This early this morning/late last night, Nikon made three somewhat surprise lens announcements. Highlighting those announcements were new 500mm F/4 and 600mm F/4 lenses, which will leave your jaw on the floor for several reasons.

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Both the new 500mm and 600mm primes come with the latest and great that Nikon has to offer in terms of lens technology, coatings, and elements. According to Nikon, the use of Flourite for two of the elements in these lenses has reduced the weight significantly from their previous generation (20% 500mm, 25% 600mm). Both lenses also feature ED glass elements and Nikon’s coveted Nano Crystal Coating, which combined with the Flourite, will make these some of the best performing super-telephoto primes on the market.

The new lenses also feature a Fluorine coating, which repels dust and dirt, and generally makes the lenses much easier to clean after getting dirty. Sports and wildlife shooters will appreciate this feature immensely.

600mm-f4e

Each lens also features the latest Nikon VR technology, affording the shooter up to 4 stops of image stabilization – which is absolutely critical with lenses of this focal length. In addition to the VR, Nikon is also boasting about the AF tracking performance and an electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism which enables stable and reliable auto-exposure with high-speed continuous shooting of sporting scenes, wild birds, and the like.

Nikkor 500mm F/4E FL ED VR Specs

  • F Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/22
  • Two Fluorite and Three ED Elements
  • Nano Crystal & Super Integrated Coatings
  • Fluorine Coated Front Lens Element
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System
  • Vibration Reduction, Sport/Tripod Modes
  • Internal Focus, Manual Focus Override
  • Electromagnetic Diaphragm Mechanism
  • Detachable, Rotatable Monopod Collar

500mm Sample Images

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You can view all of Nikon’s sample images over on their website here.

Nikkor 600mm F/4E FL ED VR Specs

  • F Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/22
  • Two Fluorite and Four ED Elements
  • Nano Crystal & Super Integrated Coatings
  • Fluorine Coated Front Lens Element
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System
  • Vibration Reduction, Sport/Tripod Modes
  • Internal Focus, Manual Focus Override
  • Electromagnetic Diaphragm Mechanism
  • Detachable, Rotatable Monopod Collar

600mm Sample Images

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You can find the rest of the 600mm sample images from Nikon over on their website here.

As you can see, both of these new lenses look to be the real deal for Sports/Wildlife shooters. But these improvements over the previous generation will come at a cost, a big one.  The new 500mm F/4E will come in at $10,296.95, up from the ~$7000 price tag of the last model, while the 600mm F/4E will feature an astounding $12,296.95 price tag, up from ~$9,000.

If you happen to be one of the lucky few who has the funds for a lens upgrade like this, you can pre-order both lenses right now over on B&H. You can find the 500mm F/4E here, and the 600mm F/4E here.

In addition to these two long lenses, Nikon also announced a new DX 16-80mm F/2.8-4E lens. You can also pre-order that over on B&H here for $1066.

What are your thoughts on these new lens announcements from Nikon? Specifically, do you think the upgrades warrant the increased price? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!