Nikon had recently announced the launch of their two telephoto lenses Z 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 VR S and Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S, aimed at wildlife and sports photography. Showing their intent to strengthen this segment, Nikon has just announced the development of their massive Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S lens. While the details shared by Nikon are scanty, it is an exciting development. It is showing the aggressive approach by Nikon despite their worrisome financial condition.
This announcement is significant mainly because their much-hyped Z9 is touted to be the best camera aimed at wildlife and sports photography.
The z 800mm lens is an S-Line lens, which indicates it will have Nikon’s best quality optics, delivering images of outstanding resolution.
Nikon will use their PF technology (Phase Fresnel) for the first time in Nikkor Z series lens. In PF technology, the elements are uniquely designed to work like a lighthouse lens to focus light. Because of this PF technology, Nikon will be able to make this lens highly portable despite being a super tele photo lens of 800mm focal length.
Nikon had used this PF technology earlier in AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/5.6 6E PF ED VR for their DSLR’s.
This is not a launch announcement bust just a development announcement, which means that it will take some time before we get to see some more details and specs of this lens.
This announcement is significant because it shows the intent of Nikon to work on the wildlife/sports segment.