The longest reach 35mm super-zoom lens

available commercially, until...
What ?.. gosh, another super-monster was brought out from Nikon ! )


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Zoom-Nikkor 360-1200mm.jpg

360-1200mm f/11 ED
* Need special order, which is understandable.

Started in 1967, Nikon brought its first wide ratio zoom lens, the Zoom-Nikkor Auto 50-300mm f4.5 to 35mm photography and soon, more to follow. The original 360mm-1200mm f11 was officially launched in 1976, remained as the longest telephoto zoom lens in 35mm photography until the super zoom 1200-1700mm came to the market.

I am certain most of us (including me) won't have a chance in our life time to experience or directly encounter these monster super zoom lenses. It doesn't mean people carrying these lenses are alien either. Most of these special lenses are meant for sports, wildlife behavior, scientific research or extra-long distance photography (paparazzi... ? ha!).

All those pages within this site are created for the intention of gaining and equipping ourselves with a little extra knowledge with lenses of this kind and I don't think there is any harm. Please don't misinterpret that I am doing promotion work for Nikon.

A lens like this 360-1200mm f11 ED zoom is heavy and bulky but ALL these super zoom lenses by Nikon are single focusing/zooming (one touch) design - separate zooming and focusing design on these lenses could be nightmare in handling. Let us take a look at the specifications. Optically constructed on 20 lens elements in 12 groups (two ED glass elements), with a weight of 7900g, a picture angle of 6° 50' to around 2°; focuses down to 6m (20 ft); ED designated; no telescopic lens hood (but a screw in type provided as standard), works with three tele-converters, the TC-200, TC-300 or TC-14. The most important part is its 180° rotatable cantilevered tripod socket collar which allows balanced tripod mounting with quick change from horizontal to vertical format shooting, which or can be removed. This allows quick and easy handling when in real life shooting situations - you won't realise how "messy" it is to handle a big aperture lens or a "out of normal size" optical instruments like this unless you have experienced that. The longest lens I have experienced was a 600 f4 ED IF, while zoom lens was a 200-400 f4 ED, though nothing compared with this but the experiences was worthwhile enough to make such remarks.

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Another super zoom here is the 180-600mm f8 ED (Note: Size and dimension displayed are not in appropriate ratio in this page). With 18 elements in 11 groups, focus down to 2.5m (8.5 ft), the 180° rotatable cantilevered tripod socket collar is also provided and it is removable when hand-holding the lens. Weight is around 3600g, almost half when compared with the 360-1200mm counterpart, while the aperture is a stop bigger (f8 as to f11), filter size is 95mm and picture angle is 13° 40' to around 4° 10'.

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Another one featured here is the 200-400 f4 ED. I have prepared a bigger view here on a separate page to avoid longer downlaod time, since there are too may jpeg files in this page. There is actually another cheaper and a more compact (lighter in weight too, merely 2500g) 200-600 f9.5 lens from Nikon (discontinued - I was told, can anyone confirm that ?), why cheaper ? That is not a ED designated lens and the aperture is smaller at f9.5 (strange...). But, it was based on the original Auto Nikkor Telephoto Zoom 200-600 f9.5-10.5 that was launched way back in 1961, incidentally, it was the 2nd zoom lens ever produced by Nikon. I think it is of more on sentimental ground...

A relative scale between general zoom lenses and super zoom lens.

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