Nikon 800mm f/5.6 lens shipping to NPS members, user’s manual available online


I received some information that the new Nikkor AF-S 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR lens ($17,896.95, 2% in rewards available) started shipping to NPS members. The lens was delayed and the new official release date is May 31, 2013. The manual is currently available online and can be downloaded here.

If anyone has some sample images taken with this lens and would like to share them online, please contact me.

Update: some sample images from the 800mm f/5.6 and size comparison with other Nikon lenses can be found here, herehere and here. More photos can be found on the Facebook page and blog of Willi Rolfes.

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  • Mr. Mamiya

    For 17,896.95 USD they should include a free lifetime NPS Platinum membership card in the lens’ package.

    You can find some sample images here:

    • Thanks, those are really some of the first sample images I’ve seen.

    • No longer Pablo Ricasso

      Yah, pretty good.

    • Funduro

      Wow impressive image with the D7100. That’s some hung of quality glass, I can see why it’s so expensive. Paparazzi will love this lens.

      • Funduro

        Hunk of glass.

      • Brian

        Thought it wasn’t compatible with the D7100?

  • xjxjxjxjxjxjxj

    AndyEs postings are legendary. great job once again!

  • 18 Grand… to take pictures of birds.

    • Spy Black

      …and kittens…

      • Fry

        eating birds

  • James Stephens

    The 800mm vs 600+1,4 is what I am waiting to see. It will be interesting to see if you gain anything in practical non pixel peeping use.

    • Spy Black

      Who buys lenses like that to not peep?

    • Fry

      do you even lift ?

  • That is the first Nikkor, to my knowledge, that is not at all compatible with any film camera.

    • Smudger

      It’ll work just fine on my F5.

      • Mr. Mamiya

        I haven’t tried it of course, but I guess it will not. Only the D300 and all subsequent cameras are fully compatible with the PC-E lenses. For backwards compatibility the PC-Es have an (electronic) aperture ring and a stop-down button. But the 800mm is missing those, therefore you will have no means to control the ‘E’-aperture of the 800mm.

        Nevertheless you could probably shoot the 800mm at a fixed f/5.6 apterure.

        • Smudger

          Hmmm. I see your point, I will find out!
          The F5 does have a full suite of contacts though, (wondered what the extra ones were for way back in ’96)

          • Mr. Mamiya

            Please report!
            (BTW: the F mount has up to 10 pins since the introduction of AF-I in 1992)

  • Spy Black

    Ah, the manual! Now I can figure out how to use the lens…

  • sasquatchhunter

    wow. This lens is bigger than big foots dick

    • nameless

      They need this lens to document big foots dick. They kinda shy you know.

  • shooter

    I just ordered mine. I’ll be renting it out as a micro apartment to NYC students. Email me to request a showing.

  • talk about camera porn…

  • Aldo

    at least I can afford the user’s manual…

  • Potential

    Is a update of the other long lenses especially the 600mm using the new FL technology coming soon you think?

  • No longer Pablo Ricasso

    I was going to skip this, but now with the 2%…

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