Nikon’s new 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 and 800mm f/5.6 lenses available for pre-order


Nikkor AF-S 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR lens pre-order options:


Nikkor AF-S 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED lens pre-order options:

Check later for more pre-order options.

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  • maximus

    Wow… that’s a monster!

    • Brian

      That’s what my misses said when I showed it to her. Fnar fnar…

      • Poor

        show me show me..

  • fmfm

    Someone wanna loan me 18 grand?

    • Chimphappyhour

      Loan?!? Someone want to give me 18 grand? (I can get the loan but can’t say that I can justify it. 😛 )

      • fmfm

        What he said.

  • maximus

    And at $18,000, I can only wonder how many of these will get sold!

    • delayedflight

      Probably a heap for news and government agencies.

      • MyrddinWilt

        Quite possibly it started a special order for the space station.

        A lot of the older Nikon exotics came out of very specific applications.

        Modern CAD/CAM probably allows them to make a profit on production runs of a few hundred. Why not put them into production every so often?

    • Loads of these will sell.. and the price will drop when they have been available of a few months..

    • No longer Pablo Ricasso

      They will sell them ALL…

  • neversink

    Let’s see. I have the 500mm f/4 and all teleconverters for it. So with the 1.4 attached I now have a great 700mm f/5.6 and with 2.0 attached I have a 1000mm f /8.0 These are still focusable with the D4 and D800.

    Guess I’m not ordering this monster. Whew!!!! Thank God for mathematics…. And it’s $10,000 more than the 500 or 600 mm lens. Holy moly. Only a mere 10K more…… Hmmm – On second thought – Let me raid my kids’ 521 college savings plan…. Don’t tell my ex!!!!!

    • Abhishek

      I thought it is 529 🙂

      • neversink

        I think you’re right… Well, hell, the 529 will just be a lttile light in each kid’s account…. Guess they’ll have to get jobs as waitresses to pay for part of school…..

        (I know there will be those who think I’m serious… Just joking folks!!!) (But damn, that is some mean looking glass on that 800!!!)

        • Shawn

          Community College for two years is a good idea anyway.

    • 800mm f/2.8 DX VR

      But the advantage of this setup is the perfect MTF. This will be awesome on the D800E and 24mp crop cams.

  • google

    Will the airlines allow this in the overhead bins?

    • s.dunn

      Not much different in length than the 600 F4, in fact it will fit in the 600 F4’s trunk case.

  • gatulin

    Okey, gimme four

    • MyrddinWilt

      I am only going to buy one.

      But I am going to fit it onto my Nikon V1 just to annoy the FX bores here.

      • Chimphappyhour

        800mm with the accompanying TC + the crop…. 4320mm equivalent. Shoot it hand held! 😀

  • INa

    It is always funny for me when you from USA are complaining
    about prices (for anything…) I’m not telling that the 800mm lens is cheap,
    not at all… I’m just trying to cheer you up, because can be worse… Here in
    Norway the lens cost 138399,-NOK it is ~25150,-USD… Anyone? 🙂

    • Aldo

      that is just our nature… we complain about prices on one end and rant about companies sending jobs to china on the other.

      • poor

        and complain nothing is made in usa

        • Chimphappyhour

          This comment made in Guangzhou.

    • neversink

      It’s your high taxes that causes that inequality. Want me to order one for you and we’ll split the difference on the $8,500 you’ll save!!!! Or just come to the states and buy one and take it back with you…

  • BBB

    Huge let down that the 18-35mm isn’t a fixed aperture (not even f/4!? Common) Would’ve been perfect for video or anything done in studio/outdoor. I hate these cheap entry level FX lenses.

    • 800mm f/2.8 DX VR

      Go buy a 16-35 f/4 then!!!!

      • This would have been a better travel lens due to the small form factor.

        • 800mm f/2.8 DX VR

          well you can’t have everything can you?

    • St.

      Variable aperture, no VR… and the MTF chart is not really impressive.
      Does it extends while zooming, or it is like 16-35 with internal zoom?

      • Kim

        Seems like it zooms like the 12-24mm DX, i.e.: The front group moves inside the protection of the filter-ring!!!
        This makes the lens a zillion times more sturdy when banging it on stuff!

    • I’d wait to see resolution when stopped down before makign final judgment. Yes I would’ve loved a 16-35 VR upgrade without the huge 16mm disto but that is for another day. This is small, “affordable” and will find its way to many camera bags IMHO. Totally agree with the fixed aperture though… 🙁

      • Donatello

        I’m waiting for an upgrade for 16-35mm (from f/4 to f/2.8 like Canon). And of course – control correction over geometrical distorssion. Any rumors about that?


  • Aldo

    18k for melted sand… I think I’m in the wrong business…

    • stanley

      I’ll start filling out the second-mortgage papers on my house tomorrow. 18k their out of their MF minds!!

  • Denver Shooter

    Roberts Imaging is also accepting pre orders. Nikon told them April delivery

  • Bummer on the 18-35 being variable and the MTF chart being merely eh. I really like the form factor as a good travel wide.

  • $17, 889.00 !! Just what I don’t need

    • Poor

      You dont need $18,000.00 ? Send it to me then because i need the cash!

  • Rhonbo

    With the 18-35 there seems to be a contradiction as the adbvertisement says “A new optical design with superior resolution that makes the most of digital-SLR cameras with extremely high pixel counts, such as the D600”
    How could this be so if the MTF Chart shows a soft lens?

    • Because the best resolution of these lenses lies in stopping down. And the lens is decently sharp in the center of the frame.

      • Kim

        Quite right! and to the point 🙂
        All MTF’s are shown at max aperture (unfortunately)


    What is the point of adding the 18mm-35mm 3.5-4.5? This really just adds another incomplete lens to the Nikon wide angle zoom debacle.

    • Kim

      Because the old one is mediocre, and the new one with more ED-glass, more aspherical-glass, new internal zoom, AF-S focus, and a 12 years newer optical design without a doubt is a much better lens for those who like small and inexpensive!
      Those who dont, buy the bigger ones and has no right to diss this lens 😉

    • Nikon UWA debacle? Like the heralded 14-24? Or the unique 16-35 VR? Maybe if you’d left “zoom” out of the equation I would’ve agreed but I fail to see what Canon, Sigma, Tamron, Tokina have on Nikon in the UWA market. In fact, I’d be willing to say, IMHO, Nikon has the upper hand in this market.

      • These are all great lenses, but for most PJ, & wedding photographers a solid 2.8 zoom that takes filters would be great. The 17-35mm 2.8 has run it’s course, & this new lens would have been truly amazing if it were a fixed 2.8 lens.

        • Makes sense and I must admit not shooting weddings that often. When I do, I take my 24-70 and swap to my UWA on rare occasions.

          • Pat

            even landscape photogs can use the 16-35 f/2.8. Nikon already filed two patents (both reported by NR) on a new 16-35/2.8 VR. Where’s the lens?????

  • mrterrabyte

    If you’re a working pro sports shooter, you’ll have the 800mm paid for in a couple of shoots….it’s obviously not built for everyone…

    • 5DollarFootlong


  • s.dunn

    Funny thing about the 800 f5.6, there is a lot of revolution in this lens that people will discover as it rolls out. They have managed to do a few things in this lens that they have never done with AFS lenses before and I think a lot of people who are interested in the technical side of Nikkor lenses and the f-mount will be impressed.

    Not to mention the MTF curve is stupid good.

  • Stanley

    I don’t know who you shoot for but if ALL your checks go towards your credit-card bill…oh wait you better have a 25k card-limit…well anyways if all your checks go towards paying off an 18k lens and you can do it in 2 or 3 shoots. Who the hell are you shooting for because I want to shoot for them too!!!

  • Anyone want to my kidney? Both of them, plus my liver. So I can get the 800mm

  • Mike

    I’m still waiting for the 2.8 version. When that arrives ill gladly pay 40k, current price is a bargain but only 5.6. Pass for now

  • Brian

    Has there been any explanation as to why the 800 can’t be used on a DX? And what about a FX camera in DX Mode?

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