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Nikon To Announce Two Updated Super Telephoto Lenses In Coming Months

By Anthony Thurston on June 14th 2015

It seems that Nikon, as Canon, has turned their attentions to their aging, and extremely expensive super-telephoto lens line. According to the latest reports, two Nikon super-telephoto primes will soon be getting an upgrade.


According to the report over on Nikon Rumors, Nikon is gearing up to announce updated 500mm and 600mm F/4 lenses within the next 30 to 60 days. The new lenses will be lighter, smaller, with improved image stabilization and – as you would expect – be more expensive.

These two new super-telephoto primes will also feature Nikon’s FL (Fluorite) elements, which should bring with it a significant performance boost over the current Nikon 500mm and 600mm F/4 lenses.


There is no exact announcement date scheduled at this point and no price point. But the current models retail for $8300 and $9600 respectively, so you can be sure that the new models will be at least that expensive, likely more so. So, start saving those pennies now!

Assuming most of you probably couldn’t care less about some new super expensive super-telephoto lenses, what lenses would you like to see Nikon come out with next after these super telephotos are out of the way?

[via Nikon Rumors]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. robert garfinkle

    At this point – I just rather get a Sigma 150 – 600 Sport Lens. Thought a bit of a different animal, way, way, way less pricey yet can do a similar job. Reviews are quite stunning on that lens, yes?

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  2. Dave Haynie

    Nikon should change the color of their very high end super teles to something other than black — then they could charge more :-) This class is way out of my price range… more like what I usually spend on a car. Sure would be fun to play with, though. I have a kind of silly 300mm mirror lens (Tokina) for m43 that delivers the 600mm equivalent — I can image how nice it would be to have that both sharp, contrasty, fast, and donut-free on a FF body. But it probably wouldn’t fit my bag anyway :-)

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    • Peter Nord

      Not black. I have been covering my long black lenses with AL foil in the hot summer sun as the lens temperature can get remarkably hot. Surely such high temperatures have to cause expansion in the element spacing. Doing who knows what to the image. Hot enough to make the lens uncomfortable to hold. Just put a piece of white cloth over the camera.

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  3. Kyle Stauffer

    Would love to see a new and more affordable 400mm lens like Canon’s 400 5.6. Instead I’m looking at used 400mm glass from the film days and even considering manual focus for still wildlife.

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  4. Rafael Steffen

    Renting a lens like this and taking a walk through the woods would be awesome to get some wildlife images.

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  5. Thomas Horton

    Sigh, more glass that I will probably never be able to afford.

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    • Dustin Baugh

      I’m sure you can make some great work with the glass you have. Never fall into the “Gear makes art” trap. It’s always so tempting, but never pays off.

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  6. Chuck Eggen

    They can make it the best, sharpest, lightest, smallest, Super Telephoto Lens in the world and it won’t matter to me. It’s so far out of my affordability range.

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  7. Moise Oiknine

    I really want to see a 24-70 with the new glass… Could use some lighter weight lens… Maybe with vr to help with video… A lighter 70-200 would be great as well

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  8. Jesper Ek

    I still would like a new 70-200 2.8 VRIII

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    • Rafael Steffen

      That would be really the best investement for Nikon to update the lens with a Flourite element on it!

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  9. Graham Curran

    Ah, “more expensive”. I knew that there had to be a catch.

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