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Nikon Unveils 600mm Nikkor Z Share This on LinkedIn   Tweet This   Forward This

11 October 2023

Nikon has announced the lightweight Nikkor Z 600mm f6.3 VR S. This latest S-Line prime lens, an S-Line super-telephoto prime lens that is made to be easily handheld.

The Phase Fresnel lens element contributes to the lens' significantly smaller size and weight at a length of 11 inches and weight of 3.0 lbs. In addition, the center of gravity is closer to the body side, making it easier to hand hold and pan to follow fast-moving subjects. And a Sport VR mode stabilizes the viewfinder display with continuous shooting.


Highlights of the 600mm Nikkor include:

  • Full-frame coverage
  • Aperture: f6.3 to f32
  • Handheld super-telephoto prime
  • Multi-focus system
  • 5.5-Stop VR image stabilization
  • Customizable control ring
  • Size-reducing phase fresnel element
  • ED and SR elements
  • Nano crystal coating
  • Dust- and water-resistant design


Specifications for the new prime include:

Mount Nikon Z
Focal Length 600mm
Aperture f6.3 to f32
9 rounded diaphragm blades
Angle of View 2°40' to 4°10'
Minimum Focus 13.1 feet
Magnification 0.15x
Optical Design 21 elements in 14 groups
ED and SR elements
Autofocus Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Filter Thread 95mm
Dimensions 4.2 x 11 inches
Weight 3.1 lbs.


Nikon said the 600mm Nikkor will be available later this month for $4,799.95. Adorama and B&H are both now accepting pre-orders.

Nikon Releases the Lightweight Nikkor Z 600mm f6.3 VR S Super-Telephoto Prime

The Lightest 600mm Prime in its Class Opens the Possibility of Handheld Shooting at Extreme Distances

MELVILLE, N.Y. -- Nikon Inc. has announced yet another premium super-telephoto lens, the Nikkor Z 600mm f6.3 VR S. This latest S-Line prime lens is the newest addition to Nikon's extremely popular lineup of PF lenses that deliver big reach in a surprisingly small and lightweight package.

Wildlife, aviation and motorsport shooters need spontaneous versatility, fast precise focus and a lens that won't compromise image quality. The Nikkor Z 600mm f6.3 VR S is an S-Line super-telephoto prime lens that is made to be easily handheld. Users can leave the monopod at home, since it is the lightest in its class and offers superior optical performance and portability with a total length of only 11 inches (278mm) and approx. weight of 1,390g (3 lbs). Furthermore, the lens is designed so that its center of gravity is positioned closer to the body side, offering optimal balance. This also makes the Nikkor Z 600mm an ideal lens for panning in situations that require lens control and stability, such as automotive racing or fast-moving subjects like wild birds in flight.

The use of the Phase Fresnel lens element contributes to a significantly smaller overall size and weight, reducing the need for a tripod. With advanced AF and VR performance as well as S-Line superior rendering quality, the Nikkor Z 600mm f6.3 VR S gives users the confidence to get tack-sharp images of fast-moving subjects from a distance.

Primary features of the Nikkor Z 600mm f6.3 VR S

  • Hand-held shooting is made possible with a total length of approximately 11 in (278mm) and weight of approximately 1,390g (3lbs), the lightest in its class.
  • Chromatic aberration is significantly reduced with the adoption of PF and ED glass elements. In addition, the adoption of an SR lens element controls short-wavelength light, the effects of which are difficult to correct, achieving highly precise chromatic aberration compensation.
  • Nikon's original Nano Crystal Coat has been adopted to effectively reduce ghost and flare.
  • By using the Z TELECONVERTER TC-1.4 or Z TELECONVERTER TC-2.0 the telephoto range can be expanded to 840mm or 1200mm respectively, while taking advantage of the lens' AF and VR performance to realize superior sharpness and clarity.
  • Equipped with Normal VR mode, which demonstrates superior 5.5-stop stabilization, as well as Sport VR mode, which stabilizes the viewfinder display with continuous shooting, making it easier to track rapidly moving subjects
  • When paired with a compatible body, Synchro VR can be activated to achieve up to 6.0-stop stabilization by combining in-camera VR and lens VR.
  • Adoption of a stepping motor ensures fast and quiet autofocusing.
  • Superior dust- and drip-resistant performance is supported and excellent anti-fouling performance is achieved through the adoption of fluorine coat.
  • Equipped with four lens Fn buttons and one lens Fn button that can be customized and assigned to a wide variety of functions.
  • Equipped with a memory recall function that instantly recalls a focus position stored in advance by pressing the button to which the function has been assigned.
  • A design that takes video recording into consideration with quiet operation and stable exposure, as well as functions including focus-breathing suppression that effectively reduces shifting of the angle of view with focusing.

Price and Availability

The new Nikkor Z 600mm f6.3 VR S will be available in late October for a suggested retail price of $4799.95. For more information about the latest Nikon products, including the vast collection of Nikkor Z lenses and the entire line of Z series cameras, please visit

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