Digital SLR Photography

Nikon Announces D6 And Surprising New Telephoto Lens

By Caroline Schmidt. Posted

Nikon has announced the development of the D6 – expected to be ‘the most advanced DSLR to date’ – as well as an AF-S Nikkor 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SLR VR telephoto zoom lens. The D6 is set to mark the 20th anniversary of the single-digit D-series, but there’s no launch date as of yet or specs for that matter. What we do know is that it will be the brand’s next professional flagship DSLR and will need to showcase a huge leap forward from its nearly four-year-old D5 given the technological advances made since its launch.



We can only speculate on what this said-to-be ‘beast’ of a DSLR will boast, but the Digital SLR Photography team expect dramatically improved sensor and processing technology, unparalleled autofocus and buffering speeds. Geared toward professionals, the D6 will have to offer a list of headlining specifications that offer the ultimate in performance for sports and wildlife photographers, especially, if it’s to hold fast against the burgeoning mirrorless market - in particular the Sony Alpha 7 range and Panasonic Lumix S-series – and Canon's EOS 1 and 5-series DSLRs.

Nikon has also announced the development of the new AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR lens, as it celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Nikon F mount adopted for the D-series. The new telephoto zoom lens will provide professional photographers, in fields such as sports photography, with even greater support – presumably to complement the D6.

Nikon has also unveiled the Nikkor Z 24mm f/1.8 – a wide-angle prime within its S-Line of lenses designed for the mirrorless Z6 and Z7 cameras. Costing (RRP) £1,049, this full-frame lenses has been promised to offer exceptional close-up performance and edge-to-edge sharpness for the ultimate in versatility. We can't wait to get our hands on all of these new products to put them through their paces, but in the meantime watch this space for more updates on their eagerly anticipated specs.