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Latest Nikon 500mm F5.6 PF Lens


chensuriashi Plus
16 336 18 England
12 Aug 2022 5:28AM
Hi all I am now in a position to try the 500 PF and I notice that there are rather too many on MPBs right now and I wonder if it is all it is hyped up to be, are there any problems with them as I really think it will improve my shooting on the D4 as my 200/500 is always out at 500mm. Thanks for your thoughtful replies.
Nick_w Plus
15 4.4k 99 England
13 Aug 2022 6:07AM
It’s because of the move to mirrorless and the reviews the z400 and z100-400 have received. I think you can pick up a great bargain - also don’t be afraid to haggle with them.
LenShepherd 14 4.5k United Kingdom
13 Aug 2022 8:44AM
I have used the 500 PF since it was launched four years ago – and I have no intention of selling it.

The 500 PF is much lighter and much more flexible than your 200-500 and I find optically a little better

Secondhand price is probably challenging as the excellent 100-400 S is £2,600 - and the 500 PF new is distinctly more expensive at £3600.

One attraction of the 500 PF is it takes you straight to 500 mm without a converter - though this makes the front element rather large at 95 mm.

With the 500, AF autofocus works well with either a 1.4 or 2x converter on an ML body though as there are no cross type sensors on ML it can help a lot if there is something that AI can recognise to focus on.

The 100-400 zoom will be attractive to many photographers for its versatility and close focus ability at a lower price point.

The 400mm f4 .5 is state with improved VR at a similar price point 500 PF. It weighs less though it is not 500mm.

The two S mount competitors although still in short supply give the 500 PS very strong competition.
I expect if you hunt around a good second-hand deal is possible the 500 PS.

EDIT - I have tracked down a 100-400 S and am buying it as an additional lens for its all-round flexibility and compared the 500 PF its relatively compact size.
I expect I will then sell my 200-500.
chensuriashi Plus
16 336 18 England
16 Aug 2022 2:05PM
Thanks, Len for the great in-depth reply, and Nick for explaining it. I am probably going to go ahead with it soon, and am tempted to put the 200/500 towards it too, I just don't want to part with it but there are better focal lengths and F stops out there...
Nick_w Plus
15 4.4k 99 England
16 Aug 2022 10:31PM

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The 100-400 zoom will be attractive to many photographers for its versatility and close focus ability at a lower price point.


EDIT - I have tracked down a 100-400 S and am buying it as an additional lens for its all-round flexibility and compared the 500 PF its relatively compact size.
I expect I will then sell my 200-500.



I received the Z100-400 yesterday, to date I’ve just had a play, nothing serious but I’m impressed, the short minimum focus is impressive, as is the ability to shoot at slow shutter speeds hand held which is important to me these days (1/25 sec at 400mm) I can’t wait to take it out in anger.

The focus tracking with our dog, seems impressive (with Z7ii)

Primarily I bought it for two reasons the first is sport/wildlife, but I’m excited about trying it for a new project. But I’m sure it could be used for close up almost macro photography.

For such a wide focal length zoom it’s remarkably compact, and the bokeh is superb, probably best I’ve seen from a zoom not quite as good as a long focal length prime.

LenShepherd 14 4.5k United Kingdom
17 Aug 2022 11:51AM

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I received the Z100-400 yesterday,



There may well be interest in a separate thread on the 100–400 S.

Right now the OP has D4 so this lens is not an option.

The OP is primarily interested in 500 mm reach and would get this at f5 .6 with the prime - or alternatively 800mm at f8 with an F mount 1.4 converter.

The zoom only gets to 560 mm at f8 with a Z mount 1.4x converter



chensuriashi Plus
16 336 18 England
18 Aug 2022 12:08PM
Yep I am going to put the D4 in for a service and get the 500PF. I do have the 1.4 MK3 TC and an older 1.7. And I have a shot in mind for the long reach in our park when the Cormorants arrive, I may be tempted by a SH D850 as well for the 500PF as I have just put in 30 hrs OT at work this week, and I would like something to show for it.
LenShepherd 14 4.5k United Kingdom
18 Aug 2022 9:18PM

Quote: I may be tempted by a SH D850 as well for the 500PF as I have just put in 30 hrs OT at work this week, and I would like something to show for it.

If you get a D850 as an extra you will find you can crop much, much more while retaining the same image detail as the 16.4 MP on your D4.

Sure you will loose some AF ability and some high ISO performance compared to the D4 but for static birds in good light the extra cropping ability is very useful.

25% more resolution with the D850 is a reasonable minimum extra resolution gain when combined with the 500 PF.

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