Nikon’s 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Monster Officially Released


Professional photographers have a choice to make: buy a car, put a down payment on a house, or buy Nikon’s new 800mm f/5.6 FL ED VR behemoth. Obviously the last one, right? Well, maybe not, but still, this thing is impressive.

It was announced as “in development” way back in July, we got to see one in action at the Olympics in August, and now it’s finally here — and it was kind enough to come attached to a $17,900 price tag.


At 800mm, it’s the longest AF lens in the Nikkor lineup. And if that’s not quite long enough, the new lens comes paired with a teleconverter built exclusively for it. Together, the lens and teleconverter get you 1000mm of focal length at a maximum aperture of f/7.1, while maintaining AF function on the D600, D800 and D4.

Full technical details can be found in Nikon’s official press release. You’ve already seen what it can do, so if you have the cash and the interest, you’ll be able to pick it up in April.

If that price tag still has your heart in palpitations, you’ll be happy to know that the 800mm f/5.6 isn’t the only full-frame lens Nikon announced today. On the other side of the price and focal length spectrum is the new Nikkor 18-35mm F/3.5-4.5G ED wide angle zoom.


It weighs less than a pound, can focus as close as .92 feet at its widest, has Silent Wave Motor AF built-in, and will only entice you to drop $750. This one should hit store shelves in March.

  • George. W

    Time to re-mortgage

  • aim54x

    wonder what happens if you put this 800mm on a camera that is not compatible with the Electronic Diaphragm……

  • Tommy Sar

    For when you got slapped with that pesky restraining order.

  • Pedro

    I’ll have to sell my liver before buying this.

  • Banan Tarr

    At the current rate of income from my photography I should be able to afford this lens in approximately never.

  • Riccardo

    Hem… the rest of the world is using the metric system right now, you know :D
    Could you at least provide also values in meters and kilograms in your articles, please? It’s kinda annoying to convert them by myself.

  • Darbraun

    Imperial: “less than a pound”
    Metric: “very light”

    Imperial: “focus as close as .92 feet at its widest”

    Metric: “very close”

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    It may cause rise of Cthulhu.

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    Himm… 18-35mm f3.5 Nikon vs. Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 for $50 more. I wonder who is going to win that one, hmmm….