Getting started with the Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR: the longest telephoto zoom in a Nikon Z mount – Phototrend

In June 2023, Nikon introduced a new one Super telephoto lens for its full-frame hybrids, the Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR. Presented as a lightweight solution with ideal range Wildlife, sports or aerial photographyThis lens fills a gap in the field of long telephoto zoom lenses Z assembly. We had the opportunity to test it in real conditions during the festival Montier-en-Der. Here is Our first impressions of the Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR.

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Nikkor Z 180-600 mm f/5.6-6.3 VR: Super telephoto zoom in Z bayonet

Nikon comes with this super telephoto zoom Fill a hole in the Z bracketbecause until then we had to be content with that Z model 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR Sa shorter zoom and part of the S line with a price of €2799.

A 200-600mm has been on the Nikon optics roadmap since 2021, but now it’s finally here a slightly wider zoom (20 mm more in wide angle) that saw the light of day.

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With a focal length range of 180-600mm, this lens is a given Successor to the AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR the reflex era at Nikon, with even greater range. Thus the goal offers a even more versatile solutionideal for photographers animal, but not only. In fact, this type of zoom is also very useful for those who make something Photos of airplanes (the famous plane spotting), but also, and why not, for Sports photographyoutdoors.

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However, the competition was very well organized. We therefore note that there are numerous alternatives or equivalents in other frames:

  • Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS, Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports and Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports with E-Mount (and L for Sigma)
  • Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1 L IS USM and Canon RF 200-800mm f/6.3-9 IS USM with RF mount
  • and from Nikon the Z 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S and Tamron 150-500 mm f/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD in the Z mount

1701772627 587 Getting started with the Nikkor Z 180 600mm f56 63 VR thePatience – Nikon Z 8 – Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 180mm – 1/200 s – ƒ / 5.6 – ISO 22800

The lens has one Sliding aperture f/5.6-6.3. This one certainly isn’t the brightest, but Nikon has one optical stabilization with an amplification of up to 5.5 f-stops compensate. The lens also has a sport mode that can be adjusted from the body to stabilize the image in the viewfinder. Autofocus is guaranteed by a STM step-by-step motorization.

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This is also 180-600 mm compatible with teleconverterswhich allows you to convert the lens into a zoom lens 252-840mm f/7.8-8.8 with a Z TC-1.4X or even 360-1200mm f/11.2-12.6 with a Z TC-2.0X. Be careful with increasing ISO!

1701772632 259 Getting started with the Nikkor Z 180 600mm f56 63 VR theSearch – Nikon Z 8 – Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 600mm – 1/500s – ƒ/6.3 – ISO 2200

The opening is guaranteed by a 9-sheet round membrane. The minimum MAP distance is 1.3m at 180 mm and 2.4 m at 600 mm. With a maximum magnification of 0.25xThe lens allows you to enjoy the joys of proxy photography.

In terms of optical formula, this uses zoom 25 elements divided into 17 groups (including 6 ED glass elements, 1 aspherical element and a fluorine treated front element). This optical formula is designed for this Correct chromatic aberrations which can be present with such powerful zoom lenses.

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Here are the full specifications of the Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR:

  • focal length : 180-600mm (270-900mm in APS-C)
  • Lens for full format sensor
  • maximum opening : f/5.6-6.3
  • Minimum opening : f/32-36
  • Viewing angle : 13° 40′ to 4° 10′ (9° to 2° 40′ in APS-C)
  • optical structure : 25 elements divided into 17 groups (including 6 ED glass elements, 1 aspherical element and a fluorine-treated front element)
  • membrane : circular with 9 slats
  • minimum focusing distance : 1.3m to 180mm, 2.4m to 600mm
  • Image stabilization : yes, VR
  • Tropization : moisture and dust resistant construction with fluorine coating
  • maximum magnification : 0.25x
  • focus : Autofocus, STM motor
  • Filter diameter : ø 95 mm
  • Dimensions : 110mm x 315.5mm (D x L), internal zoom
  • Weight : 1.955 kg without foot collar (2.14 kg with foot collar)
  • included supply : Lens hood, lens cap, foot collar, lens strap
  • mount compatible : Nikon Z
  • Price at launch : 1999 €

Nikon Nikkor Z 180-600mm F5.6-6.3 VR

Ergonomics and handling of the Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR

Let’s say it straight away: these 180-600 mm don’t really go unnoticed. The lens is 31.5 cm long, excluding the lens hood not the most compact. However, Nikon has taken care of its copy and is offering one very balanced goal.

Nikon Nikkor Z 180-600mm F5.6-6.3 VR

This means that, despite weighing around 2 kg, the Nikon 180-600 mm is light enough to track a subject handheld. Mounted on a Nikon Z8, the whole thing comes close still the 3 kglet’s say it.

Nikon Nikkor Z 180-600mm F5.6-6.3 VR

However, during our handling in Montier-en-Der we initially put the lens on a tripod, but very quickly decided on a tripod Handheld recording, offers more freedom of movement. The lens distribution is also exemplary – like the Sony FE 200-600 mm f/5.6 – 6.3 G OSS.

Of course, if you are looking for a sporting event or are near a sporting event, use on Tripod or monopod It is recommended to take it easy on your arms.

Nikon Nikkor Z 180-600mm F5.6-6.3 VR

Note that unlike the 200-500mm lens, this lens has a reflex mount has an internal zoom : The barrel is therefore not extendable, which makes handling even easier and protects it from dust and moisture.

Nikon Nikkor Z 180-600mm F5.6-6.3 VR

As far as workmanship is concerned, the lens opts for a Magnesium alloy barrel, with numerous seals to protect against bad weather. To make cleaning easier, the front lens is treated with fluorine.

In contrast to the Nikkor Z 600mm f/6.3 VR S PFthis telephoto zoom has a little less manual controls. This is one of the ways for the manufacturer to differentiate its optics from the more professional S line, although this Nikkor Z 180-600mm lens offers it an exemplary conclusion.

Nikon Nikkor Z 180-600mm F5.6-6.3 VR

So we find a AF/MF switch and a Focus limiter So you can choose between the entire range or 6 m to infinity, This is useful, for example, when shooting through foliage in the foreground.

1701772648 699 Getting started with the Nikkor Z 180 600mm f56 63 VR theThe foreground does not interfere with the AF – Nikon Z 8 – Nikkor Z 180-600 mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 600 mm – 1/500 s – ƒ / 6.3 – ISO 1400

4 custom L-Fn buttons are located behind the zoom ring, which has a relatively short stroke (approx. 70°) to change from 180 to 600 mm while your subject remains in the viewfinder. It’s also relatively fluid, which makes zooming easier.

Nikon Nikkor Z 180-600mm F5.6-6.3 VR

We find one too customizable ring quite good, which is set to manual focus adjustment by default, but which can also be used to control the aperture, the ISO sensitivity of the body or even the exposure compensation.

Nikon Nikkor Z 180-600mm F5.6-6.3 VR

Note that the foot collarthat comes with the lens can be completely removed from the lens.

First impressions regarding image quality and autofocus

It is difficult to fully assess a lens’ handling capabilities, especially in mount-en-der sunrise, when the cranes leave the lake and head to the surrounding fields. In fact, the ISO sensitivity is Nikon Z8 on which the lens was mounted only very rarely fell below ISO 3200, evidence of some haze.

Simply click on each image to view it in optimal quality.

1701772655 634 Getting started with the Nikkor Z 180 600mm f56 63 VR theTo the output – Nikon Z 8 – Nikkor Z 180-600 mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 600 mm – 1/200 s – ƒ / 6.3 – ISO 9000

When, however the lighting conditions were more appropriate, offered this goal Honorable image quality. The impression of diving is very present f/5.6with a Very good management of optical aberrations.

1701772657 187 Getting started with the Nikkor Z 180 600mm f56 63 VR theQuartet in the air – Nikon Z 8 – Nikkor Z 180-600 mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 600 mm – 1/320 s – ƒ / 6.3 – ISO 2000

Of course, the sharpness is lower compared to the 400 mm f/2.8 or even the Nikkor Z 600 mm f/6.3 VR S, but at the same time the image is slightly less contrasty. But Nikon offers one for this price positioning Largely sufficient level of detail, even on the 45.7 Mpx of the Z 8. At this point, a full test will complete these initial observations.

1701772660 553 Getting started with the Nikkor Z 180 600mm f56 63 VR theNikon Z 8 – Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 600mm – 1/500s – ƒ/6.3 – ISO 3600

Compared to the 200-500mm F mount, this new 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 offers VR Very good performance, even at 600 mm. Here the maximum aperture f/5.6 is reached from 180 to 300 mm, then increases to f/6 to 500 mm and ends up at f/6.3 between 500 and 600 mm.

The loss of 1/3 of the aperture at 600 mm will certainly be felt by some photographers, especially in low light, as was the case with this handling. But with an entry ticket €17,000The Nikkor Z 600 mm f/4 from Nikon plays in a different league.

Nikon Nikkor Z 180-600mm F5.6-6.3 VR

Thanks to its long focal length, this 180-600mm offers a nice separation of the planesespecially at the minimum focusing distance of 2.4m at 600 mm, which allows Proxiphotography with reduced depth of field, even if the macro remains out of range (maximum magnification 0.25x).

1701772664 879 Getting started with the Nikkor Z 180 600mm f56 63 VR theNikon Z 8 – Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 180mm – 1/500 s – ƒ / 5.6 – ISO 5600

1701772666 893 Getting started with the Nikkor Z 180 600mm f56 63 VR theNikon Z 8 – Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 400mm – 1/500s – ƒ/6.0 – ISO 7200

1701772668 475 Getting started with the Nikkor Z 180 600mm f56 63 VR theNikon Z 8 – Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 600mm – 1/500s – ƒ/6.3 – ISO 7200

1701772670 39 Getting started with the Nikkor Z 180 600mm f56 63 VR theNikon Z 8 – NNikkor Z 180-600 mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 180 mm – 1/500 s – ƒ / 5.6 – ISO 3200

1701772672 387 Getting started with the Nikkor Z 180 600mm f56 63 VR thebok’herbe – Nikon Z 8 – NIKKOR Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 600 mm – 1/500 s – ƒ / 6.3 – ISO 2500

What about autofocus? At this point, the 180-600 mm is ideal Excellent performance in most cases. In conjunction with the Z 8, the autofocus and different tracking modes of the housing allow you to quickly capture and hang your subject. However, the difficulty lies in this dimmed lightwhere the AF-C mode generated, in our very specific case in Montier-en-Der, some waste.

We have the impression that the card in the viewfinder is good, but when we look at the photos on the computer we realize that this is the case slightly blurry shots, as if the MAP had been created a few meters before. Setting errors in the field? That is also possible.

1701772677 999 Getting started with the Nikkor Z 180 600mm f56 63 VR theNikon Z 8 – Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 600mm – 1/200s – ƒ/6.3 – ISO 14400

1701772678 732 Getting started with the Nikkor Z 180 600mm f56 63 VR theNikon Z 8 – Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 600mm – 1/500s – ƒ/6.3 – ISO 8000

Fortunately, As soon as the light was more present, the false detection rate literally dropped to 0 and Nikon shows that this telephoto lens offers very good tracking even without its Silky Swift Voice Coil Motor.

1701772680 772 Getting started with the Nikkor Z 180 600mm f56 63 VR theThe Big Dive – Nikon Z 8 – Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 600mm – 1/500s – ƒ/6.3 – ISO 3600

Further testing of the lens will confirm these first impressions.

Here is a selection of photos taken with the Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR during the Montier-en-Der festival:

Nikon Nikkor Z 180-600mm F5.6-6.3 VRNikon Z 8 – Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 400mm – 1/200 s – ƒ / 6.0 – ISO 11400

Nikon Nikkor Z 180-600mm F5.6-6.3 VRNikon Z 8 – Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 600mm – 1/200s – ƒ/6.3 – ISO 14400

Nikon Nikkor Z 180-600mm F5.6-6.3 VRNikon Z 8 – Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 520mm – 1/200s – ƒ/6.3 – ISO 22800

Nikon Nikkor Z 180-600mm F5.6-6.3 VRNikon Z 8 -Nikkor Z 180-600 mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 280 mm – 1/200 s – ƒ / 5.6 – ISO 11400

1701772691 449 Getting started with the Nikkor Z 180 600mm f56 63 VR theNikon Z 8 – Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 600mm – 1/200s – ƒ/6.3 – ISO 14400

Nikon Nikkor Z 180-600mm F5.6-6.3 VRNikon Z 8 – Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 600mm – 1/250s – ƒ/6.3 – ISO 14400

Nikon Nikkor Z 180-600mm F5.6-6.3 VRNikon Z 8 – Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 180mm – 1/500 s – ƒ / 5.6 – ISO 16000

Nikon Nikkor Z 180-600mm F5.6-6.3 VRNikon Z 8 – Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 180mm – 1/500 s – ƒ / 5.6 – ISO 6400

Nikon Nikkor Z 180-600mm F5.6-6.3 VRNikon Z 8 – Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 600mm – 1/500s – ƒ/6.3 – ISO 6400

Nikon Nikkor Z 180-600mm F5.6-6.3 VRNikon Z 8 – Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 600mm – 1/500s – ƒ/6.3 – ISO 5600

1701772703 136 Getting started with the Nikkor Z 180 600mm f56 63 VR theNikon Z 8 – NNikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 600mm – 1/500s – ƒ/6.3 – ISO 7200

1701772705 908 Getting started with the Nikkor Z 180 600mm f56 63 VR theNikon Z 8 – Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 600mm – 1/500s – ƒ / 6.3 – ISO 2000

1701772708 550 Getting started with the Nikkor Z 180 600mm f56 63 VR theNikon Z 8 – Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 600mm – 1/500s – ƒ/6.3 – ISO 5600

1701772709 14 Getting started with the Nikkor Z 180 600mm f56 63 VR theNikon Z 8 – Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 600mm – 1/500s – ƒ/6.3 – ISO 3600

1701772712 674 Getting started with the Nikkor Z 180 600mm f56 63 VR theNikon Z 8 – Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 600mm – 1/500s – ƒ / 6.3 – ISO 3200

1701772713 38 Getting started with the Nikkor Z 180 600mm f56 63 VR theNikon Z 8 – Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 500mm – 1/500s – ƒ / 6.3 – ISO 3600

1701772715 724 Getting started with the Nikkor Z 180 600mm f56 63 VR theNikon Z 8 – Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 560mm – 1/500s – ƒ/6.3 – ISO 450

1701772717 674 Getting started with the Nikkor Z 180 600mm f56 63 VR theNikon Z 8 – Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 230mm – 1/500 s – ƒ / 5.6 – ISO 4000

1701772719 345 Getting started with the Nikkor Z 180 600mm f56 63 VR theNikon Z 8 – Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 570mm – 1/500s – ƒ/6.3 – ISO 4500

1701772721 602 Getting started with the Nikkor Z 180 600mm f56 63 VR theNikon Z 8 – Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 600mm – 1/500s – ƒ/6.3 – ISO 800

Nikon Nikkor Z 180-600mm F5.6-6.3 VRNikon Z 8 – NNikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 600mm – 1/500s – ƒ/6.3 – ISO 3600

Nikon Nikkor Z 180-600mm F5.6-6.3 VRNikon Z 8 – Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 600mm – 1/500s – ƒ/6.3 – ISO 1100

1701772727 662 Getting started with the Nikkor Z 180 600mm f56 63 VR theNikon Z 8 – Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 600mm – 1/500s – ƒ/6.3 – ISO 1600

Nikon Nikkor Z 180-600mm F5.6-6.3 VRNikon Z 8 – Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 280mm – 1/500s – ƒ/5.6 – ISO 160

1701772731 458 Getting started with the Nikkor Z 180 600mm f56 63 VR theNikon Z 8 – Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 600mm – 1/800s – ƒ / 6.3 – ISO 2200

1701772733 201 Getting started with the Nikkor Z 180 600mm f56 63 VR theNikon Z 8 – Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 180mm – 1/1000 s – ƒ / 5.6 – ISO 5600

1701772736 212 Getting started with the Nikkor Z 180 600mm f56 63 VR theNikon Z 8 – Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 600mm – 1/1000 s – ƒ / 6.3 – ISO 3200

1701772738 187 Getting started with the Nikkor Z 180 600mm f56 63 VR theNikon Z 8 – Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 600mm – 1/1000 s – ƒ / 6.3 – ISO 1800

1701772739 749 Getting started with the Nikkor Z 180 600mm f56 63 VR theNikon Z 8 – Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 600mm – 1/500s – ƒ/6.3 – ISO 2500

1701772742 206 Getting started with the Nikkor Z 180 600mm f56 63 VR theNikon Z 8 – Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 210mm – 1/500 s – ƒ / 5.6 – ISO 500

1701772744 44 Getting started with the Nikkor Z 180 600mm f56 63 VR theNikon Z 8 – Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 400mm – 1/500 sec – ƒ / 6.0 – ISO 180

1701772746 82 Getting started with the Nikkor Z 180 600mm f56 63 VR theNikon Z 8 – Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – 420mm – 1/500 s – ƒ / 6.0 – ISO 4500

Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR – Pricing and Availability

The Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR is Available since August 2023 at the price of 1999 €.

The lens is available from Digit-Photo, IPLN, Miss Numérique, Photo-Univers, Digixo, Fnac and specialist photo retailers.

Our first test report on the Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR

Without a doubt, Nikon is introducing one Very attractive optics for nature photographers with this Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR telephoto zoom. The target is positioned as a native and relatively inexpensive solution for owners of Nikon full-frame bodies.

Nikon Nikkor Z 180-600mm F5.6-6.3 VR

Even if the aperture f/5.6-6.3 is not correct not the brightestCombined with optical stabilization, this lens allows you Capture beautiful, clearly defined images. We were also very pleased with this first handling responsive and precise autofocusexcept maybe when the weather is dark and gray (hello, foggy morning in Montier).

We look forward to using this zoom further for a more comprehensive test.


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