Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR Super Telephoto Zoom Lens: Designed for use with most Nikon cameras with an F-Mount, this super telephoto zoom lens lets you capture birds, wildlife, motorsports and events in crisp clarity. The f/5.6 constant aperture helps you achieve out-of-focus backgrounds and lets you shoot in dim lighting.
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Posted by: Bestbuyguy from: on
This lens is an amazing value. I own both a 500mm f/4 and 300mm f/2.8 lenses. This 200-500mm lens will not focus as fast as those lenses. This lens requires more light than those lenses. However, this lens can give you 500mm of reach for $1400. The 500mm f/4 lens will cost you $8-10K. What this lens gives you, is a fast enough auto focus - not blazing. It gives you a very nice 200-500mm workable zoom range and more flexibility than a prime lens. The photos at 500mm are sharp. I had a Sigma 150-500mm lens in the past and from 400-500mm that lens lost image quality fairly rapidly, especially at 500. At 375mm that lens was decent. This 200-500 from Nikon is solid throughout the zoom range. Overall, I am very impressed with this lens considering the money. Nikon did well with this one!
28 out of 28 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Bill from: on
I had been drooling over this lens but just couldn't pull the trigger on buying it. While on a driving trip out to Texas my wife suggested I should pickup the lens and use it on the trip. Looked on Best Buy, found that a store about 1 hour ahead of us on the journey had the lens so I made the purchase. Very glad I did.
Several have commented that the lens is heavy. True enough, but any lens of this size is going to be heavy. While I find it heavy, I have been able to handhold every shot I've made with it due to the incredible VR system. Using it with my D7100. In low light focus can be a little hard to achieve. Also, if you focus in very close and then switch to a distant object, the lens has difficulty finding focus. Both of these situations are easy to overcome and have not hindered my enjoyment of the lens.
Photos are very sharp and pleasant. I recommend using back focusing (Google it if you don't know what it is), manual shutter and aperture with auto-ISO. This allows you to keep the shutter speed up, depth of field as you want it, and auto-ISO makes up the difference. I wondered if f5.6 maximum aperture would be a problem but I can say I have not given it a consideration while shooting.
See the shots I've attached for results. Quite pleased.
15 out of 16 found this review helpful.
Posted by: vootrunner from: on
Great performance. Tack sharp. Autofocus is smooth and fast, and the VR makes it possible to shoot hand held.
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Great Lens for the Price
Posted by: Kymater from: on
I purchased this lens to shoot wildlife and sports. So far, I'm extremely happy with it. I was able to get in time to take on a florida beach vacation and I've shot one middle school football game. It has exceeded expectations. Shooting with a D7100, even in semi low light conditions it gives sharp images without too much noise. I will say it's HEAVY, but most of the time I shoot off a monopod, which I recommend for any duration shooting (sports).
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Highly recommended for wildlife.
Posted by: ChosenNickname from: Denver on
I purchased this lens after carefully reviewing all the reviews and more importantly, the photographs taken with this lens by the average hobbyist on sites like flickr. The pictures taken with the Nikkor 200-500mm looked a bit better than the third party lenses it competes with. You can get sharp pictures with any of the 150-600mm offerings but the Nikkor 200-500mm has more natural looking out of focus areas to my eye.
I've been using this lens with and without a Nikon TC-14e III teleconverter. I'm amazed at how well the lens works with the teleconverter! Of course, you have to shoot at F8 or smaller aperture but if the light is there it auto-focuses fine on a D750, examples included.
8 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Great lens for wildlife shots
Posted by: Steve from: on
Great lens straight out of the box, and half the price of my 80-400mm AFS Nikon zoom (my "go-to" wilfdlife lens). It is a bit heavy, so you'll know it when you've been carrying it in the boonies a while. Also, zooming all the way in takes two twists of the lens - so a drawback if you need to react fast. Not one I use every day - but excellent for performance and price, and the capability to really reach out there.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Great lens for the money.
Posted by: fortytin from: Kansas City, Mo on
I love to do wildlife and landscape photography and I love having a lens that allows me to really zoom in and capture some very unique photos. I thought long and hard before purchasing this lens and for the money invested, this lens fits the bill perfectly. One word of caution though, it is a heavy lens, therefore a tripod or a shooting stick is a must for many occasions. However its not impossible to get a good photo thanks to the vibration reduction built into the lens. The 2 photos I have included were both hand held. The bird taking flight I was leaning against a tree so was pretty rock solid, but the bird in flight I was standing, looking almost straight up, a very unstable stance. You can spend much, much more money and get more light gathering capabilities but for a professional amateur, like myself, this one works great.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Nothing else like it
Posted by: Archer from: on
I have used this lens extensively on my D610 and D500 for birds and other wildlife. Results are spectacular. The VR works amazingly well. I only need a monopod when using it on the D500 with an effective angle of view of a 750mm lens. On D610, I routinely hand hold. Sharpness and contrast are superb. F5.6 is good for even twilight shots with high ISO capabilities of my 2 Nikon bodies. Only "average" thing about the lens is focusing. It is not blazing fast, but I find it OK for flying birds unless very close. (Explosive warblers will still need a 300F2.8!) Having a range of 200-500mm has been more handy than I thought it would be for those times (especially with the D500) when 500mm is too much. No need to change lenses.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Good all around
Posted by: Kimberdan from: on
This is my second time reviewing this lens...I used it on my D7200 my D610 and now my D500 and it works great...
NOTE if you use this on a crop body you must keep your apature at f8 or below...for some reason f5.6 just does not take a good picture...but on the D610 the f5.6 is amazing and for the price your not going to get a better lens...
Bad thing...its heavy...but I'm a bird photographer and always on a tripod so weight isn't to big of a deal since I'm generally hauling 10 to 12 lbs of gear with....
If you compared this to the 5 or 600 nikon prime which is almost the cost of a car this lens is not as sharp, but it's 1399 not 13000.00...
Buy it you will be happy with it
The only reason it got 4 starts is from the weight and the inability to use the 5.6 on a crop body and I have had 2 copies and it isn't a defective lens...do your research on this lens.
9 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Great lens all around
Posted by: Larvid from: on
Great lens, clear and precise, love the constant aperture. Recommend mono or tripod with it, it does get heavy after awhile.