Super-telephoto and handheld don't always go together, but Nikon has mixed the two concepts with the new NIKKOR Z 600mm f/6.3 VR S lens—its lightest prime super-telephoto yet, for nimble handling and great reach. This Z-mount lens will be a difference-maker for birders, sports shooters, and wildlife photographers looking for a more compact lens option without sacrificing on focal length, optics, or lens performance.
Following in the footsteps of last year's 800mm f/6.3 VR S lens, this new 600mm f/6.3 VR S features the same size and weight-saving design elements that make it possible to have super-telephoto reach in a hand-holdable package. This includes the use of a Phase Fresnel optic, which helps cut down the weight to 3 lb and maintain a sleek form factor of 11" long and 4.5" in diameter at the front; compare this to the NIKKOR Z 600mm f/4 TC VR S, which weighs a pretty hefty 7.2 lb and measures 17.2" long by 6.5" in diameter at the front. Admittedly, this new lens lacks the speed and built-in TC of the f/4 lens, but the 3+ lb weight savings and 6" shorter length makes it a much more portable option, for greater versatility.
Among other optical attributes, this lens still maintains its status as an S-Line lens through the use of ED and SR elements and a Nano Crystal Coat that achieves high sharpness and clarity with accurate color rendering and contrast. Also, like the 800mm f/6.3, the lens sports a multi-focus system for smooth and quiet AF performance, and an optical Vibration Reduction system that compensates for up to 6 stops of camera shake when paired with a camera that supports Synchro VR, or 5.5 stops with other Z cameras.
The lens incorporates two sets of assignable L-Fn buttons, an assignable Control Ring, a Memory Set button, focus limiter switch, and a dedicated focusing ring for straightforward control. There's a removable tripod foot, too, if you're working from a tripod or monopod, and an integrated Kensington Security Slot for working in remote locations. Naturally, this 600mm f/6.3 is sealed against dust and moisture and it also accepts optional Z-Teleconverter TC-1.4x and TC-2x for even greater reach. Additionally, the lens accepts 95mm threaded filters on the front.
For more information about the new lens, including additional features, specs, and highlights, be sure to check out the detailed product page for the NIKKOR Z 600mm f/6.3 VR S. Or drop us a line below, and we'll do our best to reply to your comments and questions.