Nikon has launched the lens, first announced in the summer of 2012. Already tested by professional sports photographers at the London Olympics, the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR is a super-telephoto lens featuring twenty elements in thirteen groups – including two ED and two fluorite elements, an iris diaphragm with nine rounded blades and electromagnetic diaphragm control, and vibration reduction. This lens includes the also-new TC-800-1.25E ED teleconverter – the first teleconverter to employ an ED glass element to correct chromatic aberration. The suggested retail price of the new 800mm Nikon lens is $17,899.95 and will be available in April.
- Max. aperture: f/5.6
- Min. aperture: f/32
- Lens construction: 20 elements in 13 groups (plus one protective glass)
- No. diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded)
- Closest focusing distance: 5.9 m (19.4 ft) in AF mode; 5.8 m (19.0 ft) in MF mode
- Filter size (drop in): 52 mm
- Diameter x length: 6.3 x 18.1 in.
- Weight: 161.9 oz with the teleconverter attached