Reviews and Problems with Nikon 500mm f/4G ED VR AF-S
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Paul Evans, B&H Photo
8 March 2015
Excerpt: I use this lens frequently for birds on a D810 and it takes sharp clear photos. It does not autofocus well with the Nikon 1.4 teleconverter that was sold to me with this lens. The teleconverter must be bad, because the bokeh with it is awful When the batteries get below 75% the lens with the...
Excerpt: I have rented this lens four times in the past. we have had a really good year so I finally took the plunge and bought myself one. I am using the lens for bird, wildlife and scenic images with D810, D800 and D7100 bodies.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Good VR, Outstanding Case, Strong Construction
Excerpt: 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.
Summary: I use this lens for birds and wildlife on a Nikon D800, sometimes with a 1.4 Nikon teleconverter and also without it. It is a fast focusing lens even on the D800. I mounted it on a friends D3 and it is superfast! I love the lens and am glad that I went ahead and made the investment.
Excerpt: This is a sharp lens if proper telephoto techniques are employed. I use it primarily for birding and wildlife photography and videography with D3 & D600 bodies respectively. If you're already in the Nikon camp, this lens will not disappoint.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: 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...
Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Image quality, Using Teleconverters
Excerpt: 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...
Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction