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Two New Nikkor telephoto zoom lenses

Two New Nikkor telephoto zoom lenses

Photographers, welcome to two new releases from Nikon as part of their mighty Nikon Nikkor Z lineup. These two new telephoto zoom lenses are just what the doctor ordered for photography enthusiasts which will ensure that you obtain top optical quality in your image production. These two new fantastic lenses are the Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5 and the more budget friendly Nikon Nikkor Z 70-180mm f/2.8. The Nikkor Z 70-180mm f/2.8 is a great budget telephoto lens option for those shooters who want to capture wildlife photography, nature, landscapes, moving objects and more. These two new lenses from Nikon have fantastic telephoto zoom capability and are priced affordably. If you are a photography enthusiast, then these new lenses are for you. However, these lenses can also be used by a photography hobbyist or beginners as well. These lenses are quite an upgrade over the Nikkor Z DX lens which is more of a pancake type lens.

These two new lenses utilize the patented Nikon Z-mount lenses, in the Z series of lenses for Z cameras compatible with Nikon DSLR from Nikon Cameras,. They can also be used on other DSLR full frame cameras, like Nikon F-mount cameras or for example on the the E mount system from Sony or mounts to Canon Cameras. If you would like to mount these two new lenses on a different mount than the Z mount lenses, you may need a lens mounting adapter to ensure conformity and use ability.

With mirrorless cameras like the Nikon Z9 or the Nikon Z8, no matter how excellent the camera body is, without the right lens you won’t produce the image quality you are seeking, and your exposures will leave you wanting better results. Therefore we believe that these fantastic two new lenses from Nikon will more than suit your needs. These new Nikon lenses are absolutely wonderful, and can compete or top some of the same class lenses from manufacturers like Tamron or Sigma.

Nikkor Z 70-180mm f/2.8 Features and Specs

  • One of the first questions asked by a consumer is how much does this item cost. Good news the Nikkor Z 70-180mm f/2.8 has an extremely affordable price point for a lens with this much to offer.

  • The The Nikon Z Nikkor Z 70-180mm f/2.8 70-180mm Telephoto Zoom lens which differs from a wide angle lens and is firmly entrenched in the Nikon 70 series of lenses. This new lens is extremely lightweight and ergonomic which makes traveling to your destination and carrying the camera around or holding it for lengthy periods of time, like a Vlog session with very good ease of use. The lens weights in at just 28.04 oz. (795 g). As previously mentioned it also sits on the patented Nikon Z Mount found in the z system of lenses from Nikon. Both of these new lenses are Nikon Z-mount lenses, they can however be used on an F-Mount camera. If you would like to mount these new fantastic lenses on a different mount for the Z mount lenses, you may need an adapter to use with a different mount.

  • The new NIKKOR Z 70-180mm f/2.8 appears to be a great option for shooters looking for a speedy and budget friendly telephoto zoom lens. The NIKKOR Z 70-180mm f/2.8 joins the recently released 28-75mm f/2.8 and 17-28mm f/2.8, lenses from Nikon. This completes the trio of affordable and compact f/2.8 zoom lenses.

  • The new NIKKOR Z 70-180mm f/2.8 is comes in at a size of approximately 40% smaller than the NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8, but offers a similar focal length. When shooting stills or closeups and looking for that perfect Bokeh effect, than this is the lens for you. This camera lens will produce exposures that will enhance Bokeh effect in stunning clarity.

  • On a Full-frame/FX-format Z series camera with in-body image stabilization, the Nikkor Z 70-180mm f/2.8, you can reduce shutter speeds which allows additional light to enter the frame with for more light to enter the frame, without having to raise the ISO settings.

  • With the versatility of this new telephoto lens you can manage a large range of stills even with the zoom range set to 180mm with just a single lens. Landscape photographers, sports photographers and portrait photos are a click away.

  • The NIKKOR Z 70-180mm f/2.8 is twice as bright as an f/4 lens which gives you more control of the light entering the exposure and greater depth of field. Try and move as close to your subject in your photo session, for instance at 10.68 in. at the 70mm zoom position and 2.79 ft. at the 180mm zoom position shots, stills and video recording that show in the final exposure, even the most minute details.

  • The Z Mount Full Frame 26mm focal length with a blazing maximum aperture of F/2.8 and a minimum aperture of F/16, producing amazing image quality. When using the F/2.8 lens which has extreme sharpness, beautifully blurred backgrounds creating a tremendous Bokeh effect. It adapts well to low light performance and a creative field of view.

  • This great lens also offers suppressed Focus Breathing which assists with vibration reduction, making recording videos easily and smoothly transition the focus from the foreground to the background with virtually no changes to the viewing angle.

  • Auto focus is so important especially for beginners who aren’t familiar with all the settings that can be accomplished in manual focus mode. The Autofocus feature which is powered by an accurate stepping motor that makes almost no mechanical noises while tracking your subject—ideal for Eye-Detection AF, recording videos and this new lens will remain silent while shooting.

  • Needing a little more reach to get closer to your shot of birds, wildlife and sports? Attaching a Z series 2x or 1.4x teleconverter tc and then you can increase focal range up to 360mm (which is equal to a 540mm zoom DX lenses on an APS-C/DX-format camera or a full frame/FX-format camera in DX-crop Mode).

  • The entire lens also comes with weather sealing to prevent dust and water droplets from getting between you and a great image. The front element of the Nikkor Z 70-180mm f2.8 contains an antifouling coating that resists dirt, fingerprints, and smudges. This allows the user of the lens to clean it with simplicity.

  • This new lens covers a wide focal range from 17mm all the way up to 180mm. Coupled with awesome image quality, Bokeh effect, low-light performance and ease of operation, the Nikkor Z 70-180mm f/2.8 is a pleasure to use. It also has a 67mm filter diameter sharing filters with the NIKKOR Z 17-28mm f/2.8 and NIKKOR Z 28-75mm f/2.8 lenses.

  • Great focal length of 70 - 180mm with a 2.5x zoom magnification

  • Versatile low light performance and a creative field of view.

  • A new STM Motors (stepping motor) is space saving and allows for the 19 lens elements in this new camera to move simultaneously. Utilizing the F/2.8 lens gives a great angle of view when shooting stills or videos of street photography. This motor also allows for quiet autofocus. Great when shooting a Vlog session or in any environment where even slight sounds may interrupt your photo shoot.

  • Includes three Aspherical Elements (AS) (lens elements), for sharpness and clarity, with small spherical aberration and field curvature.

  • Tremendous zoom lens that offers 70mm zoom position: 0.89 ft (0.27 m) measured from focal plane, 85mm zoom position: 1.09 ft (0.33 m) measured from focal plane, 105mm zoom position: 1.38 ft (0.42 m) measured from focal plane, 135mm zoom position: 1.91 ft (0.58 m) measured from focal plane, 180mm zoom position: 2.79 ft (0.85 m) measured from focal plane.

  • The included lens hood's design protects the front element creating a form of weather sealed protection as previously mentioned.

  • Both Autofocus and Manual mode are available (no switch is present so use your camera to adjust this feature).

  • Nikon Z Mount compatible with many camera manufacturers including Canon, Sigma, Sony and Tamron. (Please consult your user manual for your specific model to ensure compatibility).

  • Lens on a cropped frame APS-C camera can achieve a focal length that can reach 39mm.

Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR Lens for Nikon Z Features and Specs

  • As always, price point is so important to the consumer in a competitive lens market. So the cost of this fabulous new lens is very favorable.

  • The Nikkor Z 180-600mm F/5 is a 180-600mm Super-Telephoto Zoom lens. It is also mounted on a camera body using the Nikon Z mount frame. The NIKKOR Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR lens reaches further than your standard prime lenses, macro lenses and telephoto zoom lenses, so you can rest assured that even your most distant shots of stills or video, will be easy to capture.

  • If you set the camera at it’s widest setting, the NIKKOR Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR is great for honing in on your subject or object. With just a quarter turn of the zoom ring on this new lens, you can reach all the way to 600mm for tight framing with beautiful background compression. This is another reason not to worry about the distance from you to your subject or object.

  • The NIKKOR Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR is among the lightest super-telephoto zoom lenses in its class. It weighs in at 68.96 oz. (1955 g). Therefore, you should be able to carry this lens with relative ease of use. With it’s lightweight and ergonomic design it does not expand or contract, handling is the same at any zoom position.

  • This full frame new lens is even more of an evolution from the other recently announced new lens from Nikon the Z 70-180mm f/2.8 by achieving a focal length of up to 600mm which far outweighs a 100-400mm F lens or a 24-70mm f lens. If you use both lenses (the Nikkor Z 70-180mm f/2.8 and the Nikkor Z 180-600 mm f/5.6 you can cover the entire focal length range from 70mm - 600mm with a minimum focusing distance of just 4.27 feet at the 180mm zoom position. So close up shots will also expose with extreme clarity and sharpness.

  • With versatile up close shooting you can achieve a minimum focus distance of just 4.27 ft at the 180mm zoom position and a large 0.25x reproduction ratio.

  • A new STM Motor (stepping motor) af-p (pulse motor) is extremely space saving and allows for the 25 lens elements in 17 lens groups in this new camera to move simultaneously and versatile shooting capabilities.

  • With it’s built-in optical VR image stabilization the Nikkor Z 180-600mm F/5 also allows you to shoot at slower shutter speeds which will allow more light to enter the frame making this a great Golden Hour lens.

  • Easily track your subject with the amazing subject tracking feature on this camera. Subject tracking, Autofocus Lock, image playback and more can be mapped to two conveniently placed L-Fn buttons on the Nikkor Z 180-600mm F/5 lens. If you are new to the world of lenses this will make things much smoother and easier for you.

  • The Auto Focus (Nikon AF-S) is a type of focusing motor used in a number of AF-Nikkor lenses; the AF-S motor is very fast and quiet. AF-S lenses also have an "A/M" mode selector which allows the user to switch from automatic to manual focus with virtually no lag time. The extreme quietness of the autofocus operation is very helpful when videoing or taking images of animals and wildlife who are attune to noise making them possibly move out of range of your exposure.

  • It also contains smooth, precise and click less control ring. This allows for manually adjusting focus, aperture, ISO or exposure compensation.

  • The Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5lens supports up to 5.5 stops of vibration reduction and has a minimum focus distance of 1.3m (4.3 ft). The zoom ring allows for quick zooming between different focal ranges. The 180-600mm F5.6-6.3 VR is compatible with Nikon's TC-1.4x and TC-2.0x teleconverters (tc vr s), allowing for a reach of up to 1200mm.

  • With it’s ED VR (an extra low dispersion glass) patented by Nikon which was developed for correction of chromatic aberrations. There are two types of chromatic aberration: axial chromatic aberration and lateral chromatic aberration. Utilizing the correction of chromatic aberrations, an still image of a white object (or illuminated by white light) which is made by the lens will make the image not appear colored and/or blurry.

  • The Nikkor Z 70-180mm F2.8 is the third lens in Nikon's trio of affordable F2.8 zoom lenses, joining the Z 17-28mm F2.8 and Z 28-75mm F2.8 zoom lenses in Nikon's lineup. Nikon says it's optimal for events like weddings, portrait shoots, sports and video recording.

  • With it’s optical formula consisting of 19 elements in 14 groups, including five ED elements, one Super ED element, and three aspherical elements making this a powerful and accurate lens. Nikon says it's about 40% smaller than its Z 70-200mm F2.8 zoom (albeit with slightly less reach at the telephoto end), and at 795g (1.75 lbs) it's about half the weight.

  • Crisp and sharp image production across the entire 180-600mm zoom range, and compatible with teleconverters for up to 2x more reach.

  • Vibration Reduction (VR) up to 5.5 stops providing stabilization effect like shutter speed, which has a 5.5 stop faster shutter speed. This technology resulting in sharp images even in low light conditions, or windy conditions will reduce camera shake which may cause excessive blur when shooting stills or videos.

  • Stay sharp even in low light with the built in optical VR stabilization (Vibration Stabilization) allowing you to shoot at slower shutter speeds to get more light into the exposure even during the Golden Hour.

  • Whether sealing is present against dust and moisture. (Complete dust and drip-resistance is not guaranteed in all situations.)

  • With it’s customizable control ring is accurate and clickless, allowing the user to manually adjust focus, aperture, ISO or exposure compensation with ease.

  • It’s quick release tripod foot makes it a breeze when taking off or putting on the tripod. You can take the tripod off or leave it on. If it’s on the camera lens can be rotated for vertical shooting of stills and videos.

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    Availability and Conclusion

    Nikon has stated that the Nikkor Z 70-180mm f/2.8 is available for pre-order now and will begin shipping in mid-July 2023. The Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6 is also available for pre-order now with shipping expected in August 2023.

    Please remember to perform a firmware update (if one is available) once you have purchased and installed this new lens.

    To conclude the review, specs and plethora of information regarding the fantastic new Nikkor Z 70-180mm f/2.8 and the amazingly priced blazing fast Nikkor Z 180-600mm F/5.6 VR lens, we highly recommend either of these amazing lenses that will suit all your needs.

    Whether your choose the more budget friendly Nikkor Z 70-180mm f/2.8 or the competitively priced amazing super telephoto Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6, you have the options now to choose one or both of these amazing newly announced lenses. Which ever direction you decide to go in with purchasing these lenses of which one suits your needs, we believe you will be satisfied and blown away by the superb image quality.

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