Nikon doesn’t want us to hear about the Nikkor Z 600m f/4 lens, does it? A recent post on The Big N’s social media that was quickly edited caused a bit of a stir among photographers.
It started out as a happy story about how Nikon is glad 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 that professional golf photographer Matthew Harris took with his Nikon Z9 and Nikkor Z 600mm f/4 lens?
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Yes, you did read that right. Well, you would have if you’d 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.” Did Nikon make a mistake, or are they trying to hide something?
As you can see in the picture above, the original July 19 post on Nikon’s main Facebook account says that the photos were taken with a Nikkor Z 600mm f/4. Click the three dots at the top right of the post to see how it has been changed.
Nikon or its social media team might have 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 error that needed to be fixed quickly.
After all, there’s no better place to try out a new Z 600mm f/4 lens than at major golf tournaments around the world. I’m not saying for sure that Harris is using the new Z telephoto-prime lens, but we do know that these types of lenses are put to the test at big events. Putting it on a Nikon Z9 and swinging it like in top golf seems like a good way to test it.
We tried to look at the EXIF data of the photos, but it had all been cleared out before they were posted. The mistake was caught right away, and Nikon 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 this mistake, typo, blunder, or whatever you want to call it would have been caught before it was posted.