Nikon 180-600mm Z Nikkor Lens: Casual Testing

Looking at sharpness and bokeh with neighborhood subjects

Walked around the neighborhood yesterday with the Nikon 180-600mm Z Nikkor and my Nikon Z6 body just to test the lens and see how it handled. I plan to get out to a better location soon, but my casual backyard tests suggest that this lens is quite excellent. Obviously, I need to find some better subjects (coming soon). But I just wanted to post a few un-cropped images from the Nikon Z6 so you can get a sense of sharpness and bokeh. I’ll have a Z9 to test with this lens in the coming weeks.

Juvenile flycatcher
Juvenile flycatcher in the neighborhood (un-cropped image). Click to see the full-size image. 1/2000s f/6.3 ISO 560 at 600mm
Barbed wire fence. This photo does a good job of showing the edge to edge sharpness with the Nikon 180-600mm Z lens. 1/2000s f/6.3 600mm (click to enlarge).
No parking sign: I took this photo to look at how out of focus highlights were rendered by the 180-600mm Nikkor Z lens. 1/2000s f/6.3 ISO 720 (click to enlarge)

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