AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR

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Capture thrilling close-ups of birds, wildlife, motorsports, athletes, performers, landmarks and other faraway subjects with this compact super telephoto zoom lens. Its fast f/5.6 constant aperture gives photos and HD videos beautiful out-of-focus backgrounds and lets you continue shooting while the light is fading. Vibration Reduction image stabilization keeps your shots sharp and steady and enhances low-light performance. Add an optional TC-14E series teleconverter and increase its zoom power 1.4x to a whopping 700mm on FX-format DSLRs, 1050mm equivalent on DX-format DSLRs (AF possible with teleconverters on DSLRs that offer f/8 support).
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  • 5

    Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm

    Posted by Robert In Regina on November 9, 2021

    EXCELLENT lens... if you find one used scoop that baby up!

  • 5

    Backyard wildlife game changer!

    Posted by MojaveJackalope on May 12, 2020

    After receiving this lens, I mounted it on my Nikon D7500 and headed out to my backyard to try it out. I was surprised how sharp the images are, and how effective the image stabilization is! This lens is everything I hoped it would be, for a lens in this price range.

  • 5

    Stunning sharpness, and not really that heavy.

    Posted by dayotte100 on December 30, 2019

    I put this on my D750 today and just walked outside and quickly took a few pictures. I took a picture of my neighbors chimney at full zoom and was amazed at the sharpness. I could read part of a sticker on the chimney cap. Wow. And that was hand held in auto mode. the label may not show in my uploaded image, but it is there on my computer.

  • 5

    Affordable lens for sports

    Posted by Rodo on December 3, 2019

    I´ve been shooting football, skiing, hockey and lacrosse with this affordable, fast lens. I´m able to hand hold and not be bothered with a monopod. Obviously f5.6 is not the fastest but my d5 does well at very high ISO so i can compensate. focus seems very fast - as fast as my 70-200 f2.8. The images are fantastic.

  • 5

    Opens up a whole new world.

    Posted by MrBeeman on September 26, 2019

    I use the 200-500 exclusively on my D7200, which I have for the 1.5x reach. Originally, I was on the 200-500 pre-order list and received one of the early ones. I wasn´t able to get images as sharp as I had hoped and convinced myself I didn´t need to spend that much money for a lens, since I am only a hobbyist. I sold the lens. Then I saw really sharp photos online that were taken with the same equipment I have, so I bought another copy. I am now a little more patient and have taken some shots that I am really impressed with. I´ll keep this lens and continue to work on my technique. I´m lovin´ it.

  • 5

    Amazing Lens and Great Value

    Posted by MikeMinneapolis on August 15, 2019

    I purchased this lens for my Z7 in summer of 2019 - unlike most here, I wanted to use this lens for baseball photography. I have the 300mm 2.8 which works great of course, but longed for a good zoom with some reach to be able to really capture some of the images in outfield depending on where I´m shooting from. I´m so thrilled with this lens - the image quality is great and it works superb for outdoor baseball. Sometime I will attach my 1.4 tele to it to give me some amazing reach up to 700mm at f8. It has really given me more versatility to capture images and the different perspective that 500mm gives me is great. Looking forward to playing with the lens more in different settings. While the lens has weight to it I am able to hand hold it mostly without issue. Couldn´t be happier with this lens.

  • 5

    Amazing Lens

    Posted by BillFrigglePhotography on May 6, 2019

    I saved up and sold stuff to be able to buy this lens. I was torn between buying this lens and a new body. I was advised by people to get this lens, then get a body down the road. But living od disability is tough and I knew I might not get a new body for a very long time. Running out of stuff to sell to raise money. Then I was trying to decide between this lens and a Sigma 150-600. Of course some advised me to go Sigma. Others with this Nikon. But more said Nikon. And when I finally decided I thought that this would be a better quality lens. There is a feature of the Sigma I like that this doesn´t have. A lock at the long end of the zoom range. But I decided to go with this lens. My previous wildlife lens was a Nikon 70-300 VR. I didn´t expect a learning curve, going from 300mm to 500mm. But there was. At first I thought something was wrong with the lens. But it was me not understanding the design and features and how best to use the,. I bought this back in 2/2016. I have not regretted it. I do now know this is much sharper then the Sigma I was looking at. I am blown away by how sharp it is. Even wide open and at full zoom. How did they do that in a $1400 lens? I even use my Nikon TC-14e II with it and get amazing results. As long as I have enough light for it. I really like how closely it focuses. I use this for my hummingbird shots as well as macro shots of bugs, flowers, butterflies, or whatever. I still don´t have my dream camera, the D500. As the price drops I hope someday I will be able to get that amazing camera. But I am glad I went with this lens first. Even if my dream camera never comes. It is truly amazing.

  • 5

    Great lens, outstanding value!!

    Posted by MJMPhoto on December 29, 2018

    The Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E lens is probably the best value lens that Nikon manufactures. I have been photographing Bald Eagles for the past five years using this lens for the past 18 months. The reach of the lens is perfect on both my Nikon D850 and gives me an even longer reach with my D500. The sharpness and clarity of my images is superb with this lens as evidenced by the images I´m attaching to this review. You just can´t get more lens for the money and why would anyone want to put anything else and a Nikon Camera?

  • 5

    Does everything I hoped it woul do and more.

    Posted by Aemfjay on December 1, 2018

    I am new to cameras - got my first, a compact, 2 years ago. What was in my head was more than the camera would do. Got a D7500 3 weeks ago and since day three have used this lens exclusively. I am mobility impaired and do nature pix out the window of my van. I need the reach and weight doesn´t matter. Exclusively hand hold.
    As a newbie to pix, all I can say is this lens makes me look like a heck of a lot better photographer than I actually am. It is a dream!