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AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR


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#1 Dallas

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 18:36

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#2 RobertM

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Posted 02 February 2009 - 02:12

I just received my 500VR and have very limited experience with it, but can say the IQ is fabulous, AF acquisition is excellent and it takes a TC 1.4 very well.
This lens is heavy but can be hand-held. The 400 and 600 lenses are heavier than the 500 and for me, require the use of a tripod. For birding...this is the lens imho, and with a TC 1.4, the extended range to 700mm is available without adding any significant weight.


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#3 Clammer

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Posted 05 May 2010 - 22:17

As good as you'd expect for the price, which is enormous.

I've had this lens since February and have used it mainly for bird photography.  Its image quality is excellent; its sharpness consistently surpasses that of my 200-400mm VR.  It is capable of nicely sharp images handheld:

[img alt="Osprey Levitating"]http://www.fotozones.com/ngallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=31458&g2_GALLERYSID=78c4726f621e3e6885b762d30eaa6c39[/img]

It has very little distortion - this is a wedding I photographed from 2000 feet/600 meters feet away while I was birding at the other end of the field:

[img alt="Crane Estate"]http://www.fotozones.com/ngallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=31497&g2_GALLERYSID=78c4726f621e3e6885b762d30eaa6c39[/img]

My copy takes the 1.7x TC very nicely, though that's too long for really good results handheld.  I used a monopod for this shot, taken late in the day as light was fading:

[img alt="Crested Caracara"]http://www.fotozones.com/ngallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=31500&g2_GALLERYSID=78c4726f621e3e6885b762d30eaa6c39[/img]

With the TC attached, handheld snapshots are a little bit disappointing, though that's probably not a fair comment at 850mm.  This bald eagle overhead is a little bit smeary, though I was glad to get it at all:

[img alt="Bald Eagle"]http://www.fotozones.com/ngallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=31494&g2_GALLERYSID=78c4726f621e3e6885b762d30eaa6c39[/img]


As a birding lens this is about at the limit of what you can carry with you on a trail or hike - if I hadn't been used to the 200-400mm VR I wouldn't have been able to carry it far or handhold it, I think.  It's also too big for casual birding in any kind of wooded area or for birds on the wing:  there's just too much magnification to catch anything fast-moving unless you're really well prepared.

I've gotten excellent results with the D700, possibly even better (to my surprise) than with the D300S.  A possible explanation:  I'm usually shooting handheld while exploring an area, so being able to crank the ISO and use a fast shutter speed may be more important than the extra magnification possible with the DX format.  More serious bird photographers (who use better technique and aren't shooting from the hip all the time) swear by the D300S, so take my comments with a grain of salt.





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#4 Jan Anne

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Posted 28 June 2011 - 21:43

Awesome lens and amazingly compact once you've learned your way with exotics, with the long and slim hood reversed it fitted perfectly in the Kiboko bag for air and car travel.

IQ was of course on a very high level and even with the 1.7TC very good quality could be achieved when I did my part.

850mm, handheld (while lying on flat on the ground) wide open at f/6.7:
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Sharpness with the 1.7TC improved rapidly at f/8:
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Auto focus was very speedy and still fast enough with the mentioned TC in decent light, a bit slower but solid anyway.

All in all a very cool, flexible and usably tele lens, well suited for global use.

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#5 Anthony

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Posted 28 June 2011 - 22:24

As good as you'd expect for the price, which is enormous.

I've had this lens since February and have used it mainly for bird photography.  Its image quality is excellent; its sharpness consistently surpasses that of my 200-400mm VR.  It is capable of nicely sharp images handheld:

[img alt="Osprey Levitating"]http://www.fotozones.com/ngallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=31458&g2_GALLERYSID=78c4726f621e3e6885b762d30eaa6c39[/img]

It has very little distortion - this is a wedding I photographed from 2000 feet/600 meters feet away while I was birding at the other end of the field:

[img alt="Crane Estate"]http://www.fotozones.com/ngallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=31497&g2_GALLERYSID=78c4726f621e3e6885b762d30eaa6c39[/img]

My copy takes the 1.7x TC very nicely, though that's too long for really good results handheld.  I used a monopod for this shot, taken late in the day as light was fading:

[img alt="Crested Caracara"]http://www.fotozones.com/ngallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=31500&g2_GALLERYSID=78c4726f621e3e6885b762d30eaa6c39[/img]

With the TC attached, handheld snapshots are a little bit disappointing, though that's probably not a fair comment at 850mm.  This bald eagle overhead is a little bit smeary, though I was glad to get it at all:

[img alt="Bald Eagle"]http://www.fotozones.com/ngallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=31494&g2_GALLERYSID=78c4726f621e3e6885b762d30eaa6c39[/img]


As a birding lens this is about at the limit of what you can carry with you on a trail or hike - if I hadn't been used to the 200-400mm VR I wouldn't have been able to carry it far or handhold it, I think.  It's also too big for casual birding in any kind of wooded area or for birds on the wing:  there's just too much magnification to catch anything fast-moving unless you're really well prepared.

I've gotten excellent results with the D700, possibly even better (to my surprise) than with the D300S.  A possible explanation:  I'm usually shooting handheld while exploring an area, so being able to crank the ISO and use a fast shutter speed may be more important than the extra magnification possible with the DX format.  More serious bird photographers (who use better technique and aren't shooting from the hip all the time) swear by the D300S, so take my comments with a grain of salt.


Great shots. You might cost me a lot of money.




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