In the land of long telephoto lenses, Nikon has unveiled one of the longest: the Nikkor Z 600mm f/4 TC VR S. Even better for those wildlife and sports photographers who want to get closer to the action, this massive new lens has a built-in 1.4x teleconverter.
So, with the flip of the switch, this new Nikkor quickly changes from a 600mm f/4 to 840mm f/5.6 lens. How’s that for a magic trick?
Of course, it’s not magic, but this bit of technological ingenuity comes at a price. To be specific, the lens will cost $15,499, making the new 600mm f/4 TC VR S the most expensive lens in the Nikkor Z lineup when it goes on sale later this month.
“This is a pro lens, creating a new apex of performance for those capturing action, wildlife and sports, all while reimagining the 600mm to realize the potential of the larger Z mount,” Nikon said in a press release to announce the new lens.
“An extreme focal length paired with a fast f/4 aperture fills the frame with the subject, creating dramatic isolation with gorgeous background blur. The integration of a built-in 1.4x teleconverter gives the capability to seamlessly switch from an extreme 600mm to an astounding 840mm (FX mode), while maintaining superior optical performance throughout the frame.”
For such a hunk of metal and glass, the Nikkor Z 600mm f/4 TC VR S is surprisingly lightweight at 7.2 pounds, which is 1.2 pounds (14%) lighter than the older F-mount equivalent. And while it looks long in the images, it’s “only” 17.2 inches, which Nikon says is “optimized to fit in carry-on luggage.”
“Superbly balanced and meticulously constructed for maximum durability and precise operation in nearly any environment, the new 600mm f/4 TC VR S serves as a brazen reminder of Nikon’s optical superiority and audacious innovative spirit,” Nikon said.
“As an S line lens, it realizes exceptional rendering capability with overwhelming resolution and beautiful bokeh, with a lens body that’s over 14% lighter than its F-mount counterpart. Additionally, the lens uses the Nikon’s exclusive SSVCM drive system, locking tack-sharp focus of even the fastest moving subjects quickly, accurately, and quietly, helping to nail the decisive shot, time and time again.”
Sounds pretty good to us! Now can someone loan us $15,500 so we can pre-order the lens at B&H?