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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 359 reviews

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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Telephoto Lens!

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    Was very hesitant due to the f/5.6, already have the 70-200mm f/2.8. But was looking for further reach for wild life photography and it's AMAZING lens. Only downside it's the weight, Overall it's worth every Penny. I highly recommend it.

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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm Zoom

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    Very Satisfied. I had to get on a waiting list to purchase this item, but it was worth the wait. Although more expensive, this lens is lighter than one of its competitors, and that alone was worth the increased price. It's exciting to use this lens and I'm so glad it's finally mine!

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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great lens!

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    So far I have really enjoyed this lens. Its autofocus is faster than I expected. I've already shot some wildlife photos that would have never been possible with a 70-200 without scaring away wildlife.

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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Lens

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    Excellent lens! I’m still learning but I take this lens everywhere....even the zoo.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Incredible Lens

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    I read all the reviews and ratings of this lens and couldn't be happier. The length takes you out there where needed for birding and wildlife photography. The quality is equal to a lens selling for three to four times this one.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Picture quality, Price, Range

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing lens for the price!

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    Have owned this lens for several weeks and have been very pleased with it. Even at five pounds I am able to hand hold thanks to an amazing VR. It maintains its 5.6 f/stop throughout the zoom range. Images are sharp throughout the zoom range. I did see a slight drop off of image quality at 500mm with subjects at a distance. Only cons are the weight, but surprisingly comfortable to hand hold, and the f/5.6 in low light condition makes one push the ISO up. Best bang for your buck in super telephoto lens.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    A must have lens

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    I use this lens for wildlife photography. I purchased the lens for a trip to Alaska. Believe me you will not be disappointed

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Powerful super zoom lens

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    Lens works great, I highly recommend this super zoom

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Love the lens.

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    Got the Nikon 200- 500 telephoto. Great lens. Good experience with Best Buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Very good buy

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    I am still getting use to the lens. So far it seems to be what I expected.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Working just fine after two months, great quality

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    This is my first Tele-lens, so I don't really know if is the best lens on his category, but for me in just great quality lens. I have only two months with it an is working just perfect for the soccer games of my son.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Tough lens to maneuver but love the challenge.

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    Weighing in at 4.5 lbs, it's a beast. Love the lense.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Picture quality, Price, Wildlife shots

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great lens for the money.

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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Picture quality, Price, Range

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    $1400, and a great bargain. Should cost more.

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    Recently picked this up to shoot sports, birds and anything that moves. I just bought a D500 bundle with battery pack and 16-80 2.8 last month from Best Buy (read my review). I have never had a lens this good or this heavy. I have been shooting with it quite a bit and am getting used to the weight. I can now hand hold it comfortably. I did purchase a tripod with ball head that makes it easier to shoot for a while. Thinking about adding a gimbal head. The lens is just fantastic. I recommend using auto-focus fine tune. I made some minor adjustments and it’s very sharp. I am shooting in manual and set the shutter speed and aperture. The camera chooses the ISO. This works very well with the D500. This lens has great range on a DX camera, 300-750 and it’s sharp throughout the entire focal range. The lens stabilization is just outstanding. Just engage the focus (I backfocus and shoot in continuous) and the image freezes. That’s so important with a Long telephoto. Even my hand held shots are sharp. I can also shot at less than 1/500 hand held for stationary targets. There is also a lock out for focus to more than 20 feet. This speeds focus acquisition. The lens also can lock so it doesn’t open in transit. Speaking of storage, the lens sock (cover) is useless. I bought a really nice padded case to protect it. I am not a huge fan of the lens collar as it can’t adjust fore and aft to balance better on a tripod and ball mount. I will buy something to add to it to allow some adjustment. I am nitpicking a bit because it still works well with the ball head and I can rotate the camera and shoot vertically pretty easily. The D500 battery pack has a second shutter, focusing joystick and a second focusing button. The D500 allows you to program different focusing systems for each of these. The lens focuses very quickly and is tack sharp. Any blurred images are my fault, not the lens. I couldn’t be happier with it. Frankly, this lens should cost $2500, so it’s a great deal at $1400. I haven’t shot in low light but expect it will work well for any night sporting event that is well lit. Any other action would be shot in bright light so the lens’ 5.6 continuous aperture is fast enough for me. I posted a couple of photos taken at approximately 700 mm in DX with some minor post production adjustments from the JPEG file. I know that shooting raw will be even better. Nice bokeh at 5.6. If you have need for a big telephoto and don’t have 10k for a prime lens, this is a keeper. The zoom does take a couple of full turns to go from one end to the other but that’s not a problem. I like the lightweight large lens hood but might buy a shorter one. Haven’t decided yet. It does click in place but I would be careful if you walk through the woods as it might pop off if you hit a tree branch. Again, nitpicking a bit. Very pleased with this purchase. Just make sure that you have a camera that has a great focusing system and high frame rate and buffer so you can really see what it can do.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Picture quality
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    Low light

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Choice

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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Picture quality, Price, Value

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great value for the money.

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    After much review of lenses on-line from Nikon and others by Tamron and Sigma, this is the best lens over the competition. Only the 200-400mm. f4 at $7,000 is better. At $1,400 this lens is a steel for quite the same quality. On the specs you loose 1 stop and does not have Nano coating, but after all it is $5,600 less. The VR works as expected and is good with hand held sports action. A little heavy, but a 500m lens has to be big. Great bokeh and fast focus is plus on my Nikon D800. It shoots well at f 5.6 thru f 11.0 with razor sharp pictures. A tripod or monopod mounted to the lens clip makes pictures only better. This lens fits nicely with my other zooms selections of 14-24 f2.8, 24-70 f2.8 and 70-200 f 2.8.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Picture quality, Value, Wildlife shots

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Must-Have Lens for Wildlife Photographers

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    After doing a lot of research from fellow professional photographers who do wildlife photography, I decided to purchase this lens. It was a great investment in my set of lenses. I've already taken some amazing wildlife images. The lens is fast, the follow focus is almost flawless and the range of 200-500 with a relatively fast aperture of 5.6 makes this a must-have lens for wildlife shooters.

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    Picture quality, Price, Range

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Sharp images with great color!

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    Kudos to Nikon for making this f/5.6 200-500mm range lens available at a reasonable (though not necessarily cheap) price. I was worried about the weight at first and started out using it exclusively with a mono-pod. Through trial and error, I discovered that I actually get betters results hand holding. This is where the VR feature comes into play. Together with my Nikkor f/2.8 70-200mm, I have all the reach I need to get great quality zoom photography (Of course, the photographer has something to do with that too!)

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Picture quality, Price, Wildlife shots
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    Portable

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice Sharp Super Telephoto

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    I used it to shoot wildlife and sports (although the focus isn't as fast you can still get some decent shots). It's very sharp and the price is decent for a super telephoto lens. My only con about this lens is the size and weight, it can get tiring carrying this beast around.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Picture quality, Price, Wildlife shots

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great lens for wildlife

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    This is a really sharp lens with vibration reduction this lens can be hand held. My lens is pared up with the Nikon D500 what a great combo. This is the best telephoto for the money without buying a large prime which are very expensive. Would recommend this lens for wildlife day time shooting. Not great for real low light situations with 5.6 aperture.

    I would recommend this to a friend