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Nikon AF-S 500mm f/4 E FL ED VR : Specifications and Opinions


Nikon AF-S 500mm f/4 E FL ED VR

The Nikon AF-S 500mm f/4 E FL ED VR is a supertele lens for FF and APS-C, manufactured from 2015. The focus is done by Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM), it has image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 9000 €;
18 users have given it an average vote of 9.7 out of 10.


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MOUNT

This lens is available with the following mounts:

Nikon F: this lens is compatible with reflex fullframe and APS-C Nikon.



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 Specifications
 Focal lenght   500 mm
 Angle of view   5°
 Format   FF, APS-C
 Max. aperture   f/4
 Aperture blades   9
 Lenses/Groups   16 elements in 12 groups
 Min. focus distance   3.60 meters
 Reproduction ratio   0.14x

 Features
 Stabilization   Yes (built in lens)
 Focus   Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM)
 Internal AF   Yes
 Full Time MF   Yes

 Built and notes
 Tripod ring   Yes
 Extenders   Yes
 Filters   40.5 mm
 Lens hood   Yes, supplied
 Weather sealing   Yes
 Weight   3090 g
 Dimensions   140 x 387 mm
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avatarjunior
sent on January 13, 2020

Pros: Sharpness, weight, balance, construction.

Cons: Nobody

Opinion: I was lucky enough to buy it used at a great price, it is the best purchase ever made, it has virtually no downside, I can only talk about it well. Paired with the 850 is outstanding, it is able to return a detail unthinkable already to f4. With the 1.4 III there is no image degradation nor a slowing down of the af Af fast and precise, vr excellent, in the mountains does not tire excessively given the excellent balance.

avatarsenior
sent on May 04, 2019

Pros: stabilization, sharpness and weight

Cons: Slight vignetting on FF (obvious hope in the next models with lower weight and costs:-)

Opinion: One of the most performing 500mm lenses that can be found today in the market, the lens offers incredibly faithful colors with details engraved too much for portraits, perfectly balanced lens with the d850 body, good minimum focus distance , excellent stabilization and speed MAF all very quiet.

avatarjunior
sent on March 07, 2019

Pros: Fast and quiet Autofocus, balance, sharpness

Cons: Price, although reduced weight is always remarkable for certain treks

Opinion: Recently returned from the bayerischen where I tested it to the maximum, I received very sharp photos (I can see the droplets on the hairs of wolves, bears, lynx, etc.) and detailed; The autofocus is a missile and compared to the old tele is really "short", and very quiet (if active the VR you hear only the noise of the lenses that are settling). A lens for the naturalistic... It gives a good blur even to more closed diaphragms and has a more than discreet rendering at full aperture. I haven't tried it with duplicators, so I can't give an opinion about it. The weight has been considerably reduced, but on the climbs (my fault because I'm not a great walker and I'm overweight) was made to feel (at the bottom is still a 500 mm!) and maybe for a next hike I'll prefer the 200-500 but it's two really different lenses (Although the zoommone is excellent in my opinion). For photos of stakeout or huts is ideal and as the friend says Nel (who had strictly advised me, and was right!) allows you, every now and then, to be able to take the flight freehand, then put it back in the tripod. I doubt that you can hold it in your hand for a full day.... The machine with which I tested it is a D500 other gem for this type of photography. Rated 10

avatarjunior
sent on March 06, 2019

Pros: Lightness, easy transportability even when hiking in the mountains.

Cons: In Addition to the price, typical of these lenses, I find the photographs flat, without thickness.

Opinion: Coming from a 400 2.8 AF-S, of which I regret the sharpness and depth of image, I find decidedly flat ones on the 500 F/4 And Fl AND VR After Three years of use, unfortunately not assiduous, I was unable to get in tune and more than once I had to note his The Limits (but maybe mine too) and regret the "old" 400. Small subjects like birds taken at a distance of 10-12 meters with or without duplicator (I have all three) enlarged are not very sharp, often not correctly in focus, even on a tripod or leaning against a bag the results are questionable and I do not Meet. The colors in certain conditions of light lateral or grazing are dull and veded, with high sun prevail the reflections, in other conditions such as cloudy sky or shade are good. The best shots I made them freehand, even without VR. Thinking about an incorrect or faulty calibration, exposing my discontent, in Nital have told me "if you look for lightness, something you must lose" Is a compromise therefore and I struggle to accept it: I'm using little and maybe I will sell it to recover or a 300/f2,8 or an old-fashioned 400 2.8 with real glass lenses. D4 and D800E machine Bodies. TESTING AFTER NITAL REVIEW I was able to perform a field test after tuning into NITAL. I Confirm what I said and I add that the lens suffers in light side conditions making the colors dull and unopposed, in addition presents difficulties of focusing on uniform subjects, even worse if made shiny from the sun. (eg: a pine cone on the ground illuminated by the sun and about 5 meters away is not focused properly, my white dog appears mixed and fuzzy, even the snowy peaks of the mountain are saved; they are blurred and the colors are dead. My impression that in these conditions some internal lens creates diffractions or confusions and the autofocus goes crazy and fails to turn its work. In This situation I tried with the D4 and not with the D800E, but previously I had tested the optics even with 2 D500 camera bodies. I found instead good/excellent yield in the photos made in the thick of the forest, freehand and with TC1, 4; Correct focus and sharpness. (See photos of the Alpine Treecreeper) Here are the limits that I have found in this perspective: but will it just be mine? As It is I have to live with it: Just do not photograph subjects illuminated by sunlight, with uniform colors especially clear. On This mountain tour I could also test the 200-500 of my friend who did not submit any faults to the ones I listed and that turns out to be a good lens. Who owns it try to do for me tests on subjects of light uniform color, like the snowy white of the mountains, a white dog, or the moon, which with this optics I have never been able to photograph in focus. P.S. Same problem encountered with the 300 F/4 PF ED VR both on D4 and even worse on D500.

avatarjunior
sent on September 01, 2017

Pros: Lightweight, fast focus and maf distance.

Cons: Price.

Opinion: A well-balanced and well-built lens MAF, fast and precise. For so long or used the 300mm F2.8 VR II and compared to this much more manageable. I bring it in the mountains very gladly. I can not compare it to the old guy because I used the 300mm but in naturalistic mms are not enough, I always use it with the Nikon TC-14E ??III multiplier that does not lose any details and details.




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