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Nikon NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S Lens

BH #NIZ80063 • MFR #20108
Nikon NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S Lens
Key Features
  • Z-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/6.3 to f/32
  • PF Element, 50% Weight Reduction
  • SR and ED Elements
Huge focal length, compact and lightweight design. The NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S, from Nikon, is a super-telephoto prime distinguished by the unique combination of one of the longest focal lengths available in a surprisingly portable package. This distinct design is made possible by the inclusion of a Phase Fresnel element, which cuts the overall weight by 50% and the length by 16% compared to the former F-mount 800mm f/5.6 lens.
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Nikon NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2All the Reach, Half the Weight
  • 3Compact, Lightweight Design
  • 4S-Line Optics
  • 5Autofocus and Vibration Reduction
  • 6Professional Handling and Construction
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All the Reach, Half the Weight
Huge focal length, compact and lightweight design. The NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S, from Nikon, is a super-telephoto prime distinguished by the unique combination of one of the longest focal lengths available in a surprisingly portable package. This distinct design is made possible by the inclusion of a Phase Fresnel element, which cuts the overall weight by 50% and the length by 16% compared to the former F-mount 800mm f/5.6 lens.
Compact, Lightweight Design
A sophisticated mixture of technologies makes this super-telephoto a relatively sleek lens, opening up new possibilities for a focal length that was previously relegated to tripod/monopod usage.
  • Phase Fresnel element not only compensates for chromatic aberrations and color fringing but it also replaces several conventional glass elements to promote a more compact and lightweight optical layout.
  • Modest f/6.3 maximum aperture strikes a balance between a practically bright design and a lightweight construction.
  • Compared to the former F-mount 800mm f/5.6 lens, which weighs over 10 lb, this new Z-mount 800mm f/6.3 lens is half the weight at 5.25 lb. Additionally, the mirrorless-specific design also contributes to a shorter overall lens length, measuring just over 15" long, compared to the former lens that measures 18"-long.
S-Line Optics
  • Helping to virtually eliminate chromatic aberrations, color fringing, and comatic aberrations, this lens features three ED (extra-low dispersion) glass elements, along with one SR (short-wavelength refractive) element.
  • The SR element features a specialized high-dispersion design that refracts wavelengths shorter than blue; this helps achieve truly accurate color rendering and also aids in making the lens design more compact.
  • Nano Crystal Coat has been applied for well-rounded anti-glare protection at all angles, helping to suppress ghosting, reflections, and flare for higher contrast and more accurate color response when working in strong lighting and backlit conditions.
Autofocus and Vibration Reduction
  • Multi-focus system incorporates two separate AF drive units, which are synchronized, to deliver especially fast and accurate autofocus. This system uses stepping motors, which offer impressively smooth and quiet AF performance that is well-suited to both stills and video applications.
  • Full-time manual focus override is also possible and an internal focusing design is used, where only the internal lens groups are moved during focusing, to maintain the overall length of the lens during use and to promote faster focusing speeds.
  • Vibration Reduction image stabilization reduces the appearance of camera shake by approximately 5 stops to better enable handheld shooting in low-light situations.
  • Synchro VR is also supported when paired with compatible cameras featuring sensor-shift VR, which combines in-body VR with optical VR for improved results of up to 5.5 stops of compensation.
Professional Handling and Construction
  • Physical design focuses the center of gravity around the tripod mount for smoother, more responsive panning, especially when working atop a tripod or monopod. The tripod mount also rotates for easier switching between vertical and horizontal shooting orientations.
  • Compatible with optional Z-Teleconverter TC-1.4x and TC-2x to further extend the reach of this lens.
  • Intuitive "no-look" control layout puts all of the frequently-used buttons and dials in easy-to-reach locations to prevent the need to move your eye from the viewfinder.
  • Advanced weather sealing includes rubber gaskets to prevent dust and moisture ingress, the lens body is made from durable, lightweight magnesium alloy, and the exposed elements have a fluorine coating that repels dirt and oils and is easier to clean.
  • Store a focusing position using the Memory Set button so you can instantly return to this by position by rotating the Fn ring-perfect for capturing fleeting movements.
  • Two customizable L-Fn buttons can be set to configure subject tracking, AF lock, image playback, or other modes. The L-Fn2 button is also accessible from four different locations on the barrel for easy reach.
  • Focus limiter switch can constrain the focus range to 32.8' to infinity or from the full focusing range of 16.4' to infinity.
  • Programmable Control Ring can also be used to control aperture, ISO, or exposure compensation.
  • Kensington lock support for securing the lens in place during remote shooting sessions.
  • Uses drop-in 46mm filters via the included filter holder.

Nikon NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S Specs

Key Specs
Focal Length
Maximum Aperture
Lens Mount
Nikon Z
Lens Format Coverage
Focus Type
Image Stabilization
Filter Size
46 mm (Drop-In)
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Lens Mount
Nikon Z
Lens Format Coverage
Angle of View
3° 10'
Minimum Focus Distance
16.4' / 5 m
Maximum Magnification
Optical Design
22 Elements in 14 Groups
Diaphragm Blades
Focus Type
Image Stabilization
Tripod Collar
Fixed and Rotating
Filter Size
46 mm (Drop-In)
Dimensions (ø x L)
5.5 x 15.2" / 140 x 385 mm
5.2 lb / 2385 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
10.31 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
22.6 x 10.5 x 10.5"

Nikon NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S Reviews

Love this lens !

By Archie
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-09-07

Fast focus and light weight ! Picture quality is great !!

I waited almost a year and...

By Doug
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2023-08-10

I ordered this lens in August of '22 then cancelled when I saw the backorders were ridiculously long. I reordered about 8 weeks later and let it go from there. It finally arrived at the end of June in '23 and I have now been using it for about 6 weeks. That is long enough for me to have recovered from the disappointment brought on by initial expectations (when I would have given it 1 star) as well as to have run a few thousand shots through the lens in a variety of conditions. My assessment below. The misunderstandings: Some seem to think that f/6.3 is not enough to obliterate a background. I see this posted a lot as an objection and while it may have a little merit on a 600mm it simply doesn't apply here. This is 1/3 stop slower than the old F-mount 800mm and I assure you it does a fantastic job at 800mm of turning any background to mush. The good: This lens is very light. I can handhold it comfortably. I am a very big guy - so more importantly - my wife and daughters can do so. PF is cool in this regard. The bokeh on this lens is very nice as well. Perfectly round is the best way to put it and it isn't distracting in the least. The image stabilization is also great. I have neurological issues and IS is the entire reason I am still able to shoot without a tripod. I can nail shots at 1/640th with this lens which means normal folks can probably get down into the 1/60th range (on an 800mm lens!). It is very impressive paired with my Z9 and my Z7II. Under my normal shooting light I have been very pleased with the image quality. I tend to be an early AM shooter with the sun coming up. It is very sharp and perhaps a little better than my 600mm f/4e with even light. The bad/ugly: In harsh light - this lens is horrible. Not sure why - but I get images that are a disaster with fringing everywhere and even an occasional halo effect. I tried my 500pf and 600 f4e under identical circumstances and the image quality is night and day different. I'll point out that images in harsh light tend to stink anyway - so this isn't the end of the world for me since I don't shoot much at 11am. But for casual shooters who go out in broad daylight it may make you wonder why you spent all the money. I am also questioning the weather sealing on this lens. I have taken it out on humid mornings and it never seems to clear. It just stays fogged - even after an hour+ outside. I tried an overnight adjustment in the garage - same problem. Haven't had a lens do that since my days shooting with an F3/F5 (which was a long time ago with some very different lens tech). Very disappointed as I shoot in swamps along the Gulf coast all the time. This lens doesn't like shooting into the sun. Same as broad daylight in terms of effect - but even more pronounced. Sort of true of my 500pf as well - but my 400 4.5 and 600 f4 handle it beautifully. The focus is also mediocre on this lens. I won't say it is slow - but it is slower than my F mounts through the FTZ converter - and not by a little bit. It is very noticeable. It also misses focus a lot. I have found with birds that the reticle will be on the eye, but when I pull the shot up the focus is off by a bit and the picture is a waste. This doesn't always happen - but it happens enough to be concerning and it happens on all three of my Z cams. My final gripe is the placement of the focus ring. Again - I am a big guy - so maybe this is just me. But the focus ring is where I want to put my hand - and of course I can't without blowing focus. Your mileage may vary. For me personally this sits at 3 stars. I am extremely disappointed with the compromises on such an expensive piece of kit (even though it is half of my old 600mm in cost - it is still a fortune). If you are just a recreational shooter and are coming from a zoom you may be thrilled. My problem is I have better glass to compare this to - and some it costs less. The 600 f4e doesn't give me any compromises outside of weight. The 400 f4.5Z bats way above its weight and is an easy match in image quality in good light and **dramatically** superior when the light is bad. Both lenses focus so much faster as to make the 800 seem a generation or two older. Even adapting my 500 f/5.6 pf gets me very good images with faster focus. I just can't count on this lens to produce what I want and isn't that the ultimate proof point for anything we buy? Kills me to say this - but I am going to hold off until the 600mm f/4 Z is more available and then sell this and my f4e to purchase that lens with the built in TC. Again - 1/3 of a stop won't make any difference in the real world, but the two people I know with that lens have been absolutely blown away by it and the images they have shared make me believe it will be money better spent.

Outstanding lens, great value.

By M.
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-08-01

Ultralight, tack sharp, very fast AF, excellent VR. Easily hand-holdable with Z8 body, even with 1.4x TC. I'd prefer some kind of protective lens cap, the padded boot provided actually touches the front element and any dirt that finds its way in could scratch it. The collar lock knob has a rubber insert (covering the Kensington slot) that comes loose and falls off. Should have come with an Arca-compatible tripod foot, it is stupid that major brands still force you to modify the foot for normal field use. Watch for flare and orange-peel bokeh in bright backlight, the 800mm/6.3 PF shares these artifacts with the (superb) F-mount 500mm/5.6 PF. Easily avoided or corrected in post.

Extraordinary Lens Value

By William
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-07-15

This the longest focal length lens I have purchased and it is perfect for bird photography. Previously I was using an adapted 500mm PF lens with a TC 1.4 and with this lens I can handhold with 100mm more length and no adapters or converters. The location of the focusing ring takes a little getting used to but I am getting super sharp shots handheld in the short time I have had it.

Tack Sharp & Light Weight

By Mark
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-07-14

Very pleased so far with the lens. It has a fast focus, light weight and tack sharp. I am hand holding this lens with great results. I am looking forward to my fall hawk watch duties to use this 800mm lens photographing migrating raptors.

Almost perfect

By Alexander
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-07-09

Light, durable, relatively cheap, amazing image quality - No arca swiss foot, very long minimum focus distance

Great lense

By Tai
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-09-03

Very nice lense for action photography

Worth the wait.

By Chia
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-08-15

Amazing lens. Great optics and well balanced.

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Where this lens is made?

Where this lens is made?
Asked by: Ajit
The Nikon NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S Lens country of origin is China.
Answered by: Lawrence
Date published: 2023-03-20

What backpack to carry the lens with the Z9 ...

What backpack to carry the lens with the Z9 camera mounted
Asked by: DIDIER
Best choices are the pricy LowePro Trekker 600 or the Ruggard Alpine 600 that sells for half as much.
Answered by: Bruce
Date published: 2022-09-15

Does it allow a screw-on front filter?

Does it allow a screw-on front filter?
Asked by: Stephen
You won't be able to use a front filter, however you can use the included 46mm drop-in filter holder.
Answered by: Shawn C.
Date published: 2023-02-27

How long is the lens in inches with the hood ...

How long is the lens in inches with the hood attached?
Asked by: Dan
The length of the NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S Lens is roughly 22 inches.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2022-06-29

Will this lens work with the D850?

Will this lens work with the D850?
Asked by: John
It won't. DSLR's have a MUCH longer flange distance. The $16,300 Nikon 800mm f/5.6 lens will work on any Z mount camera but a lens built for the Z mount i.e. this 800mm f/6.3, will not work on the D850.
Answered by: Yogiraj
Date published: 2022-04-22

How can an Arca foot such as RSS or Kirk be used ...

How can an Arca foot such as RSS or Kirk be used for this lens?
Asked by: Alfred
This Kirk LP-72 Replacement Lens Foot for Nikon Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S Lens can be used instead of the included Nikon foot:
Answered by: Dan
Date published: 2022-09-30

Why didn't "pf" appear in the models name?

Why didn't "pf" appear in the models name?
Asked by: Brian
You would need to contact Nikon directly regarding your inquiry as Nikon chooses the lens name and nomenclature of their products, and they chose not to place "PF" in the lens' official name. Nikon lists the lens' name as Nikon NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S Lens. However, the webpage for the lens on Nikon USA's website clearly lists "PF" under the image of the lens under the Overview tab, stating it has a Phase Fresnel Element, and lists it has a Phase Fresnel lens element under the Tech Specs tab on their website. Furthermore, page 46 of the Nikkor Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S Lens' Reference Guide states "This lens features a Phase Fresnel (PF) element." Also, "Phase Fresnel Lens" is printed on the top of the lens barrel near the rear lens mount.
Answered by: Manzell
Date published: 2022-07-26

Will this lens work on sony e mount camera with ...

Will this lens work on sony e mount camera with adapter?
Asked by: Morris
It will not. Any Sony E mount lens can work on a Nikon Z mount camera with an adapter but Nikon Z lens will not work on a Sony E mount camera. Sony E flange distance is longer then Nikon Z.
Answered by: Yogiraj
Date published: 2022-04-20
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