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Official Nikon Z 180-600mm f5.6-6.3 VR Image Thread

  
 
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p.3 #1 · p.3 #1 · Official Nikon Z 180-600mm f5.6-6.3 VR Image Thread


Has anyone found a softcase that would fit this lens? The largest lens cases by LowePro or Tenba are about 2cm too short! I had an extra 300mm f2.8VR lens case that I now deeply regret throwing away... Photos for attention.
Z8 + 180-600mm

_DSC2198 by Jason Kazuta, on Flickr

_DSC2311 by Jason Kazuta, on Flickr

_DSC2411 by Jason Kazuta, on Flickr



Sep 06, 2023 at 03:30 PM
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senna4ever wrote:
Has anyone found a softcase that would fit this lens? The largest lens cases by LowePro or Tenba are about 2cm too short! I had an extra 300mm f2.8VR lens case that I now deeply regret throwing away... Photos for attention.
Z8 + 180-600mm

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/53169455179_9f541dd452_h.jpg_DSC2198 by Jason Kazuta, on Flickr

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/53168668532_e8cde9253a_h.jpg_DSC2311 by Jason Kazuta, on Flickr

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/53169455194_611be21f24_h.jpg_DSC2411 by Jason Kazuta, on Flickr


I donít have my lens yet, but I ordered this, which says it fits: JJC Extra large lens case



Sep 06, 2023 at 04:07 PM
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senna4ever wrote:
Has anyone found a softcase that would fit this lens? The largest lens cases by LowePro or Tenba are about 2cm too short! I had an extra 300mm f2.8VR lens case that I now deeply regret throwing away... Photos for attention.
Z8 + 180-600mm

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/53169455179_9f541dd452_h.jpg_DSC2198 by Jason Kazuta, on Flickr

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/53168668532_e8cde9253a_h.jpg_DSC2311 by Jason Kazuta, on Flickr

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/53169455194_611be21f24_h.jpg_DSC2411 by Jason Kazuta, on Flickr


Yup. A perfect fit with a Z8 or Z9 and a 180-600 attached with the hood reversed is the following Kinesis bag. I have used it with a Sony body and their 200-600G lens and it's great to have the access and ease of carrying with protection.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1335396-REG/kinesis_c850_extra_large_holster.html



Sep 06, 2023 at 06:16 PM
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Jman13 wrote:
I donít have my lens yet, but I ordered this, which says it fits: JJC Extra large lens case


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dcisive wrote:
Yup. A perfect fit with a Z8 or Z9 and a 180-600 attached with the hood reversed is the following Kinesis bag. I have used it with a Sony body and their 200-600G lens and it's great to have the access and ease of carrying with protection.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1335396-REG/kinesis_c850_extra_large_holster.html


Thank you, I will check them out!



Sep 06, 2023 at 08:05 PM
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senna4ever wrote:
Has anyone found a softcase that would fit this lens? The largest lens cases by LowePro or Tenba are about 2cm too short! I had an extra 300mm f2.8VR lens case that I now deeply regret throwing away... Photos for attention.
Z8 + 180-600mm

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/53169455179_9f541dd452_h.jpg_DSC2198 by Jason Kazuta, on Flickr

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/53168668532_e8cde9253a_h.jpg_DSC2311 by Jason Kazuta, on Flickr

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/53169455194_611be21f24_h.jpg_DSC2411 by Jason Kazuta, on Flickr


Stunning images! The lens seems to handle the backlight pretty well. I doesn't really get any more CA inducing than those conditions.



Sep 06, 2023 at 10:15 PM
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It comes with a case.. What is the concern with it?


Sep 07, 2023 at 01:58 PM
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I have a Sigma 150-600C and think I am good, but this thread isn't helping. I think this lens would outperform my Sima and I could lose the adapter, but I am using a Z6, so not sure I would see all the gains.


Sep 07, 2023 at 02:12 PM
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Haha, is that a satirical question? The "case" that comes with the lens looks more like a quilt cover. It can probably keep most dust from accumulating on the lens but gives no protection against impacts. Nikon used to give quite good cases with their larger lenses. I really wonder what the purpose of the ones that come with most Z lenses is.

Charles Loy wrote:
It comes with a case.. What is the concern with it?




Sep 07, 2023 at 02:15 PM
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I've had my copy since last Thursday - the weather (and smoke) has finally improved here so I'm hoping to get out with it tonight for a more thorough test but I've been using it as much as I can and so far I am very impressed.

The biggest downside at the moment is the lack of DXO support - I am not a fan of the Adobe/Topaz RAW conversion so I'll probably be processing any images I take with it twice once that becomes available



Sep 07, 2023 at 02:47 PM
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Didn't get out much today, just a short walk. Couple shots of some commoners


600mm f6.3 iso3200






460mm f6 iso6400 LR denoise 20







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I was away when it shipped so my camera shop held it and shipped so I would get it today. I got home at 12;30pm, lens came around 2 and I went outside for a couple hours and took a few. Not many birds, it was 91 and felt like 102. More tomorrow but so far I can say it is slower than 400/2.8TC (no kidding) and 800pf. Not bad though I would say so far close to the 100-400 in speed but this is up to 600mm so that's nice. I think so far it's a keeper!

Here's a few, correcting my error I posted these in wrong thread! My excuse is I am tired from the drive from NY






  NIKON Z 8    NIKKOR Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR lens    600mm    f/6.3    1/3200s    1100 ISO    -1.3 EV  






  NIKON Z 8    NIKKOR Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR lens    600mm    f/6.3    1/2500s    640 ISO    -1.3 EV  






  NIKON Z 8    NIKKOR Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR lens    600mm    f/6.3    1/2500s    2200 ISO    -1.0 EV  




Sep 07, 2023 at 06:27 PM
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Charles Loy wrote:
It comes with a case.. What is the concern with it?


Shirley, you jest thinking the microfiber cloth that Nikon includes constitute a case?



Sep 07, 2023 at 08:21 PM
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armd wrote:
Shirley, you jest thinking the microfiber cloth that Nikon includes constitute a case?


I thought it was a large tobacco pouch! 🤷‍♂️



Sep 08, 2023 at 01:00 AM
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duncang wrote:
Main image is A1+200-600 f/6.3
Left Z8/180-600 f/9 Right Z8/180-600 f/6.3

Background rendering is really nice on the Nikon and it does seem it needs to be stopped down a little for best sharpness.


I have been waiting for some comparisons of the Sony and Nikon setup, thank you kindly for taking the time to do this.

To my eyes the Sony looks sharper and maybe more contrast? maybe background rendering goes to the Nikon. Interested to know your thoughts and preference if you get more time with the Nikon vs the Sony. My gut instinct has been toward Sony 200-600, although I prefer the size of Z9 and Z8



Sep 08, 2023 at 03:42 AM
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armd wrote:
Shirley, you jest thinking the microfiber cloth that Nikon includes constitute a case?


Shirley, I have not seen it, all I know it is is listed as a case. Which is why I ask 'what is the concern with it?'

Thanks for your polite reply.



Sep 08, 2023 at 05:45 AM
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Charles Loy wrote:
Shirley, I have not seen it, all I know it is is listed as a case. Which is why I ask 'what is the concern with it?'

Thanks for your polite reply.


With the exception of the 400 f2.8S, 600 f4S, and 800 f6.3PF, Nikon does not send a durable, dare I say usable, case. They send a cloth pouch with no padding. Think of it as an develop made from a piece of fabric. I don't even think it is lint free, so I wouldn't even use it to clean a glass element.

For the record, Nikon did not include a case for their 200-500... a lens that is the F-mount parallel to the Z 180-600.



Sep 08, 2023 at 06:12 AM
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OwlsEyes wrote:
With the exception of the 400 f2.8S, 600 f4S, and 800 f6.3PF, Nikon does not send a durable, dare I say usable, case. They send a cloth pouch with no padding. Think of it as an develop made from a piece of fabric. I don't even think it is lint free, so I wouldn't even use it to clean a glass element.

For the record, Nikon did not include a case for their 200-500... a lens that is the F-mount parallel to the Z 180-600.


They come with this

https://www.nikonusa.com/en/nikon-products/product/lens-case/cl-1434-semi-soft-case.html

which at least has one hard part at the bottom.

E.g. the 70-200/2.8 FL comes with this

https://www.nikonusa.com/en/nikon-products/product/lens-case/cl-m2-ballistic-nylon-lens-case.html

which does offer more protection and is comfortable to carry.

But I guess it's too expensive to make and so they don't offer one for the Z 70-200/2.8 S.



Sep 08, 2023 at 06:31 AM
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p.3 #18 · p.3 #18 · Official Nikon Z 180-600mm f5.6-6.3 VR Image Thread


A couple from this morning in better light! Lens seems very sharp and love the details. Only my 2nd day but had it less than 24hrs. Monday will bring it to the park!






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR lens    570mm    f/6.3    1/800s    8000 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR lens    600mm    f/6.3    1/1250s    5600 ISO    -0.3 EV  




Sep 08, 2023 at 10:14 AM
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Here are my initial thoughts after using 2 copies of the lens on both a Z8 and Z9:

- Build & handling is very good (for the price), I like where Nikon has placed the zoom & MF/control rings, at least for where I like to rest my hands. Both rings feel smooth, well damped, and have very little play in them. The short travel zoom ring is so much nicer than the 200-500, as is obviously the internal zoom design. The hood has a push-button release rather than a slide-release like some of their other lenses. As others have already pointed out, the "sleeve" the lens comes with is just as useless as the rest of them - other than keeping dust off during storage or something, it will probably just sit in the box it came in for most people.

- Balance is good enough with both a Z8/Z9, maybe a little better with the Z9 due to its weight. You don't need a super long lens plate, in fact the first one I used contacted the grip on my Z9 and I had to move it forward. The lens foot holes are different sized so you will need a reducer bushing if you want to use 2 screws to secure a plate (which I would always recommend to prevent twisting).

- AF is snappy and silent, not as fast as my 800PF or the other exotics, noticeably faster than the outgoing 200-500. I'd say it's very similar to the Z100-400 AF speed. I don't think anyone is going to be disappointed with the AF at this price point, certainly not those coming from a 200-500.

- The VR is (unsurprisingly) exactly as advertised as the stop reduction value is tested to a specific standard, and I can get around ~5 stops out of it with my shaky hands which is slightly better than the 200-500. Steadier hands should be able to hit the 5.5 stop claim. The 200-500 was actually one of the few lenses new enough to get Nikon's best/latest VR in the F mount (4.5 stops). The viewfinder seems to jump around less than with other lenses in Normal mode when the VR mechanism resets, but maybe I'm just used to the more exaggerated movements of the 800PF that I've been using a lot lately.

- The only thing I don't really like is the rotating collar, I wish it was a bit smoother. On my "S" lenses, 1/4 turn loosens the collar and the rotation is butter smooth, on the 180-600 you need multiple rotations to release the tension and the rotation does not feel as nice. The lens foot itself does not come off, so any third party collars will have to replace the entire thing, so an eventual third party solution might fix this complaint. If you shoot handheld or from a gimbal you will probably never be affected by this, but monopod shooters are likely to notice.

- Sharpness is as expected very good. My initial impression is it's very slightly better than the Nikon 200-500 or Sony 200-600 samples that I have access to (small sample size), but I will test again when the 180-600 gets good RAW converter support. So far I have used the lens mostly at 600/6.3 and that is where I suspect the majority of people will be using it regularly. Both copies barely improve stopped down, so it's nice to see it's well optimized at F6.3. Super-zooms from every manufacturer have higher than average sample variation so I expect some difference of opinion here. I personally can't tell a difference between the two copies of 180-600 I tried, but that's all I can speak to. I haven't had time to test it with the 1.4TC yet but there is a Swiss review of the lens that speaks highly of it with TCs so I remain optimistic. Overall I would say image quality is most similar to my Z100-400.

- CA/fringing seems very well controlled and a noticeable improvement from the 200-500. I shot some black birds in a dead tree against a bright white sky and I couldn't see any fringing around the birds or branches. Good enough for my usage.

Unfortunately DXO does not support this lens yet so I am left with Adobe's rather poor (IMO) conversion. On the plus side, that means output will be significantly better than the below once the lens profile is eventually supported. This is already causing some disparity in some other comparison reviews I have seen and is not helping people with their purchase decisions. Here are a few quick ~90-100% crops with the straight Adobe RAW conversion and no added sharpening, and for the record I am using a Nikon NC filter - sorry for the uninteresting subject matter, the Fall weather is here in Canada so wildlife subjects are few and far between at my usual spots:

600/6.3, camera reported subject distance of 26ft:






600/6.3, camera reported subject distance of 16.5ft:






600/6.3, camera reported subject distance of 35ft:










Sep 08, 2023 at 10:44 AM
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Charles Loy wrote:
It comes with a case.. What is the concern with it?


It's not a case, it's a thin cloth bag. It's not a padded case like what was included with the higher end F-mount lenses. While I wasn't expecting a case like what the 300mm f2.8VR comes in, but a padded, zippered case like what comes with the F-mount 70-200mm f2.8E would've been nice.



Sep 08, 2023 at 11:16 AM
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