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Compatible Mountings HB-71
Camera Lens Description 4
Maximum Focal Length 500 Millimeters

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  • Compact super telephoto zoom lens for birding, wildlife, motorsports, events and more
  • 500 millimeter of zoom power on fx format DSLR; 750 millimeter equivalent on dx format DSLRs, minimum focus distance: 7.2 feet ( 2.2 meter), focal length range: 200 500 millimeter
  • Fast f/5.6 constant aperture for beautiful out of focus backgrounds and low light performance
  • 4.5 stops of vibration reduction with sports mode. Approx. Weight 81.2 ounce. Approx. Dimensions (diameter x length) 4.2 inch x 10.5 inch( based on CIPA guidelines)
  • Af compatible with optional TC 14e series tele converters and DSLRs that offer f/8 support. Mount type: Nikon f bayonet

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Color Black Black Black Black Black
Compatible Camera Mount HB-71 Nikon F Nikon FX Nikon F Nikon FX
Focus Type Auto/Manual Auto Focus Ultrasonic Auto Focus Ultrasonic
Item Dimensions 10.53 x 4.25 x 4.25 inches 10.2 x 4.1 x 4.1 inches 2.09 x 2.83 x 2.83 inches 10.5 x 4.2 x 4.2 inches 7.99 x 3.78 x 3.78 inches
Item Weight 5.07 lbs 4.25 lbs 6.53 ounces 5.07 lbs 3.46 lbs
Lens Type Telephoto Telephoto Standard Telephoto Telephoto
Maximum Aperture f/5.6 f/5 1.8 millimeters f/5.60 5.6
Maximum Focal Length 500 millimeters 600 millimeters 50 millimeters 500.00 millimeters 400 millimeters
Minimum Aperture f/32 f/22 16 f/32.00 40
Minimum Focal Length 200 millimeters 150 millimeters 50 millimeters 200.00 millimeters 80 millimeters
Photo Filter Thread Size 95 millimeters 95 millimeters 58 millimeters 77 millimeters

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Wherever your passion lies, the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR outstanding super telephoto zoom can bring it into focus. Capture and share stunning views of birds, wildlife, motor sports, athletes, performers, landmarks and other faraway subjects. A fast f/5.6 constant aperture gives your shots  beautifully out-of-focus backgrounds across the entire zoom range and 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.&Nbsp; turn fast-moving action into dazzling photo sequences— the electromagnetic diaphragm operates in sync for the fastest subjects and shutter speeds while vibration Reduction image stabilization keeps your shots sharp and steady. And in the rare cases when additional reach is needed, you can increase the AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED vr's zoom power with an optional Nikon 1.4x, 1.7x or 2x tele converter. Features: Lightweight, compact super telephoto zoom - whether your subject is far in the distance or close, fast or slow, you can land the shot. On FX-format cameras, 500mm brings distant birds, wildlife, athletes, performers, landmarks and more into tight focus. Dx-format cameras add an additional 1.5x zoom effect for an angle of view equivalent to a whopping 750mm! And despite that extreme power, you can also focus on subjects As close as 7.2 feet away for detail rich close-ups. 4.5 stops of vibration Reduction - at super telephoto distances, The smallest camera movements can cause image blur. Vibration Reduction image stabilization counteracts camera shake up to ~4.5 stops for sharp photos and steady videos. You also can shoot at slower shutter speeds in low light— great for those magic moments at dawn and dusk. Sports mode is optimized. Accepts Filter Type - Screw-on.

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Astounding views, comfortably in reach.

Wherever your passion lies, this outstanding super telephoto zoom lens can bring it into focus. Capture and share stunning views of birds, wildlife, motorsports, athletes, performers, landmarks and other faraway subjects. A fast f/5.6 constant aperture gives your shots beautifully out-of-focus backgrounds across the entire zoom range. Turn fast-moving action into dazzling photo sequences-- the electromagnetic diaphragm operates in sync for the fastest subjects and shutter speeds while Vibration Reduction image stabilization keeps your shots sharp and steady. And in the rare cases when additional reach is needed, you can increase the AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR's zoom power with an optional Nikon 1.4x, 1.7x or 2x teleconverter*.

*Compatible with TC-14E series teleconverters (AF is only available when used with DSLR cameras that offer f/8 support. These include: D4, D4S, Df, D600, D610, D750, D800, D800E, D810, D7100, D7200). Compatible with TC-17E and TC-20E series teleconverters (AF not possible).

Photo of a bird, shot with the AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR lens

Conquer distance

Lightweight, compact super telephoto zoom

Whether your subject is far in the distance or close, fast or slow, you can land the shot. On FX-format cameras, 500mm brings distant birds, wildlife, athletes, performers, landmarks and more into tight focus. DX-format cameras add an additional 1.5x zoom effect for an angle of view equivalent to a whopping 750mm! And despite that extreme power, you can also focus on subjects as close as 7.2 feet away for detail rich close-ups.

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Sharpen your vision

~4.5 stops of Vibration Reduction

At super telephoto distances, the smallest camera movements can cause image blur. Vibration Reduction image stabilization counteracts camera shake up to ~4.5 stops** for sharp photos and steady videos. You also can shoot at slower shutter speeds in low light--great for those magic moments at dawn and dusk. Sports Mode is optimized for camera pans and other movements common when shooting fast action.

**Based on CIPA Standard. This value is achieved when: FX-format compatible lenses are attached to an FX-format digital SLR camera and zoom lenses are set at the maximum telephoto position.

Photo of a bird shot with the AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR lens

Dazzling performance

Advanced Nikon lens technology

Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass cuts through the glare of bright sunlight. Silent Wave Motor (SWM) powers ultra-fast, near-silent autofocusing with seamless manual override. The Electromagnetic diaphragm (E) operates in sync with the fastest shutter speeds and frame rates, even when using an optional teleconverter. Always bring home views that amaze.

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  • AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
  • LC-95 95mm Snap-On Front Lens Cap
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Reviewed in the United States on September 21, 2015
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great balance in performance, size and cost for a long tele
By JMoomaw on September 21, 2015
Just received today and gave it a quick test of a few hundred images using a D600. I can't find any faults. Based on my sample I'm very happy with this lens which has several features and capabilities I wanted. It is a great balance in size and cost for its tele range and performance. After hauling around and shooting larger F2.8 pro tele lenses in this range, this smaller size will be a lot more practical. I'm much more likely to have this lens with me when I need it.

Observations on my sample:
* No focusing issues: fast and sharp at all f-stops and lengths. I tracked a squirrel darting along a fence ridge and it stayed tack sharp. Panning race cars in Sport lens mode worked notably better (sharper and/or allowed lower shutter speeds) than panning without. Cars moving towards and away from camera stayed sharp with lens wide open (granted this is a function of both camera and lens.)
* Minimal vignetting: some seen wide open above 400mm, adequately corrected at F8, completely gone beyond F8
* Good sharpness: seems equally sharp across the field at all apertures and lengths; diffraction softness visible at f16 and above (no surprise). NOTE: It's been observed that some of Nikon's long tele's go soft at infinite focus and seem optimized for closer in. My testing was all within 100 yards, so I can't comment on far-focus sharpness... I'll be curious what others find.
* Low distortion: nothing I could see, but I didn't find a great target for this
* Low chromatic aberration: When viewing images at >2x full size in Lightroom I could find discolored edges a few pixels wide at high-contrast edges at all apertures and lengths. In all cases checking the "Remove Chromatic Aberration" box fixed the problem.
* Very low flare: Very bright automobile chrome hotspots caused *zero* flare; direct sun filtered thru tree branches/leaves caused minor flare
* Stabilization: the VR worked as expected; Sport mode worked great for panning. Doesn't have a tripod mode
* Size and weight: I don't find the weight to be an issue when shooting handheld, but the larger diameter makes it a challenge to fit in my photo backpack since the barrel size is much larger than "normal" 77mm Nikon lenses. It's only an inch longer than the 300mm F4 I had in the pack, so the length isn't really the issue. It's a little less than twice the weight of that 300mm with a 1.4TC, a combo I consider fairly light. Upodate 9/4/16: After shooting several hours at the race track I didn't have any fatigue problem hand-holding the lens.
* Tripod bracket: well located balance point with camera mounted; makes a handy handle for this large diameter lens esp with camera body attached; can be removed
* Bokeh: out-of-focus circles are soft, but I'm no expert on how to assess this
* Good build quality: this isn't a cheap plastic lens, appears to be mostly metal; feels solid
* Accessories: came with hood ( 4 in long) and soft fabric storage bag. I haven't had a problem with hood coming off as some have reported, it seems tight.

* Tele-converters and focus (update 9/4/16): Finally took several hundred pictures at a vintage auto racing event under sun and clouds and found the Continuous auto-focus to be fast and accurate for all directions of motion. No fuzzy shots, all very sharp. I noticed several focus squares would lite up. However when adding a Nikon TC-14E-II 1.4 Teleconverter (taking the lens to F8, maximum for camera for autofocus) to get more reach, the number of focus squares would drop to one and I would often get hunting (lens focus running in and out) and/or an out-of-focus image. This was true for cloudy and full sun. Didn't happen all the time, but I did lose shots due to focus failure and waiting for the lens to stop hunting... a definite risk. Photo metadata indicate pictures shot at between 280-700mm. I'm sure there is some image softening and loss of contrast from this TC but it is slight. Lens works with all the Nikon TCs but anything longer than the 1.4 (i.e., 1.7, 2.0) must be manually focused and sharpness/contrast go down. With some lenses I found the loss of sharpness when using the 2.0 teleconverter was worse than just enlarging the raw lens image (don't have one anymore to do this test here) so would urge testing before committing to that TC with this lens.

* Tele-converters & birds (update 4/22/17): Spent five days at Malheur Wildlife Refuge primarily photographing birds. Handheld the camera the whole time, possible because of the stabilizer and high camera ISO. When birds were on the ground I needed to reduce focus to a small circle to ensure critical focus on the head/eyes. When in the air I needed to enlarge the circle to make sure I was getting focus on the moving bird. After shooting at 500mm and wanting a little more reach I finally put the 1.4 TC on and was pleasantly surprised how well the focus worked for this. I've attached a 700mm shot of a Marsh Wren (small bird 10-15ft out) at 1/2000s, 1400 ISO, f8, and a Harrier hawk (large bird hundreds of feet out) at 1/1600s, 1250 ISO, f8 (1:1 image). It seemed I often got sharper images on closer birds than farther but I suspect I was suffering from heat shimmer on the far shots vs. lens itself. I will say there were a lot of "almost-sharp" shots at all ranges and I'm not sure the cause. Nikon reports my lens S/N as not needing the focus firmware update so I can't blame that issue. I don't have experience with other lenses this long to compare results with. I didn't get the high yield of dead-sharp images I do with the 70-200mm VR.

* Solar Eclipse (update 8/22/17): How better to test infinite focus or extreme contrast than shooting the moon or sun? Typical advice is that it's hard to get sharp images of the sun due to several factors, but I'll post these anyway. Sharpest focus was with notch mark right at center of the infinity symbol, using sun spots as a focus target. Both images needed chromatic aberration removed, which Lightroom had no issues fixing. Partial eclipse (moving towards 2nd Contact) was shot with solar filter (95mm Firecrest Neutral Density 5.4 Solar Eclipse Filter), and Diamond-Ring was shot without a filter. Both shot with Nikon 1.7 TC at 850mm, and everything manual, on a tripod with VR turned ON.

Note: High-end 95mm filters are stupid-expensive, even compared to 77mm which I consider high. Nikon's lens cap is also way up there.

Bottom line, if you want a reasonably priced good performing long tele I think purchase of this lens is low risk. If you don't like it you won't have a problem reselling it. For image quality and speed it certainly beats stacking TC's on the shorter teles. The relatively light weight and VR make hand-holding very practical. But the large diameter makes it a bit of a challenge to put in your bag. Image post-processing should probably always include removing chromatic aberration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I also love nature and tested this lens at Bolsa Chica wetlands
By Dean Lester on November 5, 2015
As a professional photographer for 40+ years just retired, and an avid sports fan, this is a fabulous lens.
I was a racing photographer before I opened two studios. I have assortment of telephotos but none this large. I shoot with a D7100 for action. I also love nature and tested this lens at Bolsa Chica wetlands. VERY impressive.Quality excellent. Both of lens and results. Hand held amazing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very sharp, great Vibration Reduction
By Pro-photo on February 3, 2016
I bought this 200-500mm lens to replace my Nikon 80-400mm (old model). Compared to the 80-400, the glass is noticeably sharper and the VR works much better. In reality, the lens sharpness has far surpassed what I expected to get. This lens makes justification for mega expensive ultra-tele primes difficult. Comparatively, for $8,000 Nikon's f/4 500mm prime only gives you 1 more stop. Theoretically along with that you should also get better bokeh and resolution. However, the resolution of this lens exceeds all of my other Nikon zooms, and begins to match the resolution of Nikon prime lenses. Bokeh also rivals what I'd expect out of a prime. The 200-500mm's aperture is fixed at f/5.6, not variable, which is better than the "off" brand ultra zooms. In overcast light, the VR is effective enough to get consistent sharp images hand-held at low ISO's. I've even gotten sharp images in shade at 1/60th hand held. Compared to other ultra zooms, this lens is a BEAST and gets fatiguing after a morning of birding, but still much easier that a 500mm prime. The free B+W filter (at the time of writing) made this the deal of the century.
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Reviewed in the United States on January 1, 2017
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5.0 out of 5 stars smaller size and good reach. That being said
By DSS on January 1, 2017
I never thought I'd say this about a $1,400.00 super-zoom telephoto lens, but,.. it is phenomenal.

This lens is sharp! The VR is very effective as well. It allows me to hand-hold the lens to below 1/100s at any focal length and get sharp results, provided the subject isn't moving much. Being able to focus on subjects close or far away and being able to zoom in or out is also a bonus.

I shoot a lot of wildlife, birds in flight, surfing and so on, and needed a longer lens. I was using my 300mm f/4D AF-S plus Nikon 1.4TCII, which got me to 420mm at f/5.6. This combo works really well due to sharpness, light weight, smaller size and good reach. That being said, I'm shooting with the D750 which is full frame, so I've always wanted just a little more reach than that and something I didn't need a TC for.

I was looking at the new Tamron 150-600mm G2 and this Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6VR. I decided to go down to Sammy's Camera to give them both a try to see which one I'd like better. Though I'm sure the Tamron is great, I ended up really liking the Nikon. It just seemed to work better with my D750 as far as low light focus and VR were concerned. I liked it so much, that although I planned on buying it online, I couldn't help myself and handed over the cash so I could take it home that minute.

I have read that there could be some copy variation and that some of these perform better than others. The one I picked up is flawless. It is pin-sharp wide open at every focal length with no AF fine tune necessary. Though it is a bit slow to focus on a subject initially, once it locks on, it tracks that subject very well. I haven't missed any shots so far, so long as I was able to keep the lens on the subject. It's larger and heavier than my 300mm f/4D and TC combo, so it did take some getting used to.

I would highly recommend this lens to any Nikon shooter needing more reach. This lens delivers even with a 1.4TC attached! I've only tried it with my 1.4TC II (which holds up really well though it was first announced in 2001!), but plan on buying the 1.4TC III for improved focus, optics and VR with this lens. The TC brings you to 700mm at f/8. I was getting sharp results on subjects that were moving slower, but for flying birds it didn't quite work out. I'm confident that the 1.4TC III will improve that quite a bit, since it's meant to work better with these new "E" lenses.
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jerald
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Lens for birding and wildlife
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Lens for birding and wildlife
Reviewed in India on October 10, 2018
Excellent lens with adequate reach for birding and wildlife photography. Generates creamy bokeh if the subject is near. A pretty competent lens with quick AF when the light is good. Amazing combination for action if paired with a with d500
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic lens, well worth the money
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 31, 2016
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic lens, well worth the money
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 31, 2016
I enjoy my wildlife photography and although I was getting some decent shots with my 80-400mm, I wanted to fill the viewfinder that bit more. I have been really impressed with the results using this lens, that extra 100mm has made a big difference. The VR is very effective and the autofocus is quick; I had read some reports saying autofocus was a bit slow, but it seems fine with my D810. The lens is a bit heavy, but I've managed to carry it around for over 5 miles without any bother (I'm in my early 60s). The biggest problem I've had is getting a holster that can carry it and the camera, I've settled on a Think Tank one at the moment, but its not ideal as the lens will not fit in with the hood on (this is a wide hood and even reversed will not fit in the bag). To give an idea of quality, the image of the pigeon was the first test shot I took. I was in my garden, the bird was on the apex of the roof; the image is cropped at 100% yet is still quite sharp (500mm f8 @ 1/400th ISO200).

All in all I'm very happy with the lens and consider it money well spent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Of Nikon's Best!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Lens! Certainly turns head and delivers sharps images!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Lens! Certainly turns head and delivers sharps images!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 26, 2017
Spent the whole day with this yesterday (25/07/17), was surprised to find it attached to my camera most of the day out at south lakes safari park. You will get a lot of looks and comments walking around with this thing on, but its light enough that i didnt use a monopod at all and the 5.6 still delivered some really nice bokeh, i'll admit i set myself up for the day with the ISO set to auto but limited it to 1000. This covered my shots perfectly and got a lot of sharp images. with no motion blur, the VR helps a lot when hand held. I love this lens, its a beast and given some of the competitors prices a bargain for the we pay.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice addition to collection
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