Nikon announces $27k Nikkor Z 600mm f/4 lens with built-in teleconverter

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Nikon has announced the Nikkor Z 600mm f/4 TC VR S, a super-telephoto Z-mount lens with an integrated, switch-in 1.4x teleconverter that transforms its focal length to 840mm. 

Image: Nikon/Supplied
Image: Nikon/Supplied

The lens is constructed of 19 elements (26 if you include the teleconverter), made up of a combination of extra-low Dispersion (ED), super ED glass, fluorite lens, and Short-wavelength Refractive (SR) elements. 

Additionally, Nikon’s latest Meso Amorphous Coat, helps manage reflections and a Nano Crystal Coat reduces flare and ghost effects in backlit situations. On the fronmt element, a fluorine coating will help repel dirt and water.

Despite its focal length, the lens weighs 3,260g – 550g lighter than its F mount equivalent – and measures 437mm in length. Nikon says the lens’ centre of gravity has been placed in the middle of the tripod collar to be closer to the photographer for improved body weight distribution and operability. 

The lens is equipped with Vibration Reduction (VR) of up to five stops, with stabilisation improved further with the 5.5-stop Synchro VR, which is activated when used in conjunction with the Nikon Z 9.

Image: Nikon/Supplied
Image: Nikon/Supplied

Autofocus is driven by Nikon's Silky Swift Voice Coil Motor (SSVCM), which Nikon says operates at near-silence. The lens is designed with a customisable Fn ring, control ring, focus ring, and lens Fn buttons, as well as a memory recall function, which allows assigning and setting a favourite focus position at the press of a button. In addition, a security slot that is compatible with security wires widely available in the market rounds out the features on the lens barrel.

Finally, the magnesium alloy lens' weather sealing is substantial, with sealing on various moving sections of the lens barrel including the rubber gasket on the lens mount. 

The Nikkor Z 600mm f/4 TC VR S will set you back $27,499, and will be available from November. While you save your pennies, you can find out more at Nikon's website. 

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