Today, the Nikon Z 600mm f6.3 VR S is being announced. It’s being billed as a lens for wildlife, aviation, motorsports, and a bunch of other things. From the sample images that Nikon provided to the press, it’s also obviously a great choice for wildlife. This is an alternative to the Nikon Z 600mm f4 lens that was announced earlier this year. With that said, it weighs in at only 3 pounds and is bound to be a lens that people take on safari with a price point at $4799.95.
We’re going to do a full test of the lens once we get it in. But considering the upgrades that Nikon has been making to their cameras, we expect this one to be great.
Nikon Z 600mm f6.3 VR S Tech Specs
- Full frame coverage
- 21 Elements
- 14 Groups
- 5.5 stops of image stabilization and 6 stops of synchro VR with the compatible cameras
- 9 aperture blades
- Nano crystal coating
- 2 ED glass elements
- 1 short wave refractive element
- 1 Phase Fresnel element
- Fluorine coating on the front of the lens
- STM autofocus
- Minimum focusing of 13.3 feet
- 95mm front filter thread
- 11 inches long and 4 inches in diameter
Tidbits to Know
The following comes from Nikon’s press release.
- Hand-held shooting is made possible with a total length of approximately 11 in (278mm) and weight of approximately 1,390g (3lbs), the lightest in its class.
- Chromatic aberration is significantly reduced with the adoption of PF and ED glass elements. In addition, the adoption of an SR lens element controls short-wavelength light, the effects of which are difficult to correct, achieving highly precise chromatic aberration compensation.
- Nikon’s original Nano Crystal Coat has been adopted to effectively reduce ghost and flare.
- By using the Z TELECONVERTER TC-1.4× or Z TELECONVERTER TC-2.0× the telephoto range can be expanded to 840mm or 1200mm respectively, while taking advantage of the lens’ AF and VR performance to realize superior sharpness and clarity.
- Equipped with Normal VR mode, which demonstrates superior 5.5-stop stabilization, as well as Sport VR mode, which stabilizes the viewfinder display with continuous shooting, making it easier to track rapidly moving subjects.2
- When paired with a compatible body, Synchro VR can be activated to achieve up to 6.0-stop stabilization3 by combining in-camera VR and lens VR.
- Adoption of a stepping motor (STM) ensures fast and quiet autofocusing.
- Superior dust- and drip-resistant performance4 is supported, and excellent anti-fouling performance is achieved through the adoption of fluorine coat.
- Equipped with four lens Fn2 buttons and one lens Fn button that can be customized and assigned to a wide variety of functions.
- Equipped with a memory recall function5 that instantly recalls a focus position stored in advance by pressing the button to which the function has been assigned.
- A design that takes video recording into consideration with quiet operation and stable exposure, as well as functions including focus-breathing suppression that effectively reduces shifting of the angle of view with focusing.