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Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR Lens

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f/5.6? Not Really a Negative

By Warren

Pin sharp it is. Easily hand held and f/5.6 isn't the negative I imagined with the ability of Expeed4 and 5 to handle higher ISO's. A great companion to the 300 f/4 with the Fresnel glass. The same soft background. Gotta love this new design inovation.. My 600 f/4 and 400 f/2,8 will still be readily available but, they'll sit more often than not unless seriously required.. Of course, then they'll be back in the vehicle or at the house. Isn't that always the way? I'm 72 and not as strong as I...

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Extremely sharp and easy to hold

By TXbirder

Just got back from my first shoot of a Great Blue Heron in morning light atop a snag about 40 feet off the ground. Shot at 1/1000 F8 ISO 720 about 10 minutes after sunrise. Focused on the eye; so it's tack sharp. but was pleasantly surprised to find the entire bird (head, breast, wings, and feet) was just as sharp as the eye. This will replace my 200-500mm since I mostly shot it at 500mm anyway. It's a joy to hold!

Nikon 500mm f/5.6E AF-S NIKKOR PF ED VR Lens

The Nikon 500mm f/5.6E AF-S NIKKOR PF ED VR is a super-telephoto lens that’s designed to be lighter and more compact than previous 500mm lenses, thanks to the addition of the Phase Fresnel (PF) element. Weighing 3.21 pounds and measuring 9.3 inches in length, this lens is a significantly more portable iteration of the 500mm and offers a better and easier handheld shooting experience. The new PF element works in conjunction with three Extra-Low Dispersion elements to enable this Nikon lens to eliminate chromatic aberrations and color fringing, ensuring sharper and clearer results with true-to-life color. As with most Nikon lenses, each element features a Nano Crystal Coat and Super Integrated Coating to effectively prevent flare and ghosting. It also features a weather-sealed body with Fluorine Coating (FLC) on the front lens element to help repel moisture, dust, and dirt. The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR is an FX-format, F-mount lens that is also compatible with DX-format cameras. It can also be used with the new Nikon Z7 and Z6 full-frame mirrorless cameras using the Mount Adapter FTZ.

Nikon's 500mm Super-Telephoto: Pack light. Go big.

When photographing birds, wildlife, sports or action, mobility can make the difference between nailing the shot or missing it altogether. The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR is a fraction of the size of most full-frame 500mm lenses, freeing you to be as nimble as your subjects.

NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR Lens

Travel light

Nikon’s smallest, lightest full-frame 500mm super-telephoto prime lens ever—approx. 9.3 inches long and 3.2 lbs.

Photographer using the NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR Lens
Bird photography using NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR Lens

Bring the world in reach

Powerful super-telephoto 500mm focal length (750mm equivalent on DX-format) brings the shots that matter within your reach.

Man on a water hoverboard shot with NIKKOR 500mm super telephoto lens

Shoot in the moment

Handheld vibrations are tamed by VR image stabilization equivalent to a shutter speed 4.0 stops* faster.

Nikon camera with NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR Lens

Super-Telephoto Reimagined

Proprietary Phase Fresnel technology

For nearly two centuries, Fresnel lenses were used in lighthouses to project a strong beam of light. By harnessing the idea in reverse—for gathering light instead of projecting it—Nikon engineers can create NIKKOR lenses that are shorter and lighter, with the same image quality and zoom power of much larger lenses.

Racecar in the desert shot with NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR

Fast autofocus

Lighter, more compact optics don’t just benefit your mobility—a lighter focus lens group allows the autofocus system to focus faster, too. With the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR Lens, Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM) is able to operate at peak performance for fast, quiet autofocus.

Bird photography with NIKKOR 500mm Super Telephoto Lens

Outstanding image quality

When combined with Nikon’s Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass and other NIKKOR glass elements, the Phase Fresnel element produces high-resolution, high-contrast images with beautiful background blur.

Diagram of the NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR  Lens

Versatile and Surable

Use with Your Nikon DSLR or Mirrorless Camera: The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR is also compatible with the new Nikon Z series mirrorless camera bodies. To attach it, all you need is the Mount Adapter FTZ and you’re good to go, with absolutely no loss of image quality. Auto Exposure (AE), autofocus (AF), and in-body VR (Vibration Reduction image stabilization) seamlessly work.

More reach when you need it: When shooting with a DX-format DSLR or a full-frame DSLR in DX-Crop Mode, the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR super-telephoto lens produces a whopping 750mm equivalent angle of view. Add the optional AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III for 1.4x more reach with only 1-stop loss of light and maintained autofocus.

Near-silent AF with seamless manual override: The Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM) in the NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR Lens powers extremely fast, accurate, and quiet autofocus. When manual adjustments are needed, just spin the smooth focus ring.

Internal Focusing: All focusing movements occur within the lens barrel, so the physical length of this super-telephoto lens never changes. You can also focus as close as 9.8 feet with a 0.18x reproduction ratio from your subject to reveal the finest details.

Ready for the field: The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR is extensively weather-sealed and includes a protective front meniscus with Nikon’s Fluorine Coating (FLC), which repels water droplets, dust and grime, and easily wipes clean.

Consistent, even exposures: Nikon’s Electromagnetic diaphragm (E) mechanism produces extremely consistent exposures, especially during high-speed shooting... shot after shot after shot.

Stable continuous shooting: When shooting sports or action, select SPORTS MODE VR for a specialized type of image stabilization that produces a more stable viewfinder image during high-speed continuous shooting and panning.

Focus recall: When you can predict where the action might occur—say, a basketball hoop, or the corner of the racetrack—save the focus position and then quickly recall it with the press of a button on the lens.

FEATURES

Phase Fresnel: Phase Fresnel (PF) lens elements effectively compensate for chromatic aberration and ghosting when combined with ordinary glass lens elements. The PF lens element is based upon the Phase Fresnel lens, which appears to have a series of concentric circles engraved onto it. Utilizing a Phase Fresnel lens element allows Nikon engineers to use fewer lens elements, resulting in a more compact and lightweight telephoto lens. Due to the characteristics of a PF (Phase Fresnel) lens that utilizes the photo diffraction phenomenon, when there is a strong light source within the frame or when light enters the lens from outside of the frame, ring-shaped colored flare may occur according to shooting conditions. This phenomenon can be minimized with “PF Flare Control” to be included in Capture NX-D (ver.1.1.0 or later).

ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass: An optical glass developed by Nikon that is used with normal optical glass in telephoto lenses to obtain optimum correction of chromatic aberrations.

Nano Crystal Coat: An anti-reflective coating developed by Nikon that virtually eliminates internal lens element reflections across a wide range of wavelengths. Nano Crystal Coat uses ultrafine, nano-sized* crystal particles to eliminate reflections inside the lens throughout the spectrum of visible light waves (380 to 780 nm) in ways that far exceed the limits of conventional antireflection coating systems. Nano Crystal Coat not only solves ghost effects caused by red light, which was incredibly difficult for previous systems. It also effectively reduces ghost and flare effects caused by light entering the lens diagonally. The result: clearer images.

Electromagnetic Diaphragm Mechanism: An electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism in the lens barrel provides highly accurate electronic diaphragm or aperture blade control when using auto exposure during continuous shooting. With conventional D/G type lenses, the diaphragm blades are operated by mechanical linkage levers.

Vibration Reduction: A Nikon in-lens technology that improves image stability by automatically compensating for camera shake. Lenses that offer VR will feature the abbreviation VR on the lens barrel.

Fluorine Coat: Photographers need gear that can withstand the elements. Nikon’s fluorine coat effectively repels dust, water droplets, and grease or dirt, ensuring easy removal even when they adhere to the lens surface. Nikon’s fluorine coat endures a high frequency of lens surface wiping and its anti-reflective effect also contributes to the capture of clear images.

IF Lens:
A NIKKOR lens in which only the internal lens group shifts during focusing. Thus, IF NIKKOR lenses do not change in size during AF operation, allowing for compact, lightweight lenses capable of closer focusing distances. These lenses will be designated with the abbreviation IF on the lens barrel.

Silent Wave Motor:
AF-S NIKKOR lenses feature Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM). This technology converts “traveling waves” into rotational energy to focus the optics. This enables high-speed autofocusing that's extremely accurate and super quiet.

M/A: Select NIKKOR lenses have a focusing mode that allows switching from automatic to manual focusing with virtually no lag time by simply turning the focusing ring on the lens. This makes it possible to seamlessly switch to fine manual focusing while looking through the viewfinder.

A/M stands for Auto-Priority Manual Mode: This mode also enables an easy transition from autofocus to manual during AF operation. However, mode switch sensitivity has been altered to reduce the possibility of sudden unintentional switching to manual focus while shooting.

Super Integrated Coating: Nikon Super Integrated Coating is Nikon's term for its multilayer coating of the optical elements in NIKKOR lenses.

Pack light. Go big
When photographing birds, wildlife, sports or action, mobility can make the difference between nailing the shot or missing it altogether. The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR is a fraction of the size of most full-frame 500mm lenses, freeing you to be as nimble as your subjects.

Travel light
Nikon's smallest, lightest full-frame 500mm prime lens ever-approx. 9.3 inches long and 3.2 lbs.

Bring the world in reach
Powerful 500mm focal length (750mm equivalent on DX-format) brings the shots that matter in reach.

Shoot in the moment
Handheld vibrations are tamed by VR image stabilization equivalent to a shutter speed 4.0 stops faster.

Proprietary Phase Fresnel technology
For nearly two centuries, Fresnel lenses were used in lighthouses to project a strong beam of light. By harnessing the idea in reverse-for gathering light instead of projecting it-Nikon engineers can create lenses that are shorter and lighter, with the same image quality and zoom power of much larger lenses.

Outstanding image quality
When combined with Nikon's Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass and other NIKKOR glass elements, the Phase Fresnel element produces high resolution, high contrast images with beautiful background blur.

Fast autofocus
Lighter, more compact optics don't just benefit your mobility-a lighter focus lens group allows the autofocus system to focus faster, too. With the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR, Nikon's Silent Wave Motor (SWM) is able to operate at peak performance for fast, quiet autofocus.

Versatile and durable

Use with Your Nikon DSLR or Mirrorless Camera
The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR is also compatible with the new Nikon Z mirrorless camera bodies. To attach it, all you need is the Mount Adapter FTZ and you're good to go with no loss of image quality. Auto Exposure (AE), autofocus (AF) and in-body VR (Vibration Reduction image stabilization) seamlessly work.

Ready for the field
The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR is extensively weather-sealed and includes a protective front meniscus with Nikon's Fluorine Coating (FLC), which repels water droplets, dust and grime and easily wipes clean.

More reach when you need it
When shooting with a DX format DSLR or a full-frame DSLR in DX-Crop Mode, the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR produces a whopping 750mm equivalent angle of view. Add the optional AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III for 1.4x more reach with only 1-stop loss of light and maintain autofocus.

Consistent, even exposures
Nikon's Electromagnetic diaphragm (E) mechanism produces extremely consistent exposures, especially during high-speed shooting... shot after shot after shot.

Near-silent AF with seamless manual override
The Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM) powers extremely fast, accurate and quiet autofocus. When manual adjustments are needed, just spin the smooth focus ring.

Stable continuous shooting
When shooting sports or action, select SPORTS MODE VR for a specialized type of image stabilization that produces a more stable viewfinder image during high-speed continuous shooting and panning.

Internal Focusing
All focusing movements occur within the lens barrel, so the physical length of the lens never changes. You can also focus as close as 9.8 feet with a 0.18x reproduction ratio from your subject to reveal the finest details.

Focus recall
When you can predict where action might occur-say, a basketball hoop or the corner of the racetrack-save the focus position and then quickly recall it with the press of a button on the lens.

Technology

Phase Fresnel
Phase Fresnel (PF) lens elements effectively compensate for chromatic aberration and ghosting when combined with ordinary glass lens elements. The PF lens element is based upon the Phase Fresnel lens, which appears to have a series of concentric circles engraved onto it. Utilizing a Phase Fresnel lens element allows Nikon engineers to use fewer lens elements, resulting in a more compact and lightweight lens.

Due to the characteristics of a PF (Phase Fresnel) lens that utilizes the photo diffraction phenomenon, when there is a strong light source within the frame or when light enters the lens from outside of the frame, ring-shaped colored flare may occur according to shooting conditions. This phenomenon can be minimized with "PF Flare Control" to be included in Capture NX-D (ver.1.1.0 or later). Capture NX-D is available from the Nikon website. Be sure to keep your software up to date.

ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
An optical glass developed by Nikon that is used with normal optical glass in telephoto lenses to obtain optimum correction of chromatic aberrations.

Nano Crystal Coat

An anti-reflective coating developed by Nikon that virtually eliminates internal lens element reflections across a wide range of wavelengths. Nano Crystal Coat uses ultra-fine, Nano-sized crystal particles to eliminate reflections inside the lens throughout the spectrum of visible light waves (380 to 780 nm) in ways that far exceed the limits of conventional anti-reflection coating systems. Nano Crystal Coat not only solves ghost effects caused by red light, which was incredibly difficult for previous systems. It also effectively reduces ghost and flare effects caused by light entering the lens diagonally. The result: clearer images.

Electromagnetic Diaphragm Mechanism
An electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism in the lens barrel provides highly accurate electronic diaphragm or aperture blade control when using auto exposure during continuous shooting. With conventional D/G type lenses, the diaphragm blades are operated by mechanical linkage levers.

Vibration Reduction
A Nikon in-lens technology that improves image stability by automatically compensating for camera shake. Lenses that offer VR will feature the abbreviation VR on the lens barrel.

Fluorine Coat

Photographers need gear that can withstand the elements. Nikon's fluorine coat effectively repels dust, water droplets, grease or dirt, ensuring easy removal even when they adhere to the lens surface. Nikon's fluorine coat endures a high frequency of lens surface wiping and its anti-reflective effect also contributes to the capture of clear images.

IF Lens
A NIKKOR lens in which only the internal lens group shifts during focusing. Thus, IF NIKKORS do not change in size during AF operation, allowing for compact, lightweight lenses capable of closer focusing distances. These lenses will be designated with the abbreviation IF on the lens barrel.

Silent Wave Motor
AF-S NIKKOR lenses feature Nikon's Silent Wave Motor (SWM). This technology converts "traveling waves" into rotational energy to focus the optics. This enables high-speed autofocusing that's extremely accurate and super quiet.

M/A
Select NIKKOR lenses have a focusing mode which allows switching from automatic to manual focusing with virtually no lag time by simply turning the focusing ring on the lens. This makes it possible to seamlessly switch to fine manual focusing while looking through the viewfinder.

A/M

A/M stands for Auto-Priority Manual Mode. This mode also enables an easy transition from autofocus to manual during AF operation. However, mode switch sensitivity has been altered to reduce the possibility of sudden unintentional switching to manual focus while shooting.

Super Integrated Coating
Nikon Super Integrated Coating is Nikon's term for its multilayer coating of the optical elements in NIKKOR lenses.

Reviews about this item

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4.7

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83%

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f/5.6? Not Really a Negative

Pin sharp it is. Easily hand held and f/5.6 isn't the negative I imagined with the ability of Expeed4 and 5 to handle higher ISO's. A great companion to the 300 f/4 with the Fresnel glass. The same soft background. Gotta love this new design inovation.. My 600 f/4 and 400 f/2,8 will still be readily available but, they'll sit more often than not unless seriously required.. Of course, then they'll be back in the vehicle or at the house. Isn't that always the way? I'm 72 and not as strong as I...

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Be carefull.

After waiting six months to get my new lens, I used it for about a week along with the 1.4TC. Picking it up by the barrel of the lens instead of by the camera turned out to be a mistake, however. The lens separated from the camera and both went their separate ways on to the pavement. Now it's been three months and I still don't have the 500 PF back from Nikon repair. Lesson learned--DON'T EVER PICK UP THIS LENS/CAMERA RIG BY THE LENS. Pick it up by the foot attachment--otherwise you may ...

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Reviewed by 12 customers

 

Nikon 500 PF

By Ernie

An amazing lens, well worth the nine month wait. After carrying the Nikon 200 - 500, this is a dream. Focus is super fast. Photos so far are tack sharp. I have tried it coupled with the 1.4 teleconverter and love the extra reach, even hand held. Travel will be easier without the extra weight of the 200-500.

 

It was worth the 9 month wait

By James A.

I waited 9 months after pre-ordering this lens and it was well worth the wait. This 500mm prime weighs less than my previous zooms, is tack sharp and auto focuses instantly for birds in flight with a D850 or D500. The f5.6 aperture is fine at this price point.

 

Wonderful lens, congratulations Nikon

By BARRY R.

I’ve only had the lens for a little over a week, but it seems to be everything I could want in a wildlife lens. It’s very sharp and a dream to carry around. Handheld shots are tack sharp and the light weight makes it easy to shoot for extended periods with no fatigue.

 

A super sharp lens that is a perfect match for the new mirrorless Z7

By Thejohnz

 -  Originally posted on NIkon

This lens is as sharp or sharper than any prime lens Nikon or anyone else currently makes. It maintains the highest image quality with all three tele-converters, the TC14III being the most useful. Although the maximum aperture is only F8 with this tele-converter attached, do not let that discourage you from trying it out. I will let you in a a little secret. If you use the 500mmf5.6+1.4TC on the new Nikon Z7 mirror-less camera, you can get high quality images from 700 to 1500mm equivalent focal length (if one accepts that 10mp is often enough pixels for a great image). The Z7 has several features that make this possible. First is the amazing EVF which is always bright no matter the maximum aperture of the attached lens system. No Optical viewfinder can even come close. Secondly, the ability to use the Electronic Front Curtain shutter (and still have a viewable image in the viewfinder) removes any possibility of shutter shock. Unlike the D850, this feature is easy to implement on the Z7. Thirdly, the advanced Z7 sensor VR system adds important stability that such a powerful telephoto lens requires. Turn of the VR system for a few seconds and you will get the importance of having it on all the time! Fourth, the focus system is not limited to just a few central points. You can go right to the edge and still get reliable focus as long as there is decent light. There is no worrying about accuracy of focus, nor any reason to have to fine tune this lens to this camera. If you focused on that bird's eye, it will be in perfect focus. With 45.4 mp of sensor resolution, you can extensively crop (say to 10mp) and still have an amazing image. The weight of the camera and lens combination is just 5.7 pounds making it easy to handhold. Forget the tripod. All the above features make this system a breeze to just point and shoot. If you love to photograph birds of all types you will really love what this system brings to the table. Sure, this is not the best system for fast moving objects or for very low light situations, but you will be quite pleasantly surprised at the quality images that are possible and how many more times you actually find wildlife worth photographing. Unlike the big, heavy primes, you will actually have this lens with you most of the time.

 

Fantastic Birding Lens

By JOHN M.

I had to wait almost six months to receive this lens but it was well worth the wait. I already own the newest Nikon 400mmf2.8 and the Nikon 180-400mmf4 along with the 1.4,1.7, and 2.0 Nikon teleconverters. After a few weeks of field testing, I can confidently say that the Nikon 500mmf5.6 is, in every way, one of Nikon’s sharpest lenses ever made. It is super sharp wide open, from corner to corner. For those wanting to photograph birds, this lens will get you more quality images than you ever thought possible. This comes from (1) the small size, which means you will take it with you more often, and (2) its ability to give top notch images with any of Nikon’s teleconverters.I especially want to emphasize how well this lens works with the teleconverters. Though focusing is a bit compromised, if you are just trying to get that shot of a reasonably still bird, you will be shocked at how well this lens performs with TC’s. Best camera match is the new Nikon Z6 or Z7.

 

Excellent if you can find one

By Guest

Nearly as sharp as my 600mm f4 E but much easier to handle and much, much lighter. Just a delight to use and so small and light you tend to grab it on every outing.

 

Another Excellent Nikon Phase Fresnel (PF) Lens

By Scripps23

 -  Originally posted on NIkon

Because I already owned Nikon's 300mm f/4 Phase Fresnel (PF) lens, I couldn't wait for the Nikon 500mm f/5.6 Phase Fresnel (PF) Lens to be released. This new 500mm PF lens does not disappoint. I have walked around protected wetlands photographing birds for five hours at a time with no discomfort or fatigue--the lens's small size and light weight are truly an industry breakthrough. In addition to the benefits of size and weight, auto focus is lightening fast, contrast is excellent, sharpness is unequaled, and the Vibration Reduction (VR) is amazing. When coupled with my Nikon D500 camera body, I am shooting at a 35mm focal length equivalent of 750mm without the burden of a tripod or monopod--an optimal situation for wildlife and large stadium sports.

 

Best 500 mm

By Michael M.

Lightweight, good size for travel, VERY sharp, reasonable close focus distance. Only negative is the non Arca-Swiss tripod mount that Nikon supplies, but this is easily replaced with an RRS one.

 

f/5.6? Not Really a Negative

By Warren

 -  Originally posted on NIkon

Pin sharp it is. Easily hand held and f/5.6 isn't the negative I imagined with the ability of Expeed4 and 5 to handle higher ISO's. A great companion to the 300 f/4 with the Fresnel glass. The same soft background. Gotta love this new design inovation.. My 600 f/4 and 400 f/2,8 will still be readily available but, they'll sit more often than not unless seriously required.. Of course, then they'll be back in the vehicle or at the house. Isn't that always the way? I'm 72 and not as strong as I was. The loss of weight is a great selling point if you want a "long" piece of glass without the struggle.. The price puts a long lens within reach of thousands of shooters wanting sharpness and a quality "pro" build for under $4,000.00 USD. For what it is worth, I shoot D5's and a D850. So you might, if shooting older models, consider an upgrade so as to have Expeed 4 or 5 processing your shots.. I say this because, in my opinion, Expeed is what puts Nikon in a separate class with regard to data handling.

 

Extremely sharp and easy to hold

By TXbirder

 -  Originally posted on NIkon

Just got back from my first shoot of a Great Blue Heron in morning light atop a snag about 40 feet off the ground. Shot at 1/1000 F8 ISO 720 about 10 minutes after sunrise. Focused on the eye; so it's tack sharp. but was pleasantly surprised to find the entire bird (head, breast, wings, and feet) was just as sharp as the eye. This will replace my 200-500mm since I mostly shot it at 500mm anyway. It's a joy to hold!

 

comparison with Sigma 150-600C

By CHRIS N.

I have been using a Sigma 150-600C with a Nikon D850 for about a year. My primary subjects are birds. For a recent trip, I rented a 500 PF, primarily to decide whether it made sense to buy it as a replacement. The results of my comparisons were as follows: FOR 500 PF: 1. "Imaging" (the total of image quality, low light capability, AF speed, and stabilization) are about 10% better. Image quality was about the same at the center, very slightly better than the Sigma near the corners. Sigma's chromatic aberration was mostly fixed in Lightroom. In good light the lenses were about the same. Image stabilization was slightly better - my yield at 1/160 handheld was 100% (that may be a result of the 500PF being lighter and shorter, rather than IS). Notably, I was forced to only use the Sports IS mode on the 500 PF because the normal mode was not usable with multi-shot/burst setting due to shift of the focus point after the first shot, which only happened with the IS on and only in normal IS mode. This appears to be design issue with the 500 PF. 2. AF speed was a bit better, most noticeable when shooting birds in flight. 3. Obviously, the 500PF was easier to carry on long hikes and produced less arm fatigue. 4. Water resistance is supposed to be superior, even though I haven't experienced any issues with the Sigma when using in moderate rain. FOR SIGMA 150-600C: 1. One-quarter of the price of the 500 PF. 2. Customizable and firmware-upgradeable - holds the promise that AF speed might improve in the future (it is somewhat slower than 500 PF now). 3. I can zoom out - I really missed that when using the 500 PF. Based on the above, I will not be buying the 500 PF. Instead, I may consider then new Sigma 60-600 if the price dropped to about $

 

Be carefull.

By EVAN R.

After waiting six months to get my new lens, I used it for about a week along with the 1.4TC. Picking it up by the barrel of the lens instead of by the camera turned out to be a mistake, however. The lens separated from the camera and both went their separate ways on to the pavement. Now it's been three months and I still don't have the 500 PF back from Nikon repair. Lesson learned--DON'T EVER PICK UP THIS LENS/CAMERA RIG BY THE LENS. Pick it up by the foot attachment--otherwise you may mistakenly hit the release trigger which will allow the camera and lens to separate. Also be careful to not hit the release trigger on the foot attachment. This will result in you holding the foot while the lens and camera combination heads toward the pavement.

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Questions about this item:

Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
WALTER Z  said to be good
ROBERT A  It is the top of its class for long telephoto lenses
Mitchell D  small, light weight and good performance
Pat C  Reduced weight and size. Reviews indicate it’s one of Nikons best lens ever
Roger S  Good reviews. Prime lens.
JEWEL R  Highly recommended, and lighter weight are two important considerations.
Claire H  Will fit my need for a 500mm LIGHT WEIGHT lens (comparably) expensive but better then the 200-400 I wanted initially . With the high ISO availability on most DSLR cameras, I don't anticipate a big deal in the light stop
Ann P  rave reviews, weight size
pam h  rented it at lens rentals and loved it
Charlene W  Good review
manny f  Ive been waiting for this lens Im shooting sports and wildlife
Adrian D  Read multiple reviews and this seems the best choice for portability and performance.
William F  I own the 300mm f4 PF lens and LOVE it. It is lightweight and sharp as a tack. I am hoping this lens, which has the same technology, will be just as wonderful.
Neal G  I'm a birder and think this lens may be useful. Will use it with my D500 and D3.
Elmer D  Does this focus as fast as the 300mm f4 PF?
JOHN M  The 500mf5.6 focus speed and accuracy is as good as any of Nikon’s prime lenses such as the 500mmf4. The 300mmf4 can be a little faster simply due to the fact it is not a super telephoto lens. Attach the 1.4 T C to the 300mmf4 lens (now 420mm) and you will see the focus speed slow up and not match the 500mmf5.6.
Shawn T  I haven't taken a stopwatch to them but I'd say they're pretty darn close. I am really enjoying this lens, my 200-500 hasn't seen daylight since I got the 500mmPF.
Shopper  what is the physical size of this lens?
Andrew R  Dimensions 4.2 x 9.3" (10.67 x 23.62cm) Weight 51.2 oz (1451.49g)
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