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

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

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

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Product Highlights

  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/5.6 to f/32
  • Two Fluorite and Two ED Elements
  • Nano Crystal & Super Integrated Coatings
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System
  • Vibration Reduction, Sport/Tripod Modes
  • Electromagnetic Diaphragm Mechanism
  • Detachable, Rotatable Tripod Collar
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Includes Dedicated 1.25x Teleconverter
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Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Overview

  • 1Description

The king of super telephotos, the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR is the longest lens in Nikon's lineup, and with it brings one of the most advanced optical designs along with superior focusing and VR performance and full weather-sealing. The lens construction features a pair of extra-low dispersion glass elements along with two fluorite elements, which enhance sharpness, clarity, and color rendering by reducing a variety of aberrations. The fluorite elements also contribute to a lighter overall weight. Nano Crystal and Super Integrated Coatings have also been applied to the optical system in order to minimize flare and ghosting when working in bright and backlit conditions.

Beyond the optics, this super tele is also characterized by a Silent Wave Motor, which produces fast, near-silent autofocus performance along with full-time manual focus override. Further contributing to photographing in fast-paced situations and difficult lighting, VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization compensates for the effects of camera shake by up to 4.5 stops. 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.

In addition to the lens itself, the AF-S Teleconverter TC800-1.25E ED is included, and its 1.25x magnification increases the effective focal length to 1000mm. Its dedicated design includes one extra-low dispersion element to maintain the optical qualities of the lens, and it also retains AF and VR capabilities.

Super telephoto prime is designed for FX-format Nikon F-mount cameras, however can also be used with DX models where it will provide a 1200mm equivalent focal length.
Relatively fast f/5.6 maximum aperture helps to achieve shallow depth of field and selective focus effects for isolating subjects.
Two fluorite and two extra-low dispersion lens elements work to reduce chromatic aberrations; improve overall image sharpness, clarity, and color fidelity; and help to minimize the overall weight of the lens.
A Nano Crystal Coat, along with a Super Integrated Coating, has been applied to lens elements to minimize surface and internal reflections for a marked reduction in lens flare and ghosting.
Vibration Reduction image stabilization helps to reduce the appearance of camera shake by up to 4.5 shutter speed stops, benefiting this lens's use in low-light conditions. Additionally, a designated Sport Mode is well-suited to working in fast-paced conditions and a Tripod Mode helps to suppress subtle ground vibrations when working atop a support system.
Silent Wave Motor affords quick, quiet, and precise autofocus performance along with full-time manual focus override. An internal focusing design is also 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.
Dust- and moisture-resistant magnesium-alloy lens barrel benefits the lens' use in inclement conditions.
A removable tripod collar is included with the lens for well-balanced support when working from a monopod or tripod. The collar ring also incorporates ball bearings for smooth transitions between horizontal and vertical shooting orientations.
Specialized electromagnetic aperture mechanism provides greater exposure control stability that is especially beneficial when working with fast continuous shooting rates.

This mechanism limits the compatibility of this lens to the following cameras: D5, D4, D3 series, Df, D850, D810, D810A, D800/E, D750, D700, D610, D600, D500, D300/S, D7500, D7200, D7100, D7000, D5600, D5500, D5300, D5200, D5100, D5000, D3400, D3300, D3200, D3100, Z6/Z7 with FTZ Mount Adapter, Nikon 1 J1, J2, J3, J4 with FT-1, Nikon 1 V1, V2, V3 with FT-1, and Nikon 1 S1, S2 with FT-1.
The AF-S Teleconverter TC800-1.25E ED is included with the lens, and its 1.25x magnification increases the effective focal length to 1000mm. The teleconverter is designed specifically for use with this 800mm f/5.6 lens and maintains AF when used with cameras that support AF from f/8, full 4.5-stop-effective VR performance, and retains the minimum focusing distance of 19.4'. Its five element, three groups optical design includes one extra-low dispersion element that contributes to overall image clarity and color accuracy.
Compatible with optional AF-S Teleconverter TC-14, TC-17, and TC-20 teleconverters.
UPC: 018208022052
In the Box
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Lens
  • AF-S Teleconverter TC800-1.25E ED
  • Slip-On Front Lens Cap
  • LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
  • HK-38 Lens Hood for AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Lens
  • 52mm Clear NC Glass Filter
  • Drop-In Filter Holder
  • LN-2 Lens Strap for NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR
  • CT-801 Trunk Case for NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR lens
  • Monopod Collar
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Limited 4-Year USA Warranty Extension with Online Registration
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    • 1Description

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

    Focal Length 800mm
    Maximum Aperture f/5.6
    Minimum Aperture f/32
    Lens Mount Nikon F
    Format Compatibility Full-Frame
    Angle of View 3 10'
    Maximum Magnification 0.15x
    Minimum Focus Distance 19.36' / 5.9 m
    Optical Design 20 Elements in 13 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
    Focus Type Autofocus
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Tripod Collar Removable and Rotating
    Filter Size 52 mm (Drop-In)
    Dimensions ( x L) 6.30 x 18.15" / 160.02 x 461.01 mm
    Weight 10.1 lb / 4590 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 29.3 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 23.7 x 14.4 x 12.2"

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

    AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Lens is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 21.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It lives up to the hype. I have been wanting to upgrade my old AF-s 500 for some time. It was a tossup between the 600 and 800. Most of what I read and what I saw on uTube didn't really answer the question. But the one thing that stuck in my mind was the raves about the sharpness of the 800mm. Another thing that was mentioned a lot was the speed with which it focused when paired with a D4s. As my title says, it lives up to both claims. I mostly shoot birds and I have never come home with so many keepers. For most shots, post processing consists of a little cropping and maybe some tonal adjustment depending on the light. The lens is obviously heavy. That's just a fact, not a criticism. I do wish that Nikon would incorporate an Arca-Swiss groove into the lens foot, and come up with a more practical 'lens cap'. It's a lot of money, but I think it was well spent.
    Date published: 2015-12-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb, smaller and lighter than expected This lens is perfect in every respect. Tripod collar is silky, autofocus immediate, sharpness jawdropping. I would like to complement B&H for its remarkable service in this purchase. Despite B&H's careful boxing, UPS severely damaged the Nikon case in which my first lens shipped, and although the lens itself showed no damage and seemed to work fine, B&H exchanged the potentially damaged lens with no question. The customer service rep understood my concern that if there were problems with the lens down the line, Nikon would not repair under warranty if it determined impact damage to be the culprit. Its brand new replacement arrived exactly one week later, which I thought was remarkably quick. There was no argument, no discussion, just an instantly issued RMA. I can't recommend B&H highly enough.
    Date published: 2016-02-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Your wife will leave you, but who cares? 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.
    Date published: 2014-03-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bitingly sharp 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.
    Date published: 2014-10-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful!!! Great lens -as every reviewer, only positives. I had it for only a couple of weeks and have been practicing with it. So far I have used it with both, D4s (for birds) and D800E (for moon and stationary items), for birding moon pictures, and some pictures of very distant items. Awesome pics. I have the Sigma 15-600 with 1.4x shooting at 850mm, approx, and the Nikkor 200-500 +1.4x. However pics with Nikkor 800mm + 1.25x are clearer and faster. It definitely helps to use a tripod or bean bag....I am very excited and happy with my acquisition
    Date published: 2017-04-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yes, it's that good! There is no reason to hesitate buying this lens. If you are wondering if the image quality measure up to Nikon's other 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 :)
    Date published: 2013-09-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grab it at once, don't think twice 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.
    Date published: 2014-08-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sharpest lens in the world, so far... 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.
    Date published: 2014-04-24
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    My specialty is photographing birds in flight. With super long lenses, I often lose shots because I cannot find the bird with the lens because the field of view is so narrow. Does someone make the equivalent of a hot-shoe mounted spotting scope for long lenses like the 800?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    You may try this simple solution without incur any extra expense. On the rear flange of the bayonet hood facing you, after it clicks put a white spot that is dead center where you can see it (it may have more than one spot available), use that together with your hot shoe mount like a rifle sight (the left and right metal edge as your rear sight). If you lose the bird in flight, try to sight the bird over your 'new sight line' outside the lens 1st, once you have it align, then drop your eye just one inch or so in the viewfinder you will likely able to require the bird you are looking for. I use this for my 400 and it work wonderfully.
    Answered by: ABRAHAM K.
    Date published: 2019-03-01


    I am considering purchasing this lens. With the supplied TC installed, how many AF points are available with the D4s or D810? How are the points grouped or spread out?
    Asked by: Michael G.
    All the points as any other prime lens I have used. I use this lens on a d-3x , d-800 and a d-810.It performs the same with or without it's dedicated tc. You have to make sure your firmware is updated on each of your bodies. Check Nikon s website for free download of firmware if necessary.Hope I helped you. Sorry about the delay as I was away for awhile.Regards,Tony Kuklis
    Answered by: TONY K.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


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    Can I use any other teleconverter with this lens?

    Can I use any other teleconverter with this lens?
    Asked by: Barbara
    Yes. You can use any of the Nikon teleconverters.
    Answered by: Drew
    Date published: 2019-04-02


    What is required to use this lens for the solar eclipse?
    Asked by: Blaine G.
    I have been casting about for the best option and believe it is a solar eclipse product to fit over the end of the lens from one of the telescope companies like thousand oaks.
    Answered by: Amy K.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    This product comes with a 1.25X teleconverter...Is this required to get to 800mm?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    No it is not. The lens is 800mm without the teleconverter. 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 (FX format).
    Answered by: Yos O.
    Date published: 2018-08-28
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    Designed For Use With:

    • Nikon D3300
    • Nikon D3400
    • Nikon D4s
    • Nikon D5
    • Nikon D500
    • Nikon D5200
    • Nikon D5300
    • Nikon D5500
    • Nikon D5600
    • Nikon D610
    • Nikon D7100
    • Nikon D7200
    • Nikon D750
    • Nikon D7500
    • Nikon D800E
    • Nikon D810
    • Nikon D810A
    • Nikon D850
    • Nikon Df
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