Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR Lens

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR Lens

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR Lens - Refurbished

Used Cat.# RBN5004GVRAF MFR # 2172B

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  • F Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to 22
  • Three Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Nano Crystal & Super Integrated Coatings
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System
  • Nikon VR II Image Stabilization
  • Internal Focus; Manual Focus Override
  • Rotatable Tripod/Monopod Collar
  • Dust and Moisture Resistant
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 12.6'
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Nikon 2172B overview

  • 1Description

The AF-S 500mm f/4G ED VR Lens from Nikon is a high performance fast super-telephoto prime lens for Nikon F mount cameras. It is compatible with both FX- and DX-format DSLRs and provides 750mm focal length equivalence on DX-format cameras. It is a robust and durable lens incorporating a magnesium die-cast barrel and professional-grade dust and moisture sealing allows it to be used in more rugged situations. It provides a very long reach and is effective for drawing in distant subjects, serving photographers involved in sports and wildlife photography as well as other long telephoto applications.

This lens features the improved Vibration Reduction (VR II) image stabilization system that reduces the blur caused by camera shake, something particularly effective when shooting in dim light at such a long focal length. In addition, this lens features Tripod Detection mode, which reduces the vibration that may occur due to shutter release, when mounted on a tripod.

The internal focus system and Silent Wave Motor enable fast, precise and near-silent autofocus action and direct manual focus override provides immediate access to precise manual focus by simply rotating the focus ring. In addition, a focus limiter switch, focus lock and AF memory recall buttons offer more convenient control of focus placement. Three extra-low dispersion glass elements incorporated into the optical design correct chromatic aberrations and the use of Nano Crystal and Super Integrated lens coatings reduce flare and ghosting. 

A built-in rotating tripod/monopod collar offers stability and filtering is provided with a 52mm drop-in style filter holder. A lens hood is included as is a large trunk-style carrying case. 

High-powered, super-telephoto lens optimized for edge-to-edge sharpness on both the Nikon FX- and DX-format image sensors.
Nikon VR II (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization enables shooting at up to 3 shutter speed stops slower than would otherwise be possible for dramatically sharper still images and video capture.
Tripod detection mode reduces vibration that may occur due to shutter release when mounted on a tripod.
Nikon's Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables ultra-high-speed autofocus with exceptional accuracy and powerful, super-quiet operation.
A focus limiter switch, focus lock and AF memory recall buttons enable faster and more accurate control of focus placement.
Three Extra-low Dispersion (ED) elements control chromatic aberrations while enhancing color, sharpness and contrast, even at the widest aperture settings.
Exclusive Nano Crystal and Super Integrated lens coatings combine to further reduce ghosting and flare for even greater image clarity.
This lens features a magnesium die-cast barrel and a professional-grade dust- and moisture-resistant construction.
The A/M focus mode provides fast, secure switching between auto and manual focus operation.
In the Box
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR Lens
  • HK-34 Lens Hood
  • CT-504 Trunk Case
  • Slip-In Filter Holder
  • 52-mm Screw-In NC Filter
  • Strap
  • Monopod Collar
  • 90-Day B&H Refurbished Warranty
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    Nikon 2172B specs

    Focal Length 500mm
    Comparable 35mm Equivalent on DX Format Focal Length: 750 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/4
    Minimum: f/22
    Camera Mount Type Nikon F
    Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
    Nikon DX
    Angle of View
    DX Picture Angle: 3° 10'
    Minimum Focus Distance 12.63' / 3.85 m
    Magnification 0.14x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:7
    Optical Design 14 Elements in 11 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Autofocus Yes
    Tripod Collar Yes Fixed - rotating
    Filter Thread Drop-In: 52 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 5.5 x 15.4" / 13.97 x 39.12 cm
    Weight 8.54 lb / 3.87 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 23.95 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 22.0 x 18.5 x 16.7"

    Nikon 2172B reviews

    AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR Lens is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 49.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding This lens is razor sharp and takes teleconvertors very well. I use this with a D3 and TC17 frequently for bird shots and the sharpness is outstanding. AF speed is excellent and works well even with the TC17. I needed to dial in a slight adjustment for AF fine-tune (+5), and with the tc17 I used -5. I find that with the Wimberley head, I can leave VR set to normal giving great results. For long exposures with the tripod head locked down, I use mirror up shooting with VR in tripod mode. Build quality is fantastic--this lens is made like a tank. I didn't try the factory foot at all--replaced it with the Wimberley foot. My only complaint is that the included trunk case doesn't have room for a camera body.
    Date published: 2009-03-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Pro Glass I was looking for a long lens to capture photos of birds and other wildlife. The 600mm f4 seems to be the gold standard but I wanted something that I could wield on a monopod. This 500 was perfect. I can easily be ready for quick action. This glass isn't light but it's doesn't require a tripod to get sharp images. The auto focus is very fast. The VR works well. I'm impressed with the sharpness while using the Nikon 1.4TC. The lens coat covers installed easily and work very well at insulating in the cold and protecting the lens from bumps and bruises.
    Date published: 2011-11-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Pleased This lens requires a little technique tweaking to get the most from it. Nothing extraordinary, you just have to really pay attention to your settings, especially shutter speeds. I have a lot of fast glass and I guess I've become lazy (sloppy) where a D4 or D800E makes minor adjustments that aren't critical. Can't get away with that with this lens. Having said that the results are amazing; tack sharp, awesome color and nice bokeh.Debated over the 400mm f2.8 and the 200-400mm f4.0 for several years. It wasn't a cost decision, I just couldn't make up my mind. This was the best choice for me.
    Date published: 2013-12-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing image quality with teleconverter I have used the Nikon 600mm f4 non-VR lens and the 200-400mm VR zoom and was not expecting the vast difference in performance of the 500mm with teleconverters. With the 600mm and 200-400mm I stayed with the 1.4 TC for the most part or would be using manual focus.With the 500mm f4 VR the difference is night and day with IQ with the TC20E III teleconverter that surpasses that of the 200-400mm VR lens without a teleconverter. I can use all three teleconverters and get excellent IQ with sharp images and good autofocus speeds. Even my D7100 can autofocus in low light with the 500mm lens and the TC20E III teleconver. Amazed at the IQ with this lens and all the converters when used with the D800e. I feel like I bought one lens and now have four lenses (500mm f4, 700mm f5.6, 850mm f6.3, 1000mm f8).
    Date published: 2013-12-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Soon Headed for Replacement? With an upcoming (once in a lifetime) trip to the Arctic to photograph polar bears and my longest lens a 300mm f/2.8, I struggled with whether to buy or rent either a 500mm f/4 or the 800mm Nikon lenses. Even though I thought that the 500mm would soon be replaced by a newer version which would be lighter (and more expensive), I decided to go ahead and purchase this 500mm lens. I have to say that I am quite pleased with it. The image stabilization works great allowing me to even hand hold it for a couple of shots though best to use it on a sturdy tripod. And when I unintentionally turned off the VR one time, I noticed a huge difference, even when I was using the tripod. A couple complaints. First, it would seem that Nikon (and Canon) could easily supply a foot with the rapid release grooves. The 500mm lens actually comes with a monopod collar but I went ahead and bought a replacement foot with the rapid release grooves from RRS and was glad I did. Second, the weight of this lens limited me to mostly using it on a tripod. It will be interesting to see when the new version is introduced how many pounds Nikon can shave off and at what increased cost. Since this lens has been backordered now for several months, I feel lucky that I was able to obtain it before my trip!
    Date published: 2014-06-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Prime,IQ, w/TC-14EII & TC17EII Quickly replacing my 200-400 as my go to long lens. Had to decide between the 400 and 600, a tad slower than the 400 but lighter than both the 400 and 600. Sits on my D3s so I really don't miss the 2.8/ nor the 600 extra weight. Changed the foot with a 4th Generation, perfect fit, light and can still carry easily. Image quality excellent, even with TC's. Really top of the line lens!
    Date published: 2010-09-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Lens This is a summary of my impression of using the 500mm lens for two months. It is a terrific lens, one of the sharpest I have and capable of producing excellent results. I can hand-hold it (connected to a D700 or D4) for a few shots, and the VR works amazingly well in low light-slow shutter speeds. But I'm 69 years old, and cannot hand-hold it too long. The lens focuses wonderfully with both my cameras, although it does drain the camera's battery-and no wonder, since it has to focus continuously from near to far in photographing birds, which is its main use (the large focus ring has to rotate about 3/4 rotation from nearest focus to infinity settings). The photos taken with the 500mm is superior to those taken with my 70-200mm VRII lens set at 200mm and combined with a 2x TC-20EII extender (or teleconverter). Like the manual says, the 500mm len's autofocus does not work with the 2x extender, but it is tack sharp when you get the manual focus correct. I also am amazed with the wonderful bokeh I got on photos of flowers shot at a distance. Altogether, it is a wonderful lens.
    Date published: 2012-08-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This lens is a I bought the 500mm primarily for shooting smaller wildlife and ocean sports with a D700. 500mm seems to be the sweet spot for me - lighter and more reach than the 400f2.8 - certainly lighter and smaller than the 600f4. When I need more reach, the TC-14EII seems very well-matched to the 500 - I see no loss in quality. The AF-S is fast and accurate, and so far I don't see a need to do any AF fine-tuning. I'll be picking up the new TC-20EIII, based on mostly good reports. I'm ecstatic to find that the 500 is sharp and contrasty wide open, improving only very slightly when stopped down half-stop to f4.8 - this makes using teleconverters a no-brainer. One of the first things I did was to replace the stock Nikon foot with a Kirk LP-47. I use this in conjunction with the Kirk Security Strap which lets me hang the lens+camera combo from my shoulder when my hand gets tired. If you go this route, be advised that the 4 screws provided by Kirk were too long, and bottomed out before securing the Kirk foot tightly to the lens body - just re-use the original Nikon screws. Currently, I'm using an Induro CT-214 tripod with a Markins Q3 ballhead - if I could go back in time, I would get a larger ballhead (i.e., a Q10 or Q20). Eventually, I'll probably get a gymbal mount like the Wimberly. I did have a momentary scare when I mounted the lens on my D700 for the very first time - and failed to hear the click sound of the VR kicking in/out. I quickly double-checked all the usual switches, and started to panic when I realized that the 500mm has a rotating ring-type collar switch on the lens barrel to turn VR On/Off - and the factory default was Off - don't forget to press the release button as you rotate the collar switch. Although I can see that VR could be really useful when you must hand-hold for maximum mobility, mostly I tend to use a monopod - and thankfully, the Kirk Security Strap works with the monopod attached. I use a Manfrotto 680B - it's a good match - no need to go any larger. I wouldn't bother getting the optional CL-L2 case - it's too short to fit the 500 (hood reversed) with camera mounted, and the single shoulder strap makes it awkward to carry on your back. A dedicated large lens carrier from Think Tank Photo or Kata works much better. Overall, I'm very happy with the fit and finish as well as the performance.
    Date published: 2010-07-17
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