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Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Lens

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Product Highlights
  • Nikon F Mount
  • FX Format Compatible
  • DX Equivalent: 1200mm
  • Vibration Reduction Image Stabilization
  • Two Fluorite and Two ED Lens Elements
  • Nano Crystal Coating
  • Silent Wave Motor and MF Override
  • Electromagnetic Aperture Mechanism
  • Magnesium Alloy Lens Barrel
  • Included Dedicated 1.25x Teleconverter

The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Lens is a telephoto lens that is compatible with both FX and DX-sized image sensors. This lens features a rugged magnesium alloy barrel construction that provides durability and strength that are suitable for its use with wildlife, nature, and sports shooting applications.

The lens construction integrates two fluorite lens elements to help reduce the overall weight of the lens while also offering chromatic aberration-reduction benefits. Also aiding in the reduction of chromatic aberration is the inclusion of two ED (extra-low dispersion) elements that furthermore provide an increase in image sharpness, clarity, and color fidelity. A Nano Crystal Coat is applied to lens elements to minimize surface and internal reflections and ghosting for greater image clarity and contrast. Built-in Vibration Reduction image stabilization helps to lessen the appearance of camera shake by up to four shutter speed stops, which greatly benefits this lens' use in low-light conditions and fast-paced photography. Additionally, an electromagnetic aperture mechanism is integrated into the lens design to provide greater exposure control stability that is especially beneficial when working with faster continuous shooting rates.

The AF-S Teleconverter TC800-1.25E ED is also included with the lens to further extend the effective focal length to 1000mm f/7.1. This teleconverter incorporates an ED element into its design to maintain the high image quality achieved by the lens alone. Additionally, the electromagnetic aperture control is fully supported when the teleconverter is in use.

Compatible with both Nikon FX- and DX-sized image sensors.
Two fluorite and two ED lens elements help to reduce chromatic aberrations and improve overall image sharpness, clarity, and color fidelity.
Nano Crystal Coat minimizes surface and internal reflections and ghosting for greater light transmission and image contrast.
Vibration Reduction image stabilization helps to reduce the appearance of camera shake for up to four shutter speed stops, benefitting this lens' use in fast-paced and low-light situations.
Electromagnetic aperture mechanism provides greater exposure control stability that is especially beneficial when working with fast continuous shooting rates.
Silent Wave Motor autofocus mechanism provides quick, quiet and precise auto focusing.
Manual focus override allows instant switching between AF and MF focusing systems for greater control over focus placement and for fine-tuning of focus.
Magnesium alloy lens barrel construction provides additional durability and rigidity to lens.
The AF-S Teleconverter TC800-1.25E ED is included to effectively increase the lens' focal length to 1000mm f/7.1 (FX format). This teleconverter integrates an ED lens element to maintain the high image quality of the lens itself and the electromagnetic aperture mechanism is fully functional when using the teleconverter.
Performance
Focal Length 800mm
Comparable DX Focal Length: 1200 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/5.6
Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of View 3° 10'
DX Picture Angle: 2°
Minimum Focus Distance 19.36' (5.9 m)
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:7
Elements/Groups 20/13
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar Yes
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 52 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 6.30 x 18.15" (160 x 461 mm)
Weight 10.12 lb (4.59 kg)
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Lens
  • Snap-On Lens Cap
  • LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
  • Lens Hood HK-38
  • 52mm Clear NC Glass Filter
  • Heavy-Duty Case CT-801
  • Strap LN-2
  • Monopod Collar
  • AF-S Teleconverter TC800-1.25E ED
  • BF-3B Replacement Front Mount Cap for Nikkor AF-S Teleconverters
  • CL-0715 Soft Case
  • 5-Year Limited Warranty (1-Year International + 4-Year USA Extension)
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    NikonAF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Lens
     
    4.9

    (based on 10 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (7)
    • Strong construction (4)
    • Nice bokeh (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife photos (4)
      • Sports/action (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
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      4.0

      Bitingly sharp

      By tyson

      from san jose, ca

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

      • Weak Casing

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography
      • Night Photography
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Lens:

      I know a lot of bird and sports photographers highly rate this lens and rightfully so. This might surprise some of you but this is my go for lens for weddings. I had Sigma's bigma 2.8 zoom, now while the speed was great in dark lighting it was heavy and poor reach 500mm. My assistant is happy that I retired that lens and not him. So instead I got the Nikkor for the close up of the ring shot....i know ....i know before you say it. No I didn't use flash, instead the trusty VR coped very well in the Gothic church. It does test your long shot technique, but if after two more weeks of training you assistant still wobbles get a new assistant.

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      (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Grab it at once, don't think twice

      By SY Chan

      from Hong Kong

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Birds in flight
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Lens:

      I purchased this 800mm lens together with Nikon D4s in June 2014 and have used the combo on several bird watching trips, mostly to bird hides on wetlands and one trip on a junk to a terns island. It proved worthy of its price and beyond.

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      (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Beasty the 800mm Nikkor - Continued

      By Mo

      from Austin, TX

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action

        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Lens:

        Did'nt have time to upload example image (copyright, etc). The was made from section 300 of the Aquatic Center, 10% cropped version of the original file.

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        (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Sharpest lens in the world, so far...

        By T L R

        from Sri Lanka.

        About Me Pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Sharp
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Expensive

        Best Uses

        • Bird photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Lens:

        It is the sharpest lens in the world, at the moment. Best to use with the Nikon D800E. Photographs taken with this lens, justify this.

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        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Your wife will leave you, but who cares?

        By Verm

        from Flagstaff, AZ

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Sharp

        Cons

        • Expensive
        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Making Peers Jealous
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Lens:

        For bird photography this is the bomb. Insanely sharp, focuses quick, the 1.25x teleconverter (included and mated for life with its partner 800mm - they even share the same serial number - I know old fashioned but true) works great. As long as you know the limitations of super-telephoto lenses this will be your Dreamboat Relationship. However if you haven't shot 500mm and longer lenses there is a steep learning curve. Every glitch in your technique will be magnified - your fault, not the lens's.

        The only complaint I can muster (other than you could buy a small country for the same price) is the the rugged hard-side case that comes with it forces you to remove the teleconverter to store the lens. It would be nice if it had a removable shim so you could store the lens either with or without the 1.25x on.

        Bottom line: biggest drawback to this lens is your SO will get jealous that you spend so much time with it.

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        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        love it a lot!

        By Butch Wildfang

        from Pullman WA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Lens:

            I use it for landscape and wildlife. Nikon case and overall quality is excellent. The soft lens cap is the worst I have ever seen in 50 years years of experience. It is hard to work with and does not seal well. I have replaced mine with a shower cap that is far superior in terms of cost, ease of use and effectiveness.

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            (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Nikkor 800mm lens !!

            By Annie

            from Aspen, Co

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Lens:

              I just got the 800mm….I haven't used it on a "working" trip yet but I have played around with it a bit on some birds. It's extremely sharp, is very fast focusing, and it's lighter than my 600mm !!! What could be better?
              I can see it will be a great bird lens but my primary purpose is for all wildlife, and for that I'm sure it will excel.

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              (17 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Yes, it's that good!

              By Ryan

              from Oahu, Hawaii

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Lens:

              There is no reason to hesitate buying this lens. If you are wondering if the image quality measure up to Nikon's other lenses...it does. I have been using it with a D800 and I can't get over the detail that the camera/lens combination is able to resolve. The Vibration Reduction works as advertised. I have shot this hand held and was happy with the performance. The lens is light for its size. The focal length really does make it extremely sensitive to vibration, so VR is useful on the tripod as well. Using the proper shooting technique is also helpful. You must upgrade your camera's firmware specifically for the lens. or it will not perform properly. The image quality will suffer, as I found out the hard way. I did not notice any degradation in performance with the TC800-1.25 installed, except the increased f stop. I'd like to tell you more but I don't feel like I have even come close to seeing what this lens is capable of. I will be putting it to the test over the next few months. It really is the lens that long distance shooters have been waiting for. My primary use is for surfing and birds, and yes, I am handling it like it's a baby :)

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              (26 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              One of the Sharpest Lenses ever!

              By Moose Peterson

              from Mammoth Lakes, CA

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                    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Lens:

                    The 800mm, a long awaited update has to be one of Nikon's most spectacular lenses! The sharpness, speed of focus and quite smooth VR operation place it at the top of great lenses. The matched TC800-25e continues to deliver the blistering sharpness of the 800.

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                    5.0

                    Beasty the 800mm Nikkor

                    By Mo

                    from Austin, TX

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Lens:

                    Test shot with the lens on day one of the swimming competition during London Olympics and it was simply amazing.

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