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

12 September 2018
Maciej Lata││o

8. Vignetting

First let’s examine the vignetting performance on the smaller sensor of the Nikon D500. Appropriate thumbnails can be found below.

NikonáD500, 500ámm, f/5.6 NikonáD500, 500ámm, f/8.0
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 500 mm f/5.6E PF ED VR - Vignetting Nikon Nikkor AF-S 500 mm f/5.6E PF ED VR - Vignetting


In the case of such a detector the vignetting problem practically doesn’t exist. At the maximum relative aperture it reaches just a barely noticeable level of 14% (−0.45 EV), and by f/8.0 it decreases to a negligible value of 2% (−0.05 EV).

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Now let’s check if there are more problems on full frame.

NikonáD3x, 500ámm, f/5.6 NikonáD3x, 500ámm, f/8.0
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 500 mm f/5.6E PF ED VR - Vignetting Nikon Nikkor AF-S 500 mm f/5.6E PF ED VR - Vignetting


It would be difficult to call it a noticeable increase of vignetting level because at the maximum relative aperture the lens loses just 21% (−0.69 EV) of light in the corners, a very moderate value brushing against a low level. All problems disappear on slight stopping down because by f/8.0 and f/11.0 we got the following results: 6% (−0.19 EV) and 1% (−0.04 EV) respectively.

NikonáD3x, 500ámm, f/5.6
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 500 mm f/5.6E PF ED VR - Vignetting