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

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

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, making it ideal for 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 button 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.

Roger's Take

It’s everything you’ve heard: sharp as a tack, and the VR system keeps it so steady you can shoot it handheld (at least for a while).

It takes a 1.4x or 1.7x teleconverter just fine if there’s enough light available. It’s a large lens but not ridiculously heavy. You can shoot it on a sturdy ballhead (it doesn’t absolutely require a Wimberley type head). This lens is my highest recommendation for wildlife photography--you won’t be disappointed.

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On this item, we include a LensAuthority 90-day limited warranty. This warranty covers damage that arises from normal use of the item. It does NOT cover accidental or intentional damage. More details are available in our FAQ section.

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