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| Re: New Nikkor 800 f/5.6 a Canon killer ? |
Someone just pointed out to me that the new Nikon is only 100 grams (3 ounces) heavier than the Canon 800 - is that correct?
Here is what was sent: "Robert, the Nikon 800mm is 4590g, the Canon 800mm is 4490g, so the difference here is just 100 grams, or 2%. The VR 800 has 20 elements in 13 groups. By contrast, the manual focus 800mm f/5.6 Nikkor is 5400g, and has just 8 elements in 6 groups."
Yes, I have read the same specs on Nikon's site.
100 g is not a lot.......the weight of a standard size chocolate bar from Europe, what is perhaps more imoprtant is the optics of it.......Nikon can not claim their lens is lighter than Canon's.
In fact, considering all the numerous glass elements they have jammed into that lens, such relatively unremarkable lens weight doesn't come as a surprise.
Unfortunately for Nikon, Canon's MkII supertelephoto lenses have radically changed our views on what those weights "should be" these days.
A few years ago an 800 f/5.6 lens weighing merely 4.6 kg would have been considered quite an achievement, as 800L had been at the time.