A new AF-S Nikkor 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR lens is coming soon

Nikon will announce a new AF-S Nikkor 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR lens between now and Photokina (September 2012). You can see the patent for this lens here.

Features (translated by google):

  • Patent Publication No. 2011-197413
    • 2011.10.6 Release Date
    • 2010.3.19 filing date
  • Example 1
    • Focal length f = 800.00mm
    • Fno = 5.61
    • Image height 21.60mm
    • Times the maximum magnification β = -0.153
    • 16 sheets 14 group
  • Group 4 consists of positive and negative polarity
  • Inner Focus
    • The second focus group for
  • Shake correction
    • VR for the third part of the group

There were some rumors in the past about a new 800mm f/4 lens, but it seems that Nikon settled on a f/5.6 aperture similar to the old Nikkor 800mm f/5.6 IF-ED lens that was announced in September 1986 and discontinued in December 2005 (read more on the old version here).

The longest telephoto in the current Nikon arsenal is the Nikkor 600mm f/4 ED VR lens ($9,799) while Canon already has a EF 800 f/5.6L IS USM lens ($13,199).