Petapixel did a review of the Nikkor Z 180-500mm f/5.6-6.3 and found it to be a compelling lens for the price, but they did find a few small issues. The following are highlights from the review of the Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR. 

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    Petapixel Review Highlights

        • The Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 is reminiscent of the popular AF-S 100-500mm f/5.6, but with variable f-stops, f/6 at 300mm and f/6.3 at 500mm.

        • It weighs 1955g without the tripod socket and 2140g with the tripod socket. It feels a little lighter than the AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6. 

        • The zoom functions very well with a very small rotation angle of only 70 degrees. 

        • The focus limiter switch is on the lens barrel, but there is no VR ON/OFF switch.

        • The autofocus is a stepping motor, quiet and comfortable, it's snappy and quick at 180mm, but is slower at 600mm though fast enough for most hobbyists.

        • The hood can be removed with the push of a button and can be put on by simply turning it until it clicks.

        • The filter diameter is 95mm, same as the AF-S200-500mm.

        • The maximum magnification is 1/4x at 600mm.

        • Ball bokeh is beautiful wide open, but considerable vignetting is present in the corners. Ball bokeh maintains its circular shape even when stopped down to F8. The transition from in-focus to out-of-focus areas is very smooth and beautiful.

        • The test lens is a pre-production model, and it's still hazy due to the forest fires in Canada, so it's not a fair condition, but [the bird images] look very sharp.

      Derek is a writer, video and stills shooter who has been in the video graphics industry since the 1980s. Derek is a founding member of the Camera Insider.

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