Nikkor AF-S 200-500mm f5.6 E ED VR

$1,749.00

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This lens opens the doors for a fresh new perspective with a maximum reach of 500mm on FX-format Nikon cameras and a staggering 750mm equivalent reach on DX-format cameras.

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The Nikkor AF-S 200-500mm f5.6 E ED VR empowers enthusiast FX and DX-format photographers to go further with amazing zoom power and tack-sharp clarity. This compact super- telephoto zoom is ideal for bringing distant subjects closer, including birds, sports, wildlife and motorsports. This lens opens the doors for a fresh new perspective with a maximum reach of 500mm on FX-format Nikon cameras and a staggering 750mm equivalent reach on DX-format cameras. With a maximum aperture of f5.6, photographers have the ability to fill much of the frame with their subject and create a pleasing background blur, even in challenging light. This lens also features Nikon’s Electromagnetic Aperture for consistent exposures, as well as VR with 4.5 stops of image stabilization. Additionally, the VR features Sport Mode, which is well-suited for capturing vibrant, sharp images of distant subjects at high frame rates or when panning with fast-moving action. Additionally, the lens lets users focus as close as 7.2 ft. throughout the entire focal range, perfect when a decisive play comes closer than expected, or for capturing intricate details of natural scenes.

Whether spending all day at an air show or in the field, Nikkor AF-S 200-500mm f5.6 E ED VR is surprisingly lightweight at only 2300 grams including the tripod collar, making this lens easy to hand-hold for extended periods. Photographers looking for even more reach can increase the zoom power using an optional compatible Nikon 1.4x, 1.7x or 2x E series Teleconverter to capture even more distant subjects.

The Nikkor AF-S 200-500mm f5.6 E ED VR optical formula features three ED elements to enhance sharpness and minimize chromatic aberration. A 9-blade aperture provides a smooth bokeh, while Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor technology helps to quickly and quietly achieve critical focus. The filter diameter of the new 200-500mm lens is 95mm, and Nikon will also offer optional 95mm NC (Neutral Colour) and the 95mm Circular Polarizer CPL2 filters.

  • Focal Length
    200-500mm
  • Lens Construction
    19 Elements in 12 Groups
  • Maximum Aperture
    f5.6
  • Minimum Aperture
    f32
  • Minimum Focus Distance
    2.20m
  • Filter Size
    95mm
  • Dimensions
    268mm x 108mm
  • Weight
    2300g

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Outstanding

By: Garth
12-13-2015
*****
Haven't had time to do a whole lot of testing but impression is that Nikon will sell a lot of these. Exceptionally sharp at all focal lengths, even wide open. Furthermore, it is sharp right into the corners on FX. Can't see any CA or other flaws. Controls/rings very smooth in operation. Works great with the 1.4 X Nikon teleconverter. While some might find f5.6 a bit slow, bear in mind aperture does not change with focal length. You have f5.6 even at 500mm. The case is usual "mouse fuzz" cloth but there is a thick shock absorbing pad in the bottom so better protection than you might think. The unit physically extends with increasing focal length but there's no wobble. Nice to have a tripod collar included and it's very well designed plus removable.
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Astounding Value

By: Ross
02-02-2016
*****
I still can't believe that Nikon makes a lens of this size and quality for so little money. I think that they did it because they were losing customers to Sigma and Tamron in their ultratelephoto category, and they were afraid that people would be impressed enough with the competition that they would buy other non-Nikkor lenses.

This lens is big, heavy, and beautiful to use. I don't mind the weight: it has a lot of glass in it. I took a photograph of a high-altitude aircraft at the front of a contrail with it, and when I enlarged it I could clearly see it was an Emirates B747.

I've used it to photograph deer, moose, geese, and songbirds, and the results are tremendous.

The only negative point is that Nikon didn't put the gold ring on the front of the lens barrel. They should - it's a great lens.
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