Nikon announces NIKKOR Z 600mm F6.3 VR S Phase Fresnel Lens

Nikon has unveiled the NIKKOR Z 600mm F6.3 VR S Phase Fresnel Lens, redefining the landscape of super telephoto lenses with its remarkable lightweight design, ideal for prolonged handheld usage.

Nikon NIKKOR Z 600mm F6.3 VR S Phase Fresnel Lens

Traditionally, long lenses are bulky and cumbersome, but Nikon’s Phase Fresnel lens breaks the mold. Its relatively compact size and reduced weight, at 278mm long and 1390g respectively, are made possible by the innovative use of Fresnel lens technology. Remarkably, this lens stands out as the second addition to Nikon’s PF Z series, following the Nikon Nikkor Z 800mm F6.3 VR S.

The NIKKOR Z 600mm F6.3 VR S sets a new standard, claiming to be the lightest and most compact 600mm lens in its category. It’s important to note, however, that this claim comes with a caveat; this uniqueness stems from the absence of other 600mm F6.3 lenses on the market.

This Nikon Phase Fresnel lens boasts a sophisticated optical construction, comprising 21 elements in 14 groups. Among these elements are two extra-low dispersion (ED) elements and one short-wave refractive element (SR), strategically incorporated to rectify longitudinal chromatic aberration.

The lens also features a fluorine coating, enhancing dust resistance, and a nanocrystalline coating to minimize glare. Additionally, it offers a remarkable 6-stop vibration reduction (VR) and an impressive minimum focusing distance of 4m.

Price and release date

Enthusiasts and professionals alike can already pre-order the groundbreaking Nikon NIKKOR Z 600mm F6.3 VR S through and, priced at $4,796.95. The lens is set to hit the market in late October 2023, ushering in a new era for telephoto photography.

Nikon NIKKOR Z 600mm F6.3 VR S specifications

Nikon NIKKOR Z 600mm F6.3 VR S Phase Fresnel Lens
  • Focal Length: 600mm
  • Lens Mount: Nikon Z
  • Lens Format Coverage: Full-Frame
  • Focus Type: Autofocus
  • Maximum Aperture: f/6.3
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 13.1′ / 4 m
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Tripod Collar: Removable
  • Front Filter Size: 95 mm
  • Dimensions: 114.3 x 279.4 mm
  • Weight: 3.1 lb / 1390 g

Last month, Nikon announced the NIKKOR Z 135mm 1.8 S Plena lens for its Z-mount lineup. It was designed with an emphasis on peripheral illumination—essentially, an emphasis on reducing vignetting and delivering clear, bright definition from edge to edge and corner to center. The lens consists of 16 elements arranged in 14 groups, including four ED elements, one aspherical element, and one SR lens. It features an 11-blade aperture and a larger rear element.

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