Showcase Nikon 500 mm f/5,6 E PF ED AF-S VR

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Hey lets start a thread.. my lens came 4 days ago.
The main reasons to buy it for me:
the versatility, the light weight for wildlife and the fast autofocus for birds in flight.
what i also mentioned was, that i can handhold 1/30s or 1/40s with 500mm and that reproducible. That`s also great. The Lens is sharp wide open and a little bit sharper if things are more far away than the good 200-500VR.

But now examples, the reason why i bought this lens:
Bif... ;)
all pictures are made @ F5.6
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and 1/30sec handheld (at home)
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Hello and thx.. yes Focus acquisition ist fast on d850..
comparing to the 300/4PF it is similar and the lens is much faster than the 200-500VR.
some youtube videos you can find about that, are really right.

i mean the new 70-200/2.8E FL is faster in autofocus, yes.

but the 500/5,6 is not so far behind and when you sitch on the limiter on it is lightning fast. this is important for me, because when i am loosing the focus for example of a bird in flight, it is very important to get it back very fast before the chance is gone.
this was (sometimes) the problem of the 200-500vr.. not a big issue or a real game changer but an advantage for the new 500/5.6PF plus its weight like the 70-200/2.8 with 500mm. you think you are holding nearly nothing .. (y)

at all the 200-500 is and will be a really good lens and i will hold it for sure, simply because it is a very versatile zoom lens: for example in a hide, when a 500mm prime is too long or so.
both lenses make sense for me but in different situations.

one more great grey heron,
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here a example far away plus crop (i know i have to clean the sensor )
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crop, done nothing
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and see the diffference at 500mm , its tiny (only mobile image)
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It looks like an excellent lens, but when I get tempted I remember that with my 300PF and 1.4x TC I get 420 f/5.6 which is not that much different, in a much smaller package and I don't have to buy anything.
 
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Hello Jim:
Yes you could be right, BUT: The 300/4PF with the 1.4TC attached is much slower in Focusspeed, like the 200-500VR alone.
And you could make also a 600/8 PF with the 2xTC attached, but (in my eyes) this not a very good idea with the 2xTC. The 1.4tc with the 500/5.6PF work better at 700mm then..
But of course there is NO need to buy the 500/5.6PF
 
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Hello Jim:
Yes you could be right, BUT: The 300/4PF with the 1.4TC attached is much slower in Focusspeed, like the 200-500VR alone.
And you could make also a 600/8 PF with the 2xTC attached, but (in my eyes) this not a very good idea with the 2xTC. The 1.4tc with the 500/5.6PF work better at 700mm then..
But of course there is NO need to buy the 500/5.6PF
No arguments with that, Eric. For many photographers the 500/5.6 will be an excellent choice. But I'm not much of a bird photographer so I have to look at it from my perspective.

And yes, I was being intentionally provocative with my comment, just for sport. :devil: ;)
 
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looks nice.. need more testers please... but I am a wild life guy and a Birds of Prey guy... so this may ..may come in handy... I think I will rent one as well, prior to any purchase.
 
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but I am a wild life guy and a Birds of Prey guy...
me 2, my reason to buy the lens... i hope to get more testing time next week.

And yes, I was being intentionally provocative with my comment, just for sport. :devil: ;)
no problem , just kidding... ;)

another VERY WILD DUCK just attacking me :whistle:

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Hey guys!

Fantastically sharp and light lens. Running around today bu will try and post more soon.
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D500, 500PF,ISO 3200, 1/50, f5.6

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D500, 500PF,ISO 800, 1/5000, f5.6

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D500, ISO 2500, 1/125, f5.6

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D500, 500PF, X1.4 EIII, ISO 800, 1/2500, f8

All hand held early morning for the most part. I got this lens specifically for light weight and hand holding. Sharper than my 200-500, could be as sharp as my 600VR. Faster AF with and without converters than 200-500VR and slower than 600vr.
 
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You've got to be kidding me. That was exactly my first impression on opening the box and taking the lens out of the soft case. It's so small and light that there is nothing to compare it with other than maybe a tele lens for m4/3. I also have the 300mm PF but didn't get the same impression when first handling it. Maybe because there are so many versions of xx-300mm zooms that are pretty small so the 300 PF didn't feel that much different.

Reading about it is a lot different than actually getting the lens in hand. The 500mm PF is almost like a scale model or toy version of a "real" 500mm prime. It has all the same function switches including the AF/AF-L buttons and more or less the same profile of the 500E but it literally feels like a toy in the hands. So much so that it's going to take some getting used to.

I only have a couple of images to share so far. Just got back from vacation on a red eye flight arriving at 5am and picked the lens up from UPS at 9. Took it along when we took the dog for a walk.

D850, 500mm PF, all handheld, wide open at f5.6, auto ISO, matrix metering +1EV

1) Found a spot with more or less ideal conditions. Bright, low sunlight with a distant BG. Bokeh in this situation looked pretty sweet. This first one at 1/500s, ISO180, VR on.

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2) Opposite situation. Horrible light, busy BG though no spectral highlights. 1/640s, ISO6400, no VR. I cut the poor girls feet off.

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3) And in between. Brighter lighting with a clean BG. This maybe a 50 percent crop. 1/800s, ISO1250, no VR.

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You've got to be kidding me. That was exactly my first impression on opening the box and taking the lens out of the soft case. It's so small and light that there is nothing to compare it with other than maybe a tele lens for m4/3. I also have the 300mm PF but didn't get the same impression when first handling it. Maybe because there are so many versions of xx-300mm zooms that are pretty small so the 300 PF didn't feel that much different.

Reading about it is a lot different than actually getting the lens in hand. The 500mm PF is almost like a scale model or toy version of a "real" 500mm prime. It has all the same function switches including the AF/AF-L buttons and more or less the same profile of the 500E but it literally feels like a toy in the hands. So much so that it's going to take some getting used to.

I only have a couple of images to share so far. Just got back from vacation on a red eye flight arriving at 5am and picked the lens up from UPS at 9. Took it along when we took the dog for a walk.

D850, 500mm PF, all handheld, wide open at f5.6, auto ISO, matrix metering +1EV

1) Found a spot with more or less ideal conditions. Bright, low sunlight with a distant BG. Bokeh in this situation looked pretty sweet. This first one at 1/500s, ISO180, VR on.

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2) Opposite situation. Horrible light, busy BG though no spectral highlights. 1/640s, ISO6400, no VR. I cut the poor girls feet off.

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3) And in between. Brighter lighting with a clean BG. This maybe a 50 percent crop. 1/800s, ISO1250, no VR.

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You got my full attention from these
Awesome separation
Maybe I go redundant again, I guess this is how it happened last time:)
 
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D500, 500PF,ISO 3200, 1/50, f5.6

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D500, 500PF,ISO 800, 1/5000, f5.6

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D500, ISO 2500, 1/125, f5.6

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D500, 500PF, X1.4 EIII, ISO 800, 1/2500, f8

All hand held early morning for the most part. I got this lens specifically for light weight and hand holding. Sharper than my 200-500, could be as sharp as my 600VR. Faster AF with and without converters than 200-500VR and slower than 600vr.
Nice work
 
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