AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR
OUTSTANDING OPTICS IN A SMALL PACKAGE
Wow! When you think about the reach this lens has and the brightness of F4, it's a pretty small and light-weight package. I like to think of it as "my pocket 600F4" LOL It's sharp as a tack and the auto focus is right on the money. I don't believe I've used any other F-stop than F4... why would I? I use it on a whimberly gimbal and mainly for shooting Rugby and birds and sometimes surfing. It's so smooth and easy to aim on the gimbal head. I bought the Arca-swiss type foot to replace the factory foot so it mounts to the gimbal head. Beautiful!! Once in a while I will use this on a monopod, but of course the tripod is better, but it's doable. These were all shot with a D-4.
May 16, 2015
The 500 is a fantastic lens. I have been using it now for a couple of years and I am 100% in love with this lens. It is great for wildlife.
June 2, 2014
I use this lens for birds and wildlife on a Nikon D800, sometimes with a 1.4 Nikon teleconverter and also without it. It is a fast focusing lens even on the D800. I mounted it on a friends D3 and it is superfast! I love the lens and am glad that I went ahead and made the investment.
March 2, 2014
One Word: Outstanding!!!
I have been using plenty of long tele lenses already, primarily zoom lenses, including the Nikon 200-400 VR, so I thought that I knew what excellent contrast rendition and sharpness looks like. Obviously I have been mistaken! The Nikon 500mm VRII is even better than I have expected. I am using it with my Nikon D7000 and J1 for birding, moon shots and sports photography and I am still amazed at the details that can be rendered, even with tele converters or my J1 + FT1 adapter, having a pixel density of roughly 70MP FF.
The autofocus foccuses nearly instant and is very accurate and the handling is not much different from my Nikon 200-400 VR. I can use it hand-held and the VRII is even more effective than VRI has ever been.
I hope Nikon will produce professional cameras without mirror in the future, because the only problem using such long prime lenses is the mirror causing vibration. With my J1 I do have 1350mm and each movement, even a minor one, has adverse effects on sharpness, but due too the J1 being mirrorless, I can get better results than with my DSLR on far off subjects.
Speaking of distance shots, the Nikon 500mm VRII is far better than the Nikon 200-400 VR in this regard, although the Nikon 200-400 is better for macro photography. I wish the closest focusing distance would be similar, but one can use extension tubes for that purpose anytime.
All in all I am very pleased with this lens and I am looking forward for a 500mm VRIII.
October 3, 2012
Excellent wildlife lens
Very fast focus, extremely sharp, and the VR allows for hand held photography of flying birds. I have owned several long lenses and this is the fastest focusing and sharpest lens I have owned.
March 19, 2012