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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm F5.6E ED VR Full-Frame Lens (2015)

MSRP 1400 USDNeo score 33%Ext score 75%

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Product Overview

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm F5.6E ED VR is a super telephoto zoom lens for Nikon F-mount. It covers the full-frame image circle. Introduced by Nikon in 2015, it has 19 elements in 12 groups.
Like most zoom lenses, the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm F5.6E ED VR is externally-zooming. Fortunately, Nikon has provided a zoom lock that at least stops zoom creep. Unfortunately, Nikon has opted to omit weather sealing for this lens, so owners should pay extra attention when shooting in incremental weathers.
As a super telephoto zoom lens, the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm F5.6E ED VR can be quite useful for wild-life and landscape photography. Built-in image stabilization is almost a must-have at this focal range, and this lens does not disappoint on this front. Owners will also like the available tripod collar.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neo score 33% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Optically stabilized
  • Zoom lock prevents zoom creep
  • Comes with a tripod collar
  • Great price for such a lens
  • Constant f/5.6 aperture
Cons
  • Dark maximum aperture
  • Large physical size with large diameter and long barrel
  • On the heavy side
  • Lacks weather sealing

What external reviewers found***

Ext 75% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good image stabilization
  • High quality metal/plastic construction
  • Weather sealed metal lens-mount
Cons
  • Slow focus-turning
  • No zoom lock at 200mm
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Specifications

Construction

Aperture Blades
9 blades, Rounded blades
Colors
Black
Form Factor
Super Telephoto Zoom Lens
Image Size
Full-Frame
Lens Barrel
Focus limiter, Tripod collar, Distance scale
Lens Mount
Nikon F-mount
Motor
Ring-type ultrasonic
Optical Formula | Elements
19 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
12 groups
Optical Formula | Special Glass
3 ED elements groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
95 mm / 3.74 in
Size | Diameter
108 mm / 4.25 in
Size | Length
268 mm / 10.55 in
Weight
2300 g / 81.27 oz

Function

Angle Of View
12.4° Diagonal | 10.3° Horizontal | 6.9° Vertical (wide) ~ 5.0° Diagonal | 4.1° Horizontal | 2.7° Vertical (tele)
Aperture
f/5.6 ~ f/32
Autofocus
Yes
Focal Length
200 mm ~ 500 mm
Focus Type
Internal
Image Stabilization
Yes
Weather Resistance
No
Zoom Type
External zoom (zoom lock available)

Performance

Max Magnification
0.22x
Min Focus Distance
2200 mm / 86.61 in

Production

Accessory
Lens hood included
Debut
2015-08-04

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External Reviews

cameralabs[1]

Sentiment Score 75%
Reviewers from cameralabs have found the following***:
From Nikon there’s the AF-S 80-400mm f4.5-5.6D ED VRii. At 500mm focal length the lens focuses in around 1 sec from infinity to 5m, which is slow. One reason is that the lens starts searching in the wrong direction (beyond infinity) before turning around.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • High quality metal/plastic construction
  • Good image stabilization
  • Weather sealed metal lens-mount
Cons
  • Slow focus-turning
  • No zoom lock at 200mm

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Nikon 200-500mm f5.6E VR review. [cameralabs]. https://www.cameralabs.com/nikon-nikkor-af-s-200-500mm-f5-6e-ed-vr-review/. Retrieved 2022-01-25.

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