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Is Nikon Hiding The Truth About Its New Z 600mm, Or Was It Really Just A “typo”?

Is Nikon Hiding The Truth About Its New Z 600mm, Or Was It Really Just A “typo”?

Does Nikon not want us to know about the Nikkor Z 600m f/4 lens? A recent, hastily edited post on The Big N’s social media channels caused a bit of a stir among photographers.

It started out as a happy story about how Nikon is happy to be working with The Open Golf Championship for a longer time. And what better way to celebrate its 150th year than to share some photos by professional golf photographer Matthew Harris that he took with his Nikon Z9 and Nikkor Z 600mm f/4 lens?

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You did read that correctly. Well, you would have if you had seen the post before Nikon changed it at 9:21 the next morning to say “AF-S Nikkor 600mm f/4E FL ED VR lens.” Was this just a mistake, or is Nikon trying to hide something?

Is Nikon Hiding The Truth About Its New Z 600mm Or Was It Really Just A typo

As you can see in the picture above, the original July 19 Facebook post on Nikon’s main account clearly says that a Nikkor Z 600mm f/4 was used to take the photos. You can see how the post has been changed by clicking the three dots at the top right of the post.

It’s possible that Nikon or its social media team made a simple mistake. But when the Nikon Roadmap clearly says that a Nikkor Z 600mm f/4 will be added to the pro prime lens lineup, it’s hard to believe that this was just a mistake and more like a technical mistake that needed to be fixed quickly.

After all, there’s no better place than major golf tournaments around the world to try out a new Z 600mm f/4 lens. I’m not saying that Harris is definitely using the new Z telephoto-prime lens, but we do know that these types of lenses are put to the test at major events. Mounting it to a Nikon Z9 and following top golf, swings seem like a good way to put it to the test.

We tried to look into the EXIF data of the images, but it had all been cleared out before they were posted. And Nikon caught the mistake right away and fixed it the next morning (but it took a while for all of its channels to be updated). This makes me think that Nikon is talking about this new 600mm f/4 internally, because otherwise this mistake, typo, blunder, or whatever you want to call it would have been caught before it was posted.

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