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Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR Lens

BH #NI20050056VR • MFR #20058
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR Lens
Key Features
  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/5.6 to f/32
  • Three Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Super Integrated Coating
Spanning a long, versatile zoom range, the AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR Lens from Nikon is a telephoto zoom characterized by a constant f/5.6 maximum aperture for consistent performance throughout the zoom range. The optical design incorporates three extra-low dispersion glass elements to reduce chromatic aberrations and distortions for increased sharpness and color accuracy. Also contributing to improved image quality, a Super Integrated Coating has been applied to lens elements to lessen flare and ghosting for improved contrast and clarity.
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Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR Overview

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Spanning a long, versatile zoom range, the AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR Lens from Nikon is a telephoto zoom characterized by a constant f/5.6 maximum aperture for consistent performance throughout the zoom range. The optical design incorporates three extra-low dispersion glass elements to reduce chromatic aberrations and distortions for increased sharpness and color accuracy. Also contributing to improved image quality, a Super Integrated Coating has been applied to lens elements to lessen flare and ghosting for improved contrast and clarity.

A Silent Wave Motor AF system produces fast, near-silent focusing performance that suits both stills shooting and movie recording, which can instantly be manually overridden by simply turning the manual focus ring. Further contributing to photographing in fast-paced situations and difficult lighting, VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization compensates for the effects of camera shake by up to 4.5 shutter speed stops. Additionally, an electromagnetic aperture mechanism is integrated into the lens design to provide greater exposure control stability that is especially beneficial when working with faster continuous shooting rates.

Designed for use with FX image sensors, this lens is also compatible with DX sensors where it will provide a 300-750mm equivalent focal length range.
Constant f/5.6 maximum aperture offers consistent performance throughout the zoom range.
Three extra-low dispersion elements greatly reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations in order to produce greater clarity and color accuracy.
A Super Integrated Coating has been applied to individual elements to suppress internal reflections, flare, and ghosting for improved contrast and color accuracy when working in strong lighting conditions.
Silent Wave Motor affords quick, quiet, and precise autofocus performance along with full-time manual focus override. An internal focusing design is also used, where only the internal lens groups are moved during focusing, to maintain the overall length of the lens during use and to promote faster focusing speeds.
Vibration Reduction image stabilization helps to reduce the appearance of camera shake for up to 4.5 shutter speed stops, benefiting this lens' use in low-light conditions. Additionally, a designated Sport Mode is well-suited to working in fast-paced conditions where panning and other lateral camera movements are more common.
A rotating tripod collar offers well-balanced support for photographing atop a tripod or monopod with either vertical or horizontal shooting orientations.
Specialized electromagnetic aperture mechanism provides greater exposure control stability that is especially beneficial when working with fast continuous shooting rates.

The following cameras are compatible with this lens: D5, D4 series, D3 series, Df, D850, D810, D810A, D800 series, D750, D700, D610, D600, D500, D300 series, D7500, D7200, D7100, D7000, D5600, D5500, D5300, D5200, D5100, D5000, D3400, D3300, D3200, D3100, Nikon 1 J1, J2, J3, J4, Nikon 1 V1, V2, V3 with FT-1, Nikon 1 S1, S2 with FT-1.
Compatible with optional AF-S Teleconverter TC-14, TC-17, and TC-20 teleconverters.
UPC: 018208200580

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR Specs

Focal Length200 to 500mm
Maximum Aperturef/5.6
Minimum Aperturef/32
Lens MountNikon F
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View12° 20' to 5°
Minimum Focus Distance7.22' / 2.2 m
Maximum Magnification0.22x
Optical Design19 Elements in 12 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationYes
Tripod CollarRemovable and Rotating
Filter Size95 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)4.25 x 10.53" / 108 x 267.5 mm
Length at Maximum Extension13.5" / 343 mm
Weight5.07 lb / 2.3 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight6.925 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)17 x 7.5 x 7.5"

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR Reviews

Why did I wait so long?

By Larry
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-01-29

I've had the lens for two weeks now and wish that I bought it years ago. What an amazing lens! This is going to become my go-to lens for wildlife and sports (my grandchildren) shooting

Great Lens

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-01-17

My wife wanted me to start photographing birds and get away from what I have been photographing for 40 plus years. The problem with photographing birds is that no matter what lens you have you want something longer, so I have gone with the 200mm to 500mm lens and I got the 2X Nikon converter as well. Unfortunately the 2X converter does not always play well with the lens, and sometimes will not auto focus. There is a small note about this in the manuals. This drove me to try out the manual focus. Wow!!! a lens that you can still focus by hand easily. It works great in manual. My other lens are difficult to manually focus, but this lens has a very easy focusing ring, just like the lens of old where you were required to use a focus ring. When I use the lens without the teleconverter it works well in auto focus as well as the wonderful manual focus. The lens has a lot of glass in it so it is a tad heavy but that comes with its length. Nice lens.

Best purchase I ever made

By Nathan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-01-13

I just used my new lens for the first time while snowmobiling in Yellowstone. The pictures I took look fantastic and certainly came in hand because the animals were all at a distance and the lens handled it like a pro. If you're wondering if it's worth the price just ask yourself how much you enjoy wild life photography and if you really enjoy it then the answer is buy this.

Very pleased with sharpness and focus speed

By Catherine
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-01-12

I took this lens out bird-watching to see if it was going to work for me. I was surprised that I was able to get sharp photos of ducks in flight even with no tripod and no experience using a 500mm lens. This photo is hand held panning as the ducks flew by. The lens is a keeper.

Stunning visuals

By Paul
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-01-11

I had been borrowing my brother's Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 for years. I finally decided to make the jump and buy my own long lens, and it is magnificent! It produces beautiful, sharp images, and I love this lens.

Good but not great

By Fred
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2023-01-09

I bought this to use on my Nikon D850 which I love. A year ago I bought a Sony 200-600 (and A74 body) for wildlife while using my Nikon D850 with shorter lenses. I wanted to go to a one camera system and ordered this Nikon 200-500 lens since I like my Nikon body so much. Sadly comparison tests show the Nikon is not as sharp as the Sony at any focal length. I shot in bright light with a fast shutter speed and tripod of a few different subjects and apertures. When I enlarge it to actual pixels (even downsizing Nikon files to same pixel count as Sony), the Sony images are sharper in every single instance. The Nikon images are not awful and if I did not have the Sony to compare side-by-side I might think it was okay. If you are doing small prints or shots for social media this lens will be fine. But if you are a pixel peeper and want absolute sharpness, you may find as I did that this lens disappoints. I hate returning things, but I am going to have to return this.

Nice lens great price

By Charlie
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-01-22

I bought the Nikon 200-500 5.6 so I would have the reach for those times when you just can't get close enough. As with all Nikon products, this lens is well crafted and nice to use. I caught this lens on sale here at B&H and as always quick shipping. I plan to get lots of use out of this lens this year since I just retired.

Love

By Kenneth
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-01-19

I've been eyeing this since it came out. Photography is just an expensive hobby and I haven't been able to justify this purchase. It was on sale around New Years and I just had to get it. I'm glad I did. I've only taken a handful of shots with it. I'm looking forward to using it this year.

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