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Desicion Time on Z 180-600 Lens

Desicion Time on Z 180-600 Lens

The Nikon Z ecosystem keeps improving and bringing out new lenses that compliment the Z series bodies. The most recent is the Nikon Z 180-600 f/5.6-6.3 super telephoto. This looks like a spectacular lens and based on all the videos out there and word of mouth from people I trust and respect that have shot with this, it lives up to the hype.

Despite all the hype, I am leaning toward not purchasing, at least at this time. I may change my mind in the future but for now let me explain why I am shying away from buying this lens. First of all, it is not the price. I think this lens is priced right for what you get. A non-prime super telephoto that is lightweight. If this were an S line, it would obviously be more expensive and most probably a prime somewhere in the f/4 region which is consistent with past iterations of this type of super telephoto. If I am going to buy something like this, it has to fulfill a need. My primary use is walkaround lens for birding and critters along with aviation. I have it on good authority that the combinatio of the Z9 or Z8 paired with the 400mm f/4.5 and 1/4 TC is a killer, lightweight combo for both of my needs. Seeing that I already own those things, the need for 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 is not there.

Now, it may change in the future, but at the moment I am covered. If by some chance I need the variable zoom, I still own the venerable F-mount 200-400 VR f/4 which I still love and use a lot so I can always reach for that if needed. Having said that, if you are in need a super telephoto that will be your first and good investment, the new Nikon lens might just be the ticket for you.