Nikon announces that they're developing their longest lens yet, the NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6 VR AF-S lens. They haven't announced pricing or weight on it yet, but you can bet it's going to be well over $10,000 and probably weighs about as much as a VW beetle, so you better have a serious tripod.
From the Nikon Press Room: Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 12 July 2012 - Nikon
today announced the development of a ground-breaking super-telephoto, fixed
focal length lens to add to its line-up of full frame (FX) NIKKOR lenses. The
800mm, AF-S lens, with a bright aperture of f/5.6 and VR (Vibration Reduction)
system, will be fully compatible with the auto focus system of all Nikon
FX-format cameras.The new lens has been developed to further strengthen the
NIKKOR line-up of super-telephoto lenses. It will boast the longest focal
length of any NIKKOR autofocus lens, and has been designed with field sports,
news and wildlife photographers in mind. In addition to its superior optical
performance, the lens will offer dust and water resistance.“We are very excited
to showcase a ground-breaking new milestone in NIKKOR development at this
summer’s major sporting events” said Robert Cristina, Manager, Nikon
Professional Services, Europe.“It reflects our on-going philosophy to turn
‘feedback into fact’ for the world’s leading news, sports and wildlife
photographers,” he added.A prototype of the new lens will be premiered to
professional photographers at the Open Golf Championship at Royal Lytham
& St. Annes Golf Club in Lancashire, England, between July 19th and
22nd 2012. Nikon has been an official sponsor of The Open Championship since
1993. The lens will also be on show to the general public visiting Photokina
2012, the world’s largest photo and imaging exhibition, in Cologne, Germany,
from September 18th to 23rd.
I don't think these things will be flying off the shelves, but I'm professional football, surfing, golf, and motorsports photographers will be snapping these up.