Nikon Nikkor AF-S 200-500mm
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Based on 54 reviews

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  • Great for close-up photography
  • Heavy, but can be hand held
  • Photo quality is best at close range
  • Our D40X is NOT compatible with this lens in spite of Nikon saying it is
  • Only the aperture of 5

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A great balance in performance, size and cost for a long tele
Just received today and gave it a quick test of a few hundred images using a D600. I can't find any faults. Based on my sample I'm very happy with this lens which has several features and capabilities I wanted. It is a great balance in size and cost for its tele range and performance. After hauling ...
5/5
JMoomaw
7 years ago
amazon.com
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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR Review
ConclusionsThe Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR is a strong performer overall, and would no doubt merit a higher rating if it existed in a vacuum. It captures crisp images, zooms across a long range for telephoto photography, and isn't so large or heavy that you'd avoid taking it with you on a hike
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Jim Fisher
3 months ago
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smaller size and good reach. That being said
I never thought I'd say this about a $1,400.00 super-zoom telephoto lens, but,.. it is phenomenal. This lens is sharp! The VR is very effective as well. It allows me to hand-hold the lens to below 1/100s at any focal length and get sharp results, provided the subject isn't moving much. Being able to...
5/5
DSS
6 years ago
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Very sharp, great Vibration Reduction
I bought this 200-500mm lens to replace my Nikon 80-400mm (old model). Compared to the 80-400, the glass is noticeably sharper and the VR works much better. In reality, the lens sharpness has far surpassed what I expected to get. This lens makes justification for mega expensive ultra-tele primes dif...
5/5
Pro-photo
7 years ago
amazon.com
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I also love nature and tested this lens at Bolsa Chica wetlands
As a professional photographer for 40+ years just retired, and an avid sports fan, this is a fabulous lens. I was a racing photographer before I opened two studios. I have assortment of telephotos but none this large. I shoot with a D7100 for action. I also love nature and tested this lens at Bolsa ...
5/5
Dean Lester
7 years ago
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Image degradation with the TC-14E III teleconverter
With a Nikon D7100, this lens produces beautiful results at f/5.6 and f/8 and 500mm, the only parameter values at which I have checked it. Color rendition is attractive as is contrast. This lens-camera combination is acceptably quick to reach focus when initially fully defocused but no speed races w...
5/5
Robert Schlenker
7 years ago
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Amazing lens!
This lens is spectacular! I bought it in anticipation of the D500 I ordered. I tried it on my D90 which it is not supposed to be compatible with and to my surprise it did work, but you could not adjust the aperture so it ran wide open at 5.6. I finally got the D500 ( man what a beast of a camera and...
5/5
Mike N.
6 years ago
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Best price performance for a long Nikon telephoto
This Nikon 200-500mm lens fits a special niche to complement my assortment of other shorter telephotos. For the price, the lens sharpness is on par with much more expensive prime telephotos. The constant f/5.6 aperture is great when zooming out to 500mm without losing another stop of light and slowe...
5/5
Leland C
4 years ago
amazon.com
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Great bird lens if you don't wish to spend $$$$$$
As a person that enjoys photographing birds I have been waiting for this lens for many years. I have been using the Nikon 300 f4 for years with a 1.4 to shoot birds but it was never flexible enough for me. This lens focuses very quickly and I've found it to have great picture quality. Having the VR ...
5/5
M. Mackenzie
7 years ago
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Awesome Zoom lens
I've been using the 200-500mm on my D7200 for all my nature photography and on a crop sensor I am getting a 750mm all out from this lens; Its all I've herd and read on reviews well worth it. I've been using my D7200 sensor on 1.3X factor in order to step up my FPS and increase the focus speed of the...
5/5
sergio
5 years ago
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Specs

Length

10.5 in

Diameter

4.3 in

Weight

5.07 lbs

Type

Telephoto zoom lens