Nikon’s new AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR is an amazing lens especially when looking for an extremely affordable longer lens. The new 200-500mm fixed aperture zoom lens (f5.6) weighs in at only 2300g (just over 5 pounds) with an msrp price tag of $1,649.95 CDN. While the minimum aperture of f5.6 may put off some professional photographers working in low light they can’t discount the performance of this lens when combined with the higher ISO capabilities of Nikon (FX) cameras.
While it will have a great appeal for wildlife photographers it has earned its spot with me as a sports photographer even in low lighting conditions as I used it to cover indoor sports (see images below). All the photographs in the gallery were taken with a Nikon D4s and the AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR set at 1/500th, f5.6, 3200 ISO with Continuous-servo (AF-C) Group-area AF and a Preset White Balance.
Don’t be fooled by the size and weight of the new Nikkor 200-500 it’s a powerful lens requiring good photographic techniques so using a monopod or a tripod while zoomed in at 500mm in low lighting conditions will be essential. New owners of this lens should read the instruction manual paying particular attention to the section on VR (Vibration Reduction).