The new Nikon 800mm f/5.6 lens spotted in the wild

N-Photo posted on their Facebook page the first image of the Nikkor 800mm f/5.6 lens that was announced two weeks ago. The picture was probably taken at the 141st Open Championship golf tournament.

Nikon did not provide anyย specifications, price or release date for the 800mm f/5.6ย lens.

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  • Chris

    Their twitter posted “Just seen the new 800mm f/5.6…. But behind bulletproof plastic!” on the 26th so much more likely it was at the Olympics.

    • Everlast66

      They have to feature this as Arnie’s weapon of choice in the rumoured Terminator 5.

      After he materializes from the future at the Olympics, he goes to the first photo journalist and demands:
      – Give me your 800mm f/5.6 lens, and D4, now!

  • Not very sober… i don’t have bag to take it during trekking ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • FDF

      You don’t put this in your bag. You hang the bag under it.

      • Bondi Beach

        Two bags ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Ron Yu

    Does this shoot rockets?

    • iamlucky13

      The BZ-2e Bazooka attachment is a separately purchased accessory only available through Nikon Kazakhstan.

      NPS will not provide warranty support for 800mm F/5.6 lenses damaged due to the use of 3rd party rocket launcher attachments like the popular RPG-7, although Sigma is rumored to be working on an adapter kit for the RPG-7.

      • BartyL

        I can’t believe people would spend all that money on a genuine Nikkor lens and then bolt a cheap third-party rocket launcher to it.

        Have you tried those things? Just made of cheap plastic with no weather sealing and they wobble around on the guide mount so it’s practically impossible to hit anything anyway.

        There may be an element of price-gouging in the Nikon launcher, but their magnesium alloy construction and reliable buttons are worth the 500% mark-up for the peace-of-mind they bring.

        Also, is anyone else having this problem? When I use the rocket launcher and then try to capture an image of the explosion using the 500mm f/5.6, I find the view is mostly obscured by exhaust gases and smoke. Should I only blow things up when there is a strong side wind?

        Oh, and a note for those using the launcher: make sure you take your speedlight off before launch, I totally melted a brand-new SB910 yesterday.

        • ArizonaSteve


        • you are not american, are you? So many dangerous words written on the internet?
          Better check for black van outside dude.

          • BartyL

            Happily for me, I live in a country (Australia) and under a system of law where it is still possible to excercise a sense of humour, even concerning the unauthorised use of military weapons, without any serious worry of abduction by government agencies and incarceration in an illegal military prison.

            Even in the US I would expect an authority to view these remarks in context and take note of 1) the facetious nature of the exchange, 2) the absence of any specific threat or intention to cause harm. So I sleep pretty soundly at night Harold.

            • Not Nikon

              I’m an Australian and you’ve just made us look like idiots.

              Humour on the internet: never translates well. Mostly to Americans, but sometimes to Aussies. Brits do it best.

  • Will it autofocus on my D3000?

    • This is an AFS lens so, yes.

  • why not

    I wonder why they didn’t make it f/4? ๐Ÿ™‚ It could be bestseller ๐Ÿ™‚

    • kotknackaren

      Why not f2.8 or 2.0? (car included in price).

  • Ben

    I hope they make it in white so I can look like a Canon fanboy.

    • EnPassant

      Just buy some sandpaper, white spraypaint and thin red tape and do it yourself!
      From a few meter distance everybody will think you are using an L-lens! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • BartyL

      I think white might actually be a good colour for a lens this large. Imagine shooting in the middle of summer with a giant matte-black lens soaking up all that heat.

  • a monster with a monster price tag

  • Anonymous Maximus

    Why do you need a 800mm? Just crop it from 400mm on a D800 and be fine. Sports photos won’t become billboards, but just a tiny photo on a corner of a newspaper. Why the fuss?

    • A couple of reasons:

      1) you still get better quality if you are zoomed in optically.

      2) the further you are using the full frame, the more forgiving a little softness in focus will be (this is especially important in sports, where a little bit of softness can easily be corrected, but it becomes more difficult when you get to pixel areas of less density)

      3) if you are shooting sports, you are likely shooting a D3 or D4, the D800 is an amazing camera, but its not really a sports shooters body (4 fps CAN be used for sports, but if you have the $$ for the 800mm, you can afford the faster flagship bodies).

      For nature, same thing – I would much rather get a full frame shot of that lion, tiger, bear (oh my), than crop in on a large frame.

      You’ll always get better quality from Optical Zoom over “Digital Zoom”

      • John_IGG

        Use a 200-400 with TC-20E III (no auto focus I think) or 70-200 with TC-20E III (auto-focus OK) on a D7000 or D300s or the now replacement when it comes out and you are the king of the hill…

        I have tried 70-200 with TC-20E III on my D300s and it is perfect (200mm x 1,5 x 2 = 600mm, f 5.6?) even hand-held.

        Has anybody tried 2 x TC-20E III on a camera as this guy suggests?

        • John_IGG

          Ignore the PS! I got it all wrong, sorry.

        • Jabs

          @John_IGG – Perhaps what you forgot is that the 200-400 F4 with a 2X teleconverter now becomes an F8 lens. You would need a D4 or a D800/800E to AF with that combo.

          • Ke

            It’s only an F8 in terms of DOF, no?

      • Zoetmb

        >>>>”if you are shooting sports, you are likely shooting a D3 or D4, the D800 is an amazing camera, but its not really a sports shooters body (4 fps CAN be used for sports, but if you have the $$ for the 800mm, you can afford the faster flagship bodies).”

        Some of the greatest sports photos of all time were shot on a Rollei or a 4×5 Graflex where the photographer had to decide the moment to shoot. Today’s photographers are essentially shooting movies and then picking frames out.

    • Jabs

      A simple answer – You cannot isolate a subject from another when BOTH are in the frame no matter what focal length you just used. The reason for a longer focal length often is not only subject isolation from the background but also subject isolation from others next to or close to them. Remember in sports, you often are in a fixed position relative to those whom you are photographing and thus focal length rules.

    • FPS

      It never ceases to amaze me just how keen some folk are to display their ignorance.

    • umesh

      Well the very expensive lenses Nikon or canon produces are just for fun. And ofcourse the pro photographers that use these do it either for fun or because they have money to burn or because they are are just dumb………

    • MB

      I’ve had 30+ billboards of my sports shots. Mostly surf.

    • yes sure, but why 400mm lens exists? you can use 200mm and crop, no?



      why would 200mm exist? 100 does the same job when little cropped.

  • BJD

    Is that the new Nikon 800mm f/5.6 mounted on the D800 in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

    Plenty of room in those pockets after you empty them of money!

    Still, if I had the means, I would buy one in a second. Some birds are SO shy…

  • T.I.M

    you can get nice heat wave with that baby !
    (a rumor also say that Nikon made that lens to help people to search for D800e in stock)

  • John_IGG

    I will definitely NOT buy it!

    • WYS

      I will definitely NOT be able to afford it!

  • Jabs

    Who would have thought after the two disasters last year that Nikon would be now better prepared for the 2012 London Olympics than Canon? New bodies (D4, D800, D800E) and lenses with significantly new features plus better Video and clean HDMI output.
    Olympics here we come!

    • T.I.M

      Olympics sucks, Mc Donalds official restaurant !
      Give me a break.

      • Jabs

        MacHeadache with fries – lol
        Maybe better than an eel pie or the (in)famous British food. Give them some curry goat, some lamb vindaloo, some jerk chicken and be done with it.

        Money talks for sponsorship and you can eat whatever you want outside of the Olympic Venue.

      • JorPet

        That is after all the McDonald’s slogan ๐Ÿ˜›

        You deserve a break today
        so get up and get away
        to McDonald’s


        • Jabs


          You deserve a break today – so go get some REAL food and bypass MickeyD’s – lol

    • gsum

      Please don’t mention the ‘O’ word. Most people in the UK are absolutely sick to death of these corporate games. This is definitely the right time to buy shares in Netflix or Lovefilm.

  • C_QQ_C

    mm take the Lenshood of, and its much smaller that the previous 800mm from nikon… ๐Ÿ™‚

  • John

    I can’t wait to see the replica 800mm coffee mug. Maybe I can fit that in my car?

    • alwyn

      It won’t be a coffee mug, more like a flask yes

      • iamlucky13

        Actually a water heater.

  • Andrew

    I want one!

  • Ric

    One word to discribe this lens


    • @Ric, I think that is actually two words, but no worries, your enthusiasm still comes through loud and clear. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • PAG

    Plenty of options available for buying this when it comes out. Second mortgage, liquidate retirement savings, sell the car, donate my organs ahead of schedule, …

  • T.I.M

    Anyone have a Nikon SC-29 flash extension cord ?
    I need to know the diameter (at the coil, not expended).
    Thank you.

    • @T.I.M,
      The diameter of the SC-29 cord is about 5/8 inch, or about 16mm. The more often you stretch the cable and recoil, the longer the cable will get in its rested state, and the small the diameter will become. So I doubt anyone can give you an accurate answer on a used cable; my cable is used, so take the numbers with a grain of salt.


      • T.I.M

        @Dr SCSI
        Great, I’ll get mine tuesday but I needed the size to complete a project this week-end.
        Thank you !

  • WouterJ

    So friggin’ huge! It makes the 24-70 dissapear ๐Ÿ™‚

    • alley-oop

      that’s what she said!

  • orangebox

    Pure camera Porn!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ all i need to do now is rob a bank to buy one lol

  • Looks to be the diameter of the 400mm f/2.8, and the length looks the same if you add the TC2 III to the 400mm f/2.8. Hmmmm, just buy the 400 f/2.8 and the TC2 III, you get two lenses in one. And if you buy the TC1.4 and TC1.7, you get four lenses…

  • Jabs

    I wonder what Nikon body the Pros will be shooting at the London Olympics with this ‘monster’ lens?
    D300 or 300s?

    Anyway, Nikon is sitting pretty good for the Olympics.

  • I was told that this picture was taken at the Nikon Olympics party last night.

    • Jabs

      @ Administrator – Sweeeeet lens but pricey and in the right hands, priceless.

  • EvanK

    The question is with a lens of this size, how could you [i]not[/i] spot this in the wild?

    • Jabs

      @EvanK – Nikon had an old 800mm F5.6 and since most of these long lenses are shot from far away from the subject, you could miss it or not know if it was the new version perhaps!

  • Matt

    Paired with a TC-20E III on a D800, it will make for great live-tracking of the Mars rover.

  • Funduro

    LOL does the purchase price include lower back pain therapy/massage sessions ?

    • BartyL

      Financial counselling?

  • Rikard

    Any good reviews yet? I’m planning to use this as my walk around lens… If it doesn’t work, I’m switching to Canon…

    • Jabs

      @Rikard – with this lens you already have a cannon, so why bother going to the Canon brand – LOL – couldn’t resist.
      In America Homeland Security would be on you like white on rice too. Not to mention the muggers trying to rip you off.

  • bikinchris

    I am pretty sure i saw that lens on the sidelines at the Alabama/LSU national Championship game. I posted about that on DPReview.

    • NikoFanBoy


      I guess you were right. Just after 6-9 months this this beast was officially announced for development.

      I only hope that weight is less then 5.3Kgs and price set less then ยฃ10,500.

      This will be a killer lens for bird photography.


  • Why?

    • BartyL


    • NikonFanBoy


      I am not passionate about using Tc’s. Although this lens is one stop slower then 600mm, it really has the potential reach for small bird photography. With D800 crop mode of 15mp I can achieve 1200mm @ f/5.6 and this felxibility in the demanding conditions is an added advantage.

      More over any tele lens requires sturdy tripod. I wont be using this lens without it.

      Check out Bjorn’s review for it predecessor. He ranks it better then 600mm.

  • C. Norris

    f/5.6? that’s a slow lens. I don’t understand the fascination.

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