Nikon will introduce the new AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/5.6 PL lens this year. Although the exact announcement date is unknown, we can say that the telephoto prime lens might become official before the Photokina 2018 event.
As of February 2018, Nikon had a new patent on this lens. According to the information, the length of the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/5.6 PL was expressed as 33cm. For comparison, the Nikon 600mm f/4E FL ED VR lens is 43cm long and the Nikon 300mm f/4E PF ED VR is 14cm long.
What does Phase Fresnel (PF) mean in Nikon lenses? The PF (Phase Fresnel) lens, developed by Nikon, effectively compensates chromatic aberration utilizing the photo diffraction phenomenon. It provides superior chromatic aberration compensation performance when combined with a normal glass lens. Compared to many general camera lenses that employ an optical system using the photorefractive phenomenon, a remarkably compact and lightweight body can be attained with less number of lens elements.
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/5.6 PL Lens to be Announced Before Photokina 2018
The new Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/5.6 PL lens has been significantly reduced compared to the existing 600mm f/4 version weighing 3.8kg and is expected to be more affordable. Here is the lens design of the Nikkor 600mm f/4E FL ED VR lens ($12,296.95):
The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/5.6 PL lens, smaller and lighter companion when used with the Nikon D850, can already be said to be the ideal duo for many wildlife photographers.
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