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

12 September 2018
Arkadiusz Olech

7. Coma, astigmatism and bokeh

Coma is corrected in a splendid way, no matter what detector or aperture you employ. All thumbnails, presented below, are practically identical and the image of a diode positioned in the corner of the frame doesn’t differ from the same image we obtained in the frame centre.

Center, f/5.6 Corner APS-C/DX, f/5.6 Corner FF, f/5.6
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 500 mm f/5.6E PF ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Nikon Nikkor AF-S 500 mm f/5.6E PF ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Nikon Nikkor AF-S 500 mm f/5.6E PF ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh
Center, f/8.0 Corner APS-C/DX, f/8.0 Corner FF, f/8.0
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 500 mm f/5.6E PF ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Nikon Nikkor AF-S 500 mm f/5.6E PF ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Nikon Nikkor AF-S 500 mm f/5.6E PF ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh


Astigmatism, understood as an average difference between horizontal and vertical MTF50 function values, amounted to 5.9%. It’s a result on a borderline between low and very low values. No reasons to complain in this category.


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The appearance of out-of-focus images would be perfect if not for a lighter area in the centre of the circle. Apart from that you can spot a slight influence of mechanical vignetting.

Center, f/5.6 Corner APS-C/DX, f/5.6 Corner FF, f/5.6
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 500 mm f/5.6E PF ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Nikon Nikkor AF-S 500 mm f/5.6E PF ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Nikon Nikkor AF-S 500 mm f/5.6E PF ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh
Center, f/8.0 Corner APS-C/DX, f/8.0 Corner FF, f/8.0
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 500 mm f/5.6E PF ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Nikon Nikkor AF-S 500 mm f/5.6E PF ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Nikon Nikkor AF-S 500 mm f/5.6E PF ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh
Center, f/11.0 Corner APS-C/DX, f/11.0 Corner FF, f/11.0
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 500 mm f/5.6E PF ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Nikon Nikkor AF-S 500 mm f/5.6E PF ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Nikon Nikkor AF-S 500 mm f/5.6E PF ED VR - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh