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

March 29, 2019



. . . is difficult to get one's hands on, for sure.  They've been backordered for months. 

But by the Grace of God, I have one.  Just came in late yesterday.  How this happened at all is something of a miracle.  More on that later, but first . . .

Holy cow, what a piece of glass.  Small.  A LOT smaller than its big brother, the 500mm f/4.  It is also, therefore, considerably lighter.  I mean, this thing really is hand holdable.     


And it's sharp.  Very sharp.  

As far as I can tell, this little lens has all the features its big brother has.  Those exceptions are a rear drop in filter slot, and it's an f/5.6 instead of an f/4.  

I can live with both of those.  

I'm not going to do an in-depth review -- there's plenty of those out there.  What I will say is that while it's considerably more expensive than the Nikon's 200-500mm f/5.6 zoom, it is worth every penny.  

The focus is extremely fast and accurate.  It has 2 VR modes -- normal and sport.  I could go on, but if you shoot wildlife, and want a great, small, lightweight long lens, you need one of these.  It's worth every penny, while not being a budget buster like some lenses are.  

I'll post more photos as they come.  But I have to say it again -- I am very, very impressed with this lens.  


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