Today, Nikon announced a new 800mm super telephoto lens designed for professional photographers is in development. The 800mm reach will appeal to wildlife and sports photographers alike and while there is no release date or pricing as of yet, you can assume that the cost of this lens will exceed the Nikkor 600mm f/4 whose price tag is $9799.00. There is no mention of specific features in the official press release of this lens, but the photos do depict Nikon’s VR technology and show a switch for “Off”, “Normal” or “Active” VR modes. So if you are looking for that special something for that special someone in your life, you may want to start saving now. You may also wish to start working out because you may need a little extra muscle just to heft this new baby.
Here is the press release from Nikon USA:
TOKYO, JAPAN – Nikon Corporation announced the development of a super-telephoto 800mm lens as a future addition to its lineup of world renowned NIKKOR lenses. This FX-format lens will offer a fixed focal length of 800mm with a maximum aperture of f/5.6, and will provide professional photographers with the ability to capture stunning images at great distances.
This lens has been developed in order to strengthen the NIKKOR lineup of super-telephoto lenses. It will boast the longest focal length of any NIKKOR autofocus (AF) lens, and will be best suited to capture of a wide variety of decisive outdoor scenes, from sporting events to elusive wildlife. In addition to its superior optical performance for images that exhibit amazing sharpness and color, the lens will provide outstanding dust and water resistance to brave nearly any assignment.
In 2012, Nikon released three new FX-format digital-SLR cameras—the D4, the new flagship digital SLR, and the D800 and D800E, which offer incredible resolution and image quality. In addition to reinforcing its lineup of FX-format digital-SLR cameras, Nikon has also been working to expand the lineup of NIKKOR lenses to provide photographers with the best optics suitable for the highest quality images and HD video.
Nikon has been providing service and support to professional photographers for approximately fifty years through the activities of its Nikon Professional Services (NPS). In addition to providing maintenance and repairs for the equipment professional photographers use every day, NPS service depots are set up at a variety of international sporting and cultural events. At these service depots, photographers can have their equipment inspected and repaired, and are also able to loan equipment for professional use. NPS can be found supporting photographers at major events, such as The Open Championship professional golf tournament as well as the Olympic Games in London this summer.
This amazing optic is also scheduled to be on display at Photokina 2012, one of the world’s largest photo and imaging exhibitions, to be held in Cologne, Germany from September 18–23, 2012.
Release date and suggested retail price for this product have not yet been determined.