Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED and 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR lenses officially announced

Nikon officially announced the Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED lens and 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR with the AF-S Teleconverter TC800-1.25E ED.

Nikkor 18-35mm f3.5-4.5G ED lensAF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f3.5-4.5G ED lens design

Nikkor AF-S 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED related links:

AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f3.5-4.5G ED wide AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f3.5-4.5G ED tele

Nikkor AF-S 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED primary features:

  • An 18-35mm zoom lens that covers the ultra-wide to standard wide-angle range of focal lengths with approximately 1.9x magnification, supports maximum apertures of f/3.5-4.5, and offers compatibility with the FX format
  • A compact design that weighs just 385 g makes the lens small and light enough to take anywhere
  • A new optical design with superior resolution that makes the most of digital-SLR cameras with extremely high pixel counts, such as the D600
  • Constructed with two ED and three aspherical lens elements for superior aberration compensation
  • Superior rendering performance at all focusing distances, from minimum 28 cm to infinity
  • Equipped with a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for extremely quiet autofocusing
  • Equipped with two focus modes—autofocus with manual override (M/A) and manual focus (M)
  • A 7-blade rounded aperture for beautiful blur characteristics

Nikkor 800mm f5.6E FL ED VR lens

AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f5.6E FL ED VR lens designb Nikon-AF-S-TELECONVERTER-TC800-1.25E-ED

Nikkor AF-S 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR related links:

AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f5.6E FL ED VR lens MTF chart AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f5.6E FL ED VR lens MTF chart with teleconverter

Nikkor AF-S 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR primary features:

  • An FX-format compatible AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR with the longest focal length in the history of NIKKOR autofocus lenses.
  • Constructed of two fluorite lens elements. The lens is equipped with two fluorite lens elements used in IC steppers and scanners that require extreme precision. The superior transmissivity from the infrared to ultra-violet range demonstrates superior chromatic aberration compensation throughout the visible range.
  • Equipped with two ED lens elements for sharp rendering and superior optical performance.
  • Nano Crystal Coat effectively prevents the internal reflections that cause ghost and flare.
  • When the teleconverter is used with this super-telephoto lens, the electromagnetic aperture built into the lens enables stable exposure control with high-speed continuous shooting.
  • Equipped with a vibration reduction (VR) mechanism offering performance equal to an increase in shutter speed of approximately 4.0 steps*.
  • A lightweight yet durable super-telephoto lens with the adoption of fluorite lens elements, which helps to reduce the weight of the lens significantly, and a magnesium alloy, which ensures strength and durability.


Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC800-1.25E ED primary features:

  • Designed exclusively for use with the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR. This teleconverter has been designed to produce images exhibiting the same rendering performance as the primary lens.
  • When used with the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR, focal length is increased by 1.25x for a focal length of 1000 mm (combined maximum aperture of f/7.1).
  • The first teleconverter equipped with an ED lens element.

Press release:

Exacting Precision From Near or Afar: Nikon's Newest NIKKOR Lenses Offer Optical Brilliance and Versatility for FX-Format Shooters

Nikon Continues to Expand Upon the NIKKOR Lens Lineup with the New AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Super-Telephoto Lens and AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Wide-Angle Lens

MELVILLE, N.Y. – Today, Nikon Inc. introduced the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR super-telephoto lens and AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED ultra-wide-angle zoom lens, designed to assist FX-format photographers in capturing their subjects with clarity and precision. Specifically engineered for sports, wildlife and photojournalists, the 800mm f/5.6 offers the longest focal length of any NIKKOR autofocus (AF) lens, affording photographers the opportunity to get closer to their subject with extreme telephoto capability. Additionally, the compact and lightweight 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 is an ultra-wide-angle lens option with a 1.9x zoom range is an ideal focal length for landscape photography and other wide-angle applications.

“The addition of the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR super-telephoto lens and AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED wide-angle zoom lens to the FX-format NIKKOR lens lineup reaffirms Nikon’s commitment to the optical excellence and versatility that professional and enthusiast photographers have come to expect from Nikon,” said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. “Whether shooting on the sidelines under stadium lights or composing a landscape in the early morning sun, the newest additions to the NIKKOR line of lenses provide the ability to shoot stunning still images or HD video with amazing sharpness and clarity.”

The Elusive and Iconic Image is Never Out of Reach
The new AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR super-telephoto lens provides professional photographers the opportunity to get close to a subject with the longest fixed focal length lens in the NIKKOR family. Designed for the needs of sports, wildlife and news photographers, the 800mm features a maximum aperture of f/5.6 and gives FX-format photographers the chance to capture intense detail and textures that fill the frame from a distance. Included with the new lens is the matched AF-S Teleconverter TC800-1.25E ED which has been developed exclusively for the 800mm f/5.6 lens. This is the first Nikon teleconverter to employ an ED glass element, and extends the maximum focal length 1.25x to 1000mm (1500mm when used with a DX-format camera) and maximum aperture to f/7.1 while maintaining full AF performance on D4, D800 series and D600 FX-format D-SLR cameras.

Originally trialed and tested under the demanding conditions of the 2012 summer games, the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR maintains the handling, optical performance, vivid color reproduction and exceptional clarity that professional photographers rely on. This is the first Nikon lens constructed with two fluorite glass elements, combined with two ED glass elements and a Nano Crystal Coat, to help ensure outstanding performance with minimal chromatic aberration and flaring, all within a durable lens body. The addition of fluorite elements allows for consistently excellent optical characteristics while keeping the lens balanced and lightweight. The lens is comprised of 20 elements in 13 groups, and is one of few Nikon lenses to utilize an electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism that enables seamless mechanical control and enhanced stability in auto exposure control during continuous shooting. Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization is also implemented, with the equivalent of approximately four stops faster1 shutter speed correction.

An Ultra Wide-Angle Wonder for FX-Format Photographers
Nikon’s newest ultra-wide-angle NIKKOR offering, the AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED, features a useful wide-angle focal length of 18-35mm (1.9x zoom equivalent). This FX-format lens is ideal for large group shots, architecture and photographing or shooting HD video in tight interiors. Performance is optimized for ultra-high-pixel-count D-SLR cameras including the Nikon D800 series and D600, while providing close focus up to .92 feet (approx. 11 inches). The 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 presents a new, lightweight wide-angle option for FX-format D-SLR shooters.

The AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED packs NIKKOR quality and performance within an extremely compact and lightweight 0.85 lb. (385g) body, making it easy to carry while on location or on-the-go. Constructed with 12 elements in 8 groups, Nikon’s newest wide-angle lens features a seven-blade diaphragm that allows for beautiful and precise image blur, ED glass to help ensure outstanding performance with minimal chromatic aberration while Nikon’s Super Integrated Coating (SIC) reduces ghosting even in backlit situations. Two focus modes are available including M/A (AF with manual override) and M (Manual) in addition to a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) that enables quiet AF operation.

Price and Availability
The AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR, supplied with the AF-S Teleconverter TC800-1.25E ED, will be available in April 2013 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $17,899.95*. The AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED will be available in March 2013 for the SRP of $749.95*. For more information on these and other NIKKOR lenses as well as other Nikon products, please visit

About the NIKKOR brand
With a comprehensive assortment of FX and DX-format lenses and focal lengths, from the ultra-wide 10-24mm to the new super telephoto 800mm VR, Nikon photographers have come to rely upon the NIKKOR core technologies that contribute to their optical superiority. NIKKOR is the brand name for Nikon’s photographic lenses, which are precision crafted to the most exacting standards in Nikon’s own glassworks. In 1933, Nikon marketed its first camera lens under the NIKKOR brand name, the "Aero-NIKKOR” for aerial photography applications. Since then, NIKKOR has been used as a brand name for Nikon’s lenses that symbolizes durability, high image quality and optical excellence.

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  • Ben C. K.

    Holy smokes, the price on that 800mm is mind blowing. I thought Canon’s version was expensive, but this made my jaw drop.

    • Robert

      Yeah, but does Canon toss in a TC along with theirs?…Look at it this way…the lens if $14k and the TC to get you to 1000mm f/7.1 is $4k…considering you’ll probably need to stop down to f/8 for max sharpness that makes it a wonderful…ummm……something.

      • padlockd

        The lens hood itself is over $1,000… I’m assuming that’s included as well, but still, that is an insane amount of money.

      • jec6613

        Look at the MTF, this thing is best wide open.

    • niXerKG

      I can’t afford it but it doesn’t matter. For years I’ve wanted Nikon to make the big lenses again. Make them because they can. Get their name out there again. Make people remember whats up. Plus I really want this lens. Now they need to make new medical-nikkors and PC-Es.

    • cppguy16

      You can buy the Canon version, plus a 5D3 with extra batteries and memory cards for this money.

  • tony5787

    So looks like I’ll never be owning an 800mm 5.6 from Nikon…

  • Zinchuk

    Nearly $18,000???? My God, that’s insane. And I’m a working pro, so I understand the value of good lenses.

    • Micah Goldstein

      …these are the type of lenses that most people only rent. They’re produced, designed, and priced accordingly. They could be done otherwise, but even if they cost a tenth of the price, most people wouldn’t find a use for them.

      • Fry

        ..I’m pretty sure had this cost 1/10th of the price, many people would switch to Nikon, and Nikon would go bankrupt 😉

      • peterw

        there are some very rich people among bird photographers,
        mostly non pro-photographers and some of them not the best photographers either, as you can see from the sample imagers:
        composition? huh? what’s that for? it’s sharp so it’s perfect 😉
        happy with a great 500 F4… which is not very cheap either. But I sure would have a use for this 800 🙂

    • Eric Calabos

      LG is selling its new 4k OLED TVs for more than $20k. More than 300 people has paid that by now. While they cant make money with TV
      This lens is for very few photographers, and is a real money maker

      • jake

        but unlike the 4k TVs , this type of lens does not get cheap very soon , probably even 4 years from now , it’ll cost about the same as it does now.
        so it is expensive.

      • Nathan

        There were no 4k OLED TV’s. There are 4k LED TV’s and there’s a 1080p OLED, but not combined. I’ll take the OLED any day.

        There’s a Martin Logan CLX speaker that’s $30k. I’ll take one of those too.

        As for the $18k lens, I’ll take that too. 😉

  • parrot

    Surely the most expensive way to get to 1000mm. And which bodies do they expect people to use for AF to work properly at f/7.1?

    • niXerKG

      D800, D4, D600, D3200, D5200 and whatever else is in the pipeline.

      • parrot

        Fair enough, I didn’t realise anything besides the D4 would be good for it. Good to know.

      • c

        i doubt that an entry level body will properly autofocus at 7.1 in all but the best situations

        • niXerKG

          Yeah you’re right the D5200, D3200 can only do f/5.6 but D600, D800, D4 and probably the D7000/D300S replacements will be. f/8 is the new f/5.6!

        • dgs

          Who would buy an entry level body and a lens for 17K?

        • jec6613

          Having had a lens stuck at f/8 for a week and no way to repair it or shoot it at anything else, the MultiCAM 1000 AF system of the D5100/D3200/D90 will indeed AF at f/8 … just very badly. I’ve even had it work at f/22 when the aperture coupling broke entirely, but it took almost 30 seconds to acquire focus on a stationary target (And, of course, exposure is a bit of a problem).

    • c

      they said af will function properly on all current fx bodies

  • Joe King

    Now I have to decide whether to buy that lens or pay off the car payment on my Civic.

    • Micah Goldstein

      …all three of my Civics were each bought new for less than $15k. I could buy a Civic and D800 and just drive closer for less!

      • Donz

        lol, classic! Love it

    • Micah Goldstein

      …and I do hope that everybody gets the joke. Sometimes you can’t get closer, but money is involved and you need the shot–that’s what this is for. Also, this will give you subject isolation similar to an 400/4, a 200/2.8, or a 100/2.

      The size of the item and the price tag are asinine, but I’d bet it’s still good gear and will get bought/rented/used nonetheless.

  • bjrichus

    $18k … They must only want to make a few of them. Wait until they appear as “rare” on eBay.

  • twoomy

    Love that 18-35mm!!! COME TO PAPA!

  • Bkmy

    If I don’t see a new 80-400 or 300f4 soon I’m gonna take a monster poop. I know this one isnt even over yet but when’s the next event for announcements!

    • Donz

      just hoping the 300 f4 VR isn’t going to be too expensive : )

  • c

    and why would someone buy this 18k lens over a 400mm + 2.0?

    • Mike

      Because you get a 1.25x teleconverter too = 1000mm. Sounds like optics will be better than a 400 + 2x. I’m just trying to figure out how big the market for 1000mm is. Would they even sell 5 of these a year?

      • c

        there is a large market for ultra-ultra telephoto…i know a lot of wildlife photographers who probably think that is just what they need. also folks in the news world need lenses like this for covering things such as shuttle launches, certain sporting events, etc. not to mention paparazzi. for certain people cost is not an issue…they may not take the lens out often but when they do they know it will pay for itself…but for the rest of us…

        • Ola

          shuttle launches, would’t a they need a time machine for that?

          • 800mm f/2.8 DX VR

            Yes. Nikon’s next release will be a new version of this 800mm lens with a built in time machine. $45k.

    • jec6613

      Optics are way better on the 800 f/5.6. Look at the MTF chart.

      • c

        wow did NOT notice that. very impressive. too bad the atmosphere aka the worlds largest anti aliasing filter will muck up the sharpness in most applications where this lens is necessary

  • samthedog

    I wonder if they’ll be selling those 800mm lenses at Wal-mart?

  • Jarret O’Shea

    Besides the breathtaking price…is the MTF chart for the 800mm as nuts as it looks? I’ve never seen one with numbers so close to 1 across the graph.

  • parrot

    The sample images for the 800 leave a lot to be desired. We know the lens is capable of better than that, but Nikon chose to shoot birds at 1/80s resulting in a blurry snapshot. Nice way to show off a 18k lens!

    • Dave Ingram

      Maybe they’re trying to show that you can handhold it at 1/80 and with the VR still get a somewhat decent shot : )

      • parrot

        The third sample image, which is the main one I’m refering to, has no mention of it being handheld. I’d bet none of them are handheld. None of the samples are impressive though, and just way too small for any scrutiny.

      • desmo

        thats why the tripod foot costs optiona extra

    • Eric Duminil

      I agree.
      They should fill the frame with a small bird, and show all the details of the 36Mpix.
      The resolution is so small on the samples that it could be a crop from a D800 + 200mm f/2.8.

  • Mike

    Is it me or are the 800 mm lens MTF’s showing a near perfect lens? I’ve never seen an MTF chart like that.

    • I was thinking the same thing – flat line MTF

      • Kim

        The longer the focal lenght, the easier it is to get the whole frame perfect. There’s practically no curving left on the selection of the sphere the lens is seeing. Compared to an 18mm for instance.

        • desmo

          Still is apretty awesome MTF plot,images should be smokin
          too bad I can’t afford it

          • Manuela

            I could but I don’t want and I don’t need it.

            • Ted Gore

              Thanks for letting everyone know you can afford it though. Useful knowledge.

            • Jan F. Rasmussen

              Just buy it anyway and send it to me.

        • Andy

          It’s easy to get EVEN performance across the frame with a long telephoto lens. It is not easy to get GOOD performance across the frame.

        • 800mm f/2.8 DX VR

          Go compare this to the canon 800 MTF! Canon is good, but this is in a different universe.

          • Kim

            I already know that Nikon makes better lenses than Canon, thank you! 😉

    • Yep, that MTF is insane!

    • peter2

      I’ve noticed that too. Is that what makes Nikon very confident to put it at that price point?

    • x-vision

      That’s exactly what I thought too: wow, perfect MTF.

    • eths

      I was like WOW too…

    • I noticed that too. But heck, it better be a perfect lens for that price!

    • benjamin

      thats the first thing that came to mind.. impressive..

      • Discontinued

        second thing to mind is: if there only was a WA-lens with such MTF-chart-results

        • Pat Mann

          Just use the 800 to make panoramas. You only need the one lens – don’t have to worry about changing lenses and getting dust on your sensor, and you can print landscapes life size at 300 dpi.

    • Mazzy

      $749 for plastic wide 18-35, with very weak corner VS $1,100 16-35 VR F/4 PRO costruction ?
      I don’t see any reason to buy it, maybe at $599.

      • I totally agree. I don’t understand this lens at all.

        • Discontinued

          And I disagree. I actually own the 16-35. Among other downsides weak corners at the wide end are its speciality. Check the MTF if you don’t believe me.
          If someone wants to save a few hundred plus some seize and weight, hey why not.

          • Actually, I just looked at the 16-35mm MTF and it is at least twice as sharp as this lens. On the other hand $749 is Nikon’s introductory MSRP. I see this lens retailing for $500 soon. The 16-35mm is $1250 on Nikon’s website. I’d say save your pennies and get the wider better performer with VR.

          • PWPhoto

            I agree. I have shot with a 16-35 f4 and it is horrible on distortion. I know that that can be corrected in post editing, however with a lens categorized as a Pro lens by Nikon, I expect more than that from the lens. It is sharp, but the distortion killed it for me. I have since bought a Tokina ATX-Pro 16-28mm f2.8 and I absolutely love it! Anytime I shoot sunrises, It is always the first lens on my camera. It is extremely sharp, possibly sharper than the Nikon 16-35mm f4, and it has very little ditortion. Even less than the Nikon 14-24mm f2.8. I know this because I have shot with both lens on the same subjects at the same shoots. The Tokina wins and for roughly $900, you cant lose with it.

    • timon_comment

      Japanese lens maker’s released lens MTF charts are not the true measured value, those are usually with drawings and decked, looks like goodliness, but in fact is far not so.

      If Japanese lens maker’s own lens MTF charts are true measured value, well then, the third-party measurement would be needless, but in fact is far not so.

      The most typical example is Sigma lens, even a very bad low-end Sigma lens also painted on a showy MTF chart, but you can see third-party measurement MTF no longer painted skin and huge difference.

      There is a rare example, Zeiss had once released a measured lens MTF chart, but later a Japanese camera maker released the lens’s another MTF chart, much more showy, too ironical.

      The MTF measurement, Photozone is worth to carefully read.
      In Photozone, all PZ (measured MTF) sample images are taken as RAW files and converted via Photoshop ACR (default settings without automatic image correction and contrast set to 0).

    • At the price they’re asking it’s dead so it should be ‘flat line’.
      However I’m sure someone with lots of cash will splurge out for 4 to use as coffee table legs.

    • mok

      yes, incredible.
      but please note that at 800 mm there ids additional factor which is coming into light – air itself.
      If it is warm day then it will be the environmental conditions and air quality which will steer the picture quality 🙂

    • Smudger

      The MTF data relates to the lens, not you!

  • Alias

    I thought I had this 18-35mm 3.5-4.5 ED lens. Shouldn’t this be II?

    • Fly Moon

      this is a G not a D

  • Micah Goldstein

    Just realized that 800mm has VR (¡¿?!) Is it designed for use on anything but a tripod?! Even if it were light enough to use, this thing would need a tripod AND VR to be usable.

    • Micah Goldstein

      …and as a reminder: STILL not as crazy as this

      I wonder if they’ll ever hit focal lengths like this again in the near future?

    • jec6613

      Remember, VR also takes the movement out that was caused by what your tripod is on, like a helicopter or stadium bleachers.

    • peterw

      off course you can shoot hand held with it, if you have enough trained muscle, not much more than I have ;). With a bit of exercise you can even hold your target in the right spot and try to do a bit of ‘framing’. Among 20 shots, some will be OK. (You shoot far more than one shot, but not at maximum framerate, because the black-out time will ruin the grip of the auto-focus).
      And, yes, off course, it is advisable to use a tripod, or better a bean bag, and even then VR is adding a lot to the chance of achieving one great image. … If the air is clear and not trembling from damp or heat.
      (excuse my english please).

      • Micah Goldstein

        …blackout time has never been an issue with my D700. : D

        I don’t doubt that an optic like this is designed with both really fast IF/RF and a robust focus limit system. And in focus priority the frame rate slows to as fast as the camera believes can focus.

        And yeah, atmospheric issues start to be an issue at this focal length. (your English is perfectly clear btw)

        And thank you for understanding what a motor drive is for! So many folks who don’t have a clue don’t know or believe they are for anything but “spray and pray”.

        • peterw

          happy to be of service 🙂
          (I am very happy it is not a real motor drive dragging costly film around.)

          black-out time not an issue… you didn’t try an approaching mallard did you? 🙂

          Well, AF-possibilities do not only depend on the velocity and errand flight of the subject, but also the max aperture of the lens and highly on the photographers capacity to hold the focuspoints on the subject. It is not my speciality :). So I put D300 / D700 back to 5 pix/s. And definitely remove the convertor.

          (Probably focus priority has advantages, but I like to decide when a picture is made. Perhaps I should try some time how it works with pigeons.)

  • peter2

    it seems that the new 18-35 looks like the 16-35 but got a little squished in length.

    • Drazen B.

      Yup, that’s what you can get away with by removing:

      – 2mm at the wide end,
      – VR unit
      – requirement for constant f/4 aperture.

      Still, this lens is bound to become a hot seller, especially for owners of D600 who are little more cost conscious. Perfect complement to the 24-85mm D600 kit lens.

      • The top range of 35mm makes it a great complement to, say, a fast 50mm prime and your feet (and a real telephoto option if so desired). The big question is whether it has complex distortion. The MTF charts quite competitive with the 16-35 VR.

        Also note that the aperture range is possibly a deliberate piece of marketing. f3.5-4.5 is probably close enough to f4 to call it an f4 lens (most constant aperture lenses aren’t, just as most 70-200mm lenses aren’t 70-200mm). This is a classic example of market segmentation — people will buy the “constant aperture” lens because it’s more “pro” rather than for any actual advantage. VR is a real advantage but I for one can live without VR for wide angle.

  • Eric Calabos

    Epic MFT chart is Epic

  • Fry

    ..not that it matters, but will the 800mm lens with the 1.25x TC work with the FT-1 adapter ? 🙂

    • jec6613

      Should work nicely, assuming the electronic diaphragm doesn’t mess things up. And with that MTF … holy cow!

    • No longer Pablo Ricasso

      I wonder how the converter works with other lenses.

      • Tobi

        hope it does.. would be great for converting DX lenses for use with FX cameras..

  • Smudger

    Be patient, in a couple of years the 800 will be less unaffordable. – You won’t be able to get one for years anyway!

    • Nikon’s serious low volume lenses actually hold their prices or increase in price over time.

  • NikonFanBoy

    Hi Admin,

    800mm came as a complete surprise for you this time:))

    I would be interesting to see what will be the actual retail price.

    Yes that MTF graph looks so straight. Beats canon by a mile with and without a TC. Incredible!!!

    Thanks once again.

    • The 800mm f/5.6 is not actually a new product announcement, the lens was announced last year, but you are correct, I did not know that thy will release it now.

  • Richard

    OMG…i just came….looking at the 800mm. For 2x the price of the 600mm VR! Talking about the king of rocket launcher..if you dont need ultimate reach, I can get a 600mm and 400m for that price, or a 200mm, 300mm and a 200-400mm! But whoever owns that lens ………sweet

  • Ben

    Is the 800mm the first ever F-mount lens with Fluorite elements? I thought modern ED types of glass were just as good, but looking at the MTF, I guess the FL is adding something special.
    The most interesting thing about this lens (as I will never own it), is the electromagnetically actuated aperture (the E designation after the aperture in the lens name). Hopefully this is just a work-around, as they needed to place the aperture deep in the lens barrel, and the lever system probably has too much flex to work accurately at high frame rates. I am hoping that Nikon will not introduce this to cheap lenses, and then remove the lever from cheap bodies (thereby making the F mount quite similar to EOS mount). Sort of like the AF-S situation, or the G-lens situation.

    • Ken Elliott

      I’m pretty sure the will move to an all-electric mount over time. I’ll bet the future mirrorless camera will be have an all-electric mount, and the F-mount will migrate slowly as they revise the lenses.

  • alvix

    ” ..extremely high pixel count…(..) D600 ” ?? hahah…

    • PeterO

      I noticed that too alvix. That was written by the marketing people who have been instructed to keep pushing the low end FF to get the “where’s the D400” crowd to switch over. Nikon is obviously concentrating on providing the entry level FF crowd with a reasonably inexpensive range of lenses.

  • xjxjxjxjxjxj

    recommended for the D600, obviously. but will it be in the list for the D800? the old 18-35 was the worst lens i ever owned, it even made me angry when i looked at the photos it took!

    hope, this new one will be waaay better

    • AndyA

      You are unlucky.

      I have more than 30 Nikkors, including the 16-35, 24-85, 14-24 and of course the 18-35.

      The 18-35 is not great on a D800 but it’s not at all bad.

      On a D300 it’s more than decent.

  • Zen-Tao

    !8-35 is not a super wide angle is only a wide angle not very fast an with a MTF chart very poor. It´s suposed that f:5´6 or f:8 measures would get better. Price is a ripp of with those perfomances.

    • peterw

      What lens do you compare it to?
      On film anything beyond 24 mm was called super wide angle. So why not 18mm on FX? are you thinking DX?

  • AM

    Where’s the link to pre-order the 800mm?

    • Not available yet, I will publish them once the pre-orders are open.

  • Jan

    Seems like MTF of 800/5,6 is better with TC rather than without! Either pictures are switched or this lens is primarily designed as 1000mm… what a nice piece of crazy optics…

  • leiji

    It is funny how people react to a lens they will never see. The biggest news by far today is the release of new coolpix cameras which will sell millions.

  • Jari Varpenius

    Oh, this would be perfect lens on the hood of my D400 😀

  • Rhonbo

    Think of the new 18-35 as a 16-35 without VR. Both are plastic. The new one clailms to offer better resolution, if true then it should be sharper. We will have to wait and see but if the results are equal or better I would buy this over the more expensive version for the size, weight and price.

  • Brian

    Those images have Moose Peterson all over them. Low ISO, low shutter and only 2% coverage in the frame.

  • upuaut

    the 800mm is a lovely telescope.

  • MarkR

    Why such small sample pics Nikon? Really hard to tell quality from those tiny lil bird pics. Especially if people are going to be coughing up $17,900 for that lens.

  • Funduro

    Price: $17,899.95 too high priced, I was going to buy one but Nikon got greedy with the price, for $17,899.00 yes I would buy one. No way would I by one at $17,899.95, now that’s what I call greedy.

  • fjfjjj

    I thought fluorite was baaaaad…? “Fluorite easily cracks and is sensitive to temperature changes that can adversely affect focusing by altering the lens’ refractive index. So Nikon designers and engineers put their heads together and came up with ED glass.” Thanks for the info, Nikon.

  • NPSguy

    For $17K it is not worth the price! I tested the preproduction 800mm for 3 days: hand held and on tripod. The results where so-so, a 600mmf4 is sharper! I had to sign a form not to publish the images, so I cannot share it here… Perhaps they imporovde the actual version, but even if they improved the sharpness I would not buy it, although I could use in my field of work, it is not worth the $!

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