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NIKON AF-S 200-500MM F5.6E ED VR

Web Code: 010NIK153  •  Mfr Code: 20058
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NIKON AF-S 200-500MM F5.6E ED VR is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 60.
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  • Super Telephoto Zoom Lens
  • Vibration Reduction
  • Silent Wave Motor
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  • Super Telephoto Zoom Lens
  • Vibration Reduction
  • Silent Wave Motor
  • Filter Diameter: 95mm
  • Astounding views, comfortably in reach.:
  • Wherever your passion lies, this outstanding super telephoto zoom lens can bring it into focus. Capture and share stunning views of birds, wildlife, motorsports, athletes, performers, landmarks and other faraway subjects. A fast f/5.6 constant aperture gives your shots beautifully out-of-focus backgrounds across the entire zoom range. Turn fast-moving action into dazzling photo sequences-the electromagnetic diaphragm operates in sync for the fastest subjects and shutter speeds while Vibration Reduction image stabilization keeps your shots sharp and steady. And in the rare cases when additional reach is needed, you can increase the AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR's zoom power with an optional Nikon 1.4x, 1.7x or 2x teleconverter*.
  • (*Compatible with TC-14E series teleconverters (AF is only available when used with DSLR cameras that offer f/8 support. These include: D4, D4S, Df, D600, D610, D750, D800, D800E, D810, D7100, D7200). Compatible with TC-17E and TC-20E series teleconverters (AF not possible).)
  • Conquer distance: Lightweight, compact super telephoto zoom:
  • Whether your subject is far in the distance or close, fast or slow, you can land the shot. On FX-format cameras, 500mm brings distant birds, wildlife, athletes, performers, landmarks and more into tight focus. DX-format cameras add an additional 1.5x zoom effect for an angle of view equivalent to a whopping 750mm! And despite that extreme power, you can also focus on subjects as close as 7.2 feet away for detail rich close-ups.
  • Sharpen your vision: Approximately 4.5 stops of Vibration Reduction:
  • At super telephoto distances, the smallest camera movements can cause image blur. Vibration Reduction image stabilization counteracts camera shake up to approximately 4.5 stops for sharp photos and steady videos. You also can shoot at slower shutter speeds in low light - great for those magic moments at dawn and dusk. Sports Mode is optimized for camera pans and other movements common when shooting fast action.
  • Dazzling performance: Advanced Nikon lens technology:
  • Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass cuts through the glare of bright sunlight. Silent Wave Motor (SWM) powers ultra-fast, near-silent autofocusing with seamless manual override. The Electromagnetic diaphragm (E) operates in sync with the fastest shutter speeds and frame rates, even when using an optional teleconverter. Always bring home views that amaze.
 
 

Lens Performance

Lens Type: Digital SLR Lenses
Focal Length: 200-500mm
Maximum Aperture: f/5.6
Aperture (Max. & Min.): Max: f/5.6, Min: f/32
Camera Mount Type: Nikon F
Camera Format: Full-Frame
Angle of View: FX: 12.33-5.00 degrees; DX: 8.00-3.17 degrees
Minimum Focus Distance: 2.2m (7.2 ft.)
Maximum Close-Up Magnification: 0.22x
Groups/Elements: 12 Groups/19 Elements
Diaphragm Blades: 9

Lens Features

Image Stabilization: Yes
Autofocus: Yes
Tripod Collar: Yes

Physical

Filter Thread: 95mm
Dimensions (DxL): 108 x 267.5mm / 4.2 x 10.5 in.
Weight: 2300g / 81.2 oz.

Additional Information

Warranty: 5 Year Limited
 
 

What’s Included:

  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
  • LC-95 95mm Snap-On Front Lens Cap
  • HB-71 Bayonet Hood
  • LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
  • CL-1434 Semi-Soft Case
 
 
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lens in the right situations I normally use a 200-400 f4 on safari. The lens is fantastic but very heavy and cumbersome to fly with. I got the 200-500 5.6 thinking it would solve some of these issues. At a quarter of the price I was hesitant as to its performance in a hostile environment. The lens is priced at a prosumer market so I paired it with a D810 and D850. The only physical issue I could find is that zooming isn’t done internally so even with weather sealing there is a risk of some dust getting into the body. I’m glad to say after three trips it still remains dust free! Shooting from a safari vehicle is best done hand held and the weight of the lens is perfectly balanced with a full frame body. My ratio of ‘keep’ to ‘delete’ images was however lower than using the 200-400 f4. I put this down to a couple of factors. Firstly with a maximum aperture of f5.6 this lens performs at it best around f6.3 or f7.0 This is great for bright sunny scenes. On safari where your often shooting in the golden hours catching a running cheetah at 1/5000 means your iso is very high. It’s worth remembering that stabilization doesn’t aid in this scenario. Secondly the bokeh is great with subjects well isolated from their background, but when foliage such as leafs and grass are close by the results at f5.6 or f6.3 are not as smooth as I would like for the scenes I encounter. Where this lens shines is in full sun photography and in backlit conditions where the coatings and large lens shade do a exceptional job. Although the lens might not be suitable for all purposes especially where speed is essential, as a back up lens it is more than up the job!
Date published: 2018-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lens After using this 200-500mm f/5.6 just under three months I've noticed an improvement in my Images mostly all nature. Paired up with my D7200 at 1.3X I am getting a 750mm reach that is even better than I expected. Sharp Images and closer to subjects for great detail and very little if no Chromatic Aberration. Using Nikon Capture NX-D to process my Images is working better than my paid for photo software. (strongly recommend Capture NX-D software). The VR is very good on tripod, the lens at just under five pounds is a very well made strong lens and can be used free handed as i do most of the time. Well worth the money.
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Lens I bought this lens to do astrophotography with but decided to test it by photographing wildlife. With any lens on a full frame you still have to get close. The detail is really great and crisp! The astrophoto I took was my first ever deep space photo. The amount of detail this lens allowed me to capture of Orion's Nebula is absolutely incredible. Both photos were taken with this lens and my D800e camera body.
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The beast It's a big lens but I love the fact that I can get close to birds in the field and still get quality shots. Still learning how to handle this thing but so far I really enjoy it.
Date published: 2018-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far so good. Only had it for about three days. It's been overcast and cloudy, but I still had to take it out and shoot. I got decent still birds and birds in flight pics on my first few days. All the shots were at 500mm. Cant wait until a sunny day so I can see the full potential
Date published: 2018-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Lens...One Big Disappointment I purchased this lens when I realized that there were some situations that my 70-200mm f2.8 zoom just couldn't capture properly, even with "digital zooming" accomplished by cropping the generous digital images captured by by D810. I might have preferred the new 180-400 mm f4.0 zoom with built-in 1.4x teleconverter, but the reality is that this lens will see occasional use, and there is absolutely no way that the cost of that lens is justifiable in my case. Based on my initial use, I have been extremely pleased with my purchase. Images are sharp and clear, focus is extremely fast, and the new "E" system for setting the diaphragm works perfectly. In addition, the image stabilization allows me to hand hold the camera and lens in most lighting situations even while using "reasonable" ISO settings. So I rate this lens as an excellent purchase and a good value. I do not agree with some other reviews which hint that it is underpriced, however. I believe that the current price is consistent with the design, build quality, and materials used, but I do not sense that this lens is of the same ruggedness and durability as the higher priced truly professional grade lenses in my bag. As for the big disappointment, I do believe that there is one major miss in the accessories provided with this lens. It is at the edge of my current photographic needs, and I don't expect to use it more than 5 or maybe 10% of the time. It is also very heavy. For those reasons, I expect that it will be carried separately from the rest of my equipment. Unfortunately, it is provided only with a mostly cosmetic bag, not with any sort of useful pouch or other container that would provide any level of protection and perhaps a handle or strap to facilitate carrying. Nor have I yet been able to identify any sort of reasonably convenient bag from Nikon that would work. I would have gladly paid a higher price if the box had included a zipper-front pouch similar to the one supplied with the 70-200 zoom. Lack of an acceptable bag is the only thing preventing me from givin this lens 5 stars.
Date published: 2018-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wildlife close up I have been using another manufactures lens of similar focal length for the last 3 years, lost a number of shots due to focus sensitivity and speed. I got this lens for Christmas, and have been using it for about a month now. The lens is very quick to focus, with the focus ring in the correct spot to make fine manual adjustments when birds or animals are in dense foliage. The optical stabilization is superb, I have been shooting a lot of low shutter speeds while hand holding with very pleasing results. It is a little heavy, and with my D800 the combination can become a little bit of a workout when hiking. I have found that attaching a monopod allows me to sling the camera over my shoulder to transfer some of the load. This is a great lens for the price, and provides sharp satisfying results. I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This lens has an altitude problem This lens has an altitude problem. When the lens arrived, I took a couple of test shots in my back yard (elevation 1200) to make sure it was working properly. The shots were clear and sharp even though I was hand-holding at twilight. The next time I used the lens was at 9500 feet in New Mexico. Before I took the first shot, it was obvious in the viewfinder the lens was not focused. The shots weren’t just soft, they were blurry. The focus limiter and M/A switches were set correctly. I cleaned the camera electrical contacts. I put the lens on two other bodies. No help. OK, I thought, Nikon had a bad day. I returned it and received an exchange. I tested the second lens (elevation 1200) more carefully. Once again, the shots were clear and sharp. The next time I used the lens was at elevation 8500 in Colorado. Same problem. While in Estes Park CO (elevation 7522), I tried to autofocus fine tune the lens on my D700 body. A license plate about 50 feet away was my test target. All shots were on a tripod, ISO 200 (the camera’s minimum), and f/8 using a remote shutter release and mirror-up mode. Both camera and lens were set to autofocus. The target was center frame. The autofocus fine tune limits are -20 and +20. See attached shots. I also tested at -10 and +10 with similar results. The lens is sharp at 200mm – the serial number on the yellow annual sticker is even readable! - but is somewhere between bad and awful at all other focal lengths. Fine tuning allows the focus quality to be improved somewhat at either 300mm, 400mm or 500mm, but to the detriment of the other two. I’ve never heard of any lens being affected by altitude, but I can’t think of another cause which would explain this problem. This lens is made for nature, and nature often lives at high altitude. This lens isn’t acceptable.
Date published: 2017-12-28
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Is this lens compatible with the Nikon D500? I'm looking at this lens for birding. I'm trying to strike a balance between quality and cost - although I would prefer the 300mm prime f/2.8, the reviews of this lens are good! Also, any TC recommendations?

Asked by: John
HI John, This lens is compatible with the D500. Have a look at the Nikon Tele-converters as this lens is compatible with all of them.
Answered by: Simon
Date published: 2018-05-08

Make use the NIKON AF-S 200-500MM F5.6E ED VR with my Nikon D90?

Asked by: Rosie
HI Rosie, Yes this will work with your Nikon D90 camera
Answered by: Simon
Date published: 2018-03-26

Is the lens compatible with Nikon D300S ?

Asked by: Jerzy
Hi Jerzy, Yes it is
Answered by: Simon
Date published: 2018-02-07

Where this lens is made?

Asked by: Jerzy
Hi Jerzy, This lens may be assembled in either Japan or Thailand. Rest assured, regardless of where it was assembled, it was done so by Nikon.
Answered by: Simon
Date published: 2018-02-21
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