the weight distribution to aim it backwards for better grip, especially in freehand.

Resistance and Advanced Stabilization

All of Nikon’s best technologies are built into the lens. There is a Fresnel lens, the nanocrystal treatment of the lenses or even the VR Synchro that allows the highest performance for stabilization, unfortunately only compatible with the Z9 for now. The Nikkor Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S is also dust and moisture resistant.

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In addition, multiple control options are available, such as buttons or a configurable ring, especially for determining a focus distance. A rear filter holder is also integrated, while Z-teleconverter compatibility is planned to increase the focal length to 1120mm or 1600mm.

Price & availability

The Nikkor Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S will be available from April 21, 2022 for a suggested retail price of €7,299. Note the price drop of almost 55% compared to the launch of the SLR version, which hit the market in 2013 for €16,499.

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