A month after the launch of the AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/4E FL ED VR and 600mm f/4E FL ED VR, Nikon approached AP with the news that review samples of both lenses had arrived in the UK. Eager to get hands on, we put in a request to test the monstrosity that is the AF-S 600mm f/4E FL ED VR first. It duly arrived in its custom-fit hard case, just in the nick of time for putting it through its paces at a T20 blast cricket match at Sussex County Cricket Club.
Our field test review of the AF-S Nikkor 600mm f/4E FL ED VR is on its way, but in the meantime we couldn’t resist posting a few images AP’s Deputy Technical Editor Michael Topham captured at this year’s spectacular Eastbourne Airshow. With the 600mm f/4E coupled to the Nikon D4S, and a body/lens combination worth £14,098, the above images reveal just what can be achieved with one of the most expensive professional DSLR and lens combinations.
The AF-S Nikkor 600mm f/4E FL ED VR is considerably lighter than its predecessor, and weighs in at 1,250g less than the previous model. It also boasts a design that features two fluorite lens elements and four ED elements. Just like the AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/4E FL ED VR, the lens utilises Nikon’s Electromagnetic Diaphragm, helping to maintain consistent exposure during high-speed burst shooting of fast action. Although its extortionate price tag (£9,649) will put it well out of reach of many photographers’ budgets, it’s a lens that’ll find its way into the hands of professional sports and wildlife photographers’ who demand nothing but the best tool for the job.