The Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E VR has a constant f/5.6, which was a nice surprise to have out to 500mm distance, and it’s very sharp even wide open.
The weight of the lens Nikon lens, 4.60 lb (2090 g), was lighter than expected as well, considering it’s a 500mm f/5.6. This new 200-500mm lens is Nikon’s first reasonably priced ultratelephoto.
This is a lens for long-distance photos; it does not focus so close (7.2′ or 2.2m minimum) and it is kind of (only f/5.6 at every aperture) and it doesn’t zoom wide (200mm minimum), these short comings help allows it to be sold at a very low price of $1399 or less.
Electromagnetic Diaphragm Mechanism – An electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism in the lens barrel provides highly accurate electronic diaphragm or aperture blade control when using auto exposure during continuous shooting. With conventional D/G type lenses, the diaphragm blades are operated by mechanical linkage levers.
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass – An optical glass developed by Nikon that is used with normal optical glass in telephoto lenses to obtain optimum correction of chromatic aberrations.
IF Lens – A NIKKOR lens in which only the internal lens group shifts during focusing. Thus, IF NIKKORS do not change in size during AF operation, allowing for compact, lightweight lenses capable of closer focusing distances. These lenses will be designated with the abbreviation IF on the lens barrel.
M/A – Select NIKKOR lenses have a focusing mode which allows switching from automatic to manual focusing with virtually no lag time by simply turning the focusing ring on the lens. This makes it possible to seamlessly switch to fine manual focusing while looking through the viewfinder.
Silent Wave Motor – AF-S NIKKOR lenses feature Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM), which represents a significant advance in AF lens technology. SWM uses ultrasonic vibrations-rather than a gear system-to focus the lens, providing incredibly smooth, silent and precise autofocus operation.
Super Integrated Coating – Nikon Super Integrated Coating is Nikon’s term for its multilayer coating of the optical elements in NIKKOR lenses.
Vibration Reduction – A Nikon in-lens technology that improves image stability by automatically compensating for camera shake. Lenses that offer VR will feature the abbreviation VR on the lens barrel.
Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E VR Product Specifications:
Mount Type – Nikon F-Bayonet
Focal Length Range – 200-500mm
Zoom Ratio – 2.5x
Maximum Aperture – f/5.6
Minimum Aperture – f/32
Format – FX/35mm
Maximum Angle of View (DX-format) – 8-degrees 00′
Minimum Angle of View (DX-format) – 3-degrees 10′
Maximum Angle of View (FX-format) – 12-degrees 20′
Minimum Angle of View (FX-format) – 5-degrees 00′
Maximum Reproduction Ratio – 0.22x
Lens Elements – 19
Lens Groups – 12
Compatible Format(s) – FX, DX
VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization – Yes
Diaphragm Blades – 9
Distance Information – Yes
ED Glass Elements – 3
Super Integrated Coating – Yes
Autofocus – Yes
AF-S (Silent Wave Motor) – Yes
Internal Focusing – Yes
Minimum Focus Distance – 7.2 ft. (2.2m)
Focus Mode – Manual, Manual/Auto
E-type – Yes
Filter Size – 95mm
Accepts Filter Type – Screw-on
Compatible with Nikon AF-S Teleconverters – Yes (refer to the product manual for details)
Approx. Dimensions (Diameter x Length) – 4.2 in. (108 mm) x 10.5 in. (267.5 mm) Based on CIPA Guidelines
Approx. Weight – 81.2 oz. (2300 g) Based on CIPA Guidelines