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Nikkor AF-S 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR lens delayed till May 31

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Few days ago I mentioned about the potential delay of the new Nikkor AF-S 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR lens. Nikon Japan now officially announced the delay - the new release date is May 31, 2013.

If you are thinking of purchasing this $17,896.95 lens that weights 10.12 lb (4.59 kg), take a look also at those additional long lens support add-ons from Sunwayfoto (price: $99), Manfrotto (price: $78) and RRS (price: $230):


Sunwayfoto telephoto lens support TLS-01

Manfrotto 359 Long Lens Support

Manfrotto 359 long lens support

RRS long lens support

RRS long lens support

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  • A_Lwin

    Sunwayfoto also makes a support accessory that looks similar to the RRS.


    • HotDuckZ

      It’s just look similar.

    • Mr. Mamiya

      The quality is okay, but not “really right”.

  • Wooah!

    I’ve ordered 2, so I don’t have to carry one every time I go to my holiday home.

    • orpickaname

      bro you forgot one for the truck rig.

  • Eric Calabos

    orders are that few, they’re not motivated enough to spend time making it :-)

  • neonspark

    not tested by DXO they suck!, let’s rant!

    • No longer Pablo Ricasso

      Switching to Bower!

  • Sam Ting

    Nikon 400mm $8999, Nikon TC 2.0 III $489. Half the price. Seems like Nikon just added an $8000 teleconverter to the 400mm anyway.

    • Alex

      Look at the MTF of the new 800mm

      • http://www.facebook.com/NovumLucis Michael Sloan

        Yes, that MTF is beautiful @ 800mm f/5.6, but the 400mm f/2.8 is no slouch either! Most certainly, the 800mm is the sharper lens, no argument there. But $17K is a steep price to pay. Back when the 600mm f/4 was king of the hill (widely available hill that is), I bought the 400mm f/2.8 with TCs as I preferred the versatility. Today, I would probably do the same thing, with one exception. If that new Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 is acceptably sharp, I might go for that lens (+ matching 1.4x TCs) along with a Nikon 600mm f/4. Still waiting to see the outcome on the new SigMonster though….

        • 800mm f/2.8 DX VR

          The 400mm will be slightly more slouchy when it has a doubler on it. There will be a clear difference between the two.
          It is not the existing 400 + an $8000 doubler!

  • DonD

    What am I going to do now. No 800 till the end of May. Ok, I’ll pay $40,000 if I can get it now.

  • http://twitter.com/csar Carsten Saager

    I switch to Canon

  • FOSSrules

    Here’s how you do long lens support with support for the camera body: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dvdgray/4401558523/in/set-72157623542502624/

    • http://www.facebook.com/NovumLucis Michael Sloan

      Interesting setup…500mm f/4? I shoot with similar rig from RRS, only I don’t support camera body, never found it necessary. Are you shooting DX on that tele to maximize reach, and have found the F mount to be too much slop? With my D4 on a 400mm f/2.8 and TC20-II, I never had any issues. Here are some image examples I got of little birds (about 10 feet away):


      Some more of big bad wolves (shot through a fence):

      BTW, how do you quickly rotate to verticle?

  • piollo

    FINALLY on 31 i can smack that on my NIKON j1 !

  • neversink

    With the Yen devaluing so quickly, Nikon needs to lower the price by 20 percent on this lens and everything else!!!!!!

  • Orest

    who really cares. 99.999% of people cannot afford this!!

  • Gord

    At this price, does the lens come pre-boiled or will I need to boil it myself?

  • http://www.facebook.com/leoabreuphoto Leonardo Abreu

    Dear Santa…

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