Nikon to release 800mm super-telephoto lens

Nikon has announced that it will be introducing a new fixed focal length, super-telephoto 800mm NIKKOR lens. The lens will have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 and be compatible with Nikon FX-format cameras.

Schematic from a Nikon patent for the new lens.

Schematic from a Nikon patent for the new lens.

This lens will be on display at Photokina 2012 – one of the world’s largest photo and imaging exhibitions – which will be held in Cologne, Germany from September 18–23, 2012.

The discontinued Nikkor 800mm f/5.6 IF-ED.

The discontinued Nikkor 800mm f/5.6 IF-ED.

The patent for this new lens was filed in March 2010 and released October last year.

At the moment, the longest telephoto lens from Nikon is the AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR.

Previously, there was the Nikkor 800mm f/5.6 IF-ED which was announced in September 1986 but discontinued in December 2005.

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2 Responses to “Nikon to release 800mm super-telephoto lens”

  1. Gene Whyte says:

    This would have come in useful for shooting the London Olympics. But guess it won’t be ready yet 🙁

    • tech4tea says:

      Yes, won’t it? Actually there was some speculation beforehand that it would be available for the Olympics. But as it is now, even for Photokina in September, there’ll just be display units.

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