Nikon’s New 500mm and 600mm Lenses Weigh Significantly less, Cost More and Focus Closer

Jul 2, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

Nikon’s New 500mm and 600mm Lenses Weigh Significantly less, Cost More and Focus Closer

Jul 2, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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new500_600_NikonMore specs and photos have leaked and the official release seems imminent. Adding on to the previously reported specs, we now know the weight, price and minimum focusing distance for Nikon’s beasty lenses.

The good news is that both lens enjoy a 20-25% decrease in weight and can now focus 10% closer.

The bad news is that you will pay an extra 15-20% for the pleasure of owning one of these lenses.

The Nikkor AF-S 500mm f/4E FL ED VR lens will weigh just 3.09kg instead of 3.87, down an impressive 20% from the current model. The minimum focusing distance has shortened from 4 meters to 3.6.

Price wise the lens is expected to retail for 1.16 million yen (~$9,400), while you can get the existing model for $8,295.

The bigger brother, the Nikkor AF-S 600mm f/4E FL ED VR lens, dropped a considerable 1.25kg and will weigh 3.81kg. That’s almost 25% lower than the current 5.06kg weight of the current lens.

The new 600mm lens will also be able to focus 10% closer, now operable from just 4.4 meters instead of 5 meters.

No surprises with this lens’s price either and it is said to cost 1.43 million yen (~11,600) as opposed to the $9,700 price tag of the 600mm version for sale right now.

Keep in mind though that these prices will likely be slightly different in the U.S.

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Liron Samuels

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Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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