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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 200–500 mm f/5.6E ED VR

Manufacturer Nikon Nikkor
Model AF-S 200–500 mm f/5.6E ED VR
Lens style Telephoto zoom
Focal length 200 - 500 mm
Maximum aperture f/5.6
Angle of view 12.2 - 5 o
Closest focusing distance 2.2 m
Maximum magnification 0.22
Minimum aperture 32
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Auto focus type AF / MF
Lens Construction 19 elements / 12 groups
Filter diameter 95 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Nikon F
Dimensions 267.5 x 108 mm
Weight 2300 g
Additional information Announced: 4.08.2015
Optical construction: 3 ED glass elements
Average rating (5 owners reviews)
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Owners reviews (5)
  1. jim
    jim 17 September 2022, 01:26
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    IP 104.205.x.x
    Owner since: 7 years
    Price: 1400(can)
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Can put a bit of Stain on the Lens Mount if attention to supporting it is not paid

    Pros: Very good Optics, even wide open. VR decent, especially when combined with Internal VR in the Zbodies

    Summary: I got this back in Dec 2015. It has been a very good Lens, and very good value for the money. It would still be good Value even if it were priced 40 50% higher.

  2. Scubadoc
    Scubadoc 12 February 2022, 15:46
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    IP 81.152.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: £1200
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Build: plastic and unsealed.

    Pros: Optically better than it should be, with good VR and relatively light.

    Summary: Useful, but I have felt it necessary to add neoprene protection, and expensive protective filter and to avoid unusually dirty, dusty and wet conditions.

  3. Al
    Al 9 September 2018, 17:34
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    IP 78.205.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: 1459 euros
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Very easy to handle, light for such a range and usefulness. Pretty fast for a lens of this price. VR is pretty outstanding, never used a Nikkor with such an efficient VR system. Photos handheld at 500mm and 1/30s become a reality, yes, read that again... In my view, makes it questionable to buy a prime 500 or 600mm that costs 8 times more. I\'ve read pro photographers question the relevance of keeping their Nikkor 800mm in front of this lens and the quality of the pictures you get with it. (Look at what Mark Smith achieves with this lens and a D500 on Youtube...) Performance/price ratio is unbeatable IMHO.

    Pros: Locks only at 200mm, and the locking system is fragile. Make sure you are at 200mm before atempting to lock it, otherwise you risk breaking the internal locking system, which probably is just a little piece of plastic. Also, don\'t try to extend the zoom if it\'s locked for the same reason. What else...?

    Summary: This lens will become a classic, if it\'s not already so! The most bang for you buck for a Nikon branded lens of this focal range, out of this world VR, very useful range, not too heavy, very good build quality, f/5.6 is quite useful and a good compromise. What else could you hope for. This is the lens a LOT of photographers had been wating for. Last, I\'m not a Nikon rep nor do I get anything from Nikon...

  4. trenchmonkey
    trenchmonkey 27 September 2016, 16:24
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    IP 76.127.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: $1184 (in
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: Should have a locking hood

    Pros: Exquisite bokeh for an f5.6 zoom...rivals my 500 f4 VR @ f5.6

    Summary: Nikon hit this one out of the park. Coupled with the D500 it's the best combo for BIF/wildlife under $3500.

  5. Hugo
    Hugo 7 November 2015, 23:54
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    IP 87.58.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: 1600 eur
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: No Lock for each distance like on the Sigmas (minor issue) Have onlys had it for one month and have so far not found any other cons.

    Pros: Ligther than the Sigma S, very good optical quality. VR very good. I can shoot 1 stop slower than on the Sigma S (that I had for 6 months) Good in bad weather conditions due to the fixed 5.6 aperture. It Works fine with my TC 17EII Thus becomes a 850mm f/9.5

    Summary: Easy to handle, AF not extremly fast, nor slow either. Use the limiter. Optical performance even better than that of the AF-S 80-400 It is very Sharp with my TC 17EII and AF Works well, but slower than normal, especially when cloudy. I use it on D810 and D750

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