Nikon Nikkor Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S lens reviewed at CameraLabs: “Highly Recommended”

CameraLabs published their review of the new Nikon Nikkor Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S lens – here is their verdict:

“Nikon’s Z 800mm f6.3 VR S is a very good super-telephoto which is smaller and much lighter and more affordable than rival lenses for sports and wild-life photography. The lens produces very sharp images with virtually no field-curvature or colour aberrations and can confidently be used wide open. Combined with Nikon’s Z TC-1.4x teleconverter it still delivers sharp images but some acuity is lost. Its Bokeh is very nice and the optical image stabilization of 5 stops proves really helpful with the challenges of hand-holding an 800mm lens. This is also helped by being only half the weight of its predecessor, the AF-S 800mm f5.6E FL ED VR. All this makes the Z 800mm f6.3 VR S a unique lens which rightfully earns a Highly Recommended.”

Good points:

  • Amazingly short and light for an 800mm f6.3 lens.
  • Very good resolution and contrast across the full frame.
  • Good image quality with Z TC-1.4x.
  • Very effective optical image stabilization.
  • Very good close-up performance.
  • Practically no longitudinal colour aberrations or purple fringing.
  • Only little vignetting and no distortions – through lens-profile.
  • Very little field-curvature.
  • Very nice Bokeh.
  • Weather sealing, multi function ring, function buttons, focus limiter.
  • Nice lens pouch.

Bad points:

  • Minimum object distance of 5m.
  • Relatively strong focus breathing.
  • Tripod foot is not Arca Swiss compatible.

Incredible Nikkor Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S lens field test with Nikon Z9 firmware update 2.0

Nikkor Z 800mm pre-order links:

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B&H Photo
Pauls Photo
Service Photo
Camera Canada
Park Cameras (UK)
Jessops (UK)
Calumet (DE)
Calumet (NL)
Foto Koch (DE)
Foto Erhardt (DE)
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