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Nikon's new 200-500mm
Rob Sirota, Photographer
San Jose | CA | USA | Posted: 7:57 PM on 08.22.15
->> So is anyone getting this puppy for their sports action or has anyone played with it yet?
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Doug Holleman, Photographer
Belton | TX | USA | Posted: 9:17 PM on 08.22.15
->> I search for hands-on reviews every couple of days but haven't seen any yet. I'm somewhat intrigued, but I'm going to wait until someone I trust actually has some experience with one before considering it.
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Rob Sirota, Photographer
San Jose | CA | USA | Posted: 11:51 PM on 08.22.15
->> I sent a message off to NPS guys to see what they think...
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Chuck Yadmark, Photographer
Ann Arbor | MI | United States | Posted: 7:19 PM on 09.29.15
->> Well, I have been a bit skeptical about this lens, but as it turns out, some back problems actually forced me to try out this lens last weekend instead of using my 600/4 and 300/2.8 as I normally might. The experience of shooting this in somewhat overcast conditions was okay on my D3s. I consider these photos to be adequate if not great.

http://www.sportsshooter.com/cyadmark/osu/
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Corey Perrine, Photographer
Naples | FL | USA | Posted: 7:48 PM on 09.29.15
->> Ask Will Lester, he just shot some water polo and posted on Facebook...

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Will-Lester-Photography/182202988495596?sk=w...

http://photos.dailybulletin.com/2015/09/photos-rancho-cucamonga-hosts-chart...
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Rob Sirota, Photographer
San Jose | CA | USA | Posted: 8:24 PM on 09.29.15
->> Mine gets here Thursday and I'm bringing it to the Stanford / AZ Game shoot..
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Mark J. Terrill, Photographer
Simi Valley | CA | USA | Posted: 8:29 PM on 09.29.15
->> I played around with Will's 200-500 last night. Pretty impressive. Very sharp!
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Kevin Novak, Photographer, Assistant
Panama City Beach | FL | USA | Posted: 9:01 AM on 09.30.15
->> I shot some surfing with mine yesterday.
I think I'll have a long, happy relationship with this lens.

https://www.facebook.com/kevinbnovak/media_set?set=a.1149781451703204.10737...
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Mark Almond, Photographer
Springville | AL | USA | Posted: 11:15 AM on 09.30.15
->> Mine is supposed to be delivered today. I used one for a few minutes in a fairly dark high school stadium last week with good results.
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer, Photo Editor
PLANET | EARTH | | Posted: 11:19 AM on 09.30.15
->> Looked through both Will and Kevin's takes....looks VERY sharp....nothing like shooting sports involving water to see the sharpness.....
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Doug Holleman, Photographer
Belton | TX | USA | Posted: 11:22 PM on 03.28.16
->> I've been using this lens a lot the past couple of weeks for spring nature stuff. It's really impressive optically, very sharp. Great for shooting small things up close from about 7 feet at 500mm. But the lens hood is kind of a joke. Mine broke the first week after falling off several times. I've had to put it on so often I guess it loosened the threads on the front rim in front of the big element and it just fell off a while ago. Fortunately, it screwed right back on. Probably got a bunch of dust inside, though.

The tripod mount is kind of crappy, too, like the old 300mm f4. It doesn't move easily from horizontal to vertical without falling off the track.

Build isn't the best, so i can now see why it's surprisingly inexpensive for a lens that packs so much inside. I'm pleased with the purchase so far, but I'm going to have to remember to be gentle with it.
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Brad Barr, Photographer
Port St. Lucie | FL | USA | Posted: 10:51 AM on 04.07.16
->> Guys...remember this lens is 1300 bucks. It's very sharp, reasonably quick to acquire, and even better at holding AF. The VR is perhaps the best I've seen on any lens from Nikon. I have handheld shots (wedding) at 1/20th at 500mm that are very sharp indeed. Not that big a deal in the sports world I know...but good to have anyway.

Cant wait to get it on a D500 which was supposedly kinda built for it, and it for the D5/500
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Debra L Rothenberg, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 1:08 PM on 04.10.16
->> debating between this lens and the 80-400
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Doug Pizac, Photographer
Sandy | UT | USA | Posted: 3:58 PM on 04.10.16
->> Debra...

The 80-400mm is a variable f/4.5-5.6 lens that costs a grand more than the 200-500mm f/5.6 glass. Since you and most everyone else probably already have a 70-200mm f/2.8 why duplicate the range and lose two stops to boot?

I have a 300mm f/4 that is sharper than the zooms in the tests I did using a D810; and add a TC-14 and you have 420mm f/5.6 long telephoto.
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Mark D Murphy, Photographer
Renton | WA | USA | Posted: 6:51 PM on 05.21.16
->> Hi Everybody...

Just got the 200-500mm to shoot the Swiftsure International Yacht Races in Victoria BC next weekend... Shooting RAW on the XQD card format... from a whale watching vessel.

Cant bring the 300 2.8 and 3 bodies so hopefully the f 5.6 will work on my Nikon D4. and a few other lenses... May be working in wet locations.

http://www.swiftsure.org/

Preliminary tests with the 200-500 mm on the D4, D3 and D300 where impressive... The VR works as advertised down to 1/60 sec...The lens is well worth the cost...expect some compromises for the low price... paid $1400 at Tall's Camera in Bellevue Washington.

Will chime in when its over...

MM
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Richard Mackson, Photographer
Santa Monica | CA | US | Posted: 1:04 AM on 06.25.16
->> Got one and combined with the D5 the images are simply spectacular.
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